Oshinsky Awarded Cartwright Prize for Book on Polio

March 31, 2010

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.

He will also present the annual Cartwright Lecture next month.

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."

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

For more information, contact: Gary Susswein, Office of the President, 512-471-4945.

2 Comments to "Oshinsky Awarded Cartwright Prize for Book on Polio"

1.  Fran Henke said on April 5, 2010

Congratulations to Professor Oshinsky. His book is a magnificent record of the American epidemic. The new award is a further tribute to him. His work has inspired us to attempt similar records of the Australian epidemics to keep the issue of polio survivors and PPS to the fore, not to mention the ongoing struggle of children in Africa and Asia who are on the same journey.

2.  Dr. James W. Orr said on April 9, 2010

Congratulations, well deserved. A pleasure to read. Born in '37 so I lived every minute.