School of nursing

Professor receives psycho-oncology’s highest recognition

Ruth McCorkle, YSN Florence S. Wald Professor of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology, received the Holland Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), the highest award given in the field of psycho-oncology. McCorkle focuses her research on the patient’s experience with cancer at critical points in the illness—from the point of diagnosis, to treatment, to survivorship, and to the end of life. The award for outstanding contributions to the field is named in honor of Jimmie Holland, who as a psychiatrist has devoted her career to helping patients and families cope with the psychological burden of cancer and its treatment.

Bellos Lecture on informatics

Suzanne Bakken, Alumni Professor of Nursing and professor of biomedical informatics and director of the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved at Columbia University School of Nursing, presented the annual Sybil Palmer Bellos Lecture at YSN on April 20. Her lecture was entitled, “Promoting the Health of the Public Through Informatics.” Bakken explained the importance of informatics for improving the public’s health: “We must pay very careful attention to usability issues. … We do have national agendas around health information technology and we have national agendas for health disparities. And I just don’t think they’re intersecting quite as much as they need to … to harness the power of information technology to truly improve the health of the public.” More info and video available at

Creative Writing Awards inspire

The 2011 YSN Creative Writing Awards drew an audience of over 180 people to the New Haven Lawn Club on April 28. The event celebrated this year’s student honorees: Meredith A. Bailey ’12, Aislyn Cangialose ’13, and Amanda Reilly ’11. National Magazine Award–winning author Amy Bloom was the featured speaker at the event. Read and view video of the entries for this year’s winners at

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