Congratulations to the Award Recipients from the HSPH 2014 Commencement Ceremony
For a complete list of all award recipients from this year’s graduation celebration, follow the link to the HSPH Commencement website.
Willett Receives Bloomberg Manulife Prize
Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare professor of epidemiology and nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), was selected to receive the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. The prize, is awarded by McGill University in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg and Manulife Financial.
Department of Epidemiology doctoral student, Philips Loh, is helping implement a new TB research and capacity building initiative in Indonesia, for which he won a three-year $420,000 grant. Research findings will be used to inform the development of better TB control strategies in Indonesia. The work also will funnel much-needed funds into the country’s research infrastructure, improving its capacity to respond to drug-resistant TB outbreaks
James Robins Receives Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award
James Robins, whose work at the intersection of statistical science and epidemiology aims to estimate causal effects of exposures or drug treatments—as opposed to just associations—received the 2013 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award in Statistics and Epidemiology. Robins has worked to develop analytical methods and estimation models to quantify causality, margin of error, and missing data from complex observational and randomized studies, particularly in cases where exposure or treatment varies over time. Robins received the the award which is given annually by the Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the American Statistical Association.
Eric Shiroma won the Paffenbarger-Blair Award for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity. The intent of this highly sought after award is to encourage researchers early in their career to become involved with physical activity epidemiology and important public health issues related to physical health. “I am honored to receive an award in Dr. Paffenbarger’s name, and look forward to furthering our understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health,” Shiroma said.
The award is named for the late epidemiologist Ralph Paffenbarger, Jr. who was among the first researchers to link physical activity to living a longer, healthier life. While teaching at Stanford in the 1980s, Paffenbarger’s enthusiasm for the work rubbed off on graduate student I-Min Lee. Lee also won the award earlier in her career and is now a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH as well as Eric Shiroma’s research advisor. Lee and Shiroma are now working together to provide evidence that can lead to recommendations for light physical activity and the positive impact it has on health.
For the full story, read the recent HSPH news article highlighting this successful legacy in the Department of Epidemiology.
Caroline Buckee Named an “Innovator Under 35″
Caroline Buckee, assistant professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health, has been named by MIT Technology Review as one of this year’s Innovators Under 35 on August 21st 2013. The list is composed of trail-blazing young professionals whose work, they believe, has “the greatest potential to transform the world.” She will be recognized along with other honorees at MIT’s EmTech conference in October 2013.
Dr. Buckee dedicates her research to mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease. Research findings she published last year revealed—on the largest scale ever—how human travel patterns contribute to the spread of malaria. Based on this leading-edge data, Buckee is now working on predictive models to help pinpoint where best to focus malaria control efforts. She was also recognized as one of CNN’s Top Ten Thinkers in a recent news article through the publication.
David Christiani and ERC Awarded CDC and NIOSH Grant
The Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health has been awarded a five-year, $1.8 million per year grant from the CDC and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Read more information about this excellent success for the ERC here.