Gigi Carter BookGigi Carter, MS, CN, CPT, alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention Track, published her first book, The Plant-Based Workplace: Add Profits, Engage Employees and Save the Planet, earlier this year.


2015 08 07 Dr. Michelle Cardel UFMichelle Cardel, Ph.D., alumna of the School of Health ProfessionsPhD in Nutrition Sciences program (2012) and M.S. in Nutrition Sciences program (2009), receives the UAB National Alumni Society (NAS) Young Alumni Rising Star Award.


Harold Jones Donna Martin Carleton RiversDonna S. Martin, a 1977 graduate of what was then the UAB Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics program, is the UAB School of Health Professions’ 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Martin becomes only the 48th person to earn the highest honor awarded to our alumni – a number that is even more impressive when you consider we have more than 18,000 graduates in our history.

Yenni Cedillo

Yenni Cedillo, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ PhD in Nutrition Sciences program, earned a poster award from the Research in Diverse Population Section of The Obesity Society (TOS).

Cedillo’s abstract was part of the 7th annual Diversity Tour which is designed to highlight work in the field of obesity that includes a focus on diverse populations. For the honor, she was also invited to deliver an oral presentation about her poster, titled “Differences in Allostatic Load by Length of Residence and Gender among Foreign-born Hispanics,” at the TOS conference held in Washington, D.C.

Two School of Health Professions’ faculty members were honored with the UAB Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award. Paula Chandler-Laney, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Ferhat Zengul, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, earned the honor for exceptional work with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows during a ceremony April 2, 2018.

Each was asked what makes mentoring graduate students and postdocs special as well as what they learned.

For Chandler-Laney – the lesson was to keep it upbeat.

“Lead your group with a positive and optimistic attitude. Help your students rephrase their weaknesses and disappointments as opportunities to grow. Model this for them; be honest about the challenges of choosing an academic path, but teach them how to find the training and support they need to overcome any challenges they face.”