Fernandez assisting UAB Hispanic/Latino communityThe Office of Equity & Diversity has begun discussing the possibility of creating a Hispanic/Latino professional organization for faculty and staff.
José Fernández, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition sciences and director of diversity outreach for the Office of Equity & Diversity, recently met with a group of Hispanic and Latino faculty that unanimously supported the creation of the association and developed a strategy to move in that direction.
PhD Student Recieves Top Nomination
Congratulations to Ph.D. student and Graduate Assistant, Michelle Cardel and her mentor, Dr. Jose Fernandez. She has been chosen as a top finalist for the Obesity Society's Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award. This is an outstanding achievement, as almost 1,000 abstracts were submitted for review. She received high scores for her abstract, “Greater consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids are related to increased lean mass and decreased total and visceral adiposity in a racially diverse sample of children.” As a top five finalist, she will present her abstract at The Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting, September 20-24, 2012 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research by a young investigator based on the quality of the submitted abstract.