2020 Best Paper Awards

The Science Unbound Foundation has announced its 2020 award winners for best scientific papers by investigators at Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The awards, plaque and cash prizes are for works published in 2021 in the areas of obesity, nutrition, statistics and public health.


Valene Garr Barry


Catia Martins, PhD, RD, is an Associated Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the Department of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).


Madeleine K. Nowak, PhD, a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston University School of Medicine and the National Center for PTSD, received her doctorate from Indiana University Department of Kinesiology in 2022. Her paper “ADHD May Associate with Reduced Tolerance to Acute Subconcussive Head Impacts: A Pilot Case-Control Intervention Study” was awarded Best Paper by an IU student in the area of public health, and was published in November 2020 in Journal of Attention Disorders, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33161816/.


Robert A. Oster, PhD, Professor in UAB’s Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, was awarded best paper by a UAB-based investigator in the area of statistics. His paper, “Learning Gaps among Statistical Competencies for Clinical and Translational Science Learners” was published June 19, 2020 in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2020.498.


Alicja Skowronski, PhD, a former Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, was awarded best paper in obesity-related research by an investigator affiliated with the New York Obesity Research Center. Her paper “Physiological consequences of transient hyperleptinemia during discrete developmental periods on body weight in mice” was published on January 1, 2020 in Science Translational Medicine, https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/scitranslmed.aax6629