[Fcs-faculty] FW: NEXUS Director Announcement

Lori Kowaleski-Jones lori.kowaleski-jones at fcs.utah.edu
Mon Jan 14 18:05:37 MST 2019


Hi All,

Thank you to Ken for serving in this important role in the college/university.  I can't think of a person better prepared for this opportunity!   Congratulations ken and yay for FCS to be represented in this way!

Lori

Lori Kowaleski-Jones

Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Studies
University of Utah
225 south, 1400 East
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Salt Lake City Utah 84112-0080

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From: Richard R Forster [mailto:rick.forster at geog.utah.edu]
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2019 1:35 PM
To: csbs_faculty at lists.utah.edu
Subject: [csbs_faculty] NEXUS Director Announcement

Dear Colleagues,
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ken Smith, Distinguished Professor of Family and Consumer Studies and Population Health Sciences has agreed to serve as the director of NEXUS effective today January 14th.  He was selected by the Executive Committee of NEXUS.  His extensive interdisciplinary research experience across topics linking both main and the health sciences campus makes him an excellent choice for this position (see bio below).  He will have an office in the NEXUS core in Gardner Commons (office 3389, email: ken.smith at fcs.utah.edu<mailto:ken.smith at fcs.utah.edu> ) and be supported by Austin Westley (the administrative coordinator for NEXUS, Austin.Westley at csbs.utah.edu<mailto:Austin.Westley at csbs.utah.edu>). A press release of the director announcement is forthcoming. NEXUS will soon be releasing a seed grant program to promote interdisciplinary research and a membership drive.  Please see https://nexus.utah.edu/ for updates.

Best,
Rick Forster and Cindy Berg
Interim Director of NEXUS, Associate Dean for Research CSBS
Dean, CSBS


Dr. Ken Smith's bio.
Dr. Smith is a biodemographer interested in familial aspects of health, aging and longevity.  Currently he is investigating the socio-environmental and genetic origins of rates of aging in humans and exceptional longevity in families.  The purpose of this work is to determine how overall aging may be a key factor in determining the risks of multiple major causes of disease associated with age and to identify genes and gene-environment interactions affecting exceptional human longevity. This area of research also focuses on the associations between life history traits, primarily fertility and longevity.  His current work examines the role of early life events and how they affect life chances and health outcomes of middle-aged and older adults.  Other key research interests focus on psychosocial and behavioral factors in cancer prevention and control and the effects of family, community, and socioeconomic factors affecting health outcomes, obesity, mortality, and longevity of individuals.
Dr. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Population Science, a Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator and Director of the Pedigree and Population Resource at the University of Utah.  He serves as principal investigator on several past and current NIH grants on aging, cancer, and obesity and the new Wasatch Front Research Data Center.


Richard Forster
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons, Suite 3725
260 South Campus Drive
O: 801-581-8620; F: 801-585-5081
E: rick.forster at csbs.utah.edu<mailto:rick.forster at csbs.utah.edu>
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