Daily Debriefing

| 12/1/09 11:00pm

Zachary Kaufman '08 has been awarded a 2010 Marshall Scholarship to pursue a master's degree and Ph.D in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, according to a College press release. Kaufman, a Truman Scholar, withdrew from his interview for the Rhodes Scholarship to accept the Marshall Scholarship, which he said in the release better suits his interests and goals. Kaufman first decided to pursue public health on a Tucker Foundation community service trip to Nicaragua, according to the press release. He has worked with Grassroots Soccer in Cape Town, South Africa since graduation and will remain there before starting at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in fall 2010.

The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies has honored Dartmouth Medical School professors Matthew Friedman and Paul Schnurr for their work as the co-founders of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, according to a DMS press release. Friedman, a psychiatry, and pharmacology and toxicology professor, received the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies' award for Public Advocacy. Schnurr, a psychiatry professor, received the organization's Robert S. Laufer Award for outstanding scientific achievement. The professors are currently working with other DMS faculty members to establish a clinic in Texas that will assess and treat veterans with post traumatic stress disorder in a primary-care setting.

Racial inequalities remain a prominent obstacle in the job market, even among students with college degrees, The New York Times reported on Monday. Several academic studies have had similar findings, including a 2002 analysis that found job applicants with "white-sounding" names received 50 percent more calls for interviews than those with "black-sounding" names. Authors of another study concluded that white, Asian and Hispanic individuals hire more white applicants and fewer black applicants than did black individuals, The Times reported. Black job applicants may also have less access to informal social networks, meaning that they may never hear about jobs that are not officially posted, according to The Times. The unemployment rate for black male college graduates for 2009 is 8.4 percent, while unemployment for white male college students is 4.4 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.