Distinguished Service to SER Award
Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published more than 800 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 13 books, and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. Read more
Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award
A social epidemiologist, Sherman James is currently a Research Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. He assumed this position on July 1, 2014 after retiring from Duke University on June 30, 2014. At Duke, he was the Susan B. King Distinguished Professor of Public Policy (2003-2014) and also held professorships in Sociology and Community and Family Medicine. Prior to Duke, he taught in the epidemiology departments at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1973-89), and the University of Michigan (1989-03). Read more
James received the AB degree (Psychology and Philosophy) from Talladega College (AL) in 1964, and the PhD degree in Social Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, in 1973.
James is the originator of the John Henryism Hypothesis which posits that repetitive, “high-effort” coping with social and economic adversity is a major contributor to the well-known excess risk for hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases experienced by poor and working class African Americans.
James was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences, in 2000. In 2001, he received the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the Epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association for career excellence in the teaching of epidemiology. In 2008, he received a 5 year, Health Policy Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Epidemiological Society, the American College of Epidemiology, the American Heart Association, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. In 2007-08, he served as president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). In 2008, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis, and he currently serves on Washington University’s National Advisory Council for Arts and Sciences.
Noel Weiss and Tom Koepsell Excellence in Education Award
Jill Norris, MPH, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado. She received her MPH and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Norris’ research has focused on the relationship between diet and other environmental exposures and the development of autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, utilizing longitudinal cohort studies in which genetically at-risk individuals are followed for the appearance of autoantibodies and then for the subsequent progression to clinical disease. Read more
Dr. Norris started the PhD in Epidemiology program at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1992 and was program director until 2002. She has mentored 35 masters (MS, MSPH, MPH), 15 pre-doctoral and 17 post-doctoral students/fellows since 1990. A number of Dr. Norris’ PhD students have received awards, including three students selected to the national Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) student dissertation workshop (2005, 2016 and 2018), three students selected for the student award at the ACR-REF Annual Meetings (2010, 2011 and 2014), competitive travel awards to attend national (2013) and international meetings (2012, 2019), and the prestigious Most Outstanding Dissertation award by the University of Colorado Graduate School (2014). Dr. Norris received the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School Dean’s Mentoring Award in 2008, the Colorado School of Public Health Faculty Mentoring Award in 2009 and the University of Colorado Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award in 2010. Dr. Norris is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society and received the 2018 University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award for Research.
Carol J. Rowland Hogue Mid Career Award
Dr. Aiello is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and Adjunct Professor of Social Medicine at University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She leads the Social Epidemiology Program in the department of Epidemiology, Directs the Integrating Special Populations Program of the North Carolina Translation and Clinical Sciences Institute, and Co-Directs the Interdisciplinary Training in Life Course Research Program at the Carolina Population Center. Read more
Brian MacMahon Early Career Epidemiologist Award
Dr. Lauren McCullough received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2013 and is currently faculty in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. McCullough’s primary research interests are in uncovering the molecular mechanisms that underlie associations between energetics, cancer incidence and prognosis. Her research program integrates molecular epidemiology, epigenetics and other biomarkers for disease risk and progression; environmental and reproductive epidemiology; disparities research; as well as causal inference methods.
Lilienfeld Postdoctoral Prize Paper Award
Tyroler Student Prize Paper Award
Brittany Blouin completed her PhD in Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University in November 2018. Her research focuses on global health and epidemiologic methods with particular interest in infectious and parasitic diseases, child health and nutrition, and field research. She has approximately ten years of experience working and living in Peru, where her PhD research was conducted. She is currently a consultant on a joint project between UNAIDS and McGill University and a Senior Advisor for the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Parasite Epidemiology and Control.