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Vivica Kraak: FDA Extends Deadline for Nutrition Label

Recognized expert in food and nutrition policies Vivica Kraak  discusses with NewsRadio WINA's Les Sinclair the revised nutrition labels and the FDA decision to push back the deadline for compliance.


diversity grant
(From left) Michele Deramo, Mike Bowers, Jill Sible, Debby Good, and Sarah Karpanty are project leads.

Debby Good is one of the project leads in a $1 million, five-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to engage all students studying science, especially students from diverse pathways, to be successful in its Inclusive Excellence initiative. The idea behind the grant is to help such institutions as Virginia Tech work with first-generation students and students transferring in from community colleges to guide them into STEM-related careers.

Virginia Family Nutrition Program: Looking for an easy family dinner idea? One-pot soup is a tasty solution! You can keep the costs low and still make a healthy, tasty soup. #BetterPantry

Hulver Bickel
Two authorities in lifestyle disease research — Matthew Hulver (left) and Warren Bickel will lead a new research center to understand and tackle the threat of diseases people often bring upon themselves.

A new research center to tackle the threat of lifestyle diseases — medical conditions such as obesity that are caused or aggravated by a person’s own behavior — will be established at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in the heart of the Roanoke Innovation District.

Scientists and clinicians throughout Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic will join forces at the new VTCRI Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors in a strategic effort to protect the health of people in Virginia and the United States. The initiative will be led by two authorities in lifestyle disease research — Warren Bickel, the Virginia Tech Carilion Behavioral Health Research Professor, and Matthew Hulver, the head of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.   Read more...

Recent honors & awards:

  • Samantha Harden received an "Early Career Investigator Invited Talk" award from the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. She was also an invited panelist to the "Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities."
  • Recent graduating senior Jacob Long was honored  Ut Prosim Aspire! Award
  • George Davis and Elena Serrano received the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s prestigious Quality of Communication Award for "Food and Nutrition Economics: Fundamentals for Health Sciences."
  • Rising senior Seyi Olusina has been selected as the undergraduate student representative to the Board of Visitors next year.
  • Recent Internship graduate Jenny Dang was honored with the 2017 Cindy Reeser Undergraduate DPD/Dietetic Intern Award.
  • Heather Cox was selected as ACEND's Area 6 Outstanding Dietetic Educator in the Didactic Program in Dietetics category for 2017!
Brenda Davy
Congratulations to Brenda Davy, who received the 2017 Achievement Award at the 2017 Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Symposium! Each year, SCAN recognizes a practitioner who has played a significant role in the evolution of SCAN through both outstanding service to the organization and professional accomplishments in the field. With Brenda are current and past students: Samantha Kostelnik, Katarina Smiljanec, Mary Elizabeth Baugh, Cortney Steele, Tanya Halliday, Lori Moore, Emily VanDerBrink, and Brittany Thorpe.
David Brown
Virginia Tech Associate Professor David Brown (center) worked with Ph.D. students Mitchell Allen (right) and Justin Perry on a research project that found dysfunction at the molecular level during heart failure. Understanding this abnormality could lead to new approaches for treating the No. 1 killer among men and women worldwide.

David Brown leads a team that examines molecular-level problems of heart disease. In a recent study, they teamed up with cardiologists and heart therapy scientists from across the U.S. and Europe and found that dysfunction at the molecular level is present in heart failure. Understanding this abnormality could lead to new approaches for treating the No. 1 killer among men and women worldwide.