Nutritional Sciences e-Newsletter – Fall 2010
Message from Department Head Dr. Gordon Jensen
The Department of Nutritional Sciences has had an exceptionally productive year across the research, teaching, and service domains that comprise our mission…Read more.
Our department has been fortunate to receive private gift support for many years. These funds provide much needed assistance to undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships and assistantships. Read more.
Penn State Nutrition Graduate Program One of Nation's Best
Recently released results from the National Research Council ranks the Penn State Nutrition graduate program among the nation’s best. For additional information, please see "A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States."
Past Grad Student Recognized for Excellence in Research
Dr. Paige Miller ’07g, ’10 NUTR, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program, received a Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award while still a student in spring 2010. Read more.
Events and Awards Photo Gallery
The department and the Nutrition and Dietetics Alumni Society offer awards and hold events annually, and one faculty member received national recognition for her research.
Faculty Members Attend Leadership Institute
Drs. Terry Hartman and Shelly Nickols-Richardson, both associate professors, were selected to attend the Dannon Institute’s Academic Mid-Career Nutrition Leadership Institute. Read more.
From Polyphenols to Pistachios, New Research Advances the Field
Several recent findings and ongoing projects are unveiling ways to improve health.
- Eating pistachios lowers cholesterol, boosts antioxidants, more
(View video about pistachio research)
- Polyphenols’ antioxidant glitter is not gold for all
- First course of veggies may appeal to hungry preschoolers
- Ongoing obesity research aims to help children maintain healthy weights
- Professor’s work builds heavy metals research in Uruguay
- Animal studies leading to insights in obesity, cancer, and the immune system
Center's Unconventional Services Provide Unique View of Eating Habits
Researchers in Penn State’s Diet Assessment Center (DAC) have an unusual approach to conducting research: they like to surprise their participants. They’ve taken this approach since the DAC was created, and it’s one of the center’s main assets. Read more.
Dietetic Internship Moves All Sites to Hershey/Harrisburg and Receives Record Number of Applicants
Marie Kamp’s job is getting tougher every year. Kamp, the director of Penn State’s dietetic internship program, received eighty-six applicants—a record number—for the eight open slots in Penn State’s internship program. The internship may appeal more to students this year because Kamp and her colleagues have been working to consolidate all rotation sites in the Hershey/Harrisburg region. Read more.
Department Co-Hosting Reception at ADA Meeting
The department and the Nutrition and Dietetics Alumni Society will be hosting an alumni reception at the American Dietetic Association's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, Sunday, November 7, 2010. Please join the department as it celebrates ten years of the dietetic internship program at Penn State. Read more.
Department Hosts Talks on How to Add Vegetables to Diet
Drs. Mary Dean Coleman-Kelly and Kasia Kordas hosted discussions with the community as part of National Nutrition Month. Read more.
Alumni Society Board Members Making Plans for 2010-11
During a recent conference call, the members of the NDAS Board of Directors discussed ideas for activities to be carried out during the upcoming months. Read more.
- Meet the NDAS Board of Directors
Alumni, Friends Share Experiences in Nutrition Classes
The department would like to thank the many people who shared their professional experiences with students in Nutrition classes during the 2009-10 academic year. Read more.
Death of Devoted/Distinguished Alumna
Dr. Mary Frances Picciano ’70g, ’74g NUTR, former faculty member, passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2010. She was a senior nutrition research scientist with the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and was director of the ODS Training and Career Development Program. Read more.