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Congratulations to the Public Health award-recipients

Congratulations to the Public Health award recipients!

Tamar Adjoian, an MPH student in the Public Health Nutrition track, is the recipient of the The Pi Lambda Theta Rho Leadership Award which is presented to a graduating undergraduate and a graduating graduate student to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in academic achievement and leadership.

Mathew Kiang, an MPH student in the Public Health Nutrition track, is the recipient of the  E. George Payne Memorial Prize, which is is presented to a graduating graduate student in recognition of outstanding leadership and superior scholarship, and for representing those humanitarian principles as defined by E. George Payne. Enoch George Payne was the 5th Dean of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (1939-1945) then know as the School of Education. He was one of our country's preeminent liberal thinkers, whose greatest cause was the recognition and cultivation of minority cultures within our society. He devoted himself to the inclusion of Jewish and African-American culture in American education particularly at colleges and universities. Dean Payne, a Professor of Educational Sociology, was an early subscriber to the sociology theory of "cultural pluralism and wrote extensively about it. He served on the boards of the NAACP and of the National Council on Naturalization and Citizenship.

Laura Solia, an undergraduate politics major and co-founder of the Global Public Health Brigades at NYU, is the recipient of the President's Services Award.  She was nominated by Dr. Diana Silver, an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Director of the B.S. in Public Health program.  The award honors students and groups for significant contributions to the university community in the areas of learning, leadership and quality of student life.  Laura will be taking a job with the Global Public Health Brigades in Honduras when she graduates in May.