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Faculty & Staff Honors

UNC: Three Receive Society for Epidemiologic Research Awards

Alumni and current and former faculty from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health will receive three of the seven Society for Epidemiologic Research awards at the society’s annual meeting in June.

Dr. Allison Aiello graduated from Carolina with a master’s degree in 1998 and went on to earn a doctorate from Columbia University. She returned to UNC as a full professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research investigates biomarkers of aging, infection and chronic diseases. Dr. Aiello will receive the Carol J. Rowland Hogue Mid-career Achievement award from the society, which recognizes a mid-career scientist who has made an exceptional contribution to the practice of epidemiology.

Dr. Sherman James, who became the first African-American tenure-track faculty member at the Gillings School in 1973, will receive the Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award. The award honors an outstanding scholar whose work has shifted the way epidemiology is practiced. After serving as a professor in the Gillings School’s epidemiology department, Dr. James went on to become a distinguished professor and department chair at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the social determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities. Today, he is the Susan B. King Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at Duke University.

Dr. Lauren McCullough received a doctorate in epidemiology from the Gillings School in 2013 and become a faculty member at Emory University. Dr. McCullough’s overarching research interest is in the epidemiology of breast cancer and lymphoma. Dr. McCullough will receive the Brian MacMahon Early Career Award, which recognizes the contributions of early career epidemiologists who are poised to become future leaders in the field.

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