Nutritional Sciences Newsletter

Department News

The College of Health and Human Development recently honored a number of faculty members with the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding instruction and dedication to undergraduate education.

The Penn State Alumni Association's Huddle with the Faculty series kicks off its 24th season Sept. 3 as Connie Rogers, an associate professor in Penn State's Department of Nutritional Sciences, will lead a talk entitled, "Lifestyle Practices for Cancer Prevention: Diet and Exercise Do Matter!" Huddle with the Faculty takes place at The Nittany Lion Inn on the Saturday morning of each home football game during the 2016 season.

Penn State’s Department of Nutritional Sciences students had a 76 percent acceptance rate into dietetic internships for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 application periods, exceeding the national average, and signifying a jump from recent years.

Lowering the risk for heart disease with healthy foods and recommended dietary patterns, monitoring fetal growth in pregnant women, and analyzing the impact of concussions in athletes are just some of the major health questions investigators analyze through studies at the Penn State Clinical Research Center.

The Student Nutrition Association is using a small project grant to distribute recipe cards to area food banks in an effort to make nutritious and affordable meals accessible to families in need.

Shawnee Kelly, instructor and academic adviser in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, is the recipient of the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award for 2015-16 through the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Kelly is currently serving as the Central Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics President.

Penn State graduates make an immediate impact in their careers, and this year’s recipients of the Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award show how.

Zinc levels in breast milk may be able to serve as an indicator of breast function during lactation, according to Penn State health researchers.

The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2015. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 10 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building on the University Park campus.

An excess of bacteria in the gut can change the way the liver processes fat and could lead to the development of metabolic syndrome, according to health researchers.