Alumni Association Awards
2012 Awards presented at Foard Lecture on April 17th
William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, and Gary G. Koch, PhD, were honored with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s most prestigious awards for alumni and faculty at a ceremony preceding the annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 17.
Rutala, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the School in 1977 and 1979, respectively, received the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award. Koch, a biostatistics faculty member at the School for more than 40 years, was selected for the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award.
The Barr Award
An internationally recognized expert in decontamination and sterilization, Rutala has dedicated his career to reducing risk of infections for hospitalized patients and researching ways to disinfect the hospital environment and sterilize medical and surgical instruments.
The Greenberg Award
Koch, a professor of biostatistics, is well known as a mentor, teacher and researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has taught courses in categorical data analysis at UNC for more than 40 years. He is a sought-after mentor–serving as adviser to more than 100 graduate students and many junior faculty members.
“While I was a doctoral student, he created numerous opportunities for me to learn the practice of biostatistics. I continued to receive his mentorship even after I joined the biostatistics faculty,” said Chirayath Suchindran, PhD, UNC biostatistics professor. “His door is always open for me to consult.” [Complete article.]