Dr. Terry Pechacek, professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, has been nominated for the 2016 Shepard Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award.
[Photo: Dr. Terry Pechacek]
Dr. Pechacek, who previously was nominated for the award in 2014, received his latest nomination from the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
The Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award is part of a series of awards given annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1986 and named in honor of renowned microbiologist Dr. Charles C. Shepard, who was chief of the CDC’s Leprosy and Rickettsia Branch for more than three decades. The lifetime achievement award recognizes an individual whose body of scientific work has significantly contributed to public health and the mission of the CDC. Nominees are evaluated based on the recognition their work has received from peers and on their leadership within their discipline or field of research.
Dr. Pechacek has been involved in tobacco prevention and control research since the 1970s and has written more than 250 scientific papers, government publications, and book chapters on the topic. Before joining the faculty at the School of Public Health at Georgia State in 2014, he was deputy director for Research Translation at the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. He began working for the CDC in 1995 as a senior biomedical research scientist. Prior to that, he worked for the National Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C., overseeing research and heading its Smoking Tobacco and Cancer Branch and taught epidemiology and preventive medicine at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine