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UAB Obesity Expert to Give Goodwin Lecture Oct. 10

September 23, 2013

By Janet L. McCoy, (p) 334/844-3698, (e) mccoyjl@auburn.edu

Auburn, Alabama —

Dr. David B. Allison, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Science at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, will present the 2013 Joy Goodwin Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 10 at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Allison, who also holds the Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health and is director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center, will give two presentations, one at 11 a.m. on “Myths, Presumptions, and the Need for Probative Research in Obesity” in 101 Overton Educational Wing on the College of Veterinary Medicine campus.

A second address will be held at 4 p.m. on “From Evolution to Ecology to Economics: Some Curious Conjectures Connecting Social Dominance, Energetics, Perceptions, Adiposity, and Lifespan” in Overton Auditorium.

Dr. Allison has authored more than 450 scientific publications and edited five books. He has won several awards, most recently the Alabama Academy of Science's "Wright A. Gardner" award and the American Society of Nutrition's "Dannon Institute Mentorship" award.

In 2009, he was awarded the Centrum Award from the American Society of Nutrition and the TOPS Research Achievement Award from the Obesity Society; three years earlier he won the National Science Foundation administered Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

In 2002, he garnered the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society and the Andre Mayer Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity.

Dr. Allison is Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2012, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Dr. Allison's research interests include obesity, quantitative genetics, clinical trials, and statistical and research methodology. He also serves as a frequent consultant and expert witness in the legal setting.

The Joy Goodwin Lecture Series was established in 1984 by donor Joy Goodwin, to bring visiting scholars in support of the research and teaching interests of the faculty and students of the College of Veterinary Medicine. To date, this endowed program has sponsored 116 seminars covering a wide-range of topics. The speakers are chosen because of their documented leadership in a particular discipline of interest to the college.

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