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Marian Levy, DrPMarian_Levy_Picture_2011H, RD, is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Students and Public Health Practice at the University of Memphis’ School of Public Health. She received her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from UCLA with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Her doctoral studies were supported through a UCLA traineeship award funded by the National Cancer Institute and a pre‐doctoral award from the American Cancer Society. Her research initiatives focus on reducing pediatric obesity, promoting health equity, and supporting sustainable communities. Since 2005, she has served on NIH special emphasis review panels for the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has served as Principal or Co‐Principal Investigator for research funded by the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Tennessee Department of Health, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Currently, she is co-investigator of a $2.6 million award from the Department of Defense to study military and civilian interface during emergency response and co-investigator of Salsa, Sabor, y Salud, a $140,000 grant awarded by the Tennessee Department of Health to reduce diabetes risk in Latino families.

As a consultant to the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, she developed the Pandemic Influenza Response Plan for Memphis and Shelby County. Results of her work have been disseminated in numerous peer‐reviewed journals, books, policy guides, and presentations at national meetings. She served as co‐editor of a special issue of the Journal of Consumer Affairs.

Dr. Levy has held several leadership positions, Chair of the Tennessee Healthy Weight Network; Board Member of the Tennessee Public Health Association; and Advisory Committee member to the Division of Minority Health of the Tennessee Department of Health. She served on Tennessee’s Infant Mortality Core Leadership Group, the Mayor’s Hispanic Affairs Task Force, and the Mayor’s Sustainability Committee. She was also named to the Regents Academic Leadership Institute.

In 2008, she received the Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding Woman Award for Race Relations. She was recognized with the 2009/2010 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Memphis, and in 2011 was named an Outstanding Dietetics Educator by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) and Outstanding Dietetics Educator for Tennessee. She is a former President of the Tennessee Public Health Association and currently sits on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Levy currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Fellow of the Academy.

Dr.NolanVikki G. Nolan, DSc, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She received her MPH from Yale University and her doctoral degree from Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Nolan’s primary research interests are in genetic epidemiology, a field she worked in for six years while at Boston University, and cancer epidemiology, which she specialized in while employed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital prior to joining the University of Memphis faculty. In addition to her primary research interests, she has worked in a wide range of fields including community health and infectious disease research. Dr. Nolan has a strong background in epidemiologic and statistical methods and extensive experience analyzing data, including large publicly available datasets such as the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) and the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS).


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