Honoree

David B. Allison

AWARDS

Distinguished Professor (2018)
Distinguished Professor
Indiana University Bloomington
School of Public Health
European Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018)
European Academy of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington
School of Public Health
Titled Professor (2017)
Provost Professor
Indiana University Bloomington
School of Public Health
The Academy of Europe (2017)
The Academy of Europe
Indiana University Bloomington
School of Public Health
National Academy of Medicine (2012)
National Academy of Medicine
Indiana University Bloomington
American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Indiana University Bloomington
School of Public Health

BIOGRAPHY

Allison is former Associate Dean for Research and Science in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine. As director of the Section on Statistical Genetics, he developed a robust teaching program and suite of courses; increased grant funding; built National Institutes of Health‐funded training programs; and brought the department recognition as a national presence in the field of genetics. Beginning in 2008, he conceived and successfully led the fundraising for the William "Student" Sealy Gosset Endowed Professorship in Biostatistics, the first endowed professorship in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health.

Allison received his Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University in 1990; his master's degree in clinical and school psychology at Hofstra in 1987; and his bachelor's degree in psychology at Vassar College in 1985.

In 2006, Allison received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the nation's highest award for mentoring, given to no more than 10 individuals nationally each year and selected through a peer-review process. In 2008, Nature listed Allison as one of the 22 scientists in the world with the most NIH grants. In 2012, he received a Transformative R01 grant from the NIH, a grant given to only 20 research groups in the country, to conduct seven interrelated experiments designed to test an integrated theory connecting adiposity, longevity, perceptions of energetic insecurity and disparities in social status.

A IU Bloomington's Dean of Public Health, Allison's role will include school‐level strategic planning, fundraising, school re-accreditation, faculty recruitment, grant acquisition, budgetary and fiscal management, representing the school on university-wide committees and more.