For immediate release: March. 29, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - The School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is hosting an open house for its new Center for Nursing Research and Evaluation and its Biobehavioral Laboratory. The University of Texas System provided funding for the center through its Enrich Nursing through Exceptional Recruitment Program. The event, which is open to the campus community, is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 2.

The CNRE is located in Room 3.204 of the School of Allied Health Sciences/School of Nursing building. The lab is located in Room 2.228 in the same building.

Elizabeth Reifsnider, associate dean for research in the School of Nursing, sees the school's emphasis on research as an important part of its future. "Nursing research is concerned with improving the health of individuals, families, communities and populations. Nurses investigate health promotion, disease prevention, quality of life for patients and families, symptom management, reduction of health disparities and end-of-life care. The creation of this new space will allow UTMB nurse researchers to integrate biological and behavioral science and develop nurse scientists for the future."

The School of Nursing has been successful at recruiting researchers. Recent hires include Kyungeh An, Patricia Crane, Yolanda Davila, and Susan Grinslade. All are experienced nurse researchers with doctoral degrees. An came from Korea via Ohio State University, Crane came from Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburg, Davila came from the University of Michigan and Grinslade came from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. These new faculty have programs of research encompassing biological markers of heart disease, intimate partner violence, health disparities in Hispanic populations and forensic nursing.

The CNRE and research lab, which occupy 2,658 square feet of renovated space, include the following features:


· Six research project and work areas for researchers' staff with file storage for research data

· Reception area

· Four offices for associate dean for research and three staff

• State-of-the-art conference room with white screen white board with printer, 37-inch plasma screen display panel, built-in video camera for video/teleconferencing, document camera, 70x70-inch ceiling mount view screen, state-of-the-art sound system and projector, CPU and rack system to operate all the different devices. 
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