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A renowned UW-Madison geriatric research scientist has been named to a hall of fame honoring nurse researchers.

Barbara Bowers, associate dean for research and sponsored programs at the School of Nursing, will be formally inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at ceremonies in Australia in July.

Bowers is known for her research into the science and practice of nursing older adults, especially those living in long-term care or residential settings, the university said in a news release.

"Her vast body of work reflects her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of older adults and their caregivers," said Linda Scott, dean of the School of Nursing.

"She has inspired countless others to focus their careers not only on addressing the needs of the aging, but also on changing the way society perceives older adults and the people who support them," Scott said.

Bowers founded and directs the Center for Aging Research and Education in the School of Nursing, and also is director of education and community partnerships at the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

"I am truly humbled by this recognition," Bowers said. "My interest in older adults and their caregivers has been driven by a recognition of the challenges they face, and a belief that we can sustain quality of life regardless of age or disability."

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to honor nurse researchers who have achieved significant recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves, the release said.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.