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Obesity Working Group chair Bonnie Sanderson served as the Auburn representative on the advisory council for the recent Southeastern Conference Symposium on Obesity. The conference was entitled Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge. 

Sanderson also coordinated the request for proposals from AU faculty as well as serving as moderator for one of the breakout sessions.

Designed to address a significant scholarly issue utilizing the range of disciplines represented by the SEC’s 14 member universities and led this year by the University of South Carolina, the second SEC Symposium took place September 21-23, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Members of AUFSI’s Obesity Working Group also made three poster representations. They were Ann Lambert and Sanderson from the School of Nursing and Jan Kavookjian from the School of Pharmacy. Other members attended, and former OBW member Leah Robinson from kinesiology moderated one of the keynote sessions (Dr. Robinson recently accepted a position with the University of Michigan).

The SEC Symposium is the brainchild of Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, who saw an opportunity for each SEC university to work collectively on a single, big-picture academic topic of importance, and worked to ensure an event of this magnitude was a regular part of the SECU academic initiative.