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Recent Awards and Honors


Katherine Keyes, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology; Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, associate professor of Environmental Health Sciences; Yuanjia Wang, PhD, associate professor of Biostatistics; and Patrick Wilson, PhD, associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences, were named Tow Scholars in recognition of outstanding and innovative research and thought leadership: The award is given for three years to support innovation and exploration along with mentoring and training in leadership and development.

Gina S. Lovasi, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology, received was in the first cohort of five University-wide Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center Faculty Research Fellows.The awards are designed to expand the breadth of aging research across Columbia University.

Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of Population and Family Health, and Karen Soren, MD, associate professor of Population and Family Health, were named a Best Doctor 2015 in New York Magazine. Results are based on a peer-review survey of physicians who are asked to nominate the best in their field in terms of professional qualifications, reputations, and skills in dealing with patients.

John W. Rowe, MD, was named the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, the first endowed chair in the Mailman School’s Department of Health Policy and Management.

Virginia Rauh, ScD, professor of Population and Family Health and deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health, is this year’s 13th MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer (UC Davis).  The award is given to nationally and internationally-recognized researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Rauh was also senior author of the paper “Tremor in a Population-Based Cohort of Children in New York City” that was selected by the journal Pediatric Neurology as the “Editor’s choice” for its “unique focus, field relevance and interest to the pediatric neurology community."

Frederica Perera, DrPH, PhD, founder and director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health and professor of Environmental Health Sciences, was the recipient of the 2015 Heinz Award for the Environment. Dr. Perera was recognized for pioneering the field of molecular epidemiology and for her decades-long research to illuminate the health consequences children suffer from prenatal and childhood exposures to hazardous chemicals. 

Les Roberts, PhD, associate professor of Population and Family Health in the Program on Forced Migration and Health, received the Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism from the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center. Roberts, an epidemiologist, received the award for his health and human rights activism.

Ayaga A. Bawah, PhD, assistant professor of Population and Family Health, was nominated by the President of Ghana to serve on the board of the Tamale Teaching Hospital of the University of Development Studies (UDS) in northern Ghana. The UDS Board has responsibility for developing and implementing policies for a new School of Medicine and a School of Public Health.

Dean Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, was named the 2015 Lorraine and Ralph Lubin Distinguished Visiting Professor at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Fried was chosen for her achievements in the field of epidemiology and as a role model for students.

Frederica Perera, DrPH, PhD, professor of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, was awarded the second annual Jean and Leslie Douglas Pearl Award by the Cornell Douglas Foundation for her pioneering work in the field of molecular epidemiology.

In recognition for her role leading the implementation of a pioneering curriculum for the Mailman School’s signature Master’s in Public Health, Dean Linda P. Fried was guest editor of "Innovations in Public Health Education," a special online supplement of the American Journal of Public Health, featuring perspectives on the need to re-invigorate public health by making sustained changes to the way it delivers an education.

Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, professor of Epidemiology, was named as new editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Public Health effective June 2015.

"Structural Approaches in Public Health," co-edited by Sociomedical Sciences professors Marni Sommer, DrPH, and Richard Parker, PhD, was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2014.

Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research, which fosters research and career development for those engaged in the health and wellbeing of children.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the AIA Foundation, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture named Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as charter members of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium. The initiative, led by Andrew Rundle, DrPH, associate professor of Epidemiology and co-director of the Obesity Prevention Initiative, will help fund basic research on how design affects public health.

The American Political Science Association, Health Politics and Policy Section, named Miriam Laugesen, PhD, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management, recipient of the 2014 Leonard S. Robins Best Paper Award for "Policy Complexity and Professional Capture."

Epidemiology Professor Stephen S. Morse, PhD, was appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity of the National Institutes of Health.

Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of Epidemiology, was selected by the New York Academy of Medicine as the 2014 recipient of the John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Practice.

April 15, 2015