Members in the News
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New IOM Inductees - Norman B. Anderson, PhD, and David B. Allison, PhD
Dr. Anderson and Dr. Allison were among the 80 new people elected into the Institute of Medicine today. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. See the full list of new inductees on the IOM News Release.
Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD
September 7, 2012
Dr. Diefenbach has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Office of the National Coordinator’s competition titled “Using Public Data for Cancer Prevention: From Innovation to Impact.” Entrants were asked to develop innovative software applications that address challenges faced by consumers, clinicians, or researchers at one or more points on the cancer control continuum. The apps were to use public data relevant to cancer prevention and control and have the potential to integrate with existing technology platforms. Each of the semi-finalists received a $10,000 prize and are now competing for the $20,000 grand prize, to be determined in November. Dr. Diefenbach’s project “Health Owl” uses data from the NCI's physician data query clinical trial registry, from Medline+, and from www.StateCancerProfiles.cancer.gov. “Health Owl” aims to make cancer-screening and its decision-making process simple and reliable by providing tailored recommendations based on recorded family history and demographic variables. Read more on the ONC’s website.
Michelle L. Segar, PhD, MPH
August 29, 2012
Dr. Segar's research on sustainable physical activity was featured in the August 27, 2012 New York Times article, "Changing Our Tune on Exercise." In the article she explains, "[Exercise] has to be portrayed as a compelling behavior that can benefit us today." Segar recommends that public health officials stop framing exercise as a medical prescription and begin to market it for the emotional hooks that make physical activity more compelling for people to fit it into their hectic lives.
Lynn L. DeBar, PhD, MPH; Mary E. Cooley, PhD, RN; Thomas K. Houston, MD, MPH; Thelma J. Mielenz, PhD
June 27, 2012
Drs. DeBar, Cooley, Houston and Mielenz have been awarded funding for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) pilot projects. Read more information on the PCORI website.
William T. Riley, PhD
June 26, 2012
Dr. William Riley has been named Chief of the newly established Science of Research and Technology Branch (SRTB) in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP), within NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). BRP initiates, supports, and evaluates a comprehensive program of research ranging from basic behavioral research to the development, testing, and dissemination of interventions in areas such as tobacco use, screening, dietary behavior, and sun protection. The Program has recently restructured its organization to form six Branches to increase the breadth, depth, and quality of behavioral research in cancer prevention and control.
Sara J. Knight, PhD
February 11, 2012
Dr. Knight has accepted the position of Deputy Director of VA's Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D). She officially assumes her Deputy Director responsibilities on March 11, 2012. Read more here.
Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD
February 1, 2012
Dr. Pagoto's health blog, FUdiet: The Science of Weight Loss, Nutrition, and Fitness, was awarded first place in Healthline's Best Health Blogs of 2011 Contest.
Susan J. Curry, PhD
Dr. Curry, Dean, College of Public Health, Distinguished Professor Health Management & Policy, The University of Iowa, was inducted into the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in October 2011 by President Harvey Fineberg.
James F. Sallis, Jr., PhD
May 3, 2011
Dr. Jim Sallis of the SBM Board of Directors has been honored with a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN). The PCFSN Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition-related programs nationwide. Winners are chosen by the members of the President's Council based on the span and scope of an individual's career, the estimated number of lives they have touched, and the impact of their legacy. Time Magazine has identified Dr. Sallis as an “obesity warrior.” Read the full announcement on PR Newswire.
Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS
July 8, 2011
Dr. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia has been selected as the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is bestowed upon the person who demonstrates distinguished service to the alcohol, tobacco and other drugs field, which spans the duration of their career. Dr. Ahluwalia has been invited to receive the award at the 139th APHA Annual Meeting in Washington DC on November 1st, 2011.
April 19, 2011
Dr. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia has been appointed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, to serve on the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health for a 3 year term. The Council advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of NIH, and the Director of the newly created National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Ahluwalia has also recently joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM) for a 3 year term. The Society for General Internal Medicine is the parent organization for this top-tier Internal Medicine international journal.
Russell E. Glasgow, PhD
August 27, 2010
Dr. Russell Glasgow has been named Deputy Director, Dissemination and Implementation Science, in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Glasgow will provide leadership on numerous research projects to close the gap between research discovery and program delivery in public health, clinical practice, and health policy. As Deputy Director for Dissemination and Implementation Science, Dr. Glasgow will be also be responsible for guiding some of NCI’s flagship research dissemination tools such as Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T, the Cancer Trends Progress Report, and State Cancer Profiles.