Dr. Dianne Stanton Ward will deliver the 12th Annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health, titled “Making Child Care Spaces Healthy Places: What Will It Take?” The lecture, hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin, will take place on April 17. Registration will open March 6 at www.childhealthlectureship.org.
Ward is the director of the Intervention and Policy Division and a professor in the Department of Nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She is also director of the UNC Children’s Healthy Weight Research group (CHWR), a part of the school’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her research interests include behavior science, nutrition and physical activity and obesity.
Ward earned an Ed.D. in physical education in 1979 and an M.S. in physical education in 1971, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.S. in physical education from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina in 1968.
The lecture takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. CST and will be followed by a reception. The event will be held at The Blanton Museum in the Edgar A. Smith Building, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705.
The Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health is an annual event held in Austin during the spring to recognize distinguished researchers who have made outstanding contributions to child health. The lectureship is an academic forum with the purpose of increasing the research capacity and partnerships within the Texas community, and to providing visibility for senior scientists in the fields of child health and obesity prevention. Since its inception in 2007, the annual lectureship has honored a broad range of prominent national and international child health experts whose research areas have included healthful eating, obesity prevention, physical activity, food policy and community and youth development.
The Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health is administered through funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, part of UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin.