Jung Sun Lee, a professor in the department of foods and nutrition, has been named a Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Lee, a UGA faculty member since 2006, examines nutritional health issues in low-income populations with a focus on food insecurity, food environments, healthcare utilization, nutrition policy and community-based nutrition interventions.
She also serves as the principal investigator of UGA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), designed to improve nutrition for low-income Georgians via evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions.
“I am deeply humbled and honored by this recognition of my work,” Lee said. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the exceptional support from FACS and the department of foods and nutrition. I am grateful for this award.”
Lee, who also serves on the faculty of the Institute of Gerontology in the UGA College of Public Health, has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2017 Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach Award from FACS and a mid-career award from the American Society for Nutrition.
She received a Ph.D. in community nutrition from Cornell University in 2002 and previously held roles at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina.
The professorship, effective Jan. 1, 2019, was approved by the Board of Regents at its November 2018 meeting.
“We are excited by the university leadership’s recognition of Dr. Lee’s contributions and excellence,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “She is a valuable member of our college and we are thrilled to see her efforts recognized with this prestigious distinction.”
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