HHS 2019 Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Awards

This award honors alumni who have significantly advanced their careers and have demonstrated noteworthy professional accomplishments that reflect favorably on their profession, Purdue and society.

Charles MillerCharles W. Miller

Consultant, nuclear and radiological environmental health
Duluth, Georgia

EDUCATION

BS '66 Physics/Mathematics, Ball State University, 1966  

MS '67 Meteorology, University of Michigan

PhD '73, Bionucleonics (Radiation Health Physics), Purdue University

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2014-Present

Consultant, nuclear and radiological environmental health

2002-2014

Chief, Radiation Studies Branch, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia

1992-2002

Chief, Environmental Dosimetry Section, Radiation Studies Branch, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia

1990-1992

Manager, Office of Environmental Safety, Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety, Springfield, Illinois

1986-1990

Chief, Planning and Analysis Division, Office of Nuclear Facility Safety, Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety, Springfield, Illinois

John SchraderJohn W. Schrader, HSD, LAT, ATC

Inaugural Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Clinical Professor, Emeritus, School of Public Health, Indiana University
Queen Creek, Arizona

EDUCATION

BS '72, Health & Physical Education, Purdue University 

MS '75, Physical Education, Sports Medicine Option, University of Washington

HSD '93, Health & Safety, Indiana University

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2013-2017

Inaugural Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Clinical Professor, School of Public Health, Indiana University

2007-2013    

Clinical Professor and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, Indiana University

2005-2007

Clinical Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Education Programs, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Athletic Trainer, Indiana University

2003-2005

Clinical Associate Professor, Coordinator of Athletic Training Education Programs, and Assistant Athletic Trainer School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation/Intercollegiate Athletics, Indiana University

1987-2003

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Athletic Training Education Programs and Assistant Athletic Trainer, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation/Intercollegiate Athletics, Indiana University

Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

This award honors alumni under the age of 35 with outstanding career development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches including involvement in professional organizations, college alumni association or community activities.  

Ted Harper

Ted Harper, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, EP-C

Director, Sports Nutrition and Team Sports Dietitian, New England Patriots
Foxboro, Massachusetts

EDUCATION

BS '08 Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness and Health, Purdue University
MS '10 Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2012-Present

Director, Sports Nutrition and Team Sports Dietitian, New England Patriots

2014-Present

Sports Dietitian for Aly Raisman, Olypic Gymnast

2010-2012

Nutrition Director and Performance Dietitian contractor, United States Army

2010

Nutrition Director and Sports Dietitian, Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico

2009-2010

Sports Nutrition Consultant, United States Speedskating, Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah

Akshay Thomas

Akshay Thomas, MD, MS

Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Uveitis Specialist, Tennessee Retina
Nashville, Tennessee

EDUCATION

BS '08, Health Sciences, Purdue University
M.D./M.S. '12 Case Western Reserve University

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Has authored 40+ peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and has co-edited 2 text books

2018-Present

Fostering Innovative Retina Stars of Tomorrow Program

2018

Recipient of the Hornaday Fellow Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, Ethics and Research

2016-2018

Associate Editor, Photoessay section of “RETINA”, the journal of Retinal and Vitreous Disease

2017

Recipient of the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Award

2013-2016

Casey Eye Outreach Van Volunteer

2012

Recipient of the Alfred Maschke Award for Excellence in the Art and Practice of Medicine

Distinguished Service Award

This award honors demonstrated leadership ability in the community through the development of/or significant contributions to private or public programs that improve or enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and/or communities  

Kathy Widner

Kathleen Widner, MS

Service Area Director, Kaiser Permanente, Napa Solano Service Area
Martinez, California

EDUCATION

BS '79, Community Health Education, Purdue University
MS '85, Community Health Education, East Stroudsburg University

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1991-Present

Service Area Director Kaiser Permanente, Napa Solano Service Area, California

1979-Present

Member of Society of Public Health Educators

1979-Present

Member of American Public Health Association

1987-1991

Executive Director, YWCA, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

1983-1987

Industrial Wellness Coordinator, HealthEast, Allentown, Pennsylvania

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