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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Alumnae, faculty member inducted as AAN fellows

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Six out of the 92 American Academy of Nursing (AAN) fellows inducted in 2008 were Connell School alumnae/i, including one faculty member. Fellows are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions and achievements in nursing. The AAN has approximately 1500 fellows, leaders in nursing education, management, practice and research. AAN fellows pledge to work toward a better health care system by enhancing quality of care, reducing health inequalities, promoting healthy behaviors, and integrating mental and physical care.

Rosanna F. Demarco MS'76 is an associate professor of community health at the Connell School. Committed to examining marginalization and health behaviors through partnerships with women living with HIV/AIDS, she is the co-producer of an HIV prevention education film entitled Women's Voices Women's Lives. The film is used by AIDS service organizations across the country and has been translated into Spanish and Vietnamese. The Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses honored Dr. DeMarco with its Research Award and Boston College bestowed its University Alumni Award of Excellence in Health Care to her in 2007.

Deborah A. Chyun '78 is director of the Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research and Theory Development, as well as associate co-director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at the College of Nursing at New York University. Dr. Chyun's research is focused on cardiac-related outcomes, psychosocial and behavioral factors and quality of life in older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Her findings have made a significant contribution to knowledge of cardiac autonomic neuropathy and asymptomatic heart disease, and have been incorporated into American Diabetes Association's clinical practice recommendations.

Elizabeth A. Henneman '79 is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing and a practicing critical care nurse. Her work is dedicated to identifying and implementing the transformative changes needed to improve patient and family outcomes. Dr. Henneman's work has consistently recognized the need for an interdisciplinary approach to solving complex health care problems, and she is currently collaborating on projects that include nurses, physicians, computer scientists, engineers, pharmacists and business operations managers.

Eileen M. Stuart-Shor MS'74, Post-MS'92 is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a nurse practitioner and cardiology research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Stuart-Shor's clinical work focuses on health disparities and improving cardiovascular outcomes for underserved populations. Her work establishing a nurse-led model for homeless individuals was recognized with a Schweitzer Fellowship and Humanitarian Award from the City of Boston.

Joseph O. Schmelz PhD'96 is best known for his leadership in the protection of research participants and his role as director of the Institutional Review Board, a committee established by federal law to oversee human research. Having served in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps for more than 20 years, Dr. Schmelz worked with Dr. Elizabeth Bridges to develop a program of research focused on the unique environment of military cargo aircraft reconfigured to transport critically wounded soldiers, in which even ordinary nursing care becomes extraordinarily difficult. Their "Care in the Air" research has significantly changed nursing practice and improved outcomes of transported patients.

Dianne M. Danis MS'81 is the director for nursing practice innovation at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinical in Madison. She has made many contributions to emergency, flight and trauma nursing, and has served in many roles including clinical nurse, trauma program manager, emergency nursing clinical nurse specialist, manager for adult and pediatric emergency departments and on the staff of a state emergency medical services agency. Ms. Danis has a long association with the Emergency Nurses Association, and was awarded its most prestigious commendation, the Judith C. Kelleher Award.