Two African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Henry Talley, dean of the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University, received the Award for Excellence in Community Service and Community Engagement from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty. He was honored at the association’s annual meeting and scientific conference in London, England.

A retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve Nurse Corps, Dr. Talley previously served as the founding director of the Michigan State University Nurse Anesthesia Program, and chief anesthetist and operations director of anesthesiology service at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Talley is a graduate of Ottawa University in Kansas. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis.

Laverne Lewis Gaskins, senior legal advisor at Augusta University in Georgia, received the Commitment to Equality Award from the Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession of the State Bar of Georgia. Before joining the staff at Augusta University, Gaskins served as university attorney for Valdosta State University and is a former Georgia Special Assistant Attorney General.

Gaskins is a graduate of Valdosta State University, where she majored in psychology. She earned a master’s degree in education and a juris doctorate from Florida State University.

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