DCEG staff often receive scientific and professional society awards and recognition. See a listing of current award winners below, and view an archive of past award winners.
Nilanjan Chatterjee, Ph.D., was honored by the Harvard School of Public Health as the Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer for 2013. His address will cover the scientific implications of studying the genetic architecture of complex diseases. Each year, the Myrto Lefkopoulou Lectureship is awarded to a promising statistician who has made contributions to research in the applications of statistical methods to biology or medicine, and who has shown excellence in the teaching of biostatistics.
Stephen Chanock, M.D. has been elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Members of AAP have included Nobel laureates, and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine. He will be inducted at the 2013 AAP annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
Ruth Pfeiffer, Ph.D., has been elected to be a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2013. Dr. Pfeiffer’s nomination was for “wide-ranging contributions to statistical methods for modern epidemiologic studies; collaboration in major scientific studies; and service to the profession”. The designation of Fellow has been a superlative honor of the ASA for nearly 100 years. Each year the Committee on Fellows elects no more than one-third of one percent of the total ASA membership as Fellows. Individuals are nominated for the honor by fellow members. Fellows are selected based on their established reputation in the field and outstanding contributions to statistical work.
Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., senior investigator and advisor to NCI, has been elected as a Fellow of the inaugural class of the AACR Academy. The AACR Academy serves to recognize and celebrate distinguished scientists whose major scientific contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer. Fellows were selected through a rigorous peer review process that evaluated individuals on the basis of their stellar scientific achievements in cancer research. The AACR Academy will be inducting its inaugural class of illustrious Fellows at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
In November 2012, Barry I. Graubard, Ph.D., a senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch, was selected to be a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “…for outstanding research on statistical survey methods, statistical methods for epidemiology and collaborative studies affecting public health.” This honor recognizes Dr. Graubard’s leadership in the development of methods for complex surveys, his innovative applications of survey methods to epidemiologic research, and his key contributions as a statistician on epidemiologic studies in child health, smoking prevention, and cancer etiology. Read more in the March 2013 issue of Linkage.
In September 2012, Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., Deputy Director of DCEG’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, received the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Alumni Award of Merit during the 2012 HSPH Alumni Weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. This award, which is given to recognize an alumnus who has established a significant career in the field of public health, is the highest honor that HSPH can bestow upon one of its graduates. Read more in the March 2013 issue of Linkage.
Debra T. Silverman, Sc.D., Chief of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, received an NIH Director’s Award in recognition of her groundbreaking 20-year study, titled The Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study, on the carcinogenic effects of diesel exhaust exposure. The award ceremony was held in summer 2012. The NIH Director’s Award recognizes employees who have exhibited superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond regular duty requirements and directly related to fulfilling the NIH mission. Read more in the March 2013 issue of Linkage.
Stephanie Kovalchik, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Biostatistics Branch, received a Statistics in Epidemiology Young Investigator Award from the American Statistical Association for a paper co-authored with Ruth Pfeiffer, Ph.D. on “Population-based absolute risk estimation with survey data.” Dr. Kovalchik presented this work at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meeting in San Diego.
In July 2012, Vikrant V. Sahasrabuddhe, M.B.B.S., Dr.P.H., an associate investigator in the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, received a Young Investigator Award from the International AIDS Society (IAS) and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) for his abstract “HPV genotype attribution of anal neoplasia in HIV-positive MSM: Estimating the preventable fraction and disease misclassification.” The IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award supports young researchers under the age of 35 whose research in HIV/AIDS “demonstrates innovation, originality, rationale, and quality.” Read more in the March 2013 issue of Linkage.
In March 2012, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Ph.D., Chief of the Biostatistics Branch, and Eric A. Engels, M.D., M.P.H., a senior investigator in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, were elected to the American Epidemiological Society (AES) at the Society’s annual meeting in Berkeley, California. Read more in the July 2012 issue of Linkage.
In February 2012, Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., Deputy Director of DCEG’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, received the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Career Achievement Award at the HHS Honor Awards Ceremony. In bestowing this award, HHS commended Dr. Hartge for her exceptional leadership in the fields of molecular, genetic, and clinical epidemiology. Read more in the July 2012 issue of Linkage.