Two faculty members of Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health have been nationally recognized for their commitment and contributions to the field of public health. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and Pfizer's U.S. Public Health Group honored David Kleinbaum, PhD, professor of epidemiology, with the inaugural ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence on Saturday, December 10. He was presented with a plaque and a $10,000 cash prize at a ceremony during the 65th ASPH annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Kleinbaum was chosen from among 19 nominees to receive the award that recognizes notable graduate public health faculty members for their teaching excellence.
"I'm extremely honored to receive this recognition," Dr. Kleinbaum said during his acceptance speech. "Let me first say that I didn't decide to devote so much of my career to teaching in order to receive this or any other award. On the contrary, I've achieved this recognition because I've always wanted to be a good teacher. I've wanted to teach ever since I was a little kid growing up in Brooklyn teaching some of my neighborhood friends how to play hearts, later, checkers, and still later, chess. In fact, I remember my mother telling me a long time ago that I was destined to teach."
Dr. Kleinbaum is both nationally and internationally known for his textbooks and teaching. With the help of an educational multimedia development firm, he designed ActivEpi, the first interactive electronic textbook for epidemiology.
Over the past thirty years, Dr. Kleinbaum has published 4 widely acclaimed textbooks on epidemiological and biostatistical methods and has taught over 125 short courses to a variety of audiences throughout the world. He has received outstanding teacher awards both at Emory University and previously at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including Emory's prestigious Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in May 2000.
Behavioral scientist Michelle Kegler, DrPH, MPH was also honored on December 10 in Philadelphia, Pa. during the American Public Health Association's (APHA) 133rd annual meeting. Dr. Kegler received the 2005 Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the APHA.
Dr. Kegler's research interests and passion in community-based health promotion, tobacco control, and cancer prevention, are only a few of the things that qualified her for the award that recognizes the recipient for their outstanding and promising contributions to the public health profession. The recipient must also have been in the field less than ten years since receiving a terminal degree.
In addition to being an associate professor in the department of behavioral sciences and health education, Dr. Kegler serves as the deputy director of the Emory Prevention Research Center. She came to Emory in 1999 and continues to build a reputation as a recognized expert in community participatory research, coalition building, community partnerships, and program evaluation. Dr. Kegler's largest community-based research project -- Tribal Effort Against Lead (TEAL) -- has been funded by the NIH for nine years. The goal of the project is to design and evaluate a lay health advisor intervention to address lead poisoning in a rural Native American community.
Another of her current projects focuses on Tobacco Use in Rural Families (TURF). Funded by the National Caner Institute, TURF studies the family influences and voluntary household smoking restrictions in rural African-American and white households.