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COE 'cluster of excellence' featured in Register Guard

College of Education faculty Leslie Leve and Beth Stormshak are part of UO’s Prevention Science Institute's bid to hire five new assistant and associate professors as part of a Clusters of Excellence proposal to probe the genetic nature of obesity. The effort was highlighted in an article Monday, Sept. 8, in The Eugene Register-Guard and also in an Around the O article shortly thereafter.

Among its planned new hires, the institute hopes to bring in a biologist who is also an expert in genetics to interpret genetic information and research how environmental and genetic factors affect obesity.

The Clusters of Excellence is a faculty hiring initiative aimed at boosting the UO’s research in areas where it already has a strong base and could move to the next level with increased funding. Ten proposals have been selected for the initial round of fundraising.