July 11, 2005

Contact: Benson Hendrix, Public Affairs Assistant, 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNM Health Sciences Center College of Nursing Professor Dr. Leah Albers was awarded the Dorothea Lang Pioneer Award at the 50th annual meeting of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM Foundation), on June 10-16 in Washington, D.C.

The Dorothea Lang Pioneer Award is given annually to an innovator in the midwifery field.Albers is recognized as a research expert in evidence-based midwifery practice and has written more than 50 articles in more than 15 national and international journals.

Albers has received the UNM Regent's Lectureship Award and also was a UNM Regent's Professor. She was the first nurse to hold the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand's Geoffrey Thorburn Visiting Professorship.

Albers' 1996 article entitled, "The Length of Active Labor in Normal Pregnancies", was also picked as one of the top 10 most influential midwifery papers in the last 50 years.Currently, Albers is on a year-long sabbatical in Australia.

The College of Nursing's Nurse-Midwifery Education Concentration for which Albers teaches isUS News and World Report'sthird ranked midwifery program in the US.

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