POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College will recognize Vassar graduate Laurie Schwab Zabin with its 2008 Distinguished Achievement award, in honor of her more than forty years of pioneering research and advocacy for public and reproductive health. The award presentation will follow Zabin’s discussion of “Poetry, Population, Public Health: Choice or Chance?” on Thursday, February 7, at 3:30 pm, in Sanders Classroom Auditorium (Room 212). This event is free and open to the public.
Now at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Zabin is widely recognized for her research on the effects of abortion, and on women at risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. A professor in the Department of Population, Reproductive and Family Health, with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine, she is currently researching adolescents in Shanghai, Taipei and Hanoi, as well as teenage contraceptive use in the U.S
Zabin had been the Founding Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, where she worked to improve the population, family planning, and reproductive health capacities of underdeveloped countries. Earlier she was Acting Director and President of Maryland Planned Parenthood. After joining the executive committee of the National Planned Parenthood Federation in 1962, she established their first policy, information and education, public affairs, and international committees, and served on the IPPF Western Hemisphere Council.
Among her other honors, Zabin received the 2003 Carl A. Shultz Award of the American Public Health Association, the annual ACLU of Maryland award for her work in reproductive rights, and Planned Parenthood of Maryland’s Margaret Sanger award. In 2002, Johns Hopkins established a Fellowship in Reproductive Health in Zabin’s honor, and in 2007 she was presented the Outstanding Researcher award from the Healthy Teens Network. Zabin has also received the Irwin M. Cushner Award of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association for research that serves the provider and policy communities.