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Celebrating SPH Research Excellence

18 faculty members honored at the 2023 Maryland Research Excellence Celebration

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SPH faculty pose with UMD President Pines and Provost Rice at the 2023 Maryland Research Excellence Celebration
Some of the SPH honorees pose with UMD President Darryll Pines, Provost King Rice and SPH Dean Boris Lushniak at the Maryland Research Excellence Celebration on March 28, 2023. Selfie by Liz Aparicio!

At the annual Maryland Research Excellence Celebration, over 200 outstanding scholars and researchers, nominated by their deans, were recognized for their research success and visibility. 

The following 18 SPH faculty members were nominated by SPH Dean Boris Lushniak and recognized for one or more of the following: 

  • Research findings that are both highly-cited and transformative to their field
  • Research achievements with demonstrable societal impact, such as changes in policy, or major external press coverage 
  • Recognition by a national or international group
  • Publication in a renowned scholarly journal in their field
  • Selection for award through a funding competition with limited submissions
  • Selection for a Division of Research New Directions award
  • Recipient of significant external research funding from a federal funding agency, foundation, corporation, non-profit, national lab, medical center, or other entity

In addition, Professor Donald K. Milton received the 2023 Exemplary Researcher award for the School of Public Health.

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health 

Don Milton (2023 Exemplary Researcher)

Dr. Milton is internationally recognized for his expertise on the aerobiology and transmission of respiratory viruses. During the past several years he has been investigating SARS-CoV-2 in addition to influenza. This research has been timely, responsive to pandemic changes and challenges, and has informed domestic and global public health practice and mitigation recommendations and procedures. His transformative research has strong social impact, has stimulated national and international partnerships and collaborative research projects, and has attracted significant research funding including awards and gifts. In addition to his research, Dr. Milton devotes substantial time responding to ever-increasing requests by the media, health professions and arts societies, the business community and civic leaders. He is a trusted scientific advisor, outstanding mentor to students, and a committed advocate for evidence-based interventions to promote the public's health.

Devon Payne-Sturges
Sacoby Wilson

Family Science 

Jessica Fish
Kevin Roy
Julia Steinberg 
Marie Thoma

Behavioral and Community Health 

Elizabeth Aparicio
Bradley Boekeloo
Kerry Green 

Epidemiology and Biostatistics 

Typhanye Dyer
Charles Ma 
Quyhn Nguyen

Health Policy and Management

Jie Chen 
Neil Sehgal
Stephen Thomas


Sushant Ranadive
Jennifer Roberts