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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.

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has approved the new Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention (LMDP) track. Offered totally online, applications are being accepted for the first class that begins Fall 2016.

Lizzy and Child“With the burden of chronic disease increasing in our society – like diabetes, obesity and cancer – there is a real need for lifestyle management in multiple employment venues,” said W. Timothy Garvey, M.D., professor and chair, UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences. “Our graduates will have a multi-disciplinary skill-set that would normally be embodied in multiple personnel and they will be able to meet the long-term health needs of their community.” The Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB is well positioned to offer this dynamic curriculum, as the department is home to three NIH-funded research centers in the areas of diabetes, obesity and cancer.