University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2010 for Excellence in Research.

Guthrie BirkheadGuthrie BirkheadEpidemiology and Biostatistics

Dr. Birkhead is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He was appointed to the School of Public Health in 1988. Dr. Birkhead has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, seven book chapters, and ten non-peer reviewed scientific reports. A majority of his papers have been published in high impact journals such as the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine. One of the principal themes of Dr. Birkhead's research has involved the development of approaches for translating basic scientific knowledge regarding various communicable diseases into effective public health strategies, particularly for childhood diseases and immunization policies and programs. His reputation in this area is reflected in his appointment as Chair of the National Immunization Policy Panel. His research has also influenced understanding and policy related to disease surveillance programs and approaches for identifying and dealing with new disease entities such as West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. Hospital acquired infections and HIV/AIDS prevention and control are further areas that have benefitted from Dr. Birkhead's work. He has been the principal investigator or project director for tens of millions of dollars of federal grant funding, primarily from the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Birkhead is unable to be with us today. While he has received numerous professional awards, he indicated that he feels especially honored to have been selected for the University's excellence award. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Guthrie Birkhead as a recipient of the 2010 President's Award for Excellence in Research.

Excellence in Research

Guthrie Birkhead Sanjay Goel R. Hamilton Lankford Scott Tenenbaum

Epidemiology and
Sanjay Goel
Information Technology Management
R. Hamilton Lankford
Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Scott Tenenbaum
Nanoscale Science and Engineering

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