College Kudos - Week of April 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020 10:00 AM
CON strolls . . . . week four! Continued thanks to Dr, Clare Kranz for organizing this. Send your photos to Clare Kranz @ Clare.Kranz@nurs.utah.edu by Thursday afternoon each week.
So many great things still happening . . . check this out!
Lisa Taylor Swanson
Dr. Lisa-Taylor Swanson delivered a talk to the K-Club titled: Investigating interoceptive awareness and emotion regulation in the context of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic low back pain: A K01 submission in the making. Lisa advises other colleagues to consider presenting their K application topic to this group as she received thoughtful feedback as well as connections with several new faculty with whom to network.
Dr. Kara Dassel was invited to serve on the Gerotological Society of American (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting Interdisciplinary Program Area working group, effective immediately, This appointments runs from December 31.
Dr. Michelle Litchman will be presenting a webinar hosted by Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare in Partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing titled “Mobilizing your research beyond publication” on May 5th from 1200 – 1300. Details on how to register can be found here.
Soon-to-be Dr. Zoe Robbins was recently involved with House Bill 313- Telehealth Parity Amendments. Due in part to her work along with several others, Governor Herbet passed this bill into law on March 24, which makes Utah the 35th state of require insurance companies to negotiate fair reimbursement rates for Telehealth. Three cheers, Zoe!
Dr. Michelle Litchman
Litchman, M.L., Oser, T.K., Hodgson, L., Heyman, M., Walker, H.R., Deroze, P., Rinker, J., Warshaw, H. (In Press). In-Person and Technology-Mediated Peer Support in Diabetes Care: A Systematic Review of Reviews and Gap Analysis. The Diabetes Educator.
Drs. Nancy Allen and Michelle Litchman
Allen, N.A., Litchman, M.L. (2020) Using Diabetes Technology in Older Adults. In Digital Health for Diabetes. Elsevier, Cambridge, MA (Book Chapter)
Drs. Djin Tay, Lee Ellington, and Gail Towsley
Tay, D., Ellington, L., Towsley, & Berg, C. A. (2020). Evaluation of a collaborative advance care planning intervention among older adult home health patients and their aregivers. Journal of Palliative Medicine, March 3030. Doi: 10.1089/jpm.2019.0521
Great news for Drs Abby Rizk, Sara Simonsen, Leissa Roberts, Lisa Taylor-Swanson, and PhD StudentJenn Lemoine,
Their article, Maternity Care for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: A Review” was one of the four finalists for the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health (JMWH) 2020 Best Review Article Award.
GRANT FUNDING: grab a hose because we’re on fire!
3I- Initiative from VPR’s office:
In March, the Office of the VP for Research posted a request for proposals with a special emphasis on emerging COVID 19 / SARS. The Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative in partnership with the Office of the Vice President For Research at the University of Utah requested proposals for research projects specifically focused on the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 virus and the related pandemic. The goal of this program is to support and enhance preliminary/project data for emerging research projects that will create competitive applications that are able to quickly respond to national funding opportunities.
We had two CON teams who received one of these grants:
Dr. Kathy Sward was a Co-Investigator with Dr. Julio Facelli from Biomedical Informatics on a UU 3i grant from the Vice-President for Research that was just awarded. They received $24,701 for their project titled “Characterizing Local COVID-19 Emergent Phenomenon and Mitigation Using Computational Modeling.”
Kristin Cloyes and Jia-Wen Guo
Drs Kristin Cloyes and Jia-Wen Guo, along with collaborator Dr. Mike Conway from Biomedical Informatics also received funding for their project, Examining social support needs and networks of cancer survivors and their caregivers during the CPVID-19 pandemic. Their abstract read as follows:
“The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the wellbeing of many. Cancer survivors and caregivers are
especially vulnerable because they often turn toward their social networks for help and support.
Physical distancing limits access to formal care while changing the nature and timing of social
interactions. Among survivors and caregivers, new needs may emerge while continuing needs go
unmet. We seek to better understand survivors’ and caregivers’ social support needs, networks and
interactions during the pandemic, and how these connect with stress and wellbeing. This will help us
develop strategies for improving or maintaining social support and wellbeing during crises, and beyond.”
Dr. Caroline Stephens received her notice of award from NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) for her K76 grant titled “Improving Palliative Care Access through Technology (ImPAcTT): a Multi-component Pilot Study. Dr. Stephens was awarded $415,154 for the period 03/15/2020 to 06/30/2021.
Dr. Youjeong Kang received a notice of award from NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for her K23 grant titled “Symptom Care at Home – Heart Failure: Developing and piloting a symptom monitoring and self-management coaching system for patients with heart failure”. Dr. Kang was awarded $726,668 for the period 04/15/2020 to 03/31/2025.
In other news . . .
Nancy Allen, PhD student MJ Tran and our amazing IT staff: Rebar, Mike, Dave, and Brandyn:
A week ago we did what many thought was the impossible – 100 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students from 8 different specialty tracks successfully defended their DNP Scholarly projects virtually with over 45 faculty / project chairs in ‘attendance.’ This couldn’t have happened without our IT team and a great deal of planning byDr. Allen, lead faculty for the scholarly project series, and MJ Tran. The DNP defense were followed by a special presentation featuring Interim Dean Wilson, Janzell Tutor from the Advancement Office, and a beautiful musical number arranged by MJ. Many kudos for this successful day.
Finally – kudos to two of our amazing staff in Student Services, both recognized by the Utah Women in Higher Education Network 2020
Kristen Mahoney received the Utah Women in Higher Education Network 2020 Emerging Professionals award. This award recognizes an individual who is early-in-career in higher education and who demonstrates rising leadership potential through her work in higher education.
Sumiko Martinez received the Utah Women in Higher Education Network 2020 Special Recognition award. This award is given to an individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated excellence and or innovation in creating programs, curriculum, and/or projects that have had a significant impact on advancing women in higher education. For example, nominees may have provided an effective vision, devised impactful policy, created new systems, engaged in effective collaborative work, shown extraordinary courage or dedication, or achieved unique significant accomplishments with the intention of achieving positive change for women relative to leadership and advancement in higher education. Such programs/curriculum/projects may have connected their campus with the community, positively impacted their campus, or been disseminated beyond their institution.