October 6, 2008 (2:00-3:00PM/MRB-III, Room 1220)

Good News

Special Presentations

  • Vanderbilt Community Giving Campaign
    • Representatives from the VUMC Community Giving Campaign benefactors will share a brief presentation about how your donation impacts our community. Q&A following presentation.
    • Guide to giving
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  • Jim Kendall, Manager, EAP, Work-Life Connections


  • New Faculty and Staff
    • Zhiguo "Alex" Zhao, MS, Biostatistician II 07/21/2008
    • Pingsheng Wu, PhD, Staff Scientist 8/1/08 (post doc to full time)
    • Jeffrey Blume, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies 08/01/08
    • Ben Saville, PhD, Assistant Professor 08/14/08
    • JoAnn Alvarez, MA, BS, Biostatistician II 08/25/08
    • Yaping Shi, MS, Biostatistician II 10/1/08
    • Lan Cui, MS, Research Assistant I 08/18/08
    • Phyllis Smith, MA, Administrative Assistant III 10/1/08
    • Lynne Berry, PhD, Editorial Assistant III 08/18/08
    • Jisong Wu, 6th year Graduate Student, Research Assistant working with Bryan Shepherd 9/1/08
    • Abby Burke, Vanderbilt Temporary Services, Administrative Assistant II 08/08
  • Departures
    • Chuan Zhou, PhD, Assistant Professor 07/18/08
    • Shaun Haskins, MA, Editorial Liaison 08/31/08
  • Promotions
    • Jeremy Stephens from Computer Systems Analyst I -> Computer Systems Analyst II (effective 8/1/08)
    • Angel An from Biostatistician II -> Biostatistician III (effective 9/1/08)
    • Joan Zhang from Computer Systems Analyst II -> Computer Systems Analyst III (effective 8/1/08)
    • Kristen Kotter from Biostatistician I -> Biostatistician II (in progress)
  • Recognition & Rewards
  • Years of Service
    • Donna Bock, 20 years continuous years of service (about 30 altogether)
    • Zhouwen Liu, 10 years
    • Yuwei Zhu, 10 years
    • Tebeb Gebretsadik, 5 years
    • Frank Harrell, 5 years
  • Promotion criteria for biostatisticians


  • Mario Davidson: 1st yr med students being taught more biostatistics in their PPSII class. Result: interest in Mario teaching the 1st yr med students many of the topics recently taught 2nd yr students. 4+ hours; allows more detail and/or additional topics. (add per FH)
  • Seminar and Workshop Series has resumed with a new time for the Fall; 1-45-2:55pm
  • Vanderbilt's Faculty/Staff Health and Wellness program received the C. Everett Koop National Health Award for 2008 for the HealthPlus "Go for the Gold" incentive program. Dan Byrne, Mary Yarbrough and others attended an awards dinner with Dr. Koop in New Orleans.
  • American Heart Association walk (update: Ben Saville)


  • Department reminders
    • Dept. affiliation: VU SOM
    • Attendance at seminars, linux workshops, R clinics, other CE activities
  • Supervision
    • Supervisors should ask supervisees to share their attendance logs at yearly evaluation time


  • Graduate program
  • 5 Year Department Anniversary; a celebration of our accomplishments (October 10, 11AM-1PM)
    • Raffle 12:00pm (must be present to win)
    • T-shirt order deadline to order Friday, 10/10
  • Grant update
    • Chun Li: grant has been awarded; working on contract for subaward to UPenn
    • Chang Yu: submitted an R21 in June
    • Leena Choi: new investigator submitting R21
    • Cindy Chen: new investigator submitting R21
    • Jonathan Schildcrout: resubmission of promising R01
  • Move around July 2009 to temporary space while Life Sciences building constructed


  • If you have any effort changes, you should be receiving email notification between now and 10/14 (payroll deadline). Be on the lookout!


  • Staffing
  • Hiring
  • Mentoring
  • Quantifying and communicating impact
  • Move of dept. central offices
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2008CommunityGivingCampaign.pdfpdf 2008CommunityGivingCampaign.pdf manage 2291.1 K 06 Oct 2008 - 13:45 DianeKolb Guide to giving
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