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Former USDA Official Named Dean

 Former USDA Official Named DeanInternational nutrition policy expert named Dean of Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. Boston.

Boston [04.07.04] Tufts University today named Eileen Kennedy, DSc, former federal official and nutrition policy expert, as the new Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Throughout her career, Kennedy has championed nutrition research and its application to policy, from her seven years as a leading voice for nutrition at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to her studies of maternal and child health and nutrition in Africa, Asia, North and Central America.

"Dr. Kennedy will bring bold leadership to the Friedman School of Nutrition, maintaining the steep trajectory of distinction that has characterized the School since its founding," said Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow.

Kennedy succeeds Irwin H. Rosenberg, MD, who served as dean since 1995. Rosenberg, an expert in folate metabolism with a special emphasis on nutritional factors involved in maintenance of cognitive function and the brain, recently was named University Professor. He will continue his research and teaching agenda as well as representing the Friedman School in international and national policy-making. During Rosenberg's leadership, Friedman faculty made groundbreaking research discoveries, served on policy-making panels throughout the world, and used their academic pursuits to address global problems and enhance people's lives from helping prevent famine and disease to creating the first food guide pyramid for people 70 years and older.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Friedman School because its greatest strength is in the diversity of its curriculum and research," commented Kennedy. "No other school has the wealth of expertise in such a wide range of intersecting disciplines - from basic science to applied nutrition and policy research and development. The challenges we face in a world of abundant food and the loss of health that comes from both over-consumption and under-consumption of food call for nutrition leaders who can work across the entire spectrum of nutrition represented here at Tufts."

Kennedy has long been involved in the academic arena of nutrition
conducting research and teaching at Tufts, Columbia University, Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University. Her policy leadership has included involvement with all of the major entities influencing decision-makers - the United Nations, the National Academy of Sciences, the White House National Science and Technology Council, the White House Biotechnology Subcommittee, the Surgeon General's Task Force on Health Disparities and many others. She is also a registered dietitian whose career has focused on the importance of clinical nutrition programs in health centers.

While serving as Deputy Under Secretary and then Acting Under Secretary at the USDA, Kennedy created the "Healthy Eating Index," a validated measure for researchers monitoring nutrition and earned a worldwide reputation for her expertise in this field. While at the USDA, Kennedy directed agencies that provided policy advice, analysis and research on agriculture, biotechnology, nutrition, environment, food safety, economics and agricultural extension.

"Eileen tirelessly helped push the nutrition agenda at USDA. She is a true leader," said Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture and current director of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. "She has always been a strong advocate for the view that nutrition issues are global and the solutions must be supported by research, and pursued both locally and globally."

Recently, Kennedy was president of the Global Nutrition Institute which seeks to link science-based nutrition research to action through public/private partnerships. She also served as global executive director of International Life Sciences Institute, a nutrition research organization. Kennedy holds an undergraduate degree from Hunter College, two masters degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Harvard University and earned her Doctor of Science in Nutrition from Harvard's School of Public Health.

Kennedy will assume her new post on July 1 of this year.

 

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