News & Events


Congratulations Ayasha Thomason, College of Nursing PhD student, for receiving a John A. Hartford Pre-doctoral Fellowship. The nationally competitive Predoctoral Fellowship of $100,000 is aimed to increase academic gerontological nursing capacity by increasing leadership and accelerating academic research careers. Her primary mentor is Dr. Leanne Lefler, PhD in the College of Nursing and her secondary mentor is Dr. Richard-Davis, M.D. in the College of Medicine at UAMS.

Congratulations to College of Nursing faculty member and HCGNE Leadership Team member Sandra New Berryman is recipient of the 2013-14 Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

Four College of Nursing faculty (Drs. Carithers, New Berryman and Buron) attended a three day conference March 26-68, 2014. The conference, Educating Health Professionals in Interprofessional Care, was presented by the University of Toronto at UAMS. Four dozen attendees from across colleges of UAMS worked in teams to learn about interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) and develop future plans for expanding UAMS IPE/IPC opportunities. 

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and The University of Iowa Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the Gerontological Nursing Intervention Research Center will host a Gerontological Nursing Research Summer Scholars Seminar on June 23-27, 2014, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Please click on the link below to retrieve application.

 Summer Seminar Application 2014          Gerontological Nursing Research Summer Scholars Flyer


Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N.,FAAN, named Officer on National Nursing Board

Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, director of the Arkansas Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNE) and associate professor in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing, has been named treasurer of the National HCGNE Board of Directors.

 The appointment is Beverly’s second consecutive term on the board, which works to increase the capacity and competency of nurses trained to provide quality care to older adults. The 13 HCGNE national sites do this through faculty development, advancing gerontological nursing science, facilitating adoption of best practices, fostering leadership and designing and shaping health policy.

Cornelia Beck, Ph.D., R.N., to Lead CTSA Application Process
Cornelia Beck, Ph.D., R.N., has accepted the interim position of co-PI of UAMS’ Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and will lead the new application submission for another five years of CTSA funding from the NIH. Beck will replace Greer Sullivan, M.D., who accepted a new position at the University of California, Riverside, but who will continue to work with Beck on the application through the end of October. Beginning in November, Sullivan’s involvement will continue on a more limited basis until the application’s submission to NIH, which is anticipated to be in January.

“Dr. Beck is an established researcher, a TRI co-director, and she has been involved with the CTSA since its inception, so we’re excited that she has accepted this role,” said TRI Executive Director Lisa Jackson, J.D., R.N. “Dr. Sullivan has done a superb job putting us on the right track with the application, and she and Dr. Beck are working closely to ensure a smooth transition.”

Past Webinar:

“Overcoming Barriers to the Integration of Gerontology Content in Undergraduate Nursing Programs: Lessons Learned Post-GNEC”

Date: June 12, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm (EST)

Webinar Overview

Several years ago, the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) project disseminated nationally a model to successfully incorporate gerontology content into the undergraduate nursing curriculum.  Since this time, faculty identified system and intraprofessional barriers to fully integrating gerontology curricular content into their curricula. This FREE webinar will address barriers and provide recommendations to improve on this work. We are asking those that have been engaged in this process at their schools of nursing to send us comments/questions in advance and during the presentation for discussion by the national experts on our discussion panel.  UAMS will combine their expertise for a panel discussion following a presentation.

 Webinar Speakers:

Beth Barba, PhD, RN, FAGHE, FAAN, Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Joan Stanley, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Senior Director of Education Policy for AACN; Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, Senior Research Scientist Associate Director, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University; and Leanne Lefler, PhD, ACNS-BC, APN, Associate Professor & Education Leader, Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) was chosed by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) as the 2012 recipient of the M. Powell Lawton Award.  The GSA is the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

This distinguished honor recognizes a significant contribution in gerontology that has led to an innovation in gerontological treatment, practice or service, prevention, amelioration of symptoms or barriers, or a public policy change that has led to some practical application that improves the lives of older persons. It is sponsored by the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life’s Polisher Research Institute and is named in memory of M. Powell Lawton, PhD, for his outstanding contributions to applied gerontological research.

Bill Buron, PhD RNC, FNP/GNP-BC, Assistant Dean for Nursing, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest Arkansas Campus has been elected by the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Alumni membership to represent this group at the upcoming John A. Hartford Foundation Alumni Focus Group on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC)  program moved mid-September to The Gerontological Society of America.  We are very excited about the possibilities this move provides for cultivating ever stronger interdisciplinary links to help advance research, education, and practice in gerontological nursing.

National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence* Coordinating Center
1220 L. Street NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC  20005

*formerly known as Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity


Spring 2011 Newsletter