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Tasia Smith looks to build partnerships in new health cluster

Summer was no vacation for Tasia Smith. Before joining the UO's Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, she was busy fine-tuning several manuscripts for research she had completed at the University of Florida.

"I wanted to start my new position with most of my older projects completed," Smith said."The outcomes of these scholarly works will help to inform the direction of my future research projects".

Smith is one of four young scholars recruited into the new initiative, which is part of the UO Prevention Science Institute in the College of Education. The initiative aims to address the nation's obesity epidemic, especially prevalent among young people, through collaborative efforts of researchers from different disciplines. It also was among the provost's Clusters of Excellence chosen in 2014.

Read more about Tasia in Around the O.