Building a Better Book
Nelson, MD, made do with textbooks that weren't quite what
he needed for his course in infectious disease epidemiology.
Most of the available infectious disease books expended barrels
of ink on infection and treatment of individuals or the examination
of organisms from a microbiological or virological perspective.
Cursory nods toward epidemiology were made in the form of a few
paragraphs here and there. Nelson's students relied on parts of
different books, taped lectures, and copies of slide presentations.
Nelson, professor and director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
at the School, finally decided to create the book he needed. The
result, Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory and Practice,
is now used by universities across the United States and has drawn
positive reviews from the Journal of the American Medical Association,
Clinical Infectious Diseases, and others. The British Medical
Association commended it as one of three top public health books
in its 2001 book competition.
Neil Graham, MD, MBBS, MPH, a former associate professor at the
School, and former student Carolyn Masters Williams, PhD '00, served
with Nelson as editors on the book, which was published in 2000
by Aspen Publishers Inc. Most chapters in the book are written by
Nelson or colleagues at the School.
"It's been useful for our course and apparently it's been useful
for other people," says Nelson, noting that the book is being
used in courses at Harvard, Yale, Emory, and other universities.
Tobacco Control Award Winner and Other Honors
Samet, MD, MS, chair of Epidemiology and the Jacob and Irene
Fabrikant Professor in Health, Risk, and Society, has been awarded
the Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award from the American Society of
Preventive Oncology for his work in tobacco control. Samet has studied
the health effects of active and passive smoking, contributed as
editor and author to numerous reports on smoking published by the
Surgeon General, the National Cancer Institute, and the World Health
Organization, and testified in key litigation, including Minnesota's
landmark tobacco case in 1998.
A. Nathanson, PhD, professor, Department of Population and
Family Health Sciences, was selected as one of 30 investigators
for the New Century Scholars, a new initiative of the U.S. Fulbright
Program. The focus of the NCS program's first year is "Challenges
of Health in a Borderless World."
Zeger, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics,
has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science. Zeger was cited for his contributions to statistical
methodology, analysis of longitudinal data, and leadership in the
statistical community through research, teaching, and professional
Corinne Shefner, a doctoral candidate in the Department
of Population and Family Health Sciences, won the top award for
a student paper from the International Communication Association's
Health Communication Division.
Fryer, PhD, associate professor, Environmental Health Sciences
(EHS), has been appointed associate editor of the American Journal
of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Buckley, PhD, MHS '86, assistant professor, EHS, has been
appointed to the Integrated Human Exposure Committee of the Science
Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Patz, MD, MPH '92, assistant professor, EHS, was named one
of the convening lead authors on the United Nations' "Millennium
Ecosystem Assessment," which will study the link between changing
ecosystems and public health.
M. Gordon "Reds" Wolman, PhD, professor and director
of the Division of Environmental Health Engineering in EHS, was
elected for induction into the National Academy of Engineering.
Tomas Guilarte, PhD '80, professor, EHS, has been appointed
to the editorial board of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.
Szklo, MD, professor, Epidemiology, has been elected vice
president of the American Public Health Association.
Parmigiani, PhD, associate professor of Bio-statistics and
Oncology, is the author of a recently published book, Modeling
in Medical Decision Making: A Bayesian Approach (John Wiley,
Yager, PhD, senior associate dean for academic affairs,
and professor, EHS, has been appointed to the EPA's National Advisory
Council for Environmental Policy and Technology's subcommittee on
"Endocrine disruption methods validation" by EPA administrator,
Christine Todd Whitman.