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Five tenure-track positions open in health promotion and obesity prevention

The University of Oregon recently announced five new tenure-track faculty openings in the multi-disciplinary Heath Promotion & Obesity Prevention (HPOP) Initiative, a group led by College of Education Professor Beth Stormshak.

This recently announced "Cluster of Excellence," for which $20 million of a $50 million gift from Connie ’84 and Steve Ballmer was dedicated (read story), is a

multi-disciplinary effort tied to the well-established Prevention Science Institute, a research unit of the College of Education.

Rates of obesity in the U.S are high, with about 35 percent of adults classified as obese. In children, these rates are rising quickly, with about one third classified as obese. Childhood rates of obesity have quadrupled over the past 30 years. By integrating this new expertise with existing research in related disciplines, the UO will build its national and international reputation, and will increase understanding of obesity drivers from biological and social perspectives.

“This gift allows us to build and share our expertise in this important area of public health,” said Stormshak, a professor of counseling psychology. “Our goal is to positively impact the lives of children and families, in Oregon and all over the world, as we strive to understand ways to prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy development.”

New faculty will increase multi-disciplinary collaboration across units at UO and expand its capacity to respond to national calls for proposals on obesity prevention.

Details on the new positions are available here. For more information, contact Beth Stormshak.

Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention (HPOP) Initiative (PDF, 1.4MB)