December 31, 2012
Dr. David Rosner, Ph.D., Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, professor of history, and co-director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health, with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM). Rosner, a Master of Public Health alumnus from the class of 1972, joined a group of 65 new members and 5 foreign associates announced in 2010 at the IOM's 40th annual meeting. The IOM is recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis, and it provides recommendations on health issues. IOM members make a commitment to volunteer on the organization's committees, boards, and other activities.
Dr. Rosner has served on the faculty at Columbia University since 1998. His research focuses on issues of public health and social history and the politics of occupational disease and industrial pollution. He has been actively involved in lawsuits on behalf of cities, states and communities around the nation who are trying to hold the lead industry accountable for past acts that have resulted in tremendous damage to America's children. Cases aimed at removing lead from children's environments and compensating parents and governmental agencies for the costs of care and abatement of hazards in the home environment have grown out of his academic work. His work on the history of industry understanding the harms done by their industrial toxins has been part of law suits on behalf of asbestos workers and silicosis victims as well.
In addition to numerous grants, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a Josiah Macy Fellow. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar's Prize from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Viseltear Prize for Outstanding Work in the History of Public Health from the APHA, among others. Dr. Rosner has also been honored by the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and, with Gerald Markowitz, was awarded the Upton Sinclair Memorial Lectureship "For Outstanding Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Journalism by the American Industrial Hygiene Association." Dr. Rosner is an author of many books on occupational disease, epidemics and public health. Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children, (University of California Press/Milbank Fund, 2013) details the recent conflicts at Johns Hopkins over studies of children placed in homes with low level lead exposure and what it says about public health research.