This award is awarded in memory of Rob Hall, Ph.D., a long-time member of the Diabetes Center and the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Rob was a talented scientist, who enabled and enhanced the research of many students, fellows, and research assistants and made the research of many laboratories more productive and effective. Research requires a team working collaboratively or great ideas would never get tested or research experiments would never get conducted. Laboratories affiliated with the Diabetes Center are fortunate to have many dedicated research personnel - especially our research assistants and administrative assistants. The Robert Hall Award for Service to the Diabetes Center recognizes an individual whose dedication and efforts make possible the activities and research of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.
Alisa Escue has been the Administrative Officer of the Diabetes Center since February of 2000. Alisa is responsible for providing Vanderbilt Diabetes Center/DRTC/CDTR administrative oversight, preparing budgets, approving expenses, handling personnel matters, and monitoring ledger balances. She is thoroughly engaged in all aspects of the Diabetes Center’s finances. She is always quick to help other and treats everyone with the greatest respect. Her dedication and many years of experience make Alisa a huge asset to the Diabetes Center. In recognition of her many contributions to the success of the DRTC and CDTR, Alisa was awarded a Vanderbilt University Medical Center Credo Award in 2010. This award is given to staff and faculty who exemplify the Medical Center’s standards for service and all-around professionalism.