June


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.



May


Congratulations to Debby Good, who is a recipient of the 2018 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award! The award is presented annually by Virginia Tech's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to recognize faculty members who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of scholarship addressing teaching and learning in higher education. Since arriving at Virginia Tech in 2006, Debby has been invested in providing experiential learning opportunities to students. Experiential learning through undergraduate research is one of the high-impact practices that she believes helps all students, and especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, succeed.


Dietetics seniors, graduate students, and alumni have success in Dietetics supervised practice placement! 97 percent of our students and alumni who applied to dietetics supervised practice programs in spring 2018 were accepted! Of the 2018 eligible graduating students, 20 applied to programs to move forward on the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist career path, and another 18 alumni applied to programs to become RDNs. In addition to the VT Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (both sites), our alumni will be heading to a wide variety of excellent programs including UVA, VCU, VSU, Johns Hopkins, Beth Israel Deaconess, Cornell, Veterans Affairs-Tampa and Houston locations, University of Maryland College Park, Messiah College, East Tennessee State University, Solmaz Institute Lenoir Rhyne East Carolina University, University of New Hampshire, Montana State University, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Sodexo Philadelphia, Southwestern Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Meredith College, Morrison Chartwells, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore!


Undergraduate researchers represented Virginia Tech at ACC Meeting of the Minds: Six undergraduate students were selected to present their research at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Meeting of the Minds Conference held recently at Boston College. HNFE senior Momina Khan (who completed a minor in political science) gave a poster presentation titled "Perinexal Expansion in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation." Her mentor is Steven Poelzing, associate professor at VTCRI in the Department of Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health.


April


Matt Hulver presented "Transforming Metabolism and Obesity Research at Virginia Tech" during the HokieTalks held in conjunction with Ut Prosim Society weekend. Watch his talk, as well as others.


Two dietetic interns in Northern Virginia received awards this spring from the local nutrition and dietetics associations:

Alison Webster was honored with the Cindy Reeser Award from the DC Metro Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This $1,000 award recognizes the emerging leadership and achievement of an undergraduate student or dietetic intern who volunteers with DCMAND. 

Holly Johnson was honored with the Jeanette Hilger professional development award from the Northern Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This $500 award is given to one dietetic intern in Northern Virginia to pursue a professional development opportunity of their choosing.

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HNFE's Ashley Cooper and Civil Engineering's Isabelle Stern are running across America this summer to raise awareness and funds in the 4K for Cancer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults! Donation pages are in the article link.


Alex Hyler

The research of Eva Schmelz and graduate student Alex Hyler was featured in VT News. Their research is examining the role of fluid flow in ovarian cancer progression, moving physicians closer to pinpointing a predictor of ovarian cancer, which could lead to earlier diagnosis of what is known as the "silent killer."


Congratulations to Debby Good, who was one of two recipients of a scholarship of teaching and learning award. Since arriving at Virginia Tech in 2006, Debby has been invested in providing experiential learning opportunities to students. Experiential learning through undergraduate research is one of the high-impact practices that Good believes helps all students, and especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, succeed. Diana and Debby will be recognized at the CETL’s Recognition of Teaching Excellence Reception on April 25 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Each will receive a plaque commemorating the award and a $500 prize.


Virginia Tech researchers compare apples and pears, discover link between sex and fat: A team of HNFE researchers has found that a fat cell remodeling (termed as autophagy) pathway was regulated by an estrogen receptor (ERa), which sits on the cell membrane and played a major role in the difference among men and women when it comes to fat build-up. The study, led by Zhiyong Cheng,  was recently published in the journal Cell Death and Disease.


March


Alexandra Hyler

Congratulations to Alexandra Hyler for winning the 2018 Graduate Student of the Year award! Alex is a student in the VT Biotrans program and is co-mentored by Eva Schmelz, Rafael Davalos, and Mark Stremler; she is investigating the role of fluid shear stress on ovarian cancer transformation and progression. In a truly interdisciplinary approach, Alex projects include the engineering of devices that can apply controlled fluid shear stress onto cells, the mathematical modeling of the fluid shear stress, and the biological ramifications on benign and cancer cells. Alex has previously received a Fulbright scholarship and has spent time in the lab of Dr. Henrik Bruus, a specialist in microfluidics and biophysical theory, to generate mathematic models for shear stress on cells and cell aggregates.


January


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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences duo Matthew Eick, a professor in the Department of Environmental Soil Chemistry, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, and Renee Eaton, instructor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Human Nutrition teamed up to lead their second South American expedition into some of the most diverse regions Ecuador has to offer. Here, Eaton (right, forefront) floats with students on the Tiputini River.

During the Winter Session, Matthew Eick (CSES) and Renee Eaton teamed up to lead a study abroad in their second South American expedition into some of the most diverse regions Ecuador has to offer.