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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Professor Honored for Work in Occupational and Environmental Health Field

David Rosner, PhD, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor, Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, was recognized by The Scientific Committee on the History of Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Disease for his “Outstanding Scholarship on the History of Work and Health.” He was presented with the award at the 6th International Conference on the History of Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Health held on March 29-31 in Gothenburg, Sweden.


[Photo: Dr. David Rosner]

Dr. Rosner, who is also co-director, Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health at the Mailman School, spoke at a pre-conference workshop: Methods in Historical Research in Occupational Health, with Mailman School Sociomedical Sciences adjunct professor and Distinguished Professor at CUNY, Gerald Markowitz, on using internal corporate documents to assess industry’s impact on workers and community health.  The workshop focused on their new website, toxicdocs.org , which provides access to more than 4 million corporate documents. Drs. Rosner and Markowitz also presented at a panel titled, “The dusty trades – exposure to inorganic dust during the last 100 years.”

 An authority on occupational health and industrial disease, and the effects of lead in paint on the health of children in particular, Dr. Rosner co-authored the books Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children and Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution with Dr. Markowitz, where they examined the issue of lead poisoning over the years and in light of contemporary public health principles. Dr. Rosner has been a key witness in several court cases where much of the historical evidence was from research conducted for these books and aimed at removing lead from children’s environments and compensating parents and governmental agencies for the costs of care and abatement of hazards in the home environment.

Dr. Rosner is a member of the honorary society of scientists, Sigma Xi since 1977, and also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.