HARTSVILLE, SC – The Society for Epidemiological Research created the “Sherman A. James Diverse and Inclusive Epidemiology Award” in honor of Sherman James, a native of Hartsville.
James graduated from Butler High School in 1960.
The award will recognize an individual who has demonstrated research, teaching or service that expands the scope of the field to under-represented or disadvantaged populations or researchers and with an impact that has facilitated greater diversity and inclusiveness.
Primary selection criteria include interdisciplinary contributions or leadership in efforts related to diversity and inclusion. This could include research, policy, community engagement, public health practice, program development, teaching and / or mentoring.
James, currently Susan B. King Emeritus Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, worked at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from 1973 to 1989 and at the University of Michigan from 1989 to 2003.
At Michigan Public Health, he was John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health, Professor of Epidemiology, Founding Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health (CRECH), Chairman of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, and researcher principal at the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research.