Dean’s Update 7/7/15

July 8th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

US Department of Agriculture will speak on The Facts and Faces of SNAP: Dispelling Myths About Food Stamps and the People Who Use Them at UGA on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Miller Learning Center, Room 148.

Kevin W. Concannon was nominated by President Obama and Secretary Vilsack and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2009 to serve as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the United States Department of Agriculture. The Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services has principal responsibilities and funding authority for Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which serves 1 in 4 Americans, and has lead responsibilities for promoting healthful diet through the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Read more about Under Secretary Concannon and attend this presentation.


The deadline to submit applications to the FACS Dean's Office for Graduate Student Travel Funding is Wednesday, Sept. 9, for fall semester. All student requests must be presented on the Graduate Student Travel Funding form which is located on each departmental website for current students, All signatures are required on these forms as well. Applications received earlier than Sept. 9 will be held for review on Sept. 10, by Dean Fox. Funding will be awarded based on availability of funds. An email will be sent to students notifying them of their award and the department head, graduate coordinator, departmental accountant and, Business Office will be copied on the email as well.  Please let Sherri Stephens know if you have any questions,


If you haven’t noticed, it is my pleasure to share with you the vivid writing and experiences captured by the FDN students in Ghana shared via the Blog These students are participating in Dr. Alex Anderson’s summer service-learning class which is designed as a practicum encompassing hospital observations, hands-on practice with health and nutrition screenings in the community and lectures in nutrition/dietetics and public health issues in Ghana.


Congratulations to FACS Grants Coordinator, Michael McGough! He has been approved for additional Decentralized Limited Signatory Authority (DLSA) terms and conditions. This translates to greater autonomy and increased dollar limitations for him to submit our FACS grants to federal agencies – dollar limitations for proposal sign-off up to $500,000 in direct costs per year and assignment of federal agencies- NIH, NSF, & USDA. This is Phase II of the Sponsored Programs OVPR professional development program. Well done, Michael!

Focus on Extension Health Programs

As shared with the college in previous Dean’s Updates, UGA FACS leadership, Dean Fox and Assoc. Dean Murray, are very involved in the national conversation regarding the Cooperative Extension Framework for Health and Wellness. We hosted the National Health Outreach Conference in Atlanta in May which many of you attended. Debbie Murray and her committee are to be thanked! They will be able to provide the next host state, Virginia, a ‘healthy’ positive financial balance. Mark your calendar for April 6-8 National Health Outreach Conference in Roanoke, Virginia for 2016. Thanks everyone for your participation and support.

The national Board on Human Sciences (BOHS) is engaged in dialogue about the APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) and BOHS “Healthy Food Systems, Healthy People Steering Committee” with Chris Ladish, Purdue University and BOHS Chair serving as HFS/HP co-chair. Several BOHS members will attend joint COPS (Committee on Organization and Policy) meeting in July. Liaison to ECOP, Linda Kirk Fox, serves on the sub-committee for HFS/HP to identify research priorities and approaches to enhance integration and Education/Outreach. Toward that end, the steering committee solicited names in April of prominent researchers throughout the country working at the interface of agricultural systems, food, nutrition, and human health that might be willing to provide insight to the group.  Administrative Heads of both Agricultural and Human Sciences Colleges and Agricultural Experiment Station Directors from throughout the land-grant university system provided over 60 names of experts in this area.  These experts were asked to complete a survey focused primarily on the following two questions:

  • What do you consider to be the three most important research priorities that could successfully connect agriculture/food/nutrition systems together with healthcare systems to improve human health and minimize the impact of chronic disease?
  • Undoubtedly, important partnerships (academia, industry, government, consumer, other) will need to be formed to better connect research priorities in agriculture/food/nutrition systems together with the goal of improving human health. What critical partnerships would help evolve this research?

The Report which summarized three research priorities and two system-wide approaches was submitted to the co-chairs of the Steering Committee on June 30 for further action. Next week Fox will attend the joint meeting of the committees on organization and policy, referred to as “the COPS.”

SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):

  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
  • Travel planned by Dean Fox over the next two weeks includes Joint COPS in Providence, RI, July 20-22.


Linda Kirk Fox


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