In October, alumnus Bernard H. Eichold, II, (center, holding plaque) received the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for his work with the NASA DEVELOP Program, a nationwide internship program designed to foster an adept corps of tomorrow’s scientists and leaders. As health officer of the Mobile County (Alabama) Health Department, Eichold has partnered with NASA since 2003 to provide an interdisciplinary research environment for 5-10 college students each year to work on applied science research projects. DEVELOP interns lead research projects that focus on utilizing NASA Earth observations to address community concerns and public policy issues.
Eichold has earned four degrees from Tulane – a BS in 1975 (psychology), an MPH in 1978 (health care administration), an MD in 1979, and a DrPH in 1980 (applied health sciences). He currently serves on the SPHTM Dean’s Board of Advisors and the SPHTM Alumni Association Board. He has long been a proponent of the MD/MPH joint degree program at Tulane and recently, in honor of SPHTM’s Centennial year, provided generous support for endowed scholarships in that program.