Sweatt Cheaha Alabama Backroads FacebookKat Sweatt, Top 100-miler Cheaha ChallengeKat Sweatt, a student in the Nutrition Sciences PhD program, made history as the first female to finish the Cheaha Challenge as the top overall 100-miler. The UAB graduate student finished the mountain bike ride in five hours, 15 minutes and 55 seconds – nearly 45 seconds ahead of the top male 100-miler.

When asked by a reporter with the Anniston Star about the historic finish, Sweatt said with a shrug, “It’s pretty cool.”

Today, she has this to say about the accomplishment.

“It was a tough but memorable ride.  Over 600 cyclists participated, the event staff was great, and we couldn’t have asked for a prettier day,” said Sweatt who is scheduled to finish the UAB PhD program in 2017. “I also have to mention that I rode the first 87 miles with a group of guys who went on to do the 124-mile Ultra.  Many of who would have finished well ahead of me if they had just done the 100 mile option – so kudos to them!”

Martin Donna S Head Shot Academy2755Donna S. Martin, president-elect Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND, a double alumna of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been elected president-elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Martin, a 1977 graduate of what was then the UAB Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics program, is the first UAB graduate to hold this position at the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

“I believe that everyone has a right to eat right – and I don’t’ think there is any greater group of people on this earth to make that happen than the members of this association,” said Martin, director, Burke County (Georgia) Board of Education School Nutrition Program. “My vision for our association is one where we collaborate, commit and communicate to every level of membership, and position our members to be advocates and leaders in our community.”

SusanMiller Retirement ODEANutrition Sciences, has received the 2016 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award in the Dietetic Internship category for the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors Area 3. She was selected by a committee of her peers.

Miller, who retired from UAB on October 31, 2015, after 31 years of service, received the award for “teaching, mentoring and leadership activities.” The award is delivered annually to faculty members in Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited programs.

Miller will receive the award at the Area 3 and 4 Annual Meeting in New Orleans on April 15, 2016. Also, her name will be published in the list of outstanding educators in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors letter of recognition (PDF)

Daniella Chusyd Birmingham ZooDaniella Chusyd at the Birmingham ZooDr. Janine Brown, a reproductive physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Daniella Chusyd, a student in the UAB PhD Nutrition Sciences program and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), have been awarded a grant through the Smithsonian’s Scholarly Studies Awards for Science program titled “Novel assessments of body composition and relation to metabolic status and fat stores in Asian elephants.”

The study will compare female Asian elephants housed in zoos across the United States to female Asian elephants in tourist camps in Thailand. Chusyd says the team is looking at the association between fat distribution and metabolic and reproductive hormones and physical activity levels, and is based on research by Brown on associations between excess body weight and reproductive health problems in zoo elephants.

Amy Miskimon GossAmy Miskimon Goss, PhD, RDAmy Miskimon Goss, PhD, RD, postdoctoral fellow in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and Department of Nutrition Sciences, is the recipient of a Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award.

The award will fund her research titled "Carbohydrate Restricted Diet to Reverse Fatty Liver in Adolescents with Obesity." The objective of the Fund is “to provide grants for clinical, hypothesis-driven research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of children’s diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based applications.”

The Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award Program is especially interested in supporting the work of such young investigators as Goss who demonstrate excellent potential to achieve advances in improving children’s health.