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David Mechanic to Present the First Matilda White Riley Annual Lecture

Ronald P. Abeles, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Research, NIH, has announced that David Mechanic has been invited to deliver the first Matilda White Riley Annual Lecture in the Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Institutes of Health on May 22, 2006. The award lecture was established to honor Matilda whose research has contributed to behavioral and social scientific knowledge and the application of this knowledge relevant to the mission of the National Institutes of Health. The award committee stated that among the many worthy nominations received, David best reflected Matilda's commitment to research characterized by values such as: strong linkages among theory, methods, and research topics; recognition of complexity and dynamic interplay among processes at multiple levels of explanation; encouragement of research on behavioral and social factors in health and the application of such knowledge in clinical practice and health policy; advocacy of a life-course perspective; emphasis on the potential for improving the lives of people and society; conceptual expansion of "health" beyond biological outcomes to include "effective functioning" and an optimistic view of the ability of social and behavioral sciences to develop interventions to improve the lives of people of all ages.

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