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Highest prize in public health -- the Frank A. Calderone Prize -- to Susan Baker, pioneer
Date:4/20/2010

New York, NY April 20, 2010 Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health today announced that it will award the highest prize in public health the Frank A. Calderone Prize to Susan P. Baker, the pioneering researcher and advocate whose extraordinary career spanning close to five decades has been instrumental in bringing the prevention of injuries to the forefront of public health and public policy.

Professor Baker, an epidemiologist and licensed pilot, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and a founder of the School's Center for Injury Research and Policy. For more than four decades, she has made the study and reduction of preventable injuries a priority and a newly defined field of inquiry in public health research and policy, and has continuously worked to raise the visibility and stress the urgency of injury control. Her research played an integral role in the creation of child passenger protection laws and graduated driver licensing (GDL); as a results of her work, all states now require child safety seats and virtually all states have GDL laws. Her additional areas of focus include, among others, fatalities related to aviation, motorcycles, and heavy trucks; carbon monoxide poisoning; the relationship between alcohol and homicide; the use of drugs in adolescent suicide; drownings; childhood asphyxiation; house fires; falls in the elderly, and fatal occupational injuries.

Professor Baker will accept the Calderone Prize on May 6, 2010 and give a major and original address at the Mailman School. She will be joined by Dr. Thomas Farley, NYC Commissioner of Health and Dean Linda Fried in a panel discussion immediately following on the practical applications of Professor Baker's path-breaking work.

The Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health, the preeminent award in the field, is overseen by the Mailman School of Public Health and presented
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Contact: Stephanie Berger
sb2247@columbia.edu
212-305-4372
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
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