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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2006

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OBESITY RESEARCHER AT UH REBECCA LEE ACCEPTS POSITION ON NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH COMMITTEE

HOUSTON June 12, 2006—Rebecca Lee, assistant professor in the UH Department of Health and Human Performance, has accepted a position with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review as a member of the Community-Level Health Promotion Study Section. Some of Lee’s duties will include reviewing and recommending NIH grant applications and surveying the progression of research from grant recipients.

To be considered for this position, members must possess a “demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors,” said Tony Scarpa, director of Center for Scientific Review.

“I’m honored to be part of a group whose purpose is to assist those working to educate or eradicate public health issues,” Lee said. “Working in Houston gives me a unique perspective on community health care concerns and the most effective methods by which to address these concerns.”

Lee will continue to teach courses on clinical and public health solutions to obesity at UH’s Department of Health and Human Performance. Her research focuses on environmental factors that may contribute to obesity and related health illnesses. She has been lead investigator for the Physical Activity Resource Assessment (PARA), a new survey rating the quality and availability of physical activities, as well as the STAR project, Striving Together Achieving Results, a group-shared diet and exercise program that focuses on the team’s total activity,
weight-loss, and positive-eating.

For more information on Lee’s research, please visit www.hhp.uh.edu/undo/.

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