Rothman Prize Announcement
The Editors and Editorial Board of EPIDEMIOLOGY are pleased to announce the selection of Ai Milojevic as the winner of this year’s Rothman EPIDEMIOLOGY Prize. This award of $3000 is given annually for the best paper published in the journal. The selection criteria are importance, originality, clarity of thought, and excellence in writing. Dr. Milojevic’s winning paper is titled “Health effects of flooding in rural Bangladesh.” This paper is a meticulous attempt to replicate a finding with important public health implications, using more careful modeling and especially more careful control of confounding. The mostly null results suggest that previous findings were biased by inadequate adjustment. The prize is funded from an endowment established by Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. and managed by the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Milojevic’s paper appeared in our January 2012 issue.
Ai Milojevic is a Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her background is in geographical information sciences. After completing her PhD (on spatial analysis in environmental health risk assessment) at Keio University in Tokyo in 2005, she joined the LSHTM as a postdoctoral fellow, where she has been involved in studies of flooding, air pollution, and temperature effects. Her research interests cover most of the spatial approaches in environmental epidemiology, with a focus on geographical heterogeneity of environmental health effects and methodological issues of spatial scale effects.
Congratulations also to runners-up Brooke Anderson and Michelle Bell for their paper “Lights out: Impact of the August 2003 Power Outage on Mortality in New York, NY,” Tyler VanderWeele and colleagues for their paper “A Mapping Between Interactions and Interference: Implications for Vaccine Trials,” and Jennifer Weuve and colleagues for their paper “Accounting for Bias Due to Selective Attrition: The Example of Smoking and Cognitive Decline.”