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UCF Researcher to Be Recognized As First Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing

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By Karen Guin

Karen Dow, a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Central Florida, will be recognized as the first Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing at a reception at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Orlando Art Museum.

The reception will honor Dow's new appointment and her more than 30 years of work to improve the care of patients with cancer. The endowed faculty position is one of only five in oncology nursing in the nation.

"Karen's tremendous dedication and compassion have positively impacted the lives of people around the world," said Nursing School Director Jean Leuner. "Her appointment to the Kahli chair will help further her important work.""

Most recently, Dow has focused on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors and their families. She sees her new appointment as an opportunity to expand her work on cancer survivorship.

"I am very honored to be named as endowed chair,"  Dow said. "I look forward to collaborating with other researchers and clinicians and to mentoring new researchers to help improve the lives of cancer survivors.""

Dow began her clinical career inBoston, where she was the first to document the needs of younger women with breast cancer, including their need for more meaningful information. She has gone on to make many outstanding contributions in support of breast cancer education for both patients and nurses.

Since joining the UCF faculty in 1995, Dow has developed and implemented WebO.N.E, an Internet-based oncology nursing educational program for nurses around the world. She has also authored or co-authored four textbooks and written more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Dow, an accomplished nurse researcher, is testing the effects of a behavioral intervention for breast cancer survivors with support from a $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research and National Cancer Institute.

She is also developing, implementing and evaluating the effects of an Internet-based support and education program for young women with breast cancer concerned about fertility with a $250,000 grant from The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dow's expertise in oncology nursing was recognized nationally with her appointment to the President's Cancer Panel, Special Commission on Breast Cancer. More recently, Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her to the Florida Biomedical Research Council.­

Dow has received many national research, education and achievement awards, including the 2004 Excellence in Breast Cancer Education Award from the national Oncology Nursing Society.

The Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing was established in March with the donation of $600,000 by Beat Kahli, president and CEO of Avalon Park. The gift is eligible for a state match that would result in an endowed fund of more than $1 million.

Other endowed faculty positions in oncology nursing are located at the University of Texas, University of Arkansas, University of Florida and University of South Florida.

DETAILS: Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing reception, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, Orlando Art Museum, 2416 N. Mills Ave. UCF President John Hitt and other key administrators will address the guests, who will include former UCF President Charles Millican and health-care leaders from the local community. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Jennifer Roth Miller at 407-823-2723 or jeroth@mail.ucf.edu.

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