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February 17, 1998
Volume 44 Number 22

Penn Nursing: No. 1 in NIH Grants

Penn's School of Nursing is first in the nation for nursing research funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $6.3 million in grants for 1997a 17.8 percent increase in the School's federal funding over FY1996, when Penn was second in the country. During this period, NIH increased its overall funding for nursing schools by 6.2 percent, according to NIH data released by the School last week.

"The impressive rate at which our faculty's grants have been funded in recent years when federal dollars for research have become very competititive confirms our position as a premier institution for nursing research," said Dean Norma Lang. The School has particularly earned a national reputation for the discovery of new models of nursing interventions in hospital and community, she added. One example is the Penn Nursing Network, a system of eight community-based nursing practices in which advanced practice nurses provide health services to people of all ages in a variety of settings.

"The practices provide opportuntiies for Penn Nursing researchers to implement their research findings and to continually develop new solutions to contemporary health issues," said the Dean. "The goal of nursing research is to inform the health care stystem in a way that advocates for better health care. In an era of rapid change in health care systems, nursing plays a crucial role in disseminating new knowledge that ultimately opitimizes health, prevents illness, and enhances the quality of life for patients and their families."

Penn Nursing researchers are currently active in such areas as cancer and AIDS care and prevention; health policy and health services delivery; the care of high-risk pregnant women and their babies; the prevention of low birthweigh; care of the elderly and long-term care; urban health care issues; and nursing history.

Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper, director of the School's Center for Nursing Research, calls the research funding "an important measure of the scope, value and productivity of the School's research program. What is equally important is how our findings are incorporated into the eduction of our students and into nursing practice. It is in all these measures as well that the School of Nursing is considered a leader among nursing schools throughout the nation."


From the Senate Office

Slate of Nominees for 1998-99

Under the Faculty Senate Rules, formal notification to members may be accomplished by publication in Almanac. The following is published under that rule.

TO: Members of the Faculty Senate
FROM: Vivian C. Seltzer, Chair
SUBJECT: Senate Nominations 1998-99

1. In accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules, official notice is given of the Senate Nominating Committee's slate of nominees for the incoming Senate Officers. The nominees, all of whom have indicated their willingness to serve, are:

Chair-elect: Peter J. Conn (prof English)
Secretary-elect: Rosane Rocher (prof S. Asia regional st)

At-large Members of the Senate Executive Committee (to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 1998):

Holly Pittman (assoc prof history of art)
Pedro Ponte-Casteñada (assoc prof mechanical engr)
Phoebe S. Leboy (prof biochemistry/dental)
Kenneth I. Wolpin (prof economics)

One Assistant Professor Member of the Senate Executive Committee
(to serve a 2-year term beginning May, 1998):

Kathleen Hall (education)

Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 1998):

David B. Brownlee (prof history of art)
Howard Lesnick (prof law)
Daniel D. Permutter (prof chemical engr)

Senate Committee on Conduct (to serve a 2-year term beginning May, 1998):

Jane B. Alavi (assoc prof medicine)
Lee V. Cassanelli (assoc prof history)
Vivian L. Gadsden (assoc prof education)

Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty (to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 1998):

Erling E. Boe (prof education)
Richard L. Kihlstrom (prof finance)

2. Again in accord with the Senate Rules you are invited to submit "additional nominations,which shall be accomplished via petitions containing at least twenty-five valid names and the signed approval of the candidate. All such petitions must be received no later than fourteen days subsequent to the circulation of the nominees of the Nominating Committee. Nominations will automatically be closed fourteen days after circulation of the slate of the Nominating Committee." Pursuant to this provision, petitions must be received by mail at the Faculty Senate, Box 12 College Hall/6303, or by hand at the Faculty Senate Office, 210 Houston Hall by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 1998.

3. Under the same provision of the Senate Rules, if no additional nominations are received, the slate nominated by the Nominating Committee will be declared elected. Should additional nominations be received, an election will thereafter be held by mail ballot.

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