NEWS RELEASE

October 25, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) has named Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Carter-Fleck Visiting Professor for 2007-08. Villarruel is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Villarruel has been a leader in developing policy recommendations to increase diversity in nursing education and practice, and is involved in mentoring minority students from high school through post-doctoral levels. Her practice focuses on the development and testing of behavioral interventions to reduce the spread of HIV among Mexican and Latino youth.

Most recently, Villarruel was elected among 65 new members to the prestigious Institute of Medicine. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine is a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on human health issues. New members pledge to devote time to Institute of Medicine committees, which study a broad range of health-policy issues.

The Carter-Fleck Professorship in Nursing allows visiting professors to provide instruction, consulting and research service to faculty and students. Villarruel will be with the UNM CoN six times over the next year to meet with faculty and students about their projects. She will also work with faculty at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at UNM.