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Read the latest news about UTA CONHI in our newsletter

Dean Elizabeth Merwin
Dear CONHI Community,
I am pleased to share some exciting news with you: our College will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary beginning this fall. Fifty years ago, in 1971 the Department of Kinesiology was first established with the name the Department of Physical Education, and the school of nursing was established and saw its first students at UTA in 1972. 
For 50 years our programs have trained the next generation of health care professionals. From our rigorous academics to our research excellence, we have graduated over 50,000 students in the fields of nursing, kinesiology, exercise science, public health, and athletic training.
We are officially kicking off our 50th anniversary celebration this month. To join us in celebrating I invite our community of students, alumni, donors, partners, and other stakeholders to stay involved throughout by:
  • Submit your story to be a part of commemorating our long and successful history
  • Express interest in a local alumni event
  • Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date about upcoming events @UTACONHI on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Let us know what other ideas/events you would like to see by emailing them to
I am delighted to share this exciting moment in our history with you, and to see and hear from you soon in celebration of our 50th. 

All the best, 
Dean Elizabeth Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation will be undergoing an accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) scheduled in October 2021. The programs under review are CONHI’s baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program. Written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled evaluation and all comments must be received by CCNE by September 22, 2021. All comments should be directed to
The College of Nursing and Health Innovation held summer commencement on August 19, 2021. The ceremony celebrated our summer 2021 graduates as they walked across the stage. We are very proud of our graduates, congrats! View the full ceremonies here
Dr. Lim addressing graduating class at CONHI 2021 commencement Summer 2021 CONHI Commencement cap reading Dr. Love, Dean Merwin and Dr. Lim at CONHI 2021 commencement
Excited graduate waving Students prepping at CONHI 2021 commencement
Shaikh Ullahansari

Tietze to Hold the Myrna Pickard Endowed Professorship in Nursing

The University of Texas at Arlington has selected Dr. Mari Tietze for the Myrna R. Pickard Endowed Professorship. Tietze will also be an affiliate of the Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics on behalf of nursing. Tietze is a recognized expert in psychosocial nursing, holistic patient needs, and expansive health services distribution. As an experienced nursing educator and researcher, Tietze will also work closely with faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) to advance interprofessional research and innovation in technology, health informatics, and nursing education. She will play a critical role to UTA in advancing health informatics education by supporting its upcoming Health Informatics Master’s in Nursing specialty, and associated interprofessional certificates.
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UTA Achieves Tier One Status 
The University of Texas at Arlington has become just the fourth institution in the state to achieve designation as a Texas Tier One university, a significant milestone of excellence in academics and research that brings with it access to the state’s National Research University Fund. The university to achieve Texas Tier One designation in more than three years, UTA reached or exceeded rigorous benchmarks of quality established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for at least two consecutive years.

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Peggy Semingson, Denise Hernandez, Peace Ossom Williamson and Gabriela Wilson

Brotto to Serve as U.S. Bone and Joint Ambassador to National Organization

Dr. Marco Brotto, George & Mary Hazel Jay Endowed Professor, Director of the Bone-Muscle Research Center and Director of the PhD in Nursing Program, has newly been nominated for and will serve as a U.S. Bone and Joint Ambassador with the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). This is the inaugural year for U.S. Bone and Joint Ambassadors with ASBMR, and Brotto joins a distinguished group who will advocate on behalf of bone and musculoskeletal research and policy.
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Dr. Kyrah Brown and Dr. Michael Lemke

We recently published our first Innovations in Health Research magazine, the first collection of CONHI's recent research endeavors. The magazine is also now available as a digital version!
Inside, you can learn more about our research on patient safety, cardiovascular health, health disparities, our Bone-Muscle Research Center, and many other research projects and programs. The new magazine also includes highlights from our newest faculty and a listing of our College's recent publications. 
Check it out!
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portrait of Samuel Lackey
A Worthwhile Grind in Sports Performance for Alumnus

UTA alumnus Samuel Lackey has progressed to great heights in his career as the new Director of Football Sports Performance at California State University, Fresno. Lackey, who earned his Masters in Exercise Science from UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, was also a graduate assistant for strength and conditioning for Coach Kathy Wagner, Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Performance. In his graduate assistantship role he helped with programming, strength conditioning, weight tracking, and more for baseball, golf, tennis and track. 
“It’s a grind, but it’s worth it if you want to be a strength coach and get involved in this field. You have to start early, get a graduate assistant job, and get experience as an intern. My experience at UTA in the classroom and working with Coach Wagner has been a huge benefit to getting where I am,” said Lackey.
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Premature baby

Still not feeling the same since your infant was born?

Come join our study evaluating the effectiveness of expressive writing.
Expressive writing has been shown to help many new moms that suffer from depression and posttraumatic stress following the birth of an infant admitted into NICU.

You are eligible to join the study if you: 1) are 18 years of age or older; 

2) are able to read, speak, and write English;
3) had a baby admitted into NICU for at least 7 days;  and
4) your baby is now 28 days old to 5 years old

A series of surveys will be completed first to determine further eligibility into the study.
You may participate in either a computer-based version of the study or offline version. Individual study tasks do not take long, and completion of study tasks are completed at different times and days with a commitment of only one month overall.

For details of the online or offline study, please email or or go directly to our website:

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The Dalls-Ft Worth Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
The DFW Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is for graduate and medical students in seven partner universities across Dallas-Fort Worth. Fellows partner with local nonprofit organizations and spend one year implementing new programs that improve the health, lives, or wellbeing of the community, while collaborating with peers.
For more information, please reach out to Dr. Sharon Wilson, PhD, RN, FCN, Clinical Assistant Professor, UTA, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Coordinator and Courtney R. Ranger, Program Director, DFW Schweitzer Fellowship by clicking here or the button below to complete the contact form.
Contact Form

Meagan Rogers, UTA associate chair for undergraduate nursing, was featured on Fox News Channel and many of its local affiliates nationwide (including San Antonio, Chicago, St. Louis and Myrtle Beach) discussing the county’s nursing shortage, which has increased during the pandemic.

The newest nursing graduates from UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation crossed the stage, KXAS NBC 5 reported. Graduates Catalina Torres and Stanley George said they are prepared to join thousands on the front lines of a global pandemic. “It’s a calling. Nursing is a calling and I’m very excited, if anything. Very motivated,” Torres said.

Erin Carlson, UTA associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, was featured in Forbes discussing ivermectin, an antiparasitic medication used to deworm cows and horses, in the fight against COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Even though the FDA explicitly warns against ivermectin, some people believe it is a better solution. “When in doubt, Texans should look to science for COVID-19 answers … and take human medicine, like FDA-approved human medicine for a human virus,” said Carlson.
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