Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar Selected to participate in the Butler-Williams Scholars Program Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, ‘93, has been selected to participate in the Butler-Williams Scholars Program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Kushalnagar is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, and director of the Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center. She is also a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute fellow at the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risks at the University of Texas at Austin. This prestigious, highly competitive program will be held July 30-August 3, 2018, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The program provides qualified health disparities scholars the opportunity to further their knowledge through lectures, seminars and small group discussions about gerontological research design, including issues relevant to the aging of racial and ethnic minorities. "I was drawn to the Butler-Williams Scholars Program because health disparities research has such great significance for the deaf community," said Kushalnagar, upon learning of her selection. "It is an honor to be invited to participate. I plan to incorporate what I learn into my work in the Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center, and to train my staff and students to better assess the needs of older deaf adults." The Butler-Williams Scholars Program is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging with support from the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Photo by Zhee Chatmon.