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Release: May 14, 1999

UI associate provost, nursing dean recognized

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., professor of nursing at the University of Iowa, received the Midwest Nursing Research Society's 1999 Distinguished Contribution to Research award at the organization's annual conference in April.

The award honors individuals whose research has "enhanced the science and practice of nursing." Buckwalter has investigated and published extensively on geriatric and psychiatric nursing issues. Buckwalter also serves as the UI associate provost for health sciences.

Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., professor and dean of the College of Nursing, was named in April to the National Institutes of Health's Council of Public Representatives. The new body will serve in an advisory capacity to the NIH director and is intended to increase public awareness of and support for NIH programs. Dreher came to the UI in 1997, and before that was dean of nursing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She is past president of Sigma Theta Tau International, a professional society for nurses with more than 120,000 members.