Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Terry Huang, Ph.D.
|Terry Huang, Ph.D.|
- Name: Terry Huang, Ph.D.
- Title: Professor and chairman, Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, College of Public Health
- Joined UNMC: 2010
- Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan and Burnaby, Canada
Describe your research briefly in layman's terms.
'Obesity is one of most significant health risks today. It also contributes significantly to the economic cost of health care.' Terry Huang, Ph.D.
Terry Huang, Ph.D.
How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?
Obesity is one of most significant health risks today. It also contributes significantly to the economic cost of health care. Most of us know how difficult it is to lose weight once we gain the pounds. Therefore, preventing obesity starting in childhood is key to a healthier population. My work at the policy level also has led to significant shifts in the way researchers and policymakers think about obesity prevention and has helped expand the theoretical foundations of public health in general.
What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?
At the start of my Ph.D., my father, a professor in plant genetics, said to me that perseverance, not intelligence, is key to getting a Ph.D. His words have stayed and resonated with me to this day.
List three things few people know about you.
- I spent part of my childhood in Ames, Iowa.
- I grew up speaking English, French and Mandarin, and learned Spanish as an adult.
- I went to school in Ames, Taipei, Vancouver, Montreal and Los Angeles.
Congratulations Terry! I'm very proud of you.
Congratulations Dr. Huang!