Campus News

Maternal health expert Lynn Sibley to present Bullough Lecture

Lynn Sibley

Lynn Sibley will present the 19th Annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture, titled “Academic Partnerships in Global Maternal and Newborn Health: Experiences from Bangladesh and Ethiopia.”


Published September 10, 2015

Maternal and newborn health expert Lynn Sibley will visit the School of Nursing to present the 19th Annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture.

Sibley, associate professor of nursing and public health at Emory University, will discuss “Academic Partnerships in Global Maternal and Newborn Health: Experiences from Bangladesh and Ethiopia.”

The lecture will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in 105 Harriman Hall, South Campus. A dessert reception will follow in the Harriman lobby. The event is free and open to the public.

To register, contact Donna Tyrpak, director of marketing communications and alumni engagement for the nursing school, at 716-829-3448 or

“Considering the ever-increasing importance of global perspectives in health care, the UB School of Nursing is delighted to host a speaker of Lynn Sibley’s caliber to discuss this timely topic in contemporary nursing education,” says Marsha Lewis, dean and professor in the nursing school.

Sibley has devoted her career to reducing childbirth mortality for women and newborns across the world.

Among her several titles, she is director of the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership and principal investigator on a Emory Global Health Institute-supported project to improve recognition and response to prolonged labor and birth asphyxia in Bangladesh.

She is one of the architects of the Home-Based Lifesaving Skills program, created to teach home birth attendants basic care techniques without expensive tools. The program already has helped families in India, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Belize.

Sibley is also director of the Center for Research on Maternal and Newborn Survival at Emory, and is a fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Academy of Nursing.

She has served as an adviser on maternal and newborn health to organizations that include the World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund and the National Institutes of Health.

Sibley holds a doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in nursing and midwifery from the University of Utah.

The Annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Bullough, dean of the School of Nursing from 1980-91.

Bullough is remembered for her focus on faculty development and establishing the school’s doctoral program. The endowed lecture brings prominent leaders to the school to speak on topics relevant to the nursing profession.