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ASPPH Announces 2017 ASPPH Award Winners

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health is honored to announce our 2017 recipients of the ASPPH Awards. These distinguished award recipients are being recognized for their service and achievements in teaching, research, practice, and student services. The 2017 awards program received many worthy nominations Thank you to all the individual nominators and review committee members and congratulations to this year’s winners.

ASPPH Award winners will be recognized on Thursday, March 16 at the awards reception during the ASPPH Annual Meeting.

ASPPH Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. McFarland is a dedicated faculty member at Emory, and is described by her nominators as someone who “exemplifies the qualities of extraordinary teaching through the development of academic programs and as a conscientious mentor to MPH and mid-career public health professionals from around the world.”

ASPPH Academic Public Health Practice Excellence Award

Dr. Hoelscher is committed to bringing personal experience into the classroom. Dr. Marcia Ory stated, “Dr. Hoelscher’s work is significant in both its depth and breadth, and she has made an outstanding contribution to [Texas] and the nation through her public health work, her practice-based service, and in the training of the future public health workforce.”

ASPPH Early Career Public Health Research Award

One nominator described Dr. Wheeler as “an archetype of the junior faculty we hope to nurture and, in fact, have others at UNC emulate.” Her primary research focuses on: reducing racial disparities in cancer care, improving health decision-making through computational modeling, and individual health preferences as they pertain to quality of life. Dr. Wheeler was an active participant and speaker as part of the Cancer Moonshot initiative championed by former Vice President Biden.

ASPPH Early Career Public Health Teaching Award

Dr. Leibler has established an exemplary reputation for her ability to connect with students and teach complex concepts in a way that excites and challenges them. According to Dean Sandro Galea, students “regularly describe Dr. Leibler as enthusiastic, approachable, and engaging. She is a skilled educator, mentor, and leader in our community, and exemplifies the criteria for this award.”

ASPPH Student Services Excellence Award

Ms. Murphy-Phillips is well-known for her extraordinary dedication and leadership to the students at Boston University School of Public Health. From orientation to commencement and beyond, she is highly regarded as active and engaged in her work in student life at BU. She is described as “dedicated to ensuring that all students are supported personally and professionally, and contributes to the personal and academic development of the BUSPH student community.”