Two epidemiology faculty members at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health were honored recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiological Research (SER), held in Baltimore June 19-22.
Dr. Stephen R. Cole, professor, received SER’s Excellence in Education Award, and Dr. Allen Wilcox, Gillings School alumnus and adjunct professor, was chosen for the Society’s Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award.
Dr. Cole, who is co-director of the Causal Inference Research Laboratory at the Gillings School, is author of nearly 300 scientific papers, many of which focus upon study designs and analyses that best estimate parameters of central interest to population health scientists, such as risk. He holds a doctorate in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of South Florida College of Public Health and was a postdoctoral fellow in preventive medicine at Harvard Medical School.
“My mission,” Dr. Cole wrote after receiving the award, “is to be courageous and kind, to make better decisions (which requires me to learn) and to improve human life (which drives me to teach).”
Dr. Wilcox is a reproductive epidemiologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Studies in Research Triangle Park, NC. The author of Fertility and Pregnancy: An Epidemiological Perspective, published by Oxford University Press, he is past president of SER, the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, and the American Epidemiological Society. He served for 14 years as editor-in-chief of the journal Epidemiology.
Dr. Wilcox earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan, a doctorate from the UNC Gillings School and an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Bergen, in Norway.
[Photo: Dr. Stephen Cole (left) and Dr. Allen Wilcox]