Creighton Researcher and Student to be Recognized at YWCA Event
A Creighton University researcher and a nursing student are among 11 area women who will be honored at the 23rd annual YWCA Omaha Tribute to Women luncheon on June 8 at the Holiday Inn, 72nd and Grover streets.
Joan Lappe, Ph.D., the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss and Drs. Gilbert and Clinton Beirne Endowed Chair in Nursing and professor of medicine, will be recognized for her research and its impact on public health.
In recent years, Lappe, a researcher with Creighton’s Osteoporosis Research Center, has been the recipient of major NIH grants to study the roles of calcium and/or vitamin D in cancer prevention, stress fracture reduction, and obesity in young girls. She was the principal investigator of a landmark study linking vitamin D and calcium consumption to cancer prevention in 2007.
Creighton nursing student Monica Ibarra will also be honored as a young leader. A Gates Millennium Scholar, Ibarra was born into a migrant farm-worker family; she plans to become the first in her family to earn a college degree. She has been an active volunteer with Campfire USA, Gates Millennium Scholarship mentoring program, Boys and Girls Club, Hand-in-Hand, Keep Omaha Beautiful and Creighton’s Spring Break Service Trips program