Several Welch Center trainees were among those honored at the Department of Epidemiology’s Honors and Awards Reception last Friday, May 13, 2011. Temitope Olufade, MS, MPH, received the Dr. and Mrs. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr. Scholarship in Epidemiology. The award recognizes graduates from historically black colleges and universities or members of under-represented minority groups and who are dedicated to improving community health. Tope’s research interest is in breast cancer and nutrition. She is a trainee of the Welch Center’s Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS, earning her PhD degree in clinical epidemiology.
Welch Center trainees, Julio Lamprea, MD, MPH, and Chandra Jackson, MSc, carried off two of the three awards from the Miriam E. Brailey Fund. Miriam Brailey was the first women appointed faculty member in the Epidemiology Department. It is with honor that this award was created to recognize the commitment of researchers to underserved or un-recognized populations. Julio is a trainee of the Welch Center’s Brad Astor, PhD, MPH, and Chandra is mentored by Frederick Brancati, MD, MHS, FACP. Both trainees are pursuing their PhDs in cardiovascular epidemiology.
Trainee Rosemay Remigio-Baker, MPH, was awarded a Charlotte Ferencz Scholarship in Epidemiology. Dr. Ferencz was a valued member of the department for many years. She created this scholarship to benefit students researching childhood health. Rosemay's research interests include obesity and depression. She is a trainee of the Welch Center’s Sherita Golden, MD, MHS. Rosemay is also studying for her PhD in cardiovascular epidemiology.
This year’s ceremony marked the inaugural presentation of the Nancy Fink Award for Scholarship and Service. Founded in memory of the Welch Center’s dear friend and colleague Nancy, the award recognizes her depth of caring and commitment to the masters’ students and to the community of East Baltimore both of which she loved so much. Welch Center trainee Hali Hambridge received the first Nancy Fink Scholarship. Hali’s research interests focus on mental health and health outcomes and services. She is a trainee of the Welch Center’s Rosa Crum, MD, MHS, and is working toward her ScM degree in clinical epidemiology.
Congratulations to all five award winners on their accomplishments and promise for the future!