CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: July 28, 2000
Two UI College of Nursing faculty nominated to nursing academy
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa College of Nursing faculty will
be inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing at the academy's
annual meeting and conference on Nov. 4 in San Diego.
Janet K. Specht, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the college. She is
known nationally for her research in urinary incontinence and dementia, especially
in persons who live in long-term care facilities. Specht also is a co-founder
and partner in Liberty Country Living in North Liberty, Iowa, an innovative
community supported living facility for people with Alzheimer's disease. She
currently has a project funded by the UI's Gerontological Nursing Interventions
Research Center to study a treatment for urinary incontinence in nursing homes.
Janet K. Williams, Ph.D., is a genetics nurse specialist, pediatric nurse
practitioner and genetic counselor. Her research, funded by institutional
grants and the National Institute for Nursing Research, focuses on the behavioral
aspects of Turner syndrome, the psychological impact of heterozygote genetic
testing and coping with the results of presymptomatic testing for Huntington's
disease. She is past president of the International Society for Nurses in
Genetics and consults on numerous national projects to promote education of
nurses regarding genetics. Williams is an associate professor in the college.
Established in 1973 to provide visionary leadership to the nursing profession,
the American Academy of Nursing has 1,350 members. Election to the academy
requires membership in a state nurses association, outstanding contributions
to nursing over and above those required for the candidate's employment and
the potential to continue making significant contributions to the profession
and the academy. Currently, 11 college faculty members and three emeritus
faculty members are fellows of the academy.