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HNFE's unique fusion of nutrition and exercise sciences positions us as a leader in education, prevention, research, and translational studies.

We examine the psychosocial aspects of health, behavioral interventions, human performance, and youth and adult weight management with a focus on chronic disease and prevention.

Our mission is:

  • to discover, translate, and disseminate health-related advances in the nutrition, food, and exercise sciences.

Our faculty:

  • promote health and wellness with an emphasis on translational science, service to the community, and providing quality education for students.

Department Highlights:

Graduate students Alisha Farris and Elika Shabrokh won awards at the Graduate Student Assembly's Research Symposium: Alisha won first place in the presentation category for "Assessing the Nutritional Quality of Packed and School Lunches." Elika won second place in the poster category for "Mitochondrial Function and Substrate Metabolism in a Mouse Model of Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis."

Does inulin reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease? Kevin Davy (PI), Matt Hulver, Brenda Davy, Andrew Nielson, and Monica Ponder are investigating whether inulin will reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria, reducing intestinal permeability, and, as a result, the amount of endotoxin in the bloodstream.

Nicolin Girmes-Grieco and Renee Selberg-Eaton were nominated by students as "Favorite Faculty." This recognition program is hosted by Housing and Residence Life and recognizes hard work, contributions to academia, and dedication to student learning.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics and Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics received continued accreditation from Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Both programs were granted continued accreditation status based on program reports submitted last October.

Student Spotlight: Lucas Kane
    Lucas Kane

HNFE senior Lucas Kane of Herndon, Virginia, was one of eight Virginia Tech students to present undergraduate research at the eighth annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference. The conference was hosted this year by the University of Pittsburgh in April. His faculty mentor is Eva Schmelz, and his research is titled, "Analysis of NMDA receptor subunit ligand binding domain interactions in multiple conformations by molecular dynamics simulations."

Faculty Spotlight: Eleanor Schlenker
    Eleanor Schlenker

Eleanor Schlenker was conferred professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech community for 19 years, she made significant contributions to the nutrition field. She was department head from 1988-98 and taught undergraduate and graduate level courses, and her work with Virginia Cooperative Extension brought in more than $2 million in funding.

Events & Information:

Fall 2014 Force Add Instructions

4/21: Dr. Anthony Molina, Wake Forest School of Medicine, "Mitochondrial Quality Control, Bioenergetics, and Healthy Aging." (3pm, Fralin)

5/1: 3rd Annual ILSB Research Poster Symposium: abstracts accepted 3/22-4/22

American College of Sports Medicine Foundation Student Awards: ACSM invests in the future of sports medicine and exercise science by giving to their student members, who are eligible for grants and awards to offset the rising costs of tuition and travel.