January 2002
Volume 15, Number 1


Dunbar-Jacob Named Dean at
Pitt School of Nursing

Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob

APS Member Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob was appointed dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Dunbar-Jacob will succeed Dean Ellen Rudy, and Interim Dean Lynda Davidson.

"Dr. Dunbar-Jacob's accomplishments as an educator, researcher and leader along with her record of service to the nursing community and beyond have been recognized nationally and internationally; these experiences will enable her to lead the School of Nursing into a breadth of new opportunities," said Arthur S. Levine, senior vice chancellor for the Health Sciences and dean, School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

A member of the University of Pittsburgh faculty for 17 years, Dunbar-Jacob has made seminal contributions to the school and the nursing community at large. One of her most notable accomplishments at Pitt was through her nine-year tenure as the founding director of the Center for Nursing Research, a resource that has helped the School of Nursing gain the reputation of being a major research center on the national, state and local levels. Since the establishment of the center, the school has risen to the rank of fifth in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among nursing schools and been designated a Research Intensive Environment by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Dunbar-Jacob's personal research interests focus on patient adherence to treatment. She has been an active investigator for 24 years, 21 with NIH funding, and has served as a co-investigator on studies related to AIDS, rheumatology, cardiovascular risk factors, cancer screening and transplantation. She is a research consultant to a number of multi-center clinical trials, including the Women's Health Initiative and the Diabetes Control and Complications Trail.

Noice Receives Elmhurst College's First NIH Grant

Helga Noice

APS Member Helga Noice, associate professor of psychology at Elmhurst College, has received a grant from the National Institute on Aging for a three-year cognitive intervention study. This is the first NIH grant awarded to a researcher at Elmhurst College, a small liberal arts school in Chicago, Illinois. The study, "The Benefits of Theater Training for Older Adults," will examine whether involvement in the arts, visual and theater arts in particular, can improve the cognitive functioning and general well-being of adults over 65, a growing segment of the population. Participants are trained in the strategies actors use in drama, going beyond simple script memorization by engaging in comprehension and emotional involvement with other participants in creating the inner, active world that is left out of the script. Noice hopes to determine whether the expected benefit of the training will extend to improvement in such cognitive skills as recall, recognition, working memory, and comprehension, as well as self-esteem, affective states, and psychological well-being.

Evans Selected for Scientific Influence

APS Fellow and Charter Member Louise Evans has been included in the publication of 1000 World Leaders of Scientific Influence by the American Biographical Institute.

The publishers "record biographies of an elite group who have helped mould international societies through scientific endeavors during the turning of centuries. By definition, these individuals are leaders with vision, integrity, and an intellectual commitment to mankind. Several immediately stand out from our long years of lengthy research," and it is those who are included in this volume.