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Ohio University professor receives Fulbright award

ATHENS, Ohio (May 15, 2006) -- David H. Holben, associate professor in the School of Human and Consumer Sciences at Ohio University, has been selected as a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar. The first Fulbright Scholar from the College of Health and Human Services, Holben will spend the next winter quarter as the visiting research chair in sustainability at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. As a research scholar, he will be exploring the food security, health status, social capital, and characteristics of emergency food program users living in and around Vancouver's lower mainland.

Holben has received several awards from professional associations and from Ohio University in recognition of his work as an educator. He was selected for the Ohio University 2006-07 University Professor Award and as such will teach a course entitled Thomas Jefferson ? Gardener and Gastronome. Currently he is serving as faculty-scholar in residence for the Center for Teaching Excellence/Center for Writing Excellence. At Ohio University he directs the Didactic Program in Dietetics, chairs the International Travel Fund Committee, and teaches courses on nutrition and dietetics. As an affiliated faculty member in the African Studies Program, he teaches a summer course on food security in Africa.

Holben earned a doctorate in human nutrition from the College of Human Ecology at Ohio State University. He holds master's degrees in human nutrition and nutrition/food science from Ohio State University and Wayne State University and a bachelor's degree in dietetics from Indiana State University of Pennsylvania. A licensed dietician who serves on the Ohio Board of Dietetics, Holben joined the Ohio University faculty in 1997. He previously taught for Youngstown State University, University of Cincinnati, Wayne State University and Cedarville College. Holben has also worked as a clinical dietitian and clinical dietetics instructor for several hospitals in Cincinnati, Ohio and Detroit.

"I am honored, humbled, and thrilled to have been chosen as a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar. I believe that I will broaden my perspective regarding diversity and international matters as a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar," said Holben. "Consequently, my students will gain deeper insight as well. I am especially thrilled that we will gain a mutual understanding of the issue of food security as it affects both the US and Canada." 

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. For further information on the program, visit the Fulbright Scholar Web page at www.cies.org/us_scholars/.

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