Regents Professor Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research during the TAMHSC Convocation held Friday, Jan. 20. Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for The Texas A&M University System presented the award to Dr Ory, who was selected for this honor from nominees from various components of the TAMHSC including colleges of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.

Dr. Ory is a national and international leader in research on healthy aging and evidence-based prevention research. She has served as first author or co-author on over 200 peer-reviewed publications in these areas, with over 60 of such articles published within the past two years. Several of these papers have received best paper awards. During this year alone, she has had another 11 manuscripts accepted for publication.  In addition to publishing numerous journal articles, she has edited 10 books and served as first author or co-author on 34 book chapters. She also currently serves on the editorial boards of six national/international journals.

During a luncheon preceding Convocation, Dean Craig Blakely, Ph.D., M.P.H, presented TAMHSC-School of Rural Public Health awards to the following faculty and staff:

  • Excellence in Research –Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D., M.P.H., Regents Professor of social and behavioral health
  • Excellence in Education/Teaching – Leslie Cizmas, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental and occupational health
  • Excellence in Public Health Practice – Monica Wendel, Dr. P.H., M.P.H., assistant professor of social and behavioral health
  • Excellence in Administrative Support – Jerry Pittman

— Rae Lynn Mitchell