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UO lands four scholars for obesity prevention cluster (Around the O)

Beth Stormshak

Four early career scholars whose work focuses on the science of obesity prevention will join the UO's Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative in the fall. They were hired as part of the Clusters of Excellence Faculty Hiring Initiative announced in 2014.

“We've recruited four amazing and talented scholars whose research interests are related. Together they will form a true cluster,” said Beth Stormshak, coordinator of the cluster and director of the UO's Prevention Science Institute in which the cluster is located. “All of their research is synergistic with what we’re doing here in the College of Education and campuswide.”

The cluster received a boost in November 2014 when UO alumna Connie Ballmer, a 1984 graduate, and her husband, Steve, gave $20 million in philanthropic support as part of their $50 million gift to the UO’s $2 billion fundraising campaign.

The Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, Stormshak said, will address obesity rates in the United States, where 35 percent of adults and one-third of all children are considered to be overweight or obese. The cluster will integrate new expertise with existing research in related disciplines and build on longstanding UO strengths in prevention science and biological systems.

Read the full story in Around the O.