Colleague Pens Inspirational Tribute in Honor of Herr’s Recent GSA Award
By Howard K. Butcher | Journal of Gerontological Nursing
As I write this recognition for Keela Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, for being bestowed the 2019 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award, I am also preparing a syllabus for a course titled NGR: 7709: Crafting the Life of Scholarship, which I will be teaching to PhD students at Florida Atlantic University. The synchronicity of these two activities are serendipitous and synergistic. The Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award is the most distinguished nursing award given by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. The award is bestowed to an individual who has achieved an outstanding and sustained contribution to gerontological nursing research. Dr. Herr, Kelting Professor in Nursing and Associate Dean for Faculty at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, received the award during GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting held November 13–17 in Austin, Texas. Being asked to write this recognition is such a gift and honor because Dr. Herr's career trajectory is the essence of what it means to craft a life of scholarship.
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