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Dr. G. Dennis Shanks was recently honored with the Donald Mackay Medal for tropical public health at the American Society of Tropical Medicine meeting in Philadelphia.
This is one of the top three medals awarded for a lifetime of work in the tropics. He was given the award because of his more than 30 years of work in the tropics, including the Americas, Asia and Africa.
He was especially cited for his work in the tea estates in western Kenya in Africa; for being one of the first medical personnel on the scene after the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi; and for his intense interest in the history of malaria and other infectious diseases.
His great integrity, his ability as an outstanding teacher and his publication of more than 160 papers was also noted. Dr. Shanks currently is the director of the Australian Army’s Malaria Research Institute in Australia.
He is also a full professor at the University of Queensland’s medical school. He is the son of George and Charline Shanks of Gainesville.