Scientist honored for service to Kansas

Scientist honored for service to Kansas

Stephen B. Fawcett, director of LSI’s Work Group for Community Health and Development, was honored with one of three Steeples Service to Kansas Awards for 2009.

Don Steeples, the Dean A. McGee Distinguished Professor of Applied Geophysics and senior vice provost for scholarly support, and his wife, Tammy, established the award in 1997. The award recognizes outstanding service by KU faculty to other Kansans.

Fawcett, who joined the KU faculty in 1975, is the Kansas Health Foundation Professor of Applied Behavioral Science. In recent years, his efforts led to the Work Group being designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. Fawcett and his colleagues developed the Community Tool Box (ctb.ku.edu), a 7,000-page online resource to build healthier communities used by health and human development workers in Kansas and throughout the world. He currently oversees a five-year National Institutes of Health project to promote health in Latino neighborhoods in Kansas City.

He is co-author of nearly 200 articles and book chapters that feature his participatory research with partners in state agencies, foundations and community organizations across the state, nationally and internationally.