For immediate release: Feb. 16, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - More than 600 members of the Southern Nursing Research Society will be co-hosted by the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston when the organization convenes its 21st Annual Conference, Feb. 22-24, at Moody Gardens.

The SNRS, whose mission is to advance and disseminate nursing research, covers 14 states from Virginia to Texas. This is the first time the organization has selected Galveston for its annual conference. The conference theme is "Translational Research: Bridge or Destination?" The goal of translational research is to apply what is learned in scientific inquiry to patient care. The keynote speaker is Lauren Aaronson, a former associate dean for research at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas will welcome the visitors during Thursday's welcoming reception.

Judith C. Drew, a nursing professor at UTMB and chairwoman of the conference planning committee, said, "We're thrilled that the site selection committee chose Galveston for the conference." Co-hosting with UTMB are schools of nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas Woman's University, Houston Baptist University and Prairie View A&M University.

"This conference brings nurse-researchers from across the South to share ideas and ongoing research in such diverse areas as biobehavioral interventions in elderly patients and improving patient outcomes," Drew said. She notes that six UTMB faculty - Darlene (Cheyenne) Martin, Linda Rath, Kathleen Lucke, Robin Fleschler, Elnora (Nonie) Mendias and Elizabeth Reifsnider - will present papers at the conference. The conference accepted abstracts from 21 Ph.D. students in the UTMB School of Nursing.

Drew said Galveston was selected for this year's conference because of its combination of natural beauty and history and "the UTMB School of Nursing's leadership in nursing research and education." With more than 600 nurse-researchers registered, this is the largest turnout in the 21-year history of the conference. Part of the credit, she said, goes to the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau "which is rolling out the red carpet for our guests."

Here is a listing of UTMB School of Nursing faculty and staff involved in the SNRS conference:

Dean Pamela G. Watson: co-sponsor of tote bags with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, facilitator of the Dean's Networking Session, co-host of the conference welcoming reception and host of a reception at her home for selected guests.

Local planning committee
Judith Drew, Carolyn Phillips and Julie C. Best.

Faculty presenting papers
Darlene (Cheyenne) Martin, Linda Rath, Kathleen Lucke, Robin Fleschler, Elnora (Nonie) Mendias and Elizabeth Reifsnider.

Faculty presenting posters
Judith Drew, Diane Heliker, Mary Ann Best, Karen Brykczynski, Patricia (Trish) Richard, Kathleen Nash, Regina Lederman, M. Kay Sandor and Alice Hill.

Faculty facilitating doctoral student mentoring sessions
Alice Hill, Elizabeth Reifsnider and Carolyn Phillips.

Nursing and doctoral students with poster presentations
Lena Rippstein, Michael Mistric, Eugenia (Ginger) Blomstrom, Rosalinda Morales, Kimberly Crocker Crowther, Philisie Washington, Thomas Mendez, Marilyn Haupt, Karen O'Brien, Nona Fain, Elizabeth Gressle-Tovar, Mini Jose, Ginny Sherman, Robert Hanks, Rosemarie Garza, Allyson Neighbors, Nancy Higgs, Jennifer Kelly, David Crowther, Shainy Varghese and Mary Gordon.

Faculty and students serving as session moderators and room monitors
Charlotte Wisnewski, Deborah Arnold, Helen Jordan, Toni Enriquez, Margaret (Susan). Grinslade, Elnora (Noni) Mendias, Bonnie Webster, Nona Fain, Robin Fleschler, Carol Wiggs, Karen Bryczynski, Rosalinda Morales, Ellarene Duis, Philisie Washington, Linda Rath. Rebekah Watson, Rosemarie Garza, Paula Stangeland, Dolores Saddler, Margaret Ottenbacher and Rachel Daugherty.

Poster session greeters from UTMB Hospitals
Holly Paskell, TaLula Jones, Cynthia Schaaf, Valerie Brumfield, Mary McCauley and Jennifer Zirkle.
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