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VU ranked among best places to work in academia

BY: JIM PATTERSON

7/08/2010 - Vanderbilt University has been named one of the best places for life scientists to work in academia by The Scientist magazine.

It was the seventh time in the eight years of the survey that Vanderbilt was ranked and a substantial improvement from its 2009 ranking.

Vanderbilt was ranked No. 12 in a list headed by Princeton University and including Stanford, Georgia Institute for Technology and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In 2009, Vanderbilt ranked No. 34 in the survey.

The full article with detailed survey results can be found in the July issue of The Scientist and is available online at www.the-scientist.com/bptw.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of our scientists and are committed to continuing to build on our collaborative and cooperative environment,” said Susan Wente, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for research and senior associate dean for biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Academic institutions in the United States and internationally were ranked by survey responses based on 38 criteria in eight categories: job satisfaction, peers, infrastructure and environment, resources, compensation, management and policies, teaching and mentoring, and tenure and promotion.

“We're all pleased to find Vanderbilt once again ranked highly in this survey,” said Dennis Hall, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School at Vanderbilt. “We're pleased, but we're not surprised. Those of us who are members of the Vanderbilt community already know what a great place this is. This survey helps us spread the word.”

This year marks the seventh time Vanderbilt has been ranked on the list during the eight years The Scientist has conducted its survey of life scientists.

In 2010, Vanderbilt ranked best in the categories of peers and infrastructure and environment.

The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, was ranked as the top international academic institution.

The top 15 U.S. institutions:
1. Princeton University
2. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
3. Van Andel Research Institute
4. J. David Gladstone Institutes
5. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
6. Trudeau Institute
7. Children's Hospital Boston
8. Calvin College
9. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
10. Institute for Systems Biology
11. Georgia Institute of Technology
12. Vanderbilt University
13. Stanford University
14. Michigan State University
15. University of Rochester

The top 10 international institutions:
1. The University of Queensland; Brisbane, Australia
2. Weizmann Institute of Science; Rehovot, Israel
3. University of Dundee; Dundee, United Kingdom
4. John Innes Centre; Norwich, United Kingdom
5. Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Jerusalem, Israel
6. University of Alberta; Edmonton, Canada
7. INRA; Versailles, France
8. University of Nottingham; Nottingham, United Kingdom
9. University of Copenhagen; Copenhagen, Denmark
10. Dalhousie University; Halifax, Canada

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