|Description:||This photograph depicts microbiologist, and former director of Centers for Disease Control’s Laboratory Division, Dr. Charles C. Shepard. It was through the diligent efforts of doctors Sheppard, and cohort microbiologist Joseph McDade, which lead to the 1977 discovery of the initially illusive bacterium Legionella pneumophila, the etiologic agent that causes ‘Legionnaires' disease’.|
Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) present the Charles C. Shepard Science Awards to the authors of the most outstanding peer-reviewed research papers published by CDC/ATSDR scientists. First awarded in 1986, these awards are named in honor of Charles C. Shepard, M.D., the internationally recognized microbiologist who was chief of the Leprosy and Rickettsia Branch at CDC for more than 30 years, until his death on February 18, 1985.
The awards recognize scientific achievement at CDC/ATSDR and honor the memory of Dr. Charles C. Shepard, whose career was marked by the pursuit of scientific excellence. Publications in three categories are honored--Assessment and Epidemiology, Prevention and Control, and Laboratory and Methods. In addition, awards for lifetime scientific achievement and outstanding scientific contribution to public health are presented.