Dr. Robert Novak earns Distinguished Service Award

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Public health researcher Robert J. Novak, PhD, is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. It was presented on September 24 at the Society for Vector Ecology (SOVE) 6th International Congress in Palm Springs, California.


Sponsored by the SOVE and the International SOVE, the award recognizes his scientific contributions to the ecology of arthropod/vector borne diseases.

“I am very honored and proud to have received this prestigious Award from the Society during the International Congress,” Dr. Novak said. “It is especially gratifying since I was president of this scientific organization during the 2007 International Congress in Turkey.”

Dr. Novak joined the USF College of Public Health in 2011. His research interests include vector borne diseases, infectious disease ecology, medical entomology, integrated pest and disease management, mosquito biology and control, and parasitology.

In 2012, Novak was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is one of 36 USF faculty members who hold this distinction.

Prior to joining the college, Dr. Novak was a professor with multiple appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology, Public Health, and Biology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He also served as a consultant and advisor for numerous national and international organizations including: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization, Chinese Academy of Sciences, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Illinois Governor’s Office and Pollution Control Board, Vector Control Division of the Puerto Rico Department the Public Health, the Ministry of Health of U. S. Virgin Islands, the United States Agency for International Development in Honduras, the U.S. Army Medical Virology Institute in Fort Dettrick, Maryland, the Pan American Health Organization Aedes aegypti biology and control, and the Pueblo Board of Water Works at Pueblo in Colorado.

A professor in the USF College of Public Health, Dr. Novak earned a doctorate from the University of Illinois in entomology and completed an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in vector biology and parasitology. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Colorado and a master of science degree from the University of Utah.

The Department of Global Health is Dr. Novak’s academic home. They offer more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, Global Health added an online master of public health degree in infection control to its academic offerings.