AY2021 Awards & Honors

Boston University CityLab received the 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This accolade “recognizes unique and innovative efforts for improving access to science, technology, engineering, and math for underrepresented students,” according to the magazine.

Fadie Coleman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences and Education was awarded a 2021 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is one of two recipients to receive the award, one of the University’s highest teaching honors. A gift from the late Arthur G. B. Metcalf, a BU Board of Trustees chair emeritus and former professor, funds the awards.

Barbara E. Corkey, PhD, Professor Emerita of Medicine and Biochemistry, will receive The Obesity Society Presidential Medal of Distinction, which honors and recognizes the efforts of individuals or organizations who have made an impact on the care of persons with obesity through outstanding and enduring scientific achievements; public service with the aim of improving the health of the public; having made a tenacious and/or bold effort to spotlight obesity-related issues; and advocacy for persons with obesity.

Ridiane Denis, BS, RN, MD, Director of Clinical Research and Operations at BU’s Clinical & Translational Science Institute, received a 2021 Perkins Award for distinguished service to the University. She is one of three winners of this annual award administered by BU’s Faculty Council.

Anand K. Devaiah, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, was invited to give this year’s John Conley, MD, Lecture on Medical Ethics at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) Annual Meeting.

David T. Felson, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, received the Lee C. Howley, Sr. Prize for Arthritis Science Service from the Arthritis Foundation for the second time. The award recognizes his immense contributions to the field of arthritis and in particular to osteoarthritis (OA).

Louis C. Gerstenfeld, PhD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Medicine, has been elected to the 2021 class of Fellows of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the leading professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism.

Aline Hillman, MBA, Administrative Director of the Pulmonary Center, received a 2021 Perkins Award for distinguished service to the University. She is one of three winners of this annual award administered by BU’s Faculty Council.

Thea James, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, is the inaugural recipient of a national American College of Emergency Physicians award. The Dr. Thea James Social Emergency Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award was created in recognition of outstanding contribution and dedication to advancing the field of social emergency medicine.

Vasan Ramachandran, MD, FAHA, FACC, Professor of Medicine and PI and Director of the Framingham Heart Study, has been named a visiting professor at the Charite Hospital and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH). As part of this two-year commitment, he will serve as a consultant/advisor for a cardiovascular research project The Berlin Long-term Observation of Vascular Events (BeLOVE) cohort. The project goal is to characterize the epidemiology of chronic heart, brain and kidney disease and learn how best to impact the clinical course of these diseases after an acute event. As a member of the scientific advisory board of the project, he hopes to build upon and strengthen this overseas collaboration.

Christopher W. Shanahan, MD, MPH, FACP, received the American College of Physicians (ACP) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to the integration of behavioral medicine with traditional medicine.

Carl Streed Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, has been elected to the USPATH Board, a nonprofit organization that focuses on issues in transgender health. It is affiliated with the international organization WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).

Joseph Zaia, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, has received the 2021 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Molecular and Cellular Proteomics (ASBMB MCP) Lectureship Award. Established by ASBMB in 2013, the lectureship honors glycoscientists who have made seminal contributions to characterizing glycan and glycoconjugate structures, glycomics and glycoproteomics.