A number of Columbians received awards and appointments from respected organizations and institutions:
Robert K. Merton, University Professor Emeritus, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Rome. He is the recipient of some 30 honorary degrees and was the first sociologist to be awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor.
Allan Rosenfield, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, was recently named to the boards of two prominent foundations: the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Rosenfield has worked in the past with the Packard Foundation on its Population Program's advisory committee and will continue to work with the Foundation on public health issues for children, families and communities.
Jessica Kandel and Yoshifumi Naka have been named Irving Scholars in the department of surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Each Irving Scholarship includes a grant of $50,000 a year toward the scholar's research efforts for a period of three years, beginning July 1, 2001.
Kandel was awarded the Resident's Prize of the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section, and is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and director of the Charles Edison Library for Pediatric Surgical Research at Columbia.
Naka has received the Young Investigators Award of the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery and is a member of the American Heart Association and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.
John P. Bilezikian, professor of medicine and pharmacology and chief of the division of endocrinology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, has been designated a master of the American College of Endocrinology, the scientific and educational arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Bilezikan has served as president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and president of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry and is editor of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology.
Paul Brandt-Rauf, professor in the Mailman School of Public Health's Environmental Health Sciences Division, received the Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at its annual meeting in San Francisco this spring. The award was presented to Brandt-Rauf for his "outstanding leadership…and significant work in cancer research."