NoteworthyTHE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 24 - NO. 8 - AUGUST 96
In what may be sports medicine's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Jeremy N. Morris, DSc, DPH, and Ralph S. Paffenbarger, Jr, MD, DPH, were awarded the first International Olympic Prize in sport science. The award was announced in June and awarded on July 14 at the opening ceremony of the 105th session of the International Olympic Committee in Atlanta. The prize consists of an Olympic medal, a cash award, and a certificate of recognition. Morris and Paffenbarger were recognized for their pioneering work in documenting the relationship between physical activity and the risk of coronary heart disease. Morris, 86, is emeritus professor of public health at the University of London. Paffenbarger, 74, is professor of epidemiology emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine, adjunct professor of epidemiology at Harvard University School of Public Health, and a research epidemiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and College of Arts and Sciences.
The award, endowed by the Parke-Davis division of Warner-Lambert Co, will be presented every 2 years in conjunction with the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The winners were selected from more than 30 nominations by a jury of researchers and experts in biological, medical, physical, and psychological sciences. Three members of the editorial board of The Physician and Sportsmedicine—Rod K. Dishman, PhD; Timothy D. Noakes, MBChB, MD; and Per Renström, MD, PhD—were on the selection committee.
Steven N. Blair, PED, was recently named president, and Charlotte "Toby" Tate, PhD, was named president-elect of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), based in Indianapolis. Their 1-year terms began in June at the ACSM meeting in Cincinnati. Blair is director of epidemiology at the Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas. Tate is vice provost for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs at the University of Houston. She will become president at the 1997 annual meeting in Denver.