Historian Awarded Cartwright Prize for Book on Polio

David_Oshinsky-smallDavid Oshinsky, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, has been awarded the Cartwright Prize from Columbia University Medical Center for his book “Polio: An American Story” (Oxford University Press, 2005).

He will also present the annual Cartwright Lecture next month.

The lecture series provides a forum for leading scientists and scholars to review important medical research. Previous speakers and prize recipients have included nine Nobel laureates, top officials from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health and a United States Senator.

Oshinsky’s lecture, titled “Polio: A Look Back at America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade,” will draw from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

“I’m honored – but, more so, humbled – to be in the company of previous Cartwright winners,” says Oshinsky. “I feel privileged to share the lessons our nation learned from the successful fight against polio.”

Oshinsky will give the lecture on Wednesday, April 21 in New York.

Bill Gates Praises David Oshinsky's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book

polioanamericanstoryMicrosoft founder Bill Gates praised Distinguished Teaching Professor of History David Oshinsky’s book “Polio: An American Story” (Oxford University Press, 2005) during a speech titled “Why We are Impatient Optimists” last month in Wash. D.C.

Highlighting Oshinsky’s historical account of the polio epidemic in America, Gates addressed the need for improvements in global health care and medical technologies. Watch the video segment.

Learn more about Oshinsky’s book in the feature “More Than a March of Dimes.”

Bill Gates Praises David Oshinsky’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book

polioanamericanstoryMicrosoft founder Bill Gates praised Distinguished Teaching Professor of History David Oshinsky’s book “Polio: An American Story” (Oxford University Press, 2005) during a speech titled “Why We are Impatient Optimists” last month in Wash. D.C.

Highlighting Oshinsky’s historical account of the polio epidemic in America, Gates addressed the need for improvements in global health care and medical technologies. Watch the video segment.

Learn more about Oshinsky’s book in the feature “More Than a March of Dimes.”

PBS Airs “The Polio Crusade” Based on Professor’s Book

Tune in to your local PBS station next Monday for an in-depth look at one of the biggest public health crises of the 20th century.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will air “The Polio Crusade,” a one-hour television documentary based in part on History Professor David Oshinsky’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, at 8 p.m. (CST) Feb. 2.

Oshinsky won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in history for “Polio: An American Story” (Oxford University Press, 2005) which details America’s obsession with the disease.

“The Polio Crusade,” produced by the PBS history series “American Experience,” chronicles the 20th-century effort to eradicate polio and includes interviews with historians, scientists, polio survivors and Julius Youngner, the only surviving scientist from the research team that developed the Salk vaccine.

Learn more about Oshinsky’s book in the feature “More Than a March of Dimes.”

PBS Airs "The Polio Crusade" Based on Professor's Book

Tune in to your local PBS station next Monday for an in-depth look at one of the biggest public health crises of the 20th century.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will air “The Polio Crusade,” a one-hour television documentary based in part on History Professor David Oshinsky’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, at 8 p.m. (CST) Feb. 2.

Oshinsky won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in history for “Polio: An American Story” (Oxford University Press, 2005) which details America’s obsession with the disease.

“The Polio Crusade,” produced by the PBS history series “American Experience,” chronicles the 20th-century effort to eradicate polio and includes interviews with historians, scientists, polio survivors and Julius Youngner, the only surviving scientist from the research team that developed the Salk vaccine.

Learn more about Oshinsky’s book in the feature “More Than a March of Dimes.”