Public Health alumnus Rosner, MPH ’72, wins award from Sigma Xi

August 8, 2014

David Rosner, MPH in Environmental Health Sciences ('72), Ph.D. from Harvard University ‘78, was awarded the John McGovern Science and Society Award from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honors Society. According to Sigma Xi, the McGovern Award “recognize[s] achievement by a scientist or engineer that transcends their career as a researcher.” Recipients include “individuals whose varied activities supported research, the communication of science and the impact of science on society.” 

Rosner won the award in recognition of his use of scientific knowledge in the public interest. His work played a prominent role in many court cases regarding environmental health, including a recent lawsuit that resulted in the lead pigment industry being ordered to pay $1.15 billion to nearly a dozen cities and counties in California to remove lead paint from the walls in thousands of homes.

He is presently the Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History at Columbia University. He is also co-director of the Center for the History of Public Health at Columbia. Dr. Rosner is the author of 12 books, including most recently Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children, co-authored with Gerald Markowitz.