December 12, 2017
Alex Anderson, Caree Cotwright, Claire de La Serre, Emma Laing, Jamie Cooper, Joan Fischer, Robert Pazdro, and Tracey Brigman, have been nominated by at least one graduate in UGA’s Class of 2017 as individuals who have contributed greatly to their career development and success. As part of the UGA Career Center Career Outcomes Survey, students and recent alumni were asked to identify UGA faculty and staff who have had a significant, positive impact on their career decision-making process. These faculty have been recognized as such individuals. Congratulations!
FDN undergraduate students Jordan Dailey, Madeleine Snidow, Emily Jones, Danny Kwak, Caitlin Bascle, and Bailey Dickinson, were selected as FACS Featured Graduates this December. Their profiles can be viewed on the FACS Flickr page and on Facebook leading up to Friday’s convocation ceremonies. Jordan Dailey and Emily Jones have also been chosen to serve as Marshals for our department during the FACS Convocation on Friday. Congratulations!
We are beyond proud of the FDN faculty and staff who were selected as the FACS 100 Centennial Honorees. These recipients were selected because they “embody conviction and commitment to the ideals of the college, and through vision and hard work have been instrumental in advancing our ability to serve students and enrich lives through our mission her at UGA.” They will be recognized for their contributions at the FACS 100 Gala on February 24th, 2018.
Current and Emeritus FDN faculty and staff: Carolyn Ainslie, Elizabeth Andress, Cliff Baile, Carolyn Berdanier, Caree Cotwright, Connie Crawley, Joan Fischer, Barbara Grossman, Art Grider, Tonya Harris, Judy Harrison, Mary Ann Johnson, Rick Lewis, Becky Mullis, Bill Flatt, and Roy Martin
Other recipients nominated by FDN or FDN alumni: Donna Martin, Josephine Martin (Honor Hall), Shelly Nickols-Richardson, Mary Speirs (Honor Hall), Eleanor Pryor (Honor Hall), Maude Pye Hood (Honor Hall), Lenna Gertrude Judd, and Vera Stewart
November 21, 2017
Congratulations to Nutritional Sciences major Evan Johnson for being selected as the AT&T scholarship award recipient at the Blue Key Honor Society award ceremony on Friday evening, 11/17. A photo of Evan and Dean Fox can be viewed here.
Belated congratulations to Rebecca Gould for receiving the June and Bill Flatt Nutrition Excellence Graduate Fellowship, the Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies, and the Anne and Earl Haltiwanger Scholarship from FACS for the 2017-2018 academic year.
November 14, 2017
Leann Birch and Jessica Smith are authors on an award-winning poster presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting in Washington DC (10/30-11/2), titled “Differences in sleep duration among African American formula-feeding and White breastfeeding infants.” The poster was selected for recognition in the category of Pediatric Obesity at the conference. Co-authors include: Paige Berger (lead), Justin Lavner, and Olivia Shealy. A photo of the research team and poster can be viewed here.
Claire de La Serre was selected as one of UGA’s Featured Faculty. Her bio page was published by UGA on 11/12, and has been shared on the FDN and FACS Facebook pages on 11/13, and in eGaMorning on 11/14.
Sarah Stotz received an early career professional travel award under the Food and Nutrition category during the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta, GA (11/4-11/8).
October 3, 2017
Carolina Cawthon was awarded the Patsy Jane O'Malley Memorial Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.
Caroline Finn, an undergraduate student in Claire de La Serre’s lab, was recently awarded a CURO assistantship.
September 26, 2017
FDN alumna Ann Craven received the 2017-2018 Josephine Malone Scholarship from Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. A photo of Ann receiving her award was shared on the FDN Facebook page on 9/22. Congratulations, Ann!
Septebmer 19, 2017
Marina Tandoh, PhD student in Dr. Anderson's lab, was selected to attend the upcoming World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, 10/16-10/20. The World Food Prize is "the foremost international honor recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world." Marina submitted an essay in a competition to attend this conference. Ten BHEARD students were selected to attend on the basis of geographical diversity, gender balance, and field of study. Congratulations, Marina!
August 29, 2017
UGA welcomes Leann Birch as the new director of the Obesity Initiative. The story was shared in FACS News on 8/24, and on the FDN and FACS Facebook pages.
Leann Birch, Ph.D., Director of the UGA Obesity Initiative, is William P. Flatt Professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at The University of Georgia. Her research focuses on individual and contextual factors affecting the development of individual differences in the behavioral controls of food intake and obesity risk among infants, children, and adolescents. In recent years, her research has focused on conducting randomized controlled trials, which have been successful in reducing early obesity risk. These interventions, designed to influence maternal caregiving, infant feeding, sleeping, and crying, prevented excessive weight gain in infancy and reduced the prevalence of overweight during infancy and early childhood. She is the author of more than 250 publications and has been awarded more than $30 million in federal research funding. Dr. Birch received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan and served on the faculty at the University of Illinois and the Pennsylvania State University before joining the UGA faculty in 2014.
August 22, 2017
Judy Harrison is the 2017 recipient of the Elmer Marth Educator Award from The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP; see Kudos 5/25/17). This award is presented by IAFP to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP and the arena of education in food safety and food protection. A photo of Judy receiving this award at the IAFP annual meeting is linked here.
MS/DI alumna Dorothy Dupree received a Student Travel Scholarship to attend the IAFP annual meeting in Tampa, FL. She received the award at the opening session of the conference in July. A photo of Dorothy receiving her award is linked here.
August 16, 2017
In recognition of her honorable and distinguished service at The University of Georgia, Joan Fischer has been approved for emeritus status by President Morehead. Congratulations, Joan!
July 26, 2017
Elizabeth Carroll has been named the 2017 Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Alpha Beta Chapter Excellence in Support Service Award in the state staff category. There are also winners in the Extension district categories, but Elizabeth won for all state staff! The award will be presented at the ESP state meeting awards luncheon at the GA Center on 8/8. This announcement was also shared on Facebook, here.
June 27, 2017
Taylor Newman is currently featured as UGA’s Amazing Student (published on 6/25). Taylor's Amazing Student profile was shared in eGaMorning, on the FDN and FACS Facebook pages, in FACS' Featured People, and on UGA's Twitter page. Jung Sun Lee, Mary Ann Johnson, and Leann Birch are mentioned in her bio. Congratulations, Taylor!
Elizabeth Andress will receive the 2017 Continued Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP; Southern Region). She will receive her award at the ESP National Conference, which will be held 10/9-10/12 in Wilmington, NC. Congratulations, Elizabeth!
Claire de La Serre has accepted the invitation to serve on the editorial board for the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. Congratulations, Claire!
June 20, 2017
Lauren Coheley has been selected as the 2017-2018 recipient of the Foods and Nutrition Departmental "Katz Family Gift." This gift provides funding to partially support a graduate student who has outstanding academic credentials and who is working in a research area related to integrative and functional medical health. Congratulations, Lauren!
Edda Z. Cotto-Rivera has been selected to receive the Diversity/Multicultural-Individual award (Southern Region) from Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP). Edda will receive her award at the ESP National Conference, which will be held 10/9-10/12 in Wilmington, NC. Congratulations, Edda!
“Staying Halal: Avoiding Pork” is an educational project developed to educate Iraqi refugee women in DeKalb County, GA, about ways to identify the presence of pork and its by-products in the US merchandise they use or consume. The educational content was instrumental in making necessary changes in the list of ingredients used to demonstrate recipes as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program Education (SNAP) classes. The “Food Talk” nutrition series was effective in promoting a healthier lifestyle, budgeting and meal planning while following halal guidelines.
June 6, 2017
Taylor Newman was offered the new student representative position on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Legislative and Public Policy Committee. She will begin her term while attending the Academy's Public Policy Workshop, which will take place 6/25-26 in Washington DC. Congratulations, Taylor!
May 25, 2017
UGA SNAP-Ed was recently recognized at the Partnership for a Healthier America's Building a Healthier Future Summit for their commitment to the Team FNV campaign. Many articles have mentioned UGA SNAP-Ed's involvement, including this one. At the Summit, the UGA group was preceded on stage by Bill Clinton, and Michelle Obama closed out the event, so it received a lot of attention. A short video of the star-studded FNV campaign can be found here. A terrific photo of Austin Childers on stage can be viewed on our Facebook page. Congratulations to all members of the UGA SNAP-Ed team!
Judy Harrison was named the recipient of the Elmer Marth Educator Award from the International Association for Food Protection. Congratulations, Judy! Judy also received correspondence on 5/17 from the Provost congratulating her on this honor.
Jung Sun Lee learned that she will receive the 2017 Joint Korean Society of Community Nutrition and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s Achievement Award at the 2017 SNEB Annual Meeting, which will take place 7/20-24 in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Jung Sun!
May 16, 2017
FDN alumnus Joe Kindler was selected by the Alumni Society of the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University to receive their 2017 Emerging Professional Award. The award honors alumni who have graduated within the past ten years and who have demonstrated professional excellence and exemplary voluntary community involvement in a health and human development field.
Mary Ann Johnson has been appointed as Director of the Obesity and Weight Management certificate program for the next three years.
Carolina Cawthon has been named the recipient of the 2017 Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association student scholarship award.
May 9, 2017
Sarah Catherine Black was profiled on 5/7 as one of UGA’s Amazing Students. In her feature, she mentions Ginnefer Cox, Katherine Ingerson, and Bev Hull.
A photo album of all FDN Featured Graduates is on Facebook, and includes:
Sarah Catherine Black
Annie Ladisic (also delivered the Student Perspective at the FACS Convocation)
Amanda Farzad (also served as a Marshal at the FACS Convocation)
Joy Maduka (also served as a Marshal at the FACS Convocation)
Joe Kindler (also served as a Marshal at the FACS Convocation)
A photo album of all FACS Featured Graduates is on Flickr.
May 2, 2017
FDN "Featured Graduate" profiles recently posted to the FACS Facebook page, include:
Sarah Catherine Black
April 25, 2017
Amanda Farzad's profile is on the FACS Facebook page as one of our Featured Graduates. Congratulations, Amanda!
April 18, 2017
Caree Cotwright’s CURO student, Camaria Welch, won the Best Poster Award at the 2017 CURO Symposium. Her poster was entitled: “Needs Assessment to Assess the Use of a Mobile Food Pantry in the Early Care and Education (ECE) Setting.” Her project focuses on providing service learning to conduct food demonstrations and provide recipes at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's Mobile School Food Pantry locations. The mobile pantry is unique because many fresh fruits and vegetables are provided. The demos have helped improve participants' willingness to try fruits and vegetables. Camaria’s project involves using survey and interview data to assess how the model could be used in the child care setting. Congratulations, Camaria!
The College has recommended that the following FDN students receive scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year:
Hannah Urban: Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship and the Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies
Sunhye Lee: Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship and the Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies
Carolina Cawthon: Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies and the Anne and Earl Haltiwanger Scholarship
Elizabeth Klingbeil: Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies and the Anne and Earl Haltiwanger Scholarship
Jiyoung Kim: Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship and the Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies
Lauren Coheley (also see Kudos 4/11): Sharon Boone Hamner Foods and Nutrition Scholarship and the Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies
Sepideh Kaviani: Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship and the Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies
Taylor Newman: Anne and Earl Haltiwanger Scholarship and the Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies
These students have been invited to attend the Welcome Back event on 8/23 to celebrate all FACS scholarship and award recipients, as well as the Celebrating Excellence Luncheon on 10/20. Congratulations!
April 11, 2017
The College has recommended that Lauren Coheley receive two scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year: the Sharon Boone Hamner Foods and Nutrition Scholarship and the Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Endowment in Nutrition Studies. Lauren has been invited to attend the Welcome Back event on 8/23 to celebrate all FACS scholarship and award recipients, as well as the Celebrating Excellence Luncheon on 10/20. Congratulations, Lauren!
Sarah Stotz received funding from the UGA Graduate School for travel to the Experimental Biology (EB) conference later this month. Sarah is competing in a poster competition and has an oral presentation at EB. Congratulations, Sarah!
Honors Week and FACS Convocation student recognition events are just around the corner. Below are the students from FDN receiving special honors (for more information, see the Dean's Update 4/11):
Presidential Award of Excellence: Joy Maduka
Delivery of Student Perspective at the FACS Convocation: Annie Ladisic
Congratulations to the new officers of the Foods and Nutrition Graduate Student Organization for the 2017-2018 school year:
President: Elizabeth Klingbeil
Vice President: Marina Tandoh
Secretary: Jiyoung "Sammy" Kim
Treasurer: Ruth Schade
April 4, 2017
Ruth Schade was selected for Honorable Mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition. Congratulations, Ruth!
Rebecca Rasmussen (UGA Soccer) was one of several FACS students recently named to the fall 2016 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. This honor exemplifies outstanding commitment to both academic and athletic standards of excellence. Congratulations, Rebecca!
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 college-level awards:
Alex Anderson, Outstanding Faculty Advisor (see Kudos: 3/3/17)
Claire de La Serre, Early Career Faculty Research Award
Jung Sun Lee, PI, and entire SNAP-Ed team, Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach Award
Congratulations to the FDN members elected to serve on the 2017-2018 Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association (NEGDA) board:
President: Lauren Coheley
President-Elect: Carolina Cawthon
Past-President: Beth Kindamo
Secretary: Holly Samples
Treasurer: Connie Crawley
Professional Development Chair: Emily Selph
Professional Development Chair-Elect: Jessica Harris
Nominating Committee: Courtney Still (Chair), Jennifer Fleming, and Elizabeth Klingbeil
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 officers of the Student Dietetic Association:
President: Ayshia Ranjitsingh
Vice President: Neal Holliday
Secretary: Wells Ross
Treasurer: Brooke Datelle
Social Chair: Syndey O'Donnell
Service Chair: Kathryn Kear
PR Chair: Emily Owen
Communications Chair: Lauren Tinkey
March 28, 2017
Ruth Schade was selected for the DAAD RISE internship program. It is a competitive Research Internship in Science and Engineering in Germany with a 3-month stipend. Congratulations, Ruth!
Emma Laing has been appointed to Membership Chair of the NHEP (Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals) dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
March 21, 2017
Sarah Stotz received the 2017 Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award from the College of FACS. She will be recognized at the Celebrating Excellence Luncheon in October 2017. Congratulations, Sarah!
Several FDN faculty and students were honored at the 2017 Georgia Academy Annual Conference and Exhibition, which took place 3/15-16:
Outstanding Student in DPD Program: Alexis Carraway
Outstanding Student in DI Program: Carolina Cawthon
Emerging Dietetic Leader: Courtney Still
Outstanding Educator in DPD Program: Emma Laing
Special Recognition Award: Joan Fischer
The Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association did a wonderful job highlighting each honoree's powerpoint slide as they were shown at the meeting! You can view the slides on the NEGDA Facebook page, linked here.
March 14, 2017
Carolina Cawthon won the overall poster competition at the Georgia Nutrition Council (GNC) conference in Augusta on 3/3.
Ruth Schade won the poster competition in the graduate student category at the GNC conference.
Sarah Stotz has been selected to participate as a finalist in the American Society for Nutrition's Emerging Leader Poster Competition. This event was created to highlight the very best research submitted by students and young investigators to ASN's Scientific Sessions.
March 3, 2017
Annette Washington has been invited to participate as a finalist in the American Society for Nutrition’s Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition at the Experimental Biology (EB) conference in April. Annette was selected as 1 of 6 finalists nationwide. If you will be attending this year's EB conference, the date and time of her presentation is below. Congratulations, Annette!
The oral competition will be held Saturday, April 22, 11am – 12:45 pm, in Room S102BC of the McCormick Place Convention Center.
As a finalist, Annette also presented and competed in a poster competition at the Georgia Nutrition Council conference in Augusta on 3/3.
Alexis Carraway, a senior dietetics major, has received the 2017 Outstanding Student in a DPD program award from GAND (the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). She will receive this award on 3/16 in Savannah at the annual meeting of the organization. Congratulations, Alexis!
FDN alumnus Zach Gruenwald was notified that he is the recipient of the 2017 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition) Research Grant Award. Congratulations, Zach!
Congratulations to FDN members newly elected to the GAND board:
Whitney Bignell, Secretary
Marilyn Wright Yon (FDN alumna), Treasurer-Elect
Bev Hull has been selected as the recipient of the FACS Staff Advisor of the Year Award. Congratulations, Bev!
Alex Anderson has been selected as the recipient of the FACS Faculty Advisor of the Year Award. Congratulations, Alex!
February 24, 2017
Silvia Giraudo has been chosen to serve on the UGA President's Task Force on Student Learning and Success. The development of this task force was announced in President Morehead's 2017 State of the University Address. Silvia is a member of the Integrating Instruction and Campus Life Committee.
Carolina Cawthon was selected to receive this year's Outstanding Dietetic Student-Intern Award from the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAND). Carolina will be recognized at the GAND Annual Conference and Exhibit luncheon on 3/16 in Savannah.
Carolina was also chosen as the 2017 Georgia Nutrition Council (GNC) Holley B. Alley Scholarship winner. She will receive her scholarship award on 3/3 at the GNC Annual Conference in Augusta. Congratulations on your many achievements this week, Carolina!
February 17, 2017
Claire de La Serre received the news that she was nominated for the 2017 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Research Mentoring Award. This award recognizes outstanding faculty who use CURO opportunities to consistently engage students and enhance undergraduate research experiences at UGA. If Claire is selected as a recipient of this award, she will be one of two faculty recognized during the Keynote Session of the annual CURO Symposium and will receive a monetary prize to provide further support for mentoring undergraduate research endeavors.
Silvia Giraudo has been appointed to serve on the UGA Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC). PRAC is composed of 30 faculty members who represent UGA's academic community. Silvia's term will be 8/1/17 through 7/31/19.
Barbara Grossman has been selected to serve on UGA’s new Interprofessional Education (IPE) Leadership Committee. This is a high level, campuswide committee that will oversee UGA’s initiative to extend profession-specific educational efforts to interprofessional collaborative education.
Emma Laing was notified that she is the recipient of the 2017 Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Area 3 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award. Area 3 encompasses AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, and PR. She will accept her award at the NDEP regional meeting in Louisville, KY in April.
February 3, 2017
Jung Sun Lee has been selected to receive the first ever "Mid-Career Award" from the American Society for Nutrition's Nutrition Education & Behavior Science Research Interest Section (NE&BS RIS). The award will be presented during the NE&BS RIS business meeting at this year’s Experimental Biology conference in Chicago, IL. Congratulations, Jung Sun!