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Duke University School of Nursing will host the 2011 Winter Institute of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) February 10-13 at the Washington Duke Inn. Theme for the gathering will be "The Human Genome and Personalized Medicine: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders Prevention and Treatment in a Diverse Society." More than 35 individuals from across the nation are expected to attend.

DURHAM, NC -- February 11, 2011 -- It’s a long way from Sisseton, South Dakota, to Durham, but Barbara Dahlen, PhD, RN, was willing to make the trek in order to participate in the 2011 Intensive Winter Institute of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) in Durham this weekend. Dahlen is part of a cadre of scholars from across the nation attending this year’s Institute.

William Michael Scott, MSN, FNP-BC, clinics director and clinical associate at the Duke University School of Nursing, has accepted an interim appointment as treasurer on the board of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). He completed a one-year term as vice chair of the CCNE board on December 31, 2010.

More than 700 individuals are enrolled as students for spring semester at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), a record number in the School’s 80-year history.

To celebrate National Nurse Anesthetists Week, Jan. 23-29, 2011, and the tenth anniversary of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Duke University School of Nursing, faculty and students enrolled in the program are visiting local schools and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity of Durham.

The federally-funded Making a Difference in Nursing II (MADIN II) Program hosted a visit from its consultants January 19-21, 2011. MADIN II is a HRSA Workforce Diversity grant with the goal of increasing the participation of high achieving/high potential underrepresented minorities (URMs) in nursing education at Duke University School of Nursing. The ultimate outcome of the project is to produce nursing leaders from URMs in nursing prepared at the PhD or DNP levels.

Bei Wu, PhD, joined the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in January 2011. In addition to her position at DUSON, Dr. Wu holds faculty membership in the Center for the Study of Aging and in the Duke Global Health Institute. She also holds adjunct professor/senior fellow positions at three academic institutions in China. Dr. Wu’s areas of research expertise include gerontology and global health.

Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) at the ACCM Convocation/Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Awards Presentation on Monday, January 17, 2011, in San Diego, California. As part of the SCCM, the College helps foster the Society's mission by recognizing the highest achievements in multiprofessional critical care.

On December 10, 2010, the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, inducted 97 students from the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at the Duke University School of Nursing.

DUSON has been awarded a 2010 “Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing” award by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). The award recognizes DUSON’s significant efforts in  recruiting and retaining men in nursing, providing men a supportive educational environment, and educating faculty, students, and the community about the contributions men have made and continue to make to the nursing profession.