Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecture

The 2020 recipient is public health professor Hala Madanat.

Her lecture, "From Discovery to Delivery: An Obesity Prevention Example," will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, March 27, in Storm Hall West, Room 11.

This event is open to the public and university community, with a reception to follow.

This lecture was originally scheduled to take place in March, but has been postponed until the fall semester. 

The Albert W. Johnson University Research Lectureship is awarded annually to an SDSU faculty member for outstanding achievement in research and scholarship. Its purpose is to recognize such achievement, to foster its continuation, and to enable a distinguished resident faculty scholar to share his/her knowledge more broadly with and beyond the academic community. The recipient of this Lectureship delivers a public lecture during the spring semester and is named a Distinguished Professor in his/her discipline. 

The recipient also receives a $10,000 contribution to support their research. 

The Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecture series is sponsored by Graduate and Research Affairs and the University Research Council and is supported, in part, through Instructionally Related Activities funds. Selection of the Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer is based upon evidence of distinction and recognized achievement in research and scholarship. To permit a fuller evaluation of nominees, the nominator may solicit reviews and recommendations from off-campus scholars, as well as from the appropriate College Research Committee and Dean of the College in which the nominee holds appointment.

Dr. Hala Madanat 

Dr. Madanat is an accomplished researcher, respected mentor and valued University leader. She serves as director of the School of Public Health, a core-investigator of Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, and a principal investigator of the SDSU/UCSD Cancer Partnership. Her research on health disparities and obesity prevention has had an invaluable impact on the field of public health and has been cited by congress to enact health policy changes. She leads the evaluation of several large NIH-funded center grants at the university, and has published nearly 90 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and books. 

Her research focuses on the impact of westernization on diet and nutrition and she has developed nutrition education programs that emphasize health and biological hunger. As she will discuss in her lecture, her interest has always been research that impacts individuals and communities.