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Women's health expert Nancy Woods to receive honorary doctorate from University of Haifa


For immediate release
Date:  2006

Nancy Woods, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa May 21 in recognition of her wide-ranging scientific contributions. She is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of women's health.

Woods' collaborative research has resulted in an improved understanding of women's transition to menopause, including physical and emotional factors; has advanced nursing care for mid-life women; and has provided women with a better understanding of their health.

The honorary doctorate recognizes that Woods has "created a broad infrastructure for applying clinical decisions in the area of hormonal care, furthering the quality of life and health," and cites her personal contribution to the academic development of nursing professionals from Israel by opening the doors of the UW School of Nursing to researchers from the University of Haifa Department of Nursing.

Woods, a professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing, has published more than 100 articles in leading journals in the fields of medicine and nursing, and has written or edited 18 books that serve as a basis for female health studies.

She will receive the degree at the University of Haifa's Board of Governor's annual meeting. Among others to receive an honorary degree at this ceremony will be Vaclav Havel, the former president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.