UAB Dietetic Interns WebUAB Dietetic Interns ClassOur Dietetic Intern students added the final touches to "The Habitat House that UAB Built 2015." The fourteen students, led by Susan Miller, R.D., L.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, spent the day painting the interior of the house.

The students participated in the #UABbuilds effort of a special Habitat House. In honor of the Americans with Disabilities Act's 25th Anniversary, this Habitat House is ADA compliant. The family's oldest son uses a wheelchair and needs complete access to the house. The mom, who aspires to attend school and become a nurse, says owning her own home that is perfect for all her children has always been her dream.

Elizabeth MaElizabeth Ma, MSTP student and NORC fellowElizabeth Ma, an MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and a fellow in the UAB Nutritional Obesity Research Center’s (NORC) Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research program, is the winner of two national awards for her abstract titled “Urinary F2-Isoprostanes Do Not Reflect Oxidative Stress Operative in Human Insulin Resistance, but are Correlated with Lean Mass and Serum Lipids.”

The first award, sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), is 2nd prize for the annual abstract competition from The Obesity Society (TOS) Obesity & Cancer (O&C) Section in the category of Student Investigator. The O&C Section promotes the prevention and management of cancer – with a focus on how obesity affects cancer risk – as well as educational strategies to disseminate findings to both the scientific community and the public. Elizabeth will present her work at the O&C Section meeting held in Los Angeles on November 5, 2015, where she will be awarded by Dr. June Stevens, the AICR Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with the other winners.

The Department of Nutrition Sciences rewarded nine students with Dietetic Internship and MS Scholarship award letters for the 2015 - 2016 academic year.

Rachel Sullivan was awarded the $1,000 Rebecca L. Bradley Scholarship for the Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Program. While Rebecca Gaines Steinman, Danielle Bowden, Sara Sawicki, Jennifer Bilko, Stacy Sargent, Anna Harrison, Mary Claire Shurina and O. Charita Lewis were each awarded the $1,508 Carol Brewster Craig Scholarship for the Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Program.

The scholars will be recognized at the UAB School of Health Professions scholarship luncheon that is held during the spring semester. The annual luncheon recognizes both the scholarships recipients and the donors and provides a wonderful opportunity for the two to meet and learn more about each other.

Written by Bob Shepard, UAB News

Jose FernandezJosé Fernández, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, has been named the inaugural winner of the Shiriki Kumanyida Diversity Leadership Award from the Obesity Society. The award recognizes an investigator whose research has made a significant difference in the field of obesity disparities.

The prevalence of obesity has significantly increased among the population of the United States over the past 30 years, with nearly one-third of adults now considered obese. Obesity is a known risk factor for many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Significant racial/ethnic disparities continue to exist in the occurrence of obesity.

Fernández joined UAB in August 2001, bringing special expertise in the application of statistical models to detect and disentangle genetic and environmental influences in obesity-related traits. His main research interest is the identification of genes that contribute to racial differences in obesity and diabetes. He uses the genetic admixture approach as a tool to decompose the genetic, social and cultural components underlying racial and ethnic differences in complex traits.

Kelly West (pictured far left)Kelly West (pictured far left)Rachel Sullivan and Anna Harrison, with the Dietetic Internship program, and Kelly West, with the M.S. in Nutrition Sciences program, have each earned an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship.

Sullivan, who is originally from Huntsville, received the Irene Jones Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.

Harrison, who is from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, received the Dietetics in Health Care Communities DPG Horizon Scholarship for $4,500.

West received the Patsyjane O’Malley Memorial Scholarship.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, with more than 75,000 members, is the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the world. Their scholarships are highly competitive.