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Scholar Spotlight: Esther Mwaniki

Esther Mwaniki is a bachelor’s in nursing science student and the Tornyay Center’s 2022-2023 Germaine Krysan Undergraduate Scholar. Her project is “Examining symptoms of post-intensive care syndrome in older intensive care unit survivors with end-stage renal disease”. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Maya Elias. Why did you choose nursing? My lifelong dream was to be a nurse. This was informed by my upbringing, observing my two aunts who were nurses in Kenya and a Tanzanian Registered Nurse I worked with…

PhD Pathways to Healthy Aging Award

Congratulations to this year’s two de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging PhD Pathways to Healthy Aging awardees: Wonkyung Jung Project: Social Integration and Cognitive Function Following Geriatric Traumatic Brain Injury Faculty Mentor: Professor Hilaire Thompson   Shih-Yin Yu Project: Risk Factors and Early Prevention of Skin Cancer in Rural Older Occupational Populations Faculty Mentor: Professor Emeritus Barbara Cochrane

View Student Posters

Check out a few of the great posters put together by students receiving de Tornyay Scholarships in 2022-2023, presented at the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, below. You can also find a set of three posters highlighting the life and legacy of Dr. Rheba de Tornyay here. View a pdf version of Zheng’s poster. View McKiddy’s poster. View a pdf version of Figuracion’s poster. View a pdf version of Carmiol Rodriguez’s poster. View a pdf version…

Celebrating 25 Years!

The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging celebrated it’s 25th anniversary on May 1st! PhD student Lalipat Phianhasin created a beautifully illustrated summary of the anniversary event, pictured here. View a pdf of the illustration

25th Anniversary Celebration

We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging. On April 30 a leadership discussion with Dr. Sarah Shannon was held for first and second year PhD students along with dinner. A festive event was held on May 1 at the Burke Museum with students, current and emeriti faculty, alums, and community partners who enjoyed a fireside chat to learn about Rheba’s legacy, musical interludes, and scholarly posters. Check back in a couple of weeks when…

Scholar Spotlight: Karl Cristie Figuracion

Karl Cristie Figuracion is a PhD in Nursing Science candidate and one of the de Tornyay Center’s 2022-2023 Healthy Aging Doctoral Scholars. Her project is “Environmental enrichment and cortical changes among brain tumor survivors”. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Hilaire Thompson.   Why did you choose nursing? I chose the nursing profession, as I was really moved by the care that my grandmother received when she was sick, and seeing the nurses be involved by her bedside throughout the sickness,…

Spotlight Interview: Jeehye Jun

Jeehye Jun is a postdoctoral fellow in gerontological nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing, starting in fall 2022. She will be working with Dean Azita Emami and her research team on the project ‘Biomarker Method for Assessing the Impact of Music on Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers’. She comes to the University of Washington after completing her PhD in Nursing Science at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing. Why did you choose nursing? When…

The Age of Ageism

by Sarah McKiddy, UW School of Nursing de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging Predoctoral Scholar This article is a part of a series on ageism, completed by de Tornyay Center predoctoral scholar, Sarah McKiddy. Find accompanying interviews on ageism here.  According to the World Health Organization, ageism decreases an individual’s lifespan by 7.5 years. Ageism involves stereotypes, prejudices, or discrimination based on age. Ageism can occur at different levels: self-directed (internalized), interpersonal (between individuals), and institutional (policies, laws, and protocols)….