Alumni to Give Presentation about Experiences in Iraq on April 14
Holcomb was a legal adviser to the Coalition Forces Land Component Command, a subordinate command to U.S. Central Command responsible for all land forces in Iraq. Holcomb advised the planning cell that drafted the campaign plan for Iraq from February 2002 until the start of the war on March 19, 2003. During the conflict, he provided guidance on international law and reviewed all potential targets for law of war compliance.
McGurk served with the Coalition Provisional Authority and the U.S. Embassy from January to October 2004. He worked on a number of high-level projects, including Iraq’s interim constitution , the legal framework for nationwide elections, and the transfer of authority to the Iraqi Interim Government. After the transfer of authority from the United States to the Iraqis, McGurk worked as a legal advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where he advised U.S. officials on issues of international law and helped the United Nations prepare for elections.
International Nursing Expert to Give Keynote at Day-Long Event April 14
The day-long event on the topic “Approaches to Nursing Research: Impact of Culture” begins at 9:30 a.m., and ends with the keynote address at 5 p.m. It will take place in the Rome Ballroom.
A professor of nursing at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Harrison oversees the MSN/MPH coordinated degree and the neonatal nurse practitioner program.
Her research focuses on promoting positive parent-infant relationships and developing tactile interventions to reduce stress for premature infants. She has evaluated the effects of these interventions on a variety of bio-behavioral outcomes, and has published widely in the area of neonatal nursing and parent-infant interaction.
Her international work includes collaboration on teen pregnancy prevention projects in Guatemala, serving as a project evaluator for health projects in Estonia and Latvia, and consulting on two current research projects in Chile.
Her research has been funded by the National Center for Nursing Research and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, among others. She is a former editor for the Americas for the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
To attend Distinguished Scholars Day, RSVP by Tuesday, April 12 to NursingRSVP@uconn.edu or 860.486.1701.
African Statesman to Discuss Human Rights, Democracy, on April 19
Botswana has been the most successful democracy in Africa, and Masire is second only to Nelson Mandela as the most respected statesman from Africa.
Masire became president in July 1980 after the death of the first president of the country. He previously served as vice president, and minister of finance and planning, and was largely responsible for establishing the country on a sound fiscal basis.
Under his leadership, in addition to consolidating a culture of democratic pluralism, Botswana increased youth literacy rates for both men and women, and developed a public health system that is committed to providing quality health care to the entire population.
The talk is hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights and co-sponsored by the African American Cultural Center.