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TWU graduate named National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow
HOUSTON — Emily Vardell, an August 2007 Texas Woman’s University graduate, has been appointed a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow for 2007-08.
Ms. Vardell is the daughter of Dr. Sylvia Vardell, professor of library sciences on TWU’s Denton campus, and Dr. Russell Vardell of Grand Prairie. She graduated from South Grand Prairie High School in 2001 and from Wellesley College in 2005. She earned her master of library science degree in August from the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center.
The NLM Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. The program, which includes a $46,041 stipend, is designed to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. NLM Associate Fellows are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. Approximately seven associate fellows are appointed each year.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to learn about the best health science information resources from the people who actually design them,” Ms. Vardell said.
The first half of the program, which begins in September, includes training in all components of the NLM’s operations, including administration, preservation, education and training of biomedical information professionals, consumer health information and more. The latter half of the program focuses on individualized projects related to the study, research and evaluation of NLM programs and services.
“I plan to become a leader in the health information field,” Ms. Vardell said. “With my focused coursework at TWU, and this Fellowship, I feel confident that I will have a solid foundation that will help me realize this goal.”
Ms. Vardell was encouraged to apply for the NLM Fellowship by her advisor, Dr. Jeffrey Huber, professor of library sciences at TWU’s Houston Center.
“Emily is genuinely interested in health sciences librarianship, and has repeatedly demonstrated that she is diligent, hard-working and willing to ‘go the extra mile,’” Dr. Huber said.
Ms. Vardell has spent the past two years in Vienna, Austria, on a Fulbright Grant, which she was awarded to study the Austrian health care system and work as an English-language teaching assistant in Austrian high schools.
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