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College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Receives White House Recognition for Research Efforts

President Obama has named Aron Hall, CVM 2006, as one of the recipients of the White House “Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.”

Dr. Aron Hall

According to the White House, the recognition is the “highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.” Dr. Hall, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will receive the award at a White House ceremony later this year.

Established by President Clinton in 1996, the “Presidential Early Career Award” is coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

Dr. Hall joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the CDC and was assigned to the state health department of West Virginia. As an EIS Officer, he was responsible for leading numerous outbreak investigations, epidemiologic studies, surveillance, and disease control activities.

In 2008, Dr. Hall joined the CDC Viral Gastroenteritis Team to lead the norovirus epidemiology program. He has developed domestic and international surveillance initiatives, led outbreak investigations, directed research projects related to norovirus epidemiology, and supervised development of guidelines for effective prevention and control. A recognized norovirus expert, he consults with state and local health departments, federal regulatory agencies, advisory committees, and international partners such as the World Health Organization.

Dr. Hall has authored or coauthored more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and guidance documents relating to norovirus. He has served as a guest lecturer at Emory University, NC State University, and the University of Georgia. He has an active license with North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board and is board certified as a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.