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D. A. Henderson Receives NISS Gold Medal

DECEMBER 9, 2011—Baltimore, MD—The National Institute of Social Sciences has honored Dr. D. A. Henderson, Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC and former Chief Medical Officer, WHO Global Smallpox Eradication Campaign, among its gold medal awardees this year. Other awardees are Charles T. “Chuck” Close, American Photorealist Painter and recipient of the National Medal of the Arts; and Professor James Q. Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Government, Harvard University. Both Dr. Henderson and Professor Wilson have been recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The awards were conferred December 7 at the Cosmopolitan Club, New York. The Institute’s origins date back to 1865, the year of the founding of the American Social Science Association.

This is the 98th year that the Institute has recognized “a small group of Americans who have made the highest contribution to the welfare and improvement of American—and often world—society.” Honorees have come from the social sciences, law, government, education, philanthropy, the arts, medicine, science, and industry. Recipients within the past 4 years include Sandra Day O’Connor, Robert MacNeil, Garrison Keillor, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.


The Center for Biosecurity is an independent, nonprofit organization of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) whose mission is to strengthen national security by reducing the risks posed by biological attacks, epidemics, and other destabilizing events, and to improve the nation’s resilience in the face of such events.



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