The Columbia University School of Social Work is pleased to announce that two of its professors, Associate Professor Ada Mui and Assistant Professor Joan Davitt as well as two of the School’s recent doctoral graduate students have received prestigious social work honors.

Associate Professor Ada Mui was chosen as a 2003 Ewald W. Busse Research Award Recipient, one of only two winners this year. She is being recognized for her contributions to the knowledge base of international research on cross-cultural aging populations. She will receive the award on Sunday November 23rd in San Diego. The Busse Research Award recognizes the achievements of promising social scientists who have made significant contributions to aging research. Professor Mui’s work has brought increased awareness to the importance of cultural differences and similarities among ethnically diverse elders.

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) also bestowed the 2003 Social Research Policy and Practice (SRPP) Student Research Award on CUSSW’s Assistant Professor Joan Davitt. The award entitles Davitt to an honorarium of $500. She will present the paper for which she is being honored, an excerpt from her dissertation entitled “Changes in Service Mix in Medicare Home Health Care”, before the GSA on Saturday November 22nd and will receive the award on Sunday November 23rd.

Two of CUSSW’s doctoral graduates, Suk-Young Kang (Class of 2003) and Hye-ouk Hahm (Class of 2002) were chosen to receive Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) doctoral dissertation awards. Kang, who is now an assistant professor at Arizona State University, is receiving his award for his dissertation entitled “Caregiver Strain among Spouse and Adult Child Caregivers of Frail Elders.” Hahm, who is completing her post-doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley, is receiving her award for her dissertation entitled “Asian-American Adolescents’ Health Risk Behaviors: Socio-Cultural Risk and Parental Protective Factors.” They will be honored at the CSWE’s 50th Annual Program Meeting to be held in Anaheim California in February 2004.

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