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College of Law Dean Featured in National News Interviews


Belmont University College of Law Dean and former U.S. Attorney General Judge Alberto Gonzales has participated in many national interviews on immigration in recent weeks. With interviews on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” FOX News and more, Gonzales has commented on his “conservative and compassionate” approach to immigration reform. This theory is further addressed in the recent book he co-authored with David Strange, A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform.

Following the President’s prime-time address on immigration reform, Gonzales also participated in a national news interview with Neil Cavuto at FOX Business. Friday morning, Gonzales was on CNN’s “New Day with Chris Cuomo & Allison Camerota.

For more information regarding Gonzales’s book, click here.

Students Attend Neuroscience Conference to Present Research

studentsBelmont Neuroscience Program Coordinator, Dr. Lori McGrew, took six students to the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15-18.  The students included Hensley Barnes, Lauren Sheppard, Karah Parker, Iqra Wahid, Jaime Wesley and Cassie Wyatt, a group that has conducted research with Dr. McGrew utilizing zebrafish. They presented a poster showcasing their findings during the conference’s Faculty for Undergraduate chapter meeting.

The conference is an international gathering of over 31,000 neuroscientists who share their latest findings including labs surrounding a streptococcus bacteria, oxytocin’s influence on social memory and interaction, cellular and molecular mechanisms for memory and an inspiration presentation on Dr. Nicoll’s journey to becoming a renowned electrophysiologist, despite his severe dyslexia.

For more information on conference highlights, click here.

School of Nursing Hosts NLN Technology Pre-Conference

Nursing Pre-ConferenceBelmont University’s School of Nursing hosted a pre-conference as part of the ninth annual National League for Nursing Technology conference in Nashville on Oct. 24. Participants from around the nation filled one of Belmont’s simulation labs for a presentation on the School’s integration of an academic electronic health record across the curriculum.

Professors Sarah Tarr, Jean Blank and Dr. Jamie Adam engaged the sold-out audience in hands on learning including selection, use and integration of the technology.

“Electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to mitigate error, streamline processes and improve communication across the spectrum of health care. Meaningful use of EHRs in chronic and acute care is a major priority in the U. S. health system today. Our faculty have been early adopters of this technology in the classroom, lab and clinical areas and our students and their future patients are the beneficiaries of this work,” said Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Martha Buckner.

Thorndike, Schneller Present at National Honors Council Conference

Thorndike and Schneller NCHC2 2014Dr. Jonathan Thorndike, honors program director, and Dr. Beverly Schneller, associate provost for academic affairs, recently presented at the 2014 National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference in Denver. Their presentation was titled “Using Evidence-Based Assessment to Target Admissions and Improve Retention” in a round table session with Dr. Andrew Martino of Southern New Hampshire University. NCHC is organized with a keynote speaker, panel presentations, individual presentations, poster sessions and student sessions. NCHC is the only national-level professional group devoted to the development, management, promotion and assessment of interdisciplinary college and university honors programs. Belmont’s Honors Program is a member of NCHC and utilizes their “best practices” for assessment and planning purposeses.

Adjunct Professor Challenges Women to Spark a Revolution

ellengoebel2006Belmont University Adjunct Professor, Alumna and Co-Owner at Worldwide Groove Corporation, Ellen Tift wrote Supermodel Astronaut, a song encouraging women to believe in the power of themselves and take a challenge proclaiming their own worth. Inspired by an increasing amount of negative self-talk among women, Tift wanted to remind women of their internal strength and to recognize the supermodel astronaut within.

According to Tift, supermodel astronauts are all over – women of all ages who are accomplishing big things in their lives can claim the title. “Moms are Supermodel Astronauts, single women who keep bills paid, 12-year-old girls who are true to themselves and do the right thing are Supermodel Astronauts,” Tift said.

As the Ice Bucket Challenge trend was slowing down, Tift said she was inspired to create a video for her song. She envisioned one that would feature everyday women claiming the promise of the campaign, “I am enough.” With Belmont alumni, students, faculty and staff on board, the Supermodel Astronaut video was born.


Belmont Included on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Music Schools

In an article recently published in The Hollywood Reporter, Belmont is noted on a list of the top 25 music schools across the world. Crossing the continent and going as far as Paris, Seoul and London, the articles highlights schools where the “Emmy and Oscar winners of tomorrow are practicing.”

Coming in at No. 24, Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business is honored for its Nashville connections, as well as its programs in New York and California. Students studying within this program can choose to spend a semester in either city, studying at what the University calls Belmont East or West.

Between the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business and the University’s School of Music, Belmont offers 15 programs of study, including songwriting, audio engineering, commercial and classical music as well as the school’s most recent edition, music therapy.

To see The Hollywood Reporter’s complete list, click here.

College of Law Professor Presents at Health Law Symposium

deborahfarringerDeborah Farringer, assistant professor in Belmont’s College of Law, spoke at Hamline University Law School’s Health Law Symposium, Health Care Reform Implementation in Minnesota: Mission Advanced But Not Accomplished.  The symposium gathered regional and nationals experts to explore the “real, outstanding and upcoming law and policy issues relating to the implementation of health care reform.”

Farringer presented her paper, Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize:  Examining Minnesota as a Means for Assuring Achievement of the “Triple Aim” under the ACA, which analyzes the regulations governing accountable care organizations under the Accountable Care Act (ACA) and the impact of regulations on academic medical centers.  Her paper will be published in the Spring 2015 symposium issue of the Hamline Law Review.

Nursing Professors Present at Tennessee Nurses Association Meeting

Donna Copenhaver-Thsandy murabitoAt the recent annual meeting of the Tennessee Nurses Association held in October in Murfreesboro, Drs. Donna Copenhaver and Sandy Murabito, both assistant professors in the School of Nursing, presented their work on nursing leadership and management simulation for undergraduate students.

They shared their experiences teaching critical thinking practices for delegation, prioritization and patient safety decisions, utilizing the newly released Standards of Best Practice in Simulation published by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation (INACSL).

Professor Presents at International Conferences

Dr. Mike Voight presenting to Japanese physicians and physical therapists.

Dr. Mike Voight presenting to Japanese physicians and physical therapists.

Dr. Mike Voight, professor of physical therapy, was recently a keynote presenter at the World Golf Fitness Summit in Carlsbad, California and at a meeting of the Japanese Athletic Trainer and Physiotherapy Association in Tokyo, Japan.

The World Golf Fitness Summit brings together over 30 of the world’s thought leaders in athletic performance to discuss the latest research and practical applications.  Dr. Voight is noted as one of the leading authorities in the rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries.  At the Summit, he joined Dr. Tom Byrd, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, to present a session about hip injuries in the golfer.

Earlier in the month, Dr. Voight co-presented a session to the Japanese medical community on the evaluation of movement disorders and the impact that poor movement has on the hip.  Seventy-five Japanese physicians and physical therapist were in attendance.

Tennessee Nurses Association Elects New Leadership at Annual Membership Assembly

Nurses across the state will have a new team advocating for their interests and the state’s nursing MurabitoMediuminitiatives. The Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) held its annual Membership Assembly Oct. 10-12 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and elected a new officer team. Belmont Assistant Nursing Professor Sandy Murabito, was selected as the President-elect for the governing body.

“This year’s meeting ushered in a new strategic direction for the Association,” says TNA President Frances Sills. “Each of these members bring experience and passion for the nursing profession and I am confident they will guide this organization to new levels of excellence.”

Belmont Instructor of Nursing Tracy Wilson was elected to the nominating committee, and senior nursing major Daniel Maison was elected president of the Middle Tennessee Association of Student Nurses.

Dean of Belmont’s College of Health Sciences and Nursing Dr. Cathy Taylor said, “This is wonderful recognition for nursing at Belmont. I have no doubt Ms. Wilson and Mr. Maison will excel in their new roles, and Dr. Murabito will provide the strong leadership the TNA presidency demands. She is an experienced advocate and will prove to be a worthy champion for Tennessee nurses.”

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