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!

Janet Rankin

Congratulations to Janet Rankin, who received the prestigious ACSM Citation award for her significant contributions to sports medicine and the exercise sciences.  "Citation award winners are selected for their outstanding performance in the areas of research and scholarship, clinical care, administrative services or educational services," said ACSM President Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM. We are happy to recognize Dr. Rankin’s outstanding accomplishments." Janet, who retired in May,  has a long history of service to ACSM at the national level and at the Southeast Regional Chapter (SEACSM). She served as president of SEACSM, then served on the Board of Trustees for ACSM and was elected president of ACSM in 2012. She started the ActivEarth initiative during her presidency to advocate for the role of active transport in climate and health on a global level.