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Faculty Win Awards, Distinctions


In recent months, prestigious national and international organizations have recognized Brown scientists for their research, scholarship, and leadership.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Brown faculty members working in a range of academic disciplines, from American studies to emergency medicine to mathematics, earned prominent recognition from national and international organizations for their distinguished research, teaching, and service. Faculty in the Division of Biology and Medicine comprised many of the honorees.

Among such distinctions earned in recent months are the following:

Jack Elias, MD, senior vice president for health affairs and dean of medicine and biological sciences, was elected to mastership in the American College of Physicians. Masters are selected because of “integrity, positions of honor, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.”

Eli Adashi, MD, professor of medical science, was elected a fellow of the Hastings Center. Adashi, a globally renowned reproductive biologist and endocrinologist, is co-author of more than 500 professional articles and is co-author or editor of 16 books. His recent writings focus on the nexus of medicine, law, and ethics.

Justin Berk, MD, MBA, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics and of medicine, was awarded the 2020-2022 Jeremiah A. Barondess Fellowship in the Clinical Transaction. The two-year, $50,000 fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine will enable Berk to develop and test podcasting as a new medium for knowledge dissemination to medical students and residents.

Lalit Beura, PhD, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology, is one of 15 scientists named as Searle Scholars for 2020. Beura studies the role played by T-cells in establishing an immune barrier in mucosal surfaces, which are common bacterial points of entry into the body. The award provides $300,000 over three years to support research.

Monica Linden, PhD, senior lecturer in neuroscience, won the 2019 Carol Ann Paul Educator of the Year Award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. The award recognizes notable efforts related to promoting effective teaching of neuroscience at the undergraduate level. Linden, who is affiliated with the Carney Institute for Brain Science, teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including The Neurobiology of Love, which employs popular science writing and primary literature to make sense of the biological mechanisms underlying love.

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) honored David Savitz, PhD—interim dean of the School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology, of obstetrics and gynecology, and of pediatrics—with the 2019 David Rall Medal, which is awarded for exemplary service on NAM committee assignments. Over 26 years of service to NAM, Savitz has led committees addressing a variety of contentious issues, from the effects of electromagnetic radiation to the public health ramifications of e-cigarettes. The academy noted his reputation as “a skilled judge of evidence, a rigorous critical thinker, and a careful communicator of scientific findings.” For his research in reproductive and environmental epidemiology, Savitz also recently won the John Snow Award from the epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association. The award recognizes excellence in epidemiology practice or research.

Read about all of the faculty award winners here.


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