September 8, 2011

Medical Education Grand Rounds, Noon, Tuesday, Sept. 13

Medical Education Grand Rounds, “Reforming Biomedical Education: Research and Results from Bioengineering,” will be presented by
Thomas Harris, M.D., Ph.D., at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in 208 Light Hall.

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Boxed lunches will be provided for participants who register by Friday, Sept. 9.

Harris is research professor of Biomedical Engineering, the Orrin Henry Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus and professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Medicine Emeritus. He was chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 1988 to 2007.

He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. degree from Tulane University in that field. He holds an M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. He was an active investigator in the problems of the lung circulation with an emphasis on transport phenomena, quantitative physiology, mathematical modeling and instrumentation and has published more than 230 papers, chapters, proceedings and abstracts in these fields.

His current interests focus on the development of learning science and learning technology for bioengineering. He was recently the director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in Bioengineering Educational Technologies. This was a large, multi-university effort involving Vanderbilt, Northwestern, University of Texas and the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program that was aimed at developing a new system for bioengineering education.

He currently directs the Vanderbilt Institutional Program for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, a multi-campus organization headquartered at the University of Wisconsin and funded by NSF.

Honors include selection as the Whitaker Lecturer and Research Award winner for the Biomedical Engineering Society in 1991, the Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2003, Affirmative Action Award at Vanderbilt University in 1992, Orrin Henry Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering Chair and the Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award for 2002-2003 from Vanderbilt.

He is a past president of the Biomedical Engineering Society and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has led in the organization of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt.