Nutritional Sciences Newsletter

Department News

Penn State undergraduate student Paige Laughlin has been selected to receive the 2017 Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers' JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award in the technical category.

Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State, is the recipient of the 2018 W. Virgil Brown Distinguished Achievement Award and Lectureship from the National Lipid Association (NLA) and the Foundation of the National Lipid Association. She received her award and presented her research at the NLA Scientific Sessions, held April 26-29 in Las Vegas.

A. Catharine Ross, professor of nutrition and physiology, and head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, spent five months in Tokyo, Japan as a Fulbright lecturer and researcher. Ross taught an advanced nutrition course, gave lectures to graduate students on United States food policies and implications, and presented invited lectures at several universities and research institutes. She also conducted research on the traditional Japanese diet.

Erika Exton, daughter of Ralph Erik Exton and Debra Exton, both of Horsham, Pennsylvania, will be the Health and Human Development college marshal for the spring 2018 commencement ceremony.

Bowen Zheng, a nutritional sciences major, will work at the Student Farm at Penn State this summer to complete his undergraduate field experience. His roles will include learning about food production, applying his nutrition training to develop new materials for the farm, and teaching Community Supported Agriculture members and students in the dining commons about healthy eating and cooking.

Lynn Parker Klees, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year award.

Helen Guthrie, who served for 40 years as a Penn State faculty member, including 14 years as head of the nutrition department, passed away on Feb. 24. She was 92.

Connie Rogers, associate professor of nutrition and physiology in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, has been awarded a scientific research grant by the American Institute for Cancer Research. Rogers' project will examine the effects of exercise and weight maintenance in breast cancer progression and metastases.

Penn State researchers have found that after going through a training program designed to help people control portion sizes, participants still ate larger portions but chose healthier foods, lowering their calorie intake.

The Volumetrics diet plan — developed by Barbara Rolls, professor of nutritional sciences and Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at Penn State — ranks as a No. 2 weight loss plan in U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets of 2018.