Featured Profile: Chris Fulcher
University of Missouri professor Dr. Chris Fulcher believes a nation of healthy, thriving communities is closer than one might think—and he is providing tools to help get there.
Fulcher uses emerging information technologies to support and evaluate group decision-making. His expertise makes him a natural leader of the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES), which supports better understanding of the world through information-based tools. Among other projects, CARES coordinates a web tool called Community Commons, which collects national health and socioeconomic data and generates interactive maps to help users spot trends, identify geographic problem areas and evaluate intervention programs.
Fulcher’s systems-based approach allows philanthropic groups, individuals, nonprofits and government entities to effectively address public issues such as obesity. For his work in this arena, in 2012 Fulcher received the Weight of the Nation Pioneering Innovation Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Additionally, Fulcher serves as a facilitator for The Mizzou Advantage Initiative, which capitalizes on MU’s areas of greatest strength. Fulcher serves in the area of Food for the Future, connecting on- and-off-campus researchers who have a wide range of expertise in plant and animal sciences, food safety and biosecurity, water safety and treatment, local food systems, and food-related work within the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Dr. Chris Fulcher is director of CARES and an assistant research professor with appointments in the Truman School of Public Affairs and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
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