Professor Linda Sarna of the UCLA School of Nursing has been appointed to the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing. Sarna is an advanced practice nurse with expertise in oncology nursing. She helped establish one of the nation's first oncology nursing specialty programs at the UCLA School of Nursing over 30 years ago. Her scholarship addresses the critical public health issues of nursing care for people with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death, and tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death. In 2009, Sarna received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Oncology Nursing Society. She plans to use the opportunity provided through the endowed chair to expand her research in nursing involvement in international tobacco control efforts. This year, she is organizing an international nursing research conference in China, home to more than 350 million smokers, on nursing interventions for tobacco dependence.