CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
College of Public Health
Release: Aug. 18, 2000
UI doctoral student Robin Taylor Wilson wins research
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robin Taylor Wilson, a doctoral
candidate in the UI College of Public Health department of epidemiology, has
been awarded the Laurence G. Branch Student Research Award for her work on
falls and injuries among the elderly.
The award, given annually by the Gerontological Health
Section (GHS) of the American Public Health Association (APHA), honors outstanding
doctoral students for exceptional research during their training. The prize
consists of a $750 cash award. Wilson will be recognized at the GHS awards
ceremony Nov. 13 at the APHA annual meeting in Boston. While at the meeting,
Wilson will present her findings in a session titled, "Falls and Injury Among
Community-Dwelling Elders in the U.S.: The Role of Economic Status."
"Robin's work is particularly important because it
is a large, nationally representative sample of older persons who are at substantial
risk of falls and injuries," said Robert Wallace, UI professor of epidemiology
and Wilson's project mentor.
Wilson earned a B.S. in political science with a minor
in mathematics from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and an M.A. in geography
and population sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In November Wilson will begin a cancer research training
fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., and she will
complete her Ph.D. in December.
The Laurence G. Branch Student Research Award is given
to students who have completed research projects in gerontology, aging, chronic
illness and disability in adults, long-term care or geriatrics. The criteria
for the award selection include importance of the topic, rigor of design and
analysis, quality of writing and potential benefit to the field.
Laurence Branch, professor of gerontology, Center
for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center,
first sponsored the award as a way to foster the research careers of students
and to honor the faculty who trained the award-winning students. In 1999,
the Retirement Research Foundation endowed the award.
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