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Deborah Hacker Oakley ’58

oakley.jpgDeborah Hacker Oakley ’58 was recognized by the University of Michigan (UM) with the establishment of the Deborah H. Oakley Professor of Nursing Chair for her work in women’s health research. Oakley, who retired as professor emerita in 2002, served as interim director of the Healthy Asian Americans Project and continues to lead research projects dealing with early detection of cancers. A UM faculty member for 25 years, Oakley was a major contributor to the improvement of the quality of undergraduate research at the university. She worked with colleagues to introduce more accurate measurement methods into the study of oral contraceptive use and the study of maternity care. She also made a persuasive case for more sophisticated analytic techniques in the field. Last year, Oakley made her ninth trip to China to complete a clinical trial of breast self-exam education, the only screening method currently feasible for women in China.

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