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FAL 2016

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F A L L 2 0 1 6 U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 4 1 Nursing students named Jonas Scholars Two UofL School of Nursing PhD stu- dents have earned a major award on their path to becoming academic leaders. In June, Adam Booth and Ander Flynn received $20,000 scholarships from the Jonas Cen- ter for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, the nation's leading philanthropic funder of graduate nurs- ing education. The Jonas Center created the Nurse Leaders Scholar Program in 2008 to abate nursing school faculty short- ages by supporting the educational development of doctoral students who want to become faculty members. Booth and Flynn are the fi rst UofL students to receive the Jonas Center scholarships, which will support their education over the next two years, and they will receive lead- ership training. The scholar- ship gives Booth fi nancial freedom to focus on research during the fi nal two years of his PhD studies. His clinical experi- ence as an in- tensive care unit nurse shaped his research interest in moral distress experienced by nurses caring for end-of-life patients. "My heart is in academia," Booth said. "I want to teach and create a better nursing educational experience for beginning nurses, and I will be able to achieve these goals through an academic career in a tenure- track position." Flynn, a family nurse practitioner, has begun his second year of the PhD program and is researching health disparities in the deaf population. "Receiving the Jonas scholarship is a tremendous honor," Flynn said. "It repre- sents many things, including the level of trust and support given to the Univer- sity of Louisville by the Jonas Center." A C R O S S C A M P U S SCHOOL OF NURSING Booth Flynn UofL professor practices the 'art' of diplomacy Mike Tracy, professor and director of the School of Music's jazz studies program, is what you might call a world jazz ambassador. He's visited nearly 50 countries in the pursuit of learning and teaching music. But a trip this summer was particularly special as its goal was nearly political: bring people of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Georgia and other countries in the Cauca- sus region together with music, despite historic tensions that still simmer. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, Tracy traveled with fellow UofL professor and guitarist Craig Wagner to Tbilisi, Georgia, where they taught two weeks of workshops, followed by performances at the Kavkaz Jazz Festival. He said the trip ultimately fulfi lled its goal, with the highest levels of camaraderie reached, particularly during jam sessions following the festival. "There were no boundaries, no attitudes, nothing but the joy of making music to- gether," he said. "Where in the world, at least on those nights, would one fi nd guitarists alongside others playing the Azeri tar and Georgian fanduri; drummers trading with one another on the Iranian tombak; where duduk, pku, zuma and shvi players would be harmonizing with saxophonists and fl utists? It was clear that we were able to reach each other through the music, and I know I was touched by their engagement, sincerity, questions and overall enthusiasm." Tracy said he's in talks now about continuing the collaboration. Possibilities include a student exchange with UofL and the Tbilisi State Conservatoire. SCHOOL OF MUSIC UofL jazz professor Mike Tracy, far right, plays the sax in the Kavkaz Jazz Festival in the Republic of Georgia.

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