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Dr. Stephen Clarke has been named interim department head in Nutritional Sciences in the College of Human Sciences

Stephen Clarke

Clarke is succeeding Dr. Nancy Betts who retired July 1 after more than 12 years as NSCI department head. Under her leadership, NSCI undergraduate enrollment increased 63% from 345 to 562 while graduate student enrollment grew 60% from 47 to 75 students. Research awards increased 67% from $2.7M to more than $4.5M. Betts was named an OSU Regents Professor in 2013 and served as the Jim and Lynne Williams Professor.

Clarke joined the department in 2007 after doing a post doc in molecular cardiology at University of Texas Southwest Medical Center. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutritional sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a doctorate degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research expertise is in phytochemicals and cholesterol and the impact of iron on metabolic disease.

He served as OSU’s Faculty Council chair from 2015-2016 and is currently serving as OSU’s faculty representative on the Big 12 governance board.

In 2009 he received the College of Human Sciences Outstanding Advisor Award and the Marguerite Scruggs Award for Early Career Meritorious Research in 2011. OSU’s Mortar Board Honor Society presented the Golden Torch Award to Clarke in 2010 and 2012.