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David Coleman and Helen Epstein Receive the 2016 Population Council’s Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award

NEW YORK (November 8) — The Population Council awarded David Coleman and Helen Epstein with the 2016 Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award for excellence in writing and editing in the population sciences. The award was presented at a reception at the Population Council in New York on Monday, November 7.

The Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg award was created to honor the legacy of Dr. Nordberg whose work as an editor, writer, and director of publications helped disseminate important information on international population issues over three decades.  The award recognizes individuals with exceptional writing and editing skills and demonstrated achievements in writing on population that combines exceptional scholarship with appeal to a broad readership or a record of editing technical material on population to make it accessible to varied audiences.

"Dr. Nordberg’s contributions to the field of demography and population sciences have greatly influenced how the world thinks about population dynamics," said Julia Bunting, president of the Population Council.  "We are delighted to honor the two individuals, who, like Dr. Nordberg, have dedicated their careers to sharing important insights on population issues with the world."

About the Recipients

Helen Epstein is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why we are losing the Fight against AIDS in Africa, an account of Africa's AIDS epidemic from the inside, which was recognized as a New York Times Notable Book and Amazon.com’s best science book of 2007.  She is a molecular biologist by training, freelance writer and independent consultant in public health for numerous organizations including the World Bank, UNICEF, UNAIDS and Human Rights Watch.  Epstein is currently an adjunct professor at Bard College and Columbia University where she focuses on history and practice of public health and international development.

David Coleman is a professor emeritus of Demography at Oxford University where he spent most of his career as a lecturer, reader, and professor.  Coleman’s research covered population and social policy issues with a focus on the demography of minority groups, housing policy, and immigration.  His colleagues have called him the "public face" of British demography, having co-edited the European Journal of Population and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biosocial Science and the Population Council’s Population and Development Review.

Previous recipients of the Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award include Marge Berer, Andrew J. Cherlin, Ethel Churchill, Joel Cohen, Paul Demeny, Nancy Folbre, Eugene Grebenik, Susan Greenhalgh, Nathan Keyfitz, Samuel H. Preston, Felicia Stewart, and Vaclav Smil.

About the Population Council

The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues—from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, the Council is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international board of trustees.

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