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University of Iowa News Release

June 12, 2003

UI Professor Honored For Outstanding Public Service

Gregory Gray, M.D., University of Iowa professor of epidemiology, has been awarded the Outstanding Public Service Medal by the U.S. Department of Defense for his service as a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB). The Outstanding Public Service Medal is the second highest award given by the Secretary of Defense to private citizens for superior accomplishments and contributions that merit special recognition.

The award recognizes the 23 members of the AFEB for contributions to the improvement of defense operations and processes for the period Jan. 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2002. During this period, the board members made recommendations on 31 emergent and complex health policy issues. The board members were honored at a May 21 ceremony in Ft. Detrick, Md.

"We are proud that Dr. Gray has been honored for his exceptional service to the AFEB," said James Torner, Ph.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Epidemiology. "With his extensive knowledge of infectious diseases, Dr. Gray provides expert guidance not only at the national level, but also as a teacher and researcher at the UI College of Public Health."

The Armed Forces Epidemiological Board serves as a scientific advisory body to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the military Surgeons General. The AFEB provides timely scientific and professional advice concerning operational programs, policy development and research needs for the prevention of disease and injury and the promotion of health. AFEB members have contributed to numerous, significant advances in the prevention and control of diseases and injuries among military men and women, which also have advanced medical science and health for the entire nation.

The civilian board members, who come from numerous professional, academic and scientific organizations throughout the country, volunteer approximately 240 hours of uncompensated, consultant time per recommendation. Members of the AFEB are nominated by the Department of Defense and appointed by the President for a two-year term, with an option for reappointment for an addition two years.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: A photo of Dr. Greg Gray is available at