Newsmaker: Roberta B. Ness
Family: Husband, David; son, Joel; daughter, Sara
Notable: Recently named president-elect of the American College of Epidemiology. The group describes epidemiology as the science of public health. Epidemiologists study a range of health conditions as well as the impact that various exposures have on disease.
Background: Professor and chairman of the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; professor of epidemiology, medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Joined the university in 1993.
Education: Master's in public health and epidemiology, 1989, from Columbia University; medical degree in 1984 from Cornell University; bachelor's degree in microbiology, 1980, from University of Maryland
Quote: "It's an honor and privilege to be chosen president-elect of the College of Epidemiology. This is an organization with a great history that has represented the finest of epidemiology for the last quarter century."
-- Rick Stouffer