Levi Watkins Jr., professor of cardiac surgery and dean of postdoctoral
programs at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will speak on “Human
Defibrillation: History and Evolution” at noon Tuesday, Oct. 11, in 208
Light Hall. The talk marks the 10th annual Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture.
Watkins has made significant contributions toward increasing
opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the sciences. A
distinguished physician and researcher, in 1966 Watkins became the
first African American student to be admitted to Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine. He was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega
Alpha medical honor society and graduated in 1970. He continued his
training at Johns Hopkins and Harvard.
Watkins is a member of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. He embodies the
attributes important for those serving as a role model for those
pursuing careers in medicine and the biomedical sciences.
Nominations for the Levi Watkins Jr. Student Award are being accepted
through Monday, Sept. 26. The award is presented annually to at least
one graduate student and one medical student associated with Vanderbilt
University School of Medicine who has made outstanding contributions to
fostering a more diverse environment that enriches, encourages and
embraces all School of Medicine students, faculty and administrators.
Send letters of nomination to George C. Hill, associate dean for
diversity in medical education, to arrive no later than Sept. 26.
Nominations may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.