Nurse Faculty Scholars
Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, RN, MPH, CPH, (’11) an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice for the term ending September 2016. The council is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Clinical Scholars
In November, Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, (’97) and Yale site co-director Harlan Krumholz, MD, were quoted in a New York Times front page article, “Hospitals Face Pressure to Avert Readmissions.”

Kelly Doran, MD, (’13) published a blog entry in the Huffington Post in November, “Hospitals Should Never Discharge Homeless Patients to the Streets.” She recommends that hospital care teams ask about each patient’s housing status to avoid discharging homeless patients back to the streets. She also argues that ideally, homeless patients would be discharged to supportive housing or to a medical respite program, which have been shown to reduce hospital readmission rates and future hospital stays.

Dan Hunt, MD, (’77) was quoted in the New York Times article, “NYU and Other Medical Schools Offer Shorter Course in Training, for Less Tuition.”

Leora Horwitz, MD, MHS, (’06) authored an op-ed piece in the New York Times in November 2012, “A Shortcut to Wasted Time,” which urges physicians to be better stewards of medical records so they remain useful, regardless of payment incentives and new technology.

Gerardo Moreno, MD, (’10) received an NIA/NIH Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research. This is a five-year grant that protects Moreno’s time to focus on health IT decision support to improve medication management safety and quality.

Executive Nurse Fellows
Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, (’07) dean and professor at the Jefferson School of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., has recently published an article, “A Nurse Learns Firsthand That You May Fend for Yourself After a Hospital Stay,” in the November 2012 issue of Health Affairs. The article details Swan’s challenges with the health care system following her husband’s stroke and recovery.

Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, (’04) was one of 20 University of Rhode Island alumni who received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the university in a ceremony held in Newport, R.I., on October 27, 2012. The award recognized her research on pregnancy loss and the creation of the “Swanson Theory of Caring,” which has been incorporated into protocols used by health organizations around the world to empower nurses to deliver higher quality, patient-centered care.

In an in-depth Q&A interview in the Chicago Tribune titled “Better Ways for Women to Navigate Health System,” Donna Thompson, RN, MS, (’03) CEO of Access Community Health Network, discusses ways women can meet the challenge of managing their own health and the health of their families.

Health & Society Scholars
Sabrina McCormick, PhD, MA, (’07) was quoted in a Co-Exist story (January 7, 2013) on citizen-scientists being the line of defense for environmental disasters. McCormick said that in the case, for instance, of widespread oil spills, traditional science is not useless, but it tends to take a long time and is inevitably impressionistic. Citizen science can improve the understanding responders have to the wider problem.

Julianna Pacheco, PhD, (’10) won a grant award from the Social Sciences Funding Program. The program provides seed funding to develop pilot data and to conduct preliminary work that enables researchers at the University of Iowa to submit competitive applications for external research grants. Pacheco’s award-winning project is titled “The Role of State Newspapers on Governmental Attention to Tobacco and Vaccines.” She is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Iowa.

Natasha Schüll, PhD, MA, (’03) was quoted in a New York Times article on January 12, 2013, discussing casino slot machines and gambling addiction. Schüll, an associate professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently published a book, Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas, which discusses the trancelike state players enter into while gambling on slot machines, in which daily worries, social demands, and even bodily awareness fade away.

Samir Soneji, PhD, (’08) received media coverage for an opinion piece featured in the New York Times (January 5, 2013), in which he discusses findings from his study published in the journal Demography. The August 2012 study, “Statistical Security for Social Security,” explains that the “Social Security Administration is using outdated methods to project longevity and therefore understates the system’s shortfall.” Media coverage about the New York Times article included MSN Money and Advisor One.

Health Policy Fellows
Leona Cuttler, MD, (’05) received a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation grant on transforming pediatric ambulatory care.

Karen Guice, MD, MPP, (’96) who is serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, was named Khatali Distinguished Alumnus by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Janice Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’10) is now an associate professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, IL. She also became the Carter Fleck Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico and has been inducted into the Chicago Institute of Medicine, as well as the Institute of Excellence of the National Black Nurses Association. In addition, Phillips was appointed to the editorial board for Nursing Outlook, the official journal for the American Academy of Nursing.

New Connections
Maria Rosa Solorio, MD, MPH, (’11) New Connections Midcareer Consultant grantee, has been awarded an R34 grant from NIH entitled “HIV Prevention Messages Targeting Latino Men.”

Active Living Research-New Connections alumna Erin Hager, PhD, (’09) was recently awarded a K12 Career Development Award through the University of Maryland’s Organized Research Effort in Women’s Health Scholar Program.

Active Living Research-New Connections alumna, Flavia Peréa, PhD, (’10) was named a 2013 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

Nurse Faculty Scholars
AkkeNeel Talsma, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’08) an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Michigan, participated on the panel, “Failure to Rescue,” at the inaugural Patient Safety Science and Technology Summit. The expert panel reviewed the different approaches available to hospitals wishing to reduce the frequency of failure to rescue.

Physician Faculty Scholars
Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, (’09) wrote a blog entry for the Huffington Post: “Making Room at the Inn: Helping Those With Food Allergies Celebrate—and Stay Alive” (December 23, 2012). Gupta—who is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Healthcare Studies and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago—recounts her professional and family experiences with food allergies and writes, “Current ongoing research shows some promising treatments that may help kids tolerate the foods they are allergic to in small quantities or possibly even completely. Until then, fortunately, many substitute foods have been developed for the most common food allergies. All that’s needed is a little extra time, willingness to help, and a desire to make it happen.”

Scholars in Health Policy Research
In December, Jason Barabas, PhD, (’04) and Jacob Bowers, PhD, (’05) were honored with 2012 American Political Science Association Awards. Barabas was awarded the 2012 Best Paper Award from the Experimental Research Section of the American Political Science Association; Bowers was awarded the 2012 Emerging Scholar Award from the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association.

Rogan Kersh, PhD, (’98) was mentioned in the recent article “Battling Rihanna Puts Pandora in Box on Lower Music Royalties” in Bloomberg BusinessWeek News.

Brendan Nyhan, PhD, (’09) was quoted in an article by Andrew Romano, “The Statisticians on the Bus,” in Newsweek on November 9, 2012.

Harold A. Pollack, PhD, (’94) was part of a panel on the topic of the nationwide decline in crime on MSNBC’s “UP with Chris Hayes” broadcast on January 6, 2013.

Abigail Saguy, PhD, (’00) published an op-ed piece in the LA Times titled “Why We Diet,” which examines why Americans are obsessed with weight loss and calls for increasing tolerance and appreciation of diverse body types.

Mark C. Suchman (’99) has been appointed the program director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, on loan from his appointment at Brown University. His research centers on social, human, and organizational factors and resources in cyberinfrastructure, including learning and workforce development, and virtual organizations.