Spear Receives China's Friendship Award

Robert C. Spear, professor and chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Division, was honored by the People's Republic of China with the state-level Friendship Award, in recognition of his work to understand, monitor, and control the spread of the water-borne parasitic disease schistosomiasis in rural communities in China.
Inaugurated in 1981, the Friendship Award is the highest recognition given by China to foreign experts for their contributions and dedication to the training of Chinese personnel, as well as China's social development and economic, scientific, technological, educational, and cultural construction. The award letter commends Spear for his hard work and thanks him for promoting cooperation and friendship between the United States and China.
Spear is one of 50 international recipients of the 2005 award, presented by Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi at a ceremony in Beijing on September 29. After the event in Beijing, Spear traveled to Sichuan Province, where his nomination for the national award originated, for a provincial reception.