Vanderbilt University Research Council (VURC)

Charged by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente, the VURC consists of faculty from all 10 colleges and schools and provides input on and oversees the planning and operations of a coherent set of activities for growth and recognition to provide support services that are accessible and effective and to streamline processes to reduce administrative burdens while ensuring compliance. The VURC also works to leverage our trans-institutional research efforts to improve our competitiveness for external funding and to elevate our global research profile. The council’s representatives are highly distinguished in their fields with a proven track record of working across disciplinary boundaries.

 

Members of the VURC

Doug Adams

Doug Adams

Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Daniel F. Flowers Professor; Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Peter Cummings

Peter Cummings

John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering; Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Associate Dean for Research

Laurie Cutting

Laurie Cutting

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education, Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics

Cynthia J. Cyrus

Cynthia J. Cyrus

Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs; Professor of Musicology; Affiliated Faculty in Women's and Gender Studies

David Dickinson

David Dickinson

Margaret Cowan Chair in the Department of Teaching and Learning; Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives of Peabody College

Tina Iverson

Tina Iverson

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Biochemistry

Ian Macara

Ian Macara

Chair of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology; Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology; Louise B. McGavock Chair; Co-Leader, Signal Transduction and Chemical Biology/VICC

David Michelson

David Michelson

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity

Velma Mcbride Murry

Velma Mcbride Murry

Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development; Professor of Human and Organizational Development; Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor

Dana Nelson

Dana Nelson

Department Chair and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English

Mariann Piano

Mariann Piano

Professor of Nursing; Senior Associate Dean for Research

Padma Raghavan

Padma Raghavan

Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Charles Sanders

Charles Sanders

Professor of Biochemistry; Associate Dean for Research

Choon-Leong Seow

Choon-Leong Seow

Vanderbilt, Buffington, Cupples Chair in Divinity; Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible

Christopher Serkin

Christopher Serkin

Associate Dean for Research; Professor of Law

Keivan Stassun

Keivan Stassun

Professor of Physics & Astronomy; Senior Associate Dean for Research

Sharon Weiss

Sharon Weiss

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics; Deputy Director, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Richard H. Willis

Richard H. Willis

Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr. Professor of Accounting; Associate Dean for the Faculty

Danny Winder

Danny Winder

Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry

Elizabeth Zechmeister

Elizabeth Zechmeister

Professor of Political Science; Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)