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Awards and Accolades: Pitt Schools of Dental Medicine and Nursing Announce Faculty, Staff and Student Achievements

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 11, 2011 – The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Dental Medicine and Nursing are often recognized by academic and scientific societies and other organizations for their achievements and leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:

 

  • Susan Albrecht, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., School of Nursing, received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration funding award for the “Nursing Faculty Loan Program.”
  • David Anderson, D.D.S., M.D.S., School of Dental Medicine, was selected as the recipient of the 2011 National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award in the category of Administration/Service. He was recognized for the award at the association’s annual convention in Baltimore in July. Dr. Anderson also was recently awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Ethics Scholarship Program of the American College of Dentists Foundation. The scholarship will be used to complete a graduate degree in ethics.
  • Michael Beach, D.N.P., School of Nursing, was selected by the Mobile Acute Care Strike Team Concepts of Operations for the Disaster Medical Assistance Team, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Betty Braxter, Ph.D.,  School of Nursing, received a Civilian Research & Development Foundation award for her grant entitled, “Doulas as Change Agents: My Doula and Me Project.”
  • Kaitlyn Burgess and Gabe Proulx, both students in the School of Dental Medicine, were awarded  National Health Service Corps scholarships, which are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Upon graduation and licensure, scholarship recipients agree to a two- to four-year commitment in an underserved community.
  • Yvette Conley, Ph.D., School of Nursing, received an award from the National Institutes of Health National Institutes of Nursing Research for her grant entitled, “Targeted Research and Academic Training of Nurses in Genomics.”
  • Rose Constantino, Ph.D., J.D., School of Nursing, received the 2011 Most Distinguished Alumni award from Adventist University of the Philippines.
  • Mary Beth Happ, Ph.D., M.S.N., B.S.N., F.A.A.N., School of Nursing, has been appointed to the UPMC Health System Chair in Nursing Science, one of the highest honors that any university can bestow upon a member of its faculty. Happ has been at Pitt since 2000. She also recently received the 2011 Distinguished Alumna Award from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.
  • Sandra Founds, C.N.M., F.N.P., Ph.D., School of Nursing, will receive a 2011 Vision Grant by the Preeclampsia Foundation at the group’s annual benefit gala in November. Dr. Founds, also a member of the Magee-Womens Research Institute, leads a team that aims to develop a set of discovery-based genes from first trimester placentas of women who subsequently developed preeclampsia. The Vision Grant will support translation of these predictive biomarkers to a multiplex serum profile of proteins for an early clinical screening test that could save lives and improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing preeclampsia.
  • Julius Kitutu, Ph.D., School of Nursing, received an award from the Health Resources and Services Administration for his work on studies entitled “Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students” and “Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships.”
  • Faith Luyster, Ph.D., School of Nursing, received an award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for her grant entitled, “Enhancing Motivation for CPAP Adherence in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”
  • Ann Mitchell, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., School of Nursing, received a Health Resources and Services Administration grant entitled, “Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention grant, SBIRT Training for Emergency Room Registered Nurses,” which teaches Emergency Room nurses how to screen and intervene for alcohol and other substance use.
  • Michael Neft, D.N.P., School of Nursing, was selected to continue to serve as the Chair of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Professional Practice Committee.
  • Paula Sherwood, Ph.D., School of Nursing, was selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She will be inducted at the AAN convention in October.
  • Janet Stewart, Ph.D., School of Nursing, was presented with the 2011 Research Article award, from the journal Research in Nursing and Health, for her article, “Test of a Conceptual Model of Uncertainty in Children and Adolescents with Cancer.”

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