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Starting the year off with celebrations!

Welcome to the first issue of Synergies online for 2011!  I always like to send you a handful of stories about what’s going on in our college, but this month you’re getting plenty to browse through.  With increasing frequency, our college is pioneering research, receiving major gifts, earning honors, and doing life-changing work around the globe.  Individually and collectively, our Health and Human Sciences Family, including more than 250 faculty and staff and 3,000+ students, continues to show their determination, perseverance, innovation, and brilliance.  I am proud to share our most recent accomplishments!

          • Thanks to a $5 million gift from Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, we will be establishing a Center for the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health.
          • A new understanding of rural childhood obesity will lead to effective prevention programs with a just-announced $4.8 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
          • Graduate students in aging sciences will get a boost from a $2.9 million National Science Foundation training grant that will support their research and the development of innovative products, services, and policies for an aging society.
          • OSU has added to its prestigious sea grant, space grant, and sun grant designations by earning the Carnegie Foundation’s coveted Community Engagement  designation, thanks in part to the good works of our Extension 4-H and Family and Community Health programs.

I invite you to read more about these accomplishments, catch up on some of our latest research see what a group of students learned during their fall term in Taiwan, and get a few tips to help you get your new year off to a healthy start!

In the spirit of our mission of Taking Care of Life…best wishes for a healthy, active, and productive new year!

Tammy Bray