APHA honors faculty and students

Kathleen Miner, Eugene Gangarosa, Michael Kuttner, Howard Frumkin, Julia Painter, Lydia Ogden

The RSPH had much to celebrate last fall during the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Philadelphia, where the following faculty members and students received awards.

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Kathleen Miner, associate dean for applied public health, received the 2009 APHA/Pfizer Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice. She is the third APHA member to receive this honor, which includes a $10,000 prize, for advancing and integrating public health practice with research, teaching, and service.

Eugene Gangarosa, professor emeritus of global health, received the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship Award, which recognizes the use of epidemiologic principles and methods to address a public health issue. Recipients are invited to present a lecture, and in Gangarosa's case, he discussed the history of safe water and sanitation in honor of Frost, one of his public health heroes. Frost (1880-1938) was the first professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins in the nation's first epidemiology department.

Michael Kutner, professor emeritus of biostatistics, became the third Rollins faculty member in the APHA/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He joins David Kleinbaum, professor of epidemiology, and Rob Stephenson, assistant professor of global health, as members. Academy membership honors faculty for elevating excellence, visibility, scholarship, and the impact of learning and teaching in public health.

The APHA Environmental Section honored Howard Frumkin, adjunct professor of environmental health, with the Homer N. Calvert Award and Lecture for his contributions to the field. Formerly chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Frumkin is special assistant to the director for climate change at the CDC.

APHA honored two doctoral students for their research. Julia Painter (behavioral sciences) received the 2009 Top Student Abstract in the School Health Education and Service Section for "Psychosocial Correlates of Rural Adolescents' Intention to Receive an Influenza Vaccination." Lydia Ogden (health policy) was one of three students honored for outstanding abstracts in the Health Administration Section. Her winning abstract examined "Public Health Funding Formulas in Political Context."

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