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Lanier to serve on national committee for 2020 Home Visiting Summit

Associate professor Paul Lanier has been invited to serve on the steering committee for the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit. The three-day summit is scheduled for January in Washington, D.C., and will focus on the latest research, innovations, and policies that impact communities served by the home visiting field.

Zimmerman to serve on national committee for dementia care and support

Professor Sheryl Zimmerman has been invited to serve as a member of the steering committee for the 2nd triennial National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers.

A national leader in the field of aging, Zimmerman was tapped to serve on the committee because of her expertise in conducting applied research to improve the care of older adults with cognitive impairment and dementia. Her service to this committee will include co-chairing a session focused on care settings, environments, and transitions.

Zerden selected for Academic Leaders Network

Lisa de Saxe Zerden, senior associate dean for MSW education at UNC School of Social Work, is one of five University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus leaders seLisa Zerdenlected to participate in the ACC Academic Leaders Network (ALN) program for 2019-2020.

Zerden will join UNC colleagues Misha Becker (chair, linguistics department), Julie Byerley (executive vice dean, UNC School of Medicine), Patricia McAnany (chair, anthropology department) and Mary McClurg (executive vice dean, Eshelman School of Pharmacy) in a series of networking and collaboration sessions with ALN participants from other universities.

Scoville awarded national fellowship

Christopher ScovilleChristopher Scoville has been awarded the Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Oriented Services, a program created by the US Department of Veterans Affairs with four sites nationally. Beginning in fall 2019, Scoville will work with the VA Hospital in Durham, N.C.

SSW honors outstanding alumni for 2019

Each year at graduation, the UNC School of Social Work presents the Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize alumni who have achieved distinction in the social work field, who embody social work values and who carry our mission of service into the world. Alumni can be nominated by peers, faculty members, staf, fellow alumni or students and are chosen by a committee.

This year, five social work professionals were selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. The honorees are: Susanna Stepp Birdsong (Raleigh); Noel Sebastian Bost, Ph.D. (Greensboro); Jessica Nakell Burroughs (Durham); Mia Ives-Rublee (Washington, D.C.); and Marcia Lynn White (Raleigh).