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Release: April 25, 2002  

John A. Hartford Foundation awards fellowships to UI College of Nursing scholars

The John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City has awarded three $100,000 scholarships for research to be conducted at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Recipients were chosen through a national competition as part of the Hartford Foundation's initiative aimed at building academic geriatric nursing capacity.

The Hartford Foundation's Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar Program selected 20 new nurse scholars and will support their studies and research in the field of geriatric nursing. Inadequate numbers of faculty prepared to educate future generations of nurses, improve the health of older adults through research on effective geriatric nursing care, and translate research into practice leaves the health care system, as well as elderly people, in a vulnerable position. The Hartford Foundation program focuses on the need to produce expert scholars, practitioners and researchers who will lead the field of geriatric nursing and develop the next generation of practitioners and faculty, ultimately enhancing the care of elders in our society.

Predoctoral scholar Gwenneth A. Jensen of Hurley, S.D. will study at the UI. Her research goal is to develop effective care for older adults in a variety of settings, based on evidence from collected data.

Postdoctoral scholar Howard Karl Butcher, Ph.D., of Iowa City will focus his research on evaluating the effectiveness of brief writing intervention designed to decrease the emotional and physical burdens of family members who care for persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Postdoctoral scholar Debra Schutte, Ph.D., of Iowa City will study the relationship between genetic factors and Alzheimer's disease in order to improve interventions for persons experiencing this disorder.

The UI College of Nursing is part of the UI health sciences campus and provides nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The college provides clinical experience and research opportunities that enhance the educational experience. Students graduate prepared to respond to the needs of the public and the general health and well-being of the communities they serve.