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Jan. 16, 2007

Popkin named Chamblee distinguished professor of
global nutrition in School of Public Health

Dr. Barry M. Popkin has been named the first Carla Smith Chamblee distinguished professor of global nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill effective Jan. 1.

The professorship was endowed by the late Carl M. Smith to honor his daughter, Carla Smith Chamblee, a Carolina graduate with a strong belief in the benefits of good nutrition and a great interest in advancing nutritional research. The professorship is to be awarded to a faculty member who focuses on global nutrition.

Popkin, who has been a Carolina School of Public Health faculty member since 1977, is director of the university's Inter-Disciplinary Obesity Center and a fellow with the Carolina Population Center.

Popkin conducts global research on the patterns and determinants of shifts in dietary intake, physical activity and body composition that are occurring in the developing world, collectively called the nutrition transition. He has studied these trends in many countries, including China, Russia, the Philippines, South Africa and Brazil. He also has an equally large set of research activities on similar topics in the US. More details of his research activities can be found at www.nutrans.org.

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George Lensing of UNC faculty
honored for service to Carolina

For his dedication to students and UNC, George Lensing Jr., Bowman and Gordon Gray professor of English, was honored Friday (Jan. 12) with the UNC General Alumni Association's 2007 Faculty Service Award.

The award recognizes Carolina faculty members whose service has had a lasting impact on the university and the association.

A leading scholar of modern American poetry and an expert on Wallace Stevens, Lensing has been on the faculty for 37 years. He came to UNC in 1969 after earning a doctorate in English, as well as teaching literacy and literature with the Peace Corps in Brazil.

He has directed the English honors program and served on more than two dozen committees, many of which he chaired. He has been assistant dean of honors in the College of Arts and Sciences, a member of the advisory board of the Campus Y and secretary of the faculty.

Since Lensing became director of UNC's Office of Distinguished Scholarships in 2003, UNC has improved steadily in the number of students receiving prestigious scholarships for graduate study, including the Rhodes, Truman and Luce awards, said Jim Leloudis, associate professor of history and associate dean for honors at UNC.

"I do think that reflects the remarkable time and energy that George has invested in the work of the office, his one-on-one advising with students, his effort to publicize the awards broadly across the campus and, in some ways most important of all, George's skill in helping students who might not have thought of themselves as candidates to begin thinking of themselves in that way."

Lensing was chosen to give the 2004 December commencement address and the university's E. Maynard Adams Lecture last fall. He has received two UNC honors for undergraduate teaching excellence: the Tanner Award in 1984 and the Sanders Award in 2001.

For more information, visit www.alumni.unc.edu. The General Alumni Association is a self-governed, nonprofit organization serving alumni and friends of UNC since 1843.

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School of Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, (919) 966-7467 or ramona_dubose@unc.edu
UNC General Alumni Association contact: Doug Dibbert, (919) 962-7050