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Goldsby honored with Community Minded Award from OPE

October 3, 2016

TaShauna U. Goldsby, PhD

TaShauna U. Goldsby, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), and Office of Energetics, has been recognized by the Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) with the 2016 Community Minded Award in appreciation of her engagement in local health promotion efforts as well as of her social ability to connect so well and so broadly with many diverse people in the Birmingham area. Dr. Goldsby has made a substantial impact on her community by constantly challenging residents to solve problems by first recognizing the various resources that are already present in their neighborhoods and then mobilizing those resources to make advances. Additionally, she finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer at various community agencies as a mentor and a volunteer researcher. David B. Allison, PhD, Director of the NORC and Office of Energetics, and Marissa Gowey, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar in the NORC, nominated Dr. Goldsby because of their respect for her dedication to the needs of the local population.

“I am extremely excited about this award because I believe in the residents of Birmingham. All my work focuses on working with underserved populations who are in need of a little compassion. I love the fact that I am able to combine my academic training into a tangible form and help others,” says Dr. Goldsby.

Her major research projects examine the mechanisms that link the social environment to health disparities in racial/ethnic minority children and adolescents in an effort to combat obesity and other chronic diseases and conditions.