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Nutrition specialist to start duties Sept. 14


Dr. Lisa Franzen has been appointed Extension Nutrition Specialist at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Franzen's appointment was announced by Panhandle Center Director Dr. Linda Boeckner. She will begin her duties Sept. 14, filling the position vacated by Boeckner's appointment as director.

In addition to nutrition specialist, she will hold the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences in UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her duties are divided 75 percent to Extension and 25 percent to research. Franzen's assignment includes Panhandle district and statewide responsibilities for nutrition education.

Extension duties will include planning, marketing, teaching, conducting and evaluating educational programs and materials related to nutrition, health and wellness education for adults. Research duties will consist of conducting applied research in nutrition education and nutritional behavioral changes for adults.

"I am excited for the possibilities that Lisa will bring to the position," Boeckner said. "We are anxious to get her off to a good start and will be looking for ways to introduce her to the communities in the Panhandle and statewide."

Franzen received her Ph.D. in August from the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities with a major in nutrition and a minor in anthropology. She received a Master of Science degree in entomology in 2006 from UNL. Her bachelor's degree in 2003 was in dietetics with a minor in insect science.

Since 2006 she has been a graduate research assistant in Minneapolis-St. Paul, with a research focus on community nutrition, socio-cultural aspects of dietary behavior, and how acculturation and environmental change are associated with changes in eating patterns and body mass index. She worked with Hmong immigrants in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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