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Gustav Moyo, Registrar of the Nurses and Midwifery Council of Tanzania, visited Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) from February 25 to March 7, 2012.

The Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) officially launched a faculty interest group in nursing pertaining to global health. OGACHI Faculty Affiliates (OFA) seeks to organize faculty with an affinity for global health to come together in advancing global research, education, and professional service in the School of Nursing.

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.

Sally Heller Rankin, MSN’78, PhD, RN, FAAN, will receive the 2012 Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science Award from Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) on Friday, April 20, 2012. Dr. Rankin is associate dean for international programs and global health and director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Nursing Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).