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Several School of Nursing Faculty Receive Prestigious University Honors

The School of Nursing is proud to join the University community in celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Betty Braxter, Dr. Yvette Conley and Dr. Salah Al-Zaiti., recipients of the 2020 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service, Research and Teaching awards.

Dr. Braxter received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award, in part for her work in dedicating her career to the care of disadvantaged girls and young women. Under Dr. Braxter’s guidance, Pitt Nursing students gain experience in community environments like the Allegheny County Health Department's maternal-child program, the Community Engagement Center in Homewood and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital's Womancare Birth Center. She received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award last year.

Dr. Conley was honored in the Senior Scholar category for the role she played in shaping the interface between genomics and nursing. She was the first geneticist appointed in a nursing school to infuse genomics into nursing sciences.

Dr. Al-Zaiti received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. He has been recognized for his special talent in explaining complex concepts and getting important messages across to students. Since joining Pitt in 2013, he has served as a key member of scientific investigative teams on nine research projects contributing to the development and implementation of research protocols, processing ECG data streams and performing longitudinal statistical data analyses. Dr. Al-Zaiti also received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award last year.