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Oshinsky awarded Cartwright Prize for book on polio

AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas at Austin History Professor David Oshinsky has been awarded the Cartwright Prize from Columbia University Medical Center for his research into the history of polio.

Posted: April 1, 2010
Prof. David M. Oshinsky

Prof. David M. Oshinsky

He will also present the annual Cartwright Lecture Wednesday, April 21 in New York.

The lecture series provides a forum for leading scientists and thinkers 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 book Polio: An American Story for which he won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize.

"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."

For more information, contact: Gary Susswein, College of Liberal Arts, 512 471 4945.

Related Links:
Polio: An American Story, Oxford University Press, March 2005
ShelfLife blog
Cartwright Prize Lecture series from Columbia University Medical Center

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