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On January 19, 2012, Barbara Nichols, former chief executive officer of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International, gave the Fifth Annual Global Health Lecture on "Perspectives on Globalization and Health Policy" from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Duke University School of Nursing Auditorium.

The Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) began its mission to address health disparities locally and abroad six years ago and since that time has experienced steady recognition and growth. However, during the 2011-2012 academic years, the pace of growth seems to be reaching new heights with OGACHI reaping the benefits of seeds planted several years ago. Evidence of this acceleration is shown in our latest intention to work in Rwanda.

During a two-week trip to China in December 2011, Professor Bei Wu visited several universities in four major cities: Beijing, Nanjing, Wuhan, and Shanghai. Her trip sought to continue to build and expand upon collaborations with these universities.

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the guest speaker for the Duke University School of Nursing’s Hooding and Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in Page Auditorium. Dr. Malone is chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing (NLN) and a leader in the national conversation on the nursing shortage and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, quality, culturally competent care.

Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and CEO, Duke University Health System, and Dr. Geoffrey Ginsburg, executive director, Center for Personalized Medicine, are holding the Duke Center for Personalized Medicine 2012 Symposium on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). Theme for the gathering is “The Interface of Research and Clinical Implementation.”

Duke University School of Nursing has instituted a new ceremony honoring students’ commitment to clinical excellence. The spring 2011, fall 2011 and spring 2012 cohorts from the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBN) degree program gathered with friends, family, and members of the community on March 16 for the inaugural Commitment to Excellence Ceremony.

Harvey J. Cohen, MD, HS’65-’67, ’69-’71, has been named an Honorary Alumnus of the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) for his partnership and dedication to advancing the work of the School of Nursing. One of the world’s leading experts in geriatric oncology, Dr. Cohen is the Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine, director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and a professor in the Duke University School of Nursing.

Mary Pauline “Polly” Johnson, MSN’80, RN, FAAN, is the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). Johnson is president and CEO of the Foundation for Nursing Excellence, an organization committed to improving health outcomes of North Carolina residents through policies and practices that enhance the practice of nursing. She will receive the award during a ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Duke University School of Nursing has selected Judy G. Ozbolt, BSN’67, PhD, RN, FAAN, to receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award. She will receive the award during a ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the School of Nursing Auditorium.

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