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WINTER-SPRING 2018

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31 WINTER/SPRING 2018 A group of Uof L researchers and engineers created a free mobile app designed to help health care providers easily assess and identify women in need of mental health care for intense grief after a pregnancy loss or death of a newborn. Marianne Hutti, School of Nursing professor, led research and develop- ment of the app, which makes scoring of the Perinatal Grief Intensity Scale easier, predicting patients at greatest risk for intense grief after perinatal loss, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of an infant within 28 days after birth. The project was funded by a $10,000 grant through the Hutti Assessing perinatal grief by app Kimberly-Clark Nursing Research Award from the Association of Wom- en's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Health care providers use the app to ask questions related to how a woman perceives her pregnancy loss. The app then calculates a patient's score on the PGIS and gives providers theoretical- ly-based suggestions for care. The app predicts patients most likely to have clinical-level anxiety, depression and continuing intense grief three to five months after a peri- natal loss. Providers are encouraged to use the PGIS as a post-hospitaliza- tion screening tool to identify women who should be referred for additional mental health evaluation. Knowing how patients perceived their pregnancy and a subsequent loss is crucial. Responses to perinatal loss vary among women, and the point during pregnancy when a loss occurs does not determine a patient's grief response, Hutti said. "Women with early losses can have very intense grief, just like women with later losses," Hutti said. "The app ensures that health care provid- ers are creating treatment plans that are congruent with how a woman is seeing her loss." The app is available to clinicians for free at uoflnursingpgis.org and on Google Play. Pierce B ill Pierce believes he's the only person to be expelled from Uof L twice for bad grades as an undergraduate, then come back to earn a PhD and ultimately serve on the school's Board of Trustees. After 12 years as a student and more than 30 years as a faculty mem- ber, Pierce, executive vice president for research and innovation, retired from Uof L in January. Interim President Greg Postel called Pierce's retirement "a real loss, as he has had a great impact on this university, its students, the commu- nity and his profession." Pierce joined the faculty in 1985 and was a professor of chemistry and pharmacology and toxicology, teaching students in eight of Uof L's schools and colleges. He also was a vice provost and an interim dean, chair of the Faculty Senate and a Longtime administrator bids UofL farewell Pierce retires after three decades of service member of the boards of Trustees, Uof L Athletic Association, Alumni and Uof L Research Foundation. "When I was a student I learned a lot from the faculty and as faculty I learned a lot from the students," Pierce said. "I enjoyed that more than anything else." Pierce said he is proud of any role he may have played in making research opportunities available to undergraduate students and encour- ages fellow Uof L graduates from the 1970s and '80s to visit the dramati- cally changed Belknap campus. "They wouldn't believe this place and what's available to these students" he said. Rob Keynton, bioengineering professor and Lutz Endowed Chair of Biomechanical Devices was named interim EVP for research and innovation.

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