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Aday Honored with National Award for Teaching Excellence
Award honors public health professors who embody finest qualities of those who 'touch eternity'
Lu Ann Aday, Ph.D., the Lorne D. Bain Distinguished Professor in Public Health and Medicine in The University of Texas School of Public Health, has received the ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH).
The annual award honors faculty members in schools of public health who embody the finest qualities of a public health professor and serve as mentors to the public health leaders of tomorrow.
Aday, who received the award Nov. 4 at the ASPH annual ceremony in Boston, has previously received the statewide Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. At the UT Health Science Center at Houston she has received the Excellence in Scholarship Award; John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award; and Committee on the Status of Women Distinguished Professional Woman Award and President's Award for Mentoring Women. She is a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
During her acceptance remarks, Aday said, "Those of us engaged in academia ‘touch eternity' not only through the identifiable lives we influence in the context of our teaching and mentoring, but also through how those who know not us - but our work - begin to look at the world in new ways."
Aday's research has focused on equity of access to health and health care for vulnerable populations. She has conducted major national and community surveys, as well as evaluations of national demonstrations. She has published extensively, including numerous books dealing with conceptual or empirical aspects of research in this area.
Aday received her bachelor's degree in agricultural economics with high honors from Texas Tech University, and her master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Purdue University. She was formerly associate director for research at the Center for Health Administration Studies of the University of Chicago.
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