Exercise and health sciences leader in United Kingdom is College of Human Ecology's alumni fellow
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
MANHATTAN — Ken Fox, professor emeritus of exercise and health sciences at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, has been chosen as the College of Human Ecology's alumni fellow for 2014 at Kansas State University.
Fox, who has a master's degree in kinesiology from the university, has dedicated his career to research, teaching and policy development in physical activity and health. His interests have included fitness education, obesity, mental health and activity in later life.
"Dr. Fox is a distinguished scientist who has had a significant role in shaping public policy in the United Kingdom as it relates to public health and physical activity," said John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Human Ecology. "We are grateful that he agreed to travel from England to share his expertise with our faculty and students."
Fox has been adviser for several U.K. government projects and was the senior scientific editor of the chief medical officer's first report on physical activity and public health. He has produced more than 300 academic papers.
He will give a presentation about his work at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Forum Hall. It is free and open to the public. While on campus, he will also meet with faculty and students in the College of Human Ecology's kinesiology department.
"My degree from K-State gave me the critical academic foundation for my research," Fox said.
Fox is a fellow of the U.K. Faculty of Public Health, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the U.K. Physical Education Association and an international fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education for his contributions to the field. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Coimbra in Portugal.
The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the Deans Council, the president's office and the K-State Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. More information is available at http://bit.ly/1kGTbfy.