Vanderbilt Guatemalan field station new interdisciplinary hub

Source: Vanderbilt News
Author: Ann Marie Deer Owens
Original Publish Date: April 18, 2013

Vanderbilt University’s expanded commitment to research and sustainable development in Guatemala is reflected in this spring’s opening of a Guatemala City field station that is home to 13 projects.

The field station, located at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center, provides support for diverse programs ranging from pediatric surgery to study of Mayan languages as well as small-scale coffee production.

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Delegation of Vanderbilt faculty visit Moore Surgery Center in Guatemala. Image source: Ted Fischer

“The 13 initiatives share a common vision for sustainable improvements in the quality of life,” said Edward F. Fischer, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt. “Bringing them together under one roof complements the ‘one university’ model espoused by Vanderbilt’s senior leadership.” He noted that this initiative, by building on collaborations among Vanderbilt departments, programs and schools, avoids the tendency of units in some large research universities to operate in isolation and in competition with each other.

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