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Release: Aug. 18, 2000

UI doctoral student Robin Taylor Wilson wins research award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robin Taylor Wilson, a doctoral candidate in the UI College of Public Health department of epidemiology, has been awarded the Laurence G. Branch Student Research Award for her work on falls and injuries among the elderly.

The award, given annually by the Gerontological Health Section (GHS) of the American Public Health Association (APHA), honors outstanding doctoral students for exceptional research during their training. The prize consists of a $750 cash award. Wilson will be recognized at the GHS awards ceremony Nov. 13 at the APHA annual meeting in Boston. While at the meeting, Wilson will present her findings in a session titled, "Falls and Injury Among Community-Dwelling Elders in the U.S.: The Role of Economic Status."

"Robin's work is particularly important because it is a large, nationally representative sample of older persons who are at substantial risk of falls and injuries," said Robert Wallace, UI professor of epidemiology and Wilson's project mentor.

Wilson earned a B.S. in political science with a minor in mathematics from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and an M.A. in geography and population sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In November Wilson will begin a cancer research training fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., and she will complete her Ph.D. in December.

The Laurence G. Branch Student Research Award is given to students who have completed research projects in gerontology, aging, chronic illness and disability in adults, long-term care or geriatrics. The criteria for the award selection include importance of the topic, rigor of design and analysis, quality of writing and potential benefit to the field.

Laurence Branch, professor of gerontology, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center, first sponsored the award as a way to foster the research careers of students and to honor the faculty who trained the award-winning students. In 1999, the Retirement Research Foundation endowed the award.

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