April 25, 2008

Newly endowed chair to attract top nursing researchers

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Barbara Given, Ph.D., R.N., left, talks with Martha Ingram, right, and VUSN Dean Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., at last week's reception announcing the Martha Rivers Ingram Visiting Professor Endowed Chair, which Given will hold. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Newly endowed chair to attract top nursing researchers

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has unveiled the Martha Rivers Ingram Visiting Professorship, a fully endowed chair designed to attract the top minds in nursing research.

Barbara Given, Ph.D., R.N., from Michigan State University, who has dedicated her career to various aspects of cancer research, has been named to this position.

“We are delighted to have someone of Barbara's caliber join our school as a visiting endowed professor,” said Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. “She will facilitate careers in cancer nursing and provide education for our masters, doctoral and post-doctoral students.”

The brainchild of Conway-Welch and Ann Minnick, Ph.D., R.N., VUSN's senior associate dean of Research, the Ingram Chair is not tied to one individual. Instead, it is flexible in duration and is renewable as needed. This provides Vanderbilt with the opportunity to recruit talent that will reflect the School's evolving research efforts without requiring them to be full-time faculty.