Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Earns Opportunities To Expand Community Service and Research

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) faculty member Joanne Kouba, PhD, RD, LDN, and dietetic interns Stephanie Rink, Lindsay Colman, Jillian Tuchman, Alida Peterson and Mary Thompson, received the Ann Hertzler Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for $5,000 to offer a nutrition education program with a focus on gardening for children in the neighboring Maywood and Melrose Park communities.  

The dietetic interns will collaborate with the ENRICH garden, organized by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students in partnership with the Maywood Fine Arts Center. The interns will provide a six-week series of classes for area elementary school students to learn about gardening and healthy eating.  

Karen L. Saban, PhD, APRN, CNRN, was selected to attend the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Nursing Research 2013 Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Saban is an associate professor in the MNSON.

The SGI is a one-month intensive research training program at the NIH, which provides participants with a foundation in molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice. The program seeks to increase the research capability among doctoral students and faculty and to develop and expand clinical practice in genetics among nurses. Administered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, the SGI features lectures and hands-on laboratory training.

“The course demonstrated how genetics and genomics are on the verge of transforming care for patients,” Dr. Saban said. “This is an exciting area of health care, which I look forward to applying to my research.”

Dr. Saban plans to use the knowledge and skills she gained from the course to further develop her research integrating social context and inflammation with genetics to explain disparities in cardiovascular disease and stroke in disadvantaged individuals.