Four individuals with ties to education have been named winners of the 1991 Charles A. Dana Awards in Health and Education.
J.M. Carmichael, a professor of chemistry at Xavier University in New Orleans, won for developing a precollege summer program (Project SOAR) that has helped make the small college a leading source of black pharmacy, medical, and dental students.
James P. Comer, a professor of child psychiatry at Yale University, was honored for his School Development Program of school restructuring, now in use i@n 150 elementary schools in 12 states. An award also went to Mary Catherine Swanson, director of the Advancement Via Individual Determination project in San Diego County, Calif., for her work in restructuring the high-school curriculum and raising the academic expectations of minority students in the district. The AVID program was implemented statewide last year.
David L. Olds, an associate professor of pediatrics and community and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester, won for his creation of an effective visiting nurse program for poor, unmarried, and teenage mothers.
Each will receive a cash award of $50,000 and a medal.
The Dana awards, given annually since 1986, recognize innovative ideas in health promotion, disease prevention, and education. .