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Memoir

Ninfa S. Springer
Regents' Proceedings 238

Ninfa S. Springer, associate professor of nursing and assistant research scientist, School of Nursing, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1995.

Professor Springer obtained her B.S. degree from the University of the Philippines in 1952 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa in 1957 and 1959, respectively. She joined the University of Michigan in 1969 as program director of nutrition at the Institute for the Study of Mental Retardation and Related Disabilities (ISMRRD), where she developed and directed training, research, and clinical programs in nutrition. Concurrently, she was assistant professor in the School of Public Health. She was promoted to associate professor in 1978 and moved to the School of Nursing in 1982 after federal support for ISMRRD was terminated.

Professor Springer was among the first School of Nursing faculty members to utilize computer exercises in her courses. Her recent focus has been on the continuing development of Clinical Computer Aided Simulation Exercises (Ccase), which is a user-friendly software package that allows faculty to develop unit specific to their specialties. She has authored or co-authored a number of specialty units for Ccase currently being used by nursing faculty in courses taken by 300 undergraduate students each year.

Her research endeavors focused on the nutritional status of pregnant women, infants, and children. Most recently, she served as co-investigator on a five-year project comparing services and outcomes of pregnant women served by certified nurse midwives or obstetricians. In addition to her academic and research responsibilities, Professor Springer has served as consultant for numerous agencies and institutions here and abroad. She has also served in various professional capacities with the American Dietetic Association at the local, state, and national levels.

Professor Springer has received numerous awards and has authored 48 journal manuscripts, books, chapters, and audiovisual and computer units. Her many interdisciplinary collaborations resulted in publications with co-authors from the fields of information technology, nursing, pharmacology, psychology, social work, and special education.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Ninfa S. Springer associate professor emerita of nursing and assistant research scientist emerita.