Mayer Speaks Before VP Biden at Annual ASCO Meeting

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Mayer, who kept good company at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago earlier this month, where a press panel on Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative was held. As a member of the Blue Ribbon panel of national experts guiding the Moonshot, Mayer addressed reporters at a press conference in advance of a speech given by Vice President Biden. There, she expressed confidence in the potential of both the Cancer Moonshot and its blue ribbon panel. “I’m sort of a skeptic at heart, but I can say that having participated in the Blue … Continued

T32 Renewed for Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

The UNC School of Nursing is pleased to announce the renewal of the T32 training grant that funds its “Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness” training program for five more years. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Award — or T32 — is an institutional training grant designed to prepare qualified individuals for scientific careers that have significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation. Now in its fifth round of funding, the School of Nursing’s T32 program has … Continued

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SON Hosts Hillman Scholars Program Annual Meeting

The UNC School of Nursing was pleased to host the annual meeting of the nation’s prestigious Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation last week. The Scholars Program was established by the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation in 2010 to identify and prepare — swiftly — the next generation of nurse scientists and scholars. Offered only at the universities of North Carolina, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the highly selective program is designed to furnish Hillman Scholars with BSN and PhD degrees in fewer than six years. The theme of this year’s meeting … Continued

Berry Continues Work with Autónoma de Tamaulipas SON

In early May 2016, the faculty of the School of Nursing at Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Tampico, México, received Dr. Diane Berry, Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, United States, to plan upcoming research projects and achieve key academic and research objectives. Dr. Berry began her visit by presenting the Dean and faculty an updated Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities, continuing the six-year relationship that developed with Drs. Berry, Compeán Ortiz and Dr. Reséndiz González in 2010. Sigma Theta Tau … Continued

Beeber Receives NIH Funding

Kudos to Professor Linda Beeber, PhD, RN, who recently received funding for her study “Enhancing Communication between Children in Early Intervention and their Depressed Mothers” from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Beeber will serve as lead principal investigator on a team with Anne Wheeler of the Research Triangle Institute as principal investigator. Co-investigators include the SON’s George Knafl and Julee Waldrop, as well as Dore LaForett of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. Marcia Mandel of the Raleigh Children’s Developmental Services Agency, Maria … Continued

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Hodges Receives NIH Funding

Congratulations to Associate Professor and Director of the Biobehavioral Lab, Eric Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC, who recently received funding for his study “Enhancing Caregiver-Infant Communication to Prevent Obesity” from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hodges will serve as principal investigator on a team with Cathi Propper, Center for Developmental Science, as co-investigator and Todd Schwartz as Statistician. The study, which will run through March 2018, is designed to test a novel intervention to help parents and preverbal infants better understand one another during … Continued

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Santos Receives NC TraCS Funding

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Hudson Santos, PhD, RN who recently received word that his study “Postpartum Depressive Symptoms in Latinas: Associations with Oxytocin Function and Stressors” was chosen for NC TraCS funding. Well done, Dr. Santos!  

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SON Hosts Tribute to, Establishes Fund to Honor Elizabeth Tornquist

Gray skies and chilly spring temperatures gave way to warm sunshine just in time for the SON’s celebration of Elizabeth Tornquist—”ET” to all who knew her here—on Tuesday night. A crowd of current and former faculty and staff, alumni, Tornquist family and friends gathered in Fox Auditorium to pay tribute to the life and work that affected so many so positively. An editor of uncanny insight and skill, Tornquist mentored SON faculty, indeed nursing faculty the world over, to unprecedented success in grant funding and publication. “Nursing was her special cause — and thanks God … Continued

Yeo Article Published in Journal of Women’s Health

Congratulations to SeonAe Yeo, RNC, PhD, FAAN, whose article “Adequacy of Prenatal Care and Gestational Weight Gain” was published in the February issue of the Journal of Women’s Health. The article, which Yeo co-authored with Jamie L. Crandell and Kathleen Jones-Vessey, examined how prenatal care is associated with meeting the 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines for gestational weight gain. Their research found that while prenatal care proved effective for preventing insufficient weight gain regardless of prepregnancy body size, educational background, and racial/ethnic group, there were no indications that adequate prenatal care … Continued

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SON Receives Prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Grant to Prepare PhD Nurses

Sizeable matching private donations from School alumna Carolyn London BSN ’56 and the Carl Swisher Foundation help bring grant to North Carolina. The UNC School of Nursing is one of only 32 schools of nursing nationwide to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program will provide financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years. The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to … Continued