Spotlight

Julia Basso's research on meditation and stress: Brief, daily meditation enhances attention, memory, mood, and emotional regulation in non-experienced meditators was published by Elsevier in Behavioural Brain Research and highlighted in Thrive Global's article, Six Reasons You Should Incorporate Meditation Into Your Daily Routine.

Lancet Report

Lancet Commission recommends that political leaders take bold decisions to tackle pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change

Leaders must take a hard line against powerful commercial interests and rethink global economic incentives within the food system in order to tackle the joint pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change, according to a new report released by the Lancet Commission on Obesity.

A key recommendation from the Lancet Commission is the call to establish a new global treaty on food systems to limit the political influence of transnational food and beverage firms that undermine health for people and planet.Led by the University of Auckland (New Zealand), George Washington University (USA), and the World Obesity Federation (UK), the new Lancet Commission is the result of a three-year project led by 43 commissioners and fellows with diverse expertise from 14 countries. HNFE Associate Professor Vivica Kraak was involved in this effort and is available for comment on the report.

Janet Rankin

Janet Rankin was conferred the title of professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

#HNFEstudent Evelien Steendam was one of 14 Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students who traveled to Cusco, Peru, in May 2018 to experience the health care system, language, and culture of the developing country. #CALSGlobal

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For a Hokie Talk presentation, Matthew Hulver highlighted ongoing and future health sciences initiatives in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that strive to make a difference in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases.

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Matt Hulver

Matthew Hulver was recently named assistant dean of health sciences in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In his new role, Hulver will provide leadership and coordinate efforts that span research, extension, and teaching to further the college’s reach in the health sciences. The college is currently in engaged in a host of health science issues, ranging from obesity and opioid addiction to cancer and heart disease. This complements the college’s current work in the agricultural and life sciences and furthers the connection between the university’s facilities in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia.

The Board of Visitors has approved a resolution to create a new Master of Science degree program in HNFE. The program will prepare graduates to develop and implement programs that promote dietary guidelines and healthy dietary behaviors for both individuals and communities. Graduates will enter careers in nutrition counseling and will find employment as registered dietitian nutritionists in hospitals and other health facilities, research centers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, and restaurants. Pending approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the new Master of Science degree program in nutrition and dietetics will be offered starting in the fall of 2019.

Emily Myers

At the annual meeting of the American Dietetics Association in October, Emily Myers was presented with the ADA's Outstanding Abstract award for "The Development of a Urinary Biomarker Method to Detect Non-nutritive Sweetener (NNS) Intake Among Adults." Authors are Myers, Andrew Neilson, and Valisa Hedrick (who is also Emily's mentor).

Graduate student Susan Chen was one of three Nutshell game winners for her talk, "Eat Your Trash: Why Food Waste Matters." The games, hosted by Virginia Tech's Center for Communicating Science and held in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Science Festival, brought 29 research topics to the attention of 230 audience members attending the event.

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Congratulations to graduate students Anna Fausnacht, Cortney Steele, and Stephanie Edwards, who were selected as Fellows of the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence. This academy, known as GrATE, was launched by Dean DePauw in 2014.  Academy members provide support, resources, and mentorship to other GTAs in a variety of ways, including office hours, seminars, and teach-ins. There are three membership levels: member, associate, and fellow; fellows have more than two semesters of teaching experience and/or curriculum development and outstanding teaching evaluations. Selection to the GrATE is highly competitive and reflects hard work and excellence achieved by our students.

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Our students now have access to an Anatomage Table (a visual dissectible, virtual human 3D anatomy system, which allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy beyond what any cadaver offers!