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Four Endowed Chairs in School of Nursing
October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9

Deborah BrunerLois EvansJennifer Pinto-MartinMarilyn Sommers

Dr. Deborah Watkins Bruner, Dr. Lois K. Evans, Dr. Jennifer A. Pinto-Martin, and Dr. Marilyn Sawyer Sommers, were each named to endowed chairs in the School of Nursing effective September 1, 2006.

Dr. Bruner, the Independence Chair in Nursing Education, has been recognized for her work in symptom management, quality of life, and outcomes in the areas of radiation oncology. The Independence Chair in Nursing Education endows Dr. Bruner with full professorship. Her current research focuses on patient preferences for treatment, symptom management and quality of life and prostate cancer. Dr. Bruner is also the Director of the Recruitment, Retention and Outreach Core Facility at the Abramson Cancer Center.

Dr. Evans, the van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence, had her recent work in psychiatric mental health in geriatrics published in Geropsychiatric Nursing: State of the Future Conference. Dr. Evans can pursue her research interests in lessening the use of physical restraints with older adults in nursing homes and hospitals, individualized care, mental health, behaviors in dementia, and models and outcomes of care for elders with psychiatric needs. Dr. Evans was instrumental in starting clinical practices to help both the elderly and low-income families.

Dr. Pinto-Martin, the Viola MacInnes/Independence Chair in Nursing, conducts research in studying early childhood diseases such as the growing rates of autism and the etiology and long-term consequences of neonatal brain injury in low birthweight infants. The Viola MacInnes/Independence Chair in Nursing is generally involved in community nursing and the National Nursing Center Consortium. Dr. Pinto-Martin is also the Director of the Center for Autism Development Disabilities Research and Epidemiology interdisciplinary research team that is funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. They are to investigate how autism is phenotypically different from other disabilities and from normal development.

Dr. Sommers, the Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical-Surgical Nursing, focuses her research on the science of injury and trauma. This Chair is given to a senior faculty member with a background in medical and surgical nursing. Dr. Sommers’s interdisciplinary research specifically examines risk-taking behaviors that lead to injury and the physical consequences from injury. In addition, her studies on disparities in the assessment and diagnosis of injury outcomes have garnered national and international interest.

Almanac - October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9