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UT Tyler Professor Awarded $225,000 from UT System 

STARs Award to fund Nursing Science Data Lab 

TYLER, Texas (April 25, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced that Dr. Susan McBride,  School of Nursing associate dean of research, received a $225,000 Science and Technology  Acquisition and Retention Award from the UT System. 

The STARs award provides seed funding, matched locally, to help recruit world-class faculty, acquire  equipment and upgrade research facilities. This particular award will fund equipment and software  to develop a data mining lab in the Center for Clinical Innovation, Data Science and Nursing  Research. The lab will be open to interprofessional teams of researchers from the eight colleges and  schools across UT Tyler. 

“UT Tyler is proud to offer nursing programs that are nationally recognized for their excellence,”  said Dr. Julie V. Philley, UT Tyler executive vice president for health affairs. “The STARs award will help provide additional learning opportunities to students and prepare them for a successful career  in health care.” 

By developing the nursing science data lab, the STARs award will lead to improved insights into the  health of the community and establish UT Tyler as a leader in health care data analytics.  

“Along with her enthusiasm, positive energy and attentiveness to faculty and student needs, Dr.  McBride provides vision and a supportive influence for expanding research efforts in the School of  Nursing and across UT Tyler,” said Dr. Barbara Haas, School of Nursing dean. “I can think of no one  more deserving of this award.” 

McBride is a renowned expert in informatics and analytics. She assists students and faculty with  advanced data management and analytics, thesis design and analytics methods. With her  biomedical informatics skills, she’s a vital component of the research programs in the School of  Nursing and throughout UT Tyler. 

McBride has been a School of Nursing faculty member since September 2022. She obtained her  Master of Science in Nursing and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Texas Woman’s University. 

“I am deeply honored to receive this award and excited about the opportunities it will provide for  the School of Nursing and the greater East Texas community,” said McBride. “I hope that this grant  will further advance our research and analytical capabilities, ultimately leading to better health  outcomes for our region.”

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler  recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT  Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and  UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,  cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research  institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in  Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 

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