University of Washington School of Public Health
Noel Weiss Wins APHA's Abraham Lilienfeld Award for Teaching Epidemiology
Noel Weiss, professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has won the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Abraham Lilienfeld Award for lifelong excellence in teaching epidemiology. He will accept the award on Nov. 6, during the APHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
Weiss earned a degree in medicine from Stanford University and a doctor of public health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Following two years in the U.S. Public Health Service, he joined the Washington’s department of epidemiology faculty in 1974 and has taught for more than 40 years on methods in epidemiology and clinical epidemiology. Weiss has mentored hundreds of graduate students during his career on a wide variety of topics. In 1999, he was the first winner of the UW Landolt Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor.
“It is hard to imagine a more deserving awardee than Noel,” said Joel Kaufman, interim dean of the UW School of Public Health. “He has served as an inspiration and mentor to a generation of epidemiologists trained at the UW, and developed and taught the core instructional content that underpins the outstanding training program here.”
Weiss’ early work documented the rapidly rising incidence of endometrial cancer in the U.S. among American postmenopausal women that followed an increase in the use of non-contraceptive estrogens. His observation, combined with the results of other related studies, stimulated the development of means of administering estrogens that did not give rise to this adverse effect.
From 1984 – 1993, Weiss served as chair in the Department of Epidemiology. During his tenure, the department expanded from 18 faculty to 47. Among his key hires are 2007 Lilienfeld recipient Michelle Williams and former department chair Victoria Holt. Weiss was also responsible for the development of the epidemiologic methods course sequence and the journal club.