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Duck-Hee Kang Memorial Mentored Workshop continues late faculty member’s legacy

Duck-Hee Kang (1947-2016)
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(Aug. 26, 2019) –The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) has announced selection of six outstanding early career nurse scientists to participate in the 2019 Duck-Hee Kang Memorial Mentored Workshop. The workshop honors the late Duck-Hee Kang (1947-2016), PhD, RN, FAAN, who was the Lee and Joseph D. Jamail Distinguished Professor at Cizik School of Nursing, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She also was director of the school’s Biosciences Laboratory and known for her outstanding research mentorship of junior faculty.

“We are delighted to offer the second annual Duck-Hee Kang Memorial Mentored Workshop,” said CANS Chair Holli DeVon, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The selected participants represent the best and brightest rising nurse scientists from all over the country. We are thrilled to be able to be a part of the trajectory of their careers and look forward to seeing the work they accomplish in the future.”

This competitively chosen group of postdoctoral and new faculty will receive research mentoring from senior nurse scientists during a one-day workshop on Oct. 22 in Washington, DC – Karen Alexander, PhD, RN - Thomas Jefferson University; Dalmacio Dennis Flores, PhD, ACRN - University of Pennsylvania; Ngozi D. Mbue, PhD, RN - Texas Woman’s University (who earned her doctoral degree at UTHealth in 2013 and formerly was an assistant professor at Cizik School of Nursing); Lisa K. Militello, PhD, MPH - The Ohio State University; Susan Storey, PhD - Indiana University; and Weichao Yuwen, PhD - University of Washington.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have a submitted research grant proposal critiqued by a senior investigator, as well as to participate as a member of an NIH-style mock review panel.

“Dr. Kang was the quintessential mentor to students and early career faculty,” said Marti Rice, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and chair of the advisory committee responsible for the selections. “This workshop honors her memory and provides an exceptional opportunity for mentoring in proposal development and review for the selected participants. She would have been so pleased.”

The Duck-Hee Kang Scholarship Fund at Cizik School of Nursing honors Dr. Kang’s legacy of tirelessly mentoring students from her arrival at UTHealth in 2009 until her unexpected death on Sept. 20, 2016.  To contribute to Dr. Kang’s scholarship fund, click MAKE A GIFT to access an online donation form.  At the bottom of the form, indicate that this is a gift “in memory of Dr. Kang” – all funds submitted in memory of Dr. Kang will support the student scholarship in her name.

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