ISEE Awards


Awards Committee · Past Awardees - 2014 Awardees

ISEE recognizes significant contributions to environmental epidemiology by both experienced environmental epidemiologists and promising new researchers. Please click on the links below for detailed descriptions of each award and instructions for submitting award nominations or applications.

John Goldsmith Award

Rebecca James Baker Award

Research Integrity Award

Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Award

John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology

The Award
The ISEE Awards Committee solicits nominations each year for the John Goldsmith Award for "sustained and outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of environmental epidemiology." The award for 2015 will be presented at the 2015 ISEE Annual Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 30 - September 3, 2015. The recipient will be invited to present the John Goldsmith Memorial lecture at the conference. (Registration, airfare, and hotel costs will be paid by ISEE.)

This annual award was established to honor John Goldsmith, one of the organizers, early leaders, and constant supporters of the ISEE, who passed away in October 1999. Recipients have typically contributed in substantive and innovative fashion to the methods and practice of epidemiology over many years.

Nominations
Any member of the ISEE (except members of the Awards Committee) may make nominations. A single nomination document in PDF should be prepared containing the following:

  1. A cover letter from the primary nominator up to two pages in length, that describes the major contributions of the nominee to the science of environmental epidemiology and her/his impact on the field and on public health policy.
  2. A brief curriculum vitae or biographical sketch of the nominee (up to three pages).
  3. Letters, up to two pages in length, supporting the nomination, from up to five others familiar with the contributions of the nominee. These support letters should describe in specific terms how the nominee meets the award criteria.

Nominations should be sent by e-mail to the ISEE Secretariat with "Goldsmith Award Nomination" appearing in the subject line. The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 John Goldsmith Award will be announced in early 2015.

Send nominations to:
iseepi@jsi.com
Include in the Subject line: "Goldsmith Award Nomination."

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Rebecca James Baker Award

In August, 2004, environmental epidemiologist Dr. Rebecca James Baker died unexpectedly at age 33, of a pregnancy-related heart condition. Those who knew Rebecca were impressed by her intelligence, modesty, warmth and kindness, dedication, and wisdom in every aspect of life. She was particularly committed to environmental epidemiology as a tool for improving public health and quality of life and to working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Several ISEE members had the privilege of knowing and working with Rebecca during her regular participation in ISEE annual conferences and her research visits to Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Thailand. Her linguistic and cultural skills, and grace in challenging circumstances, were inspiring to many.

To honor Rebecca's memory and to encourage students and new investigators to follow her example, the Rebecca James Baker Award is given each year at the ISEE annual conference. Graduate level students and new investigators who are within three years of having completed their degree are invited to apply. For the 2015 award, all applicants must be first authors on a submitted abstract for the 2015 ISEE annual conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 30 - September 3, 2015.

The deadline for applications for the 2015 award, to be presented at the ISEE conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will be announced in early 2015. Review criteria and application requirements are below.

Donations to the Baker Award Fund: For those who wish to make a donation to the Baker Award Fund, checks in U.S. dollars should be made out to ISEE specifying "Baker Award donation " in the "Memo" line. Send donations (tax deductible in the U.S.) to ISEE Secretariat, c/o JSI Research and Training Institute, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210; Phone: 617-482-9485; Fax: 617-482-0617; E-mail: iseepi@jsi.com. Contact the Secretariat to make donations from outside the U.S.

Review Criteria and Application Requirements

The winner will be selected based on review of

  1. An abstract submitted for presentation at the annual ISEE conference;
  2. A statement of 300 words or fewer describing the challenges faced by the applicant in conducting the research and how he/she met them; and
  3. Two nomination letters written by the applicant's advisor and/or research collaborators that specifically comment on how the applicant meets the criteria for the award.

A committee of four to seven will evaluate the applications and choose the winner, who will receive a certificate and ribbon at the meeting, as well as some support (amount dependent on funds available) to defray the cost of travel to the meeting.

The criteria for selecting the winner, which embody Rebecca James Baker's approach to epidemiologic research, will be as follows (in no order of priority):

  1. The applicant is working in a challenging area of research, requiring skills such as obtaining and processing new or hard to access data, or working with populations and/or collaborators of different cultures or socio-economic circumstances.
  2. The abstract is of high scientific quality.
  3. The research is based on an international or cross-cultural collaboration.
  4. The applicant has demonstrated personal integrity, compassion, patience, and resourcefulness during the design and implementation of the research.
  5. The applicant has demonstrated an appreciation of and commitment to research as a tool to foster international understanding and public health improvement.

Applications will be accepted via email sent to the ISEE Secretariat with "Baker Award Application" in the subject line. The applicant should submit the abstract and statement. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the letter writers. Application materials will not be made public and will be shared only among the Awards Committee members evaluating the applicants.

Send nominations to:
iseepi@jsi.com
Include in the Subject line: "Baker Award Application."

The initial committee who will evaluate applications is shown below. People who wish to serve on the committee in the future or assist with developing other commemorative activities should contact the co-chairs.

Permanent Members
Jeff Baker
Irva Hertz-Picciotto (Co-chair) ihp@ucdavis.edu
Marie O'Neill (Co-chair) marieo@umich.edu

Rotating Members
Florence Bodeau-Livinec
Matthew Longnecker
Karin Yeatts

Past Service
Shakoor Hajat (2005-2007)
John Spengler (2005-2006)
Jouni Jaakkola (2005-2006)

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Research Integrity Award

The Award
The ISEE Research Integrity Award honors those in environmental epidemiology who have demonstrated exceptional integrity in the face of pressure from special interests. This award is made periodically at the discretion of the ISEE Council and with the acceptance of the awardee.

Nominations
A single nomination document in PDF should be prepared containing the following:

  1. A letter of nomination, including contact information for the nominee.
  2. A one- to two-page description of the reasons why the nominee should receive the award.

Nominations and supporting letters should be sent by e-mail to the ISEE Secretariat with "Research Integrity Award Nomination" appearing in the subject line. The deadline for submitting nominations for 2015 will be announced in early 2015.

Send nominations to:
iseepi@jsi.com
Include in the Subject line: "Research Integrity Award Nomination."

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Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Award

This ISEE annual award for the best environmental epidemiology paper published in a peer-reviewed journal aims to recognize excellence in the field of environmental epidemiology and encourage the publication of outstanding papers. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to:

• Quality (data, analyses, presentation, argument)
• Originality
• Importance/impact
• Relevance to environmental epidemiology

The winning paper is selected by the ISEE Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (BEEP) Award subcommittee (Chair, Michael Brauer) and approved by the ISEE Council. The handling editor of the journal in which the paper is published will receive a special certificate.

• Authors, editors, and readers may make nominations.
• Nominated papers for the 2015 award should be published in a scientific journal between January 1 and December 31, 2014. Only outstanding papers should be nominated.
• Nomination letters should be accompanied by a copy of the paper and a brief statement (50-100 words) indicating the specific aspect of the paper that makes it outstanding (e.g., the value of its methodologic contribution or the policy controversy it contributes to resolving).
• Send nominations and supporting statements to the ISEE Secretariat with "Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (BEEP) Nomination" appearing in the subject line. The deadline for submitting nominations of papers published in 2014 will be announced in early 2015.

The winning paper will be announced during the 2015 ISEE annual conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 30 - September 3, 2015.

Send nominations to:
iseepi@jsi.com
Include in the Subject line: "Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (BEEP) Nomination."

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