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.

Feb. 4, UT Michener Center for Writers Presents Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford

Richard Ford

Richard Ford

Richard Ford, the 2010 Michener Residency Award author, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Thurs, Feb. 4, in the Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302.

He is the author of six novels—including “A Piece of My Heart,”  “The Sportswriter,”  “Independence Day,” “Wildlife,” and “The Lay of the Land”—and three story collections: “Rock Springs,” “Women with Men,” and  “A Multitude of Sins.”

He received the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for “Independence Day” in 1995. In 2001, he was honored with the PEN/Malamud for excellence in short fiction. The New York Times hails him “One of the most compelling and eloquent storytellers of his generation.”

During his three week residency at The University of Texas at Austin, he will work with students in the Michener Center for Writers’ Masters of Fine Arts program.

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.”