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Ivory Loh receives Husky Seed Fund for cookbook project

Ivory Loh
MPH student Ivory Loh receives 2019 Husky Seed Fund award to produce a Husky Cookbook

Ivory Loh, a graduate student in the Nutritional Sciences Program has been awarded the 2019 Husky Seed Fund to produce a Husky Cookbook, a collection of recipes gathered from UW students, staff and faculty. The project aims to unite members across the broader UW community through food and their stories told through food.

Loh’s hope for the project goes beyond the recipes.  She envisions the cookbook will showcase the diversity of students, staff, and faculty across all UW campuses, as well as encourage individuals to dialogue and connect around how our identities are shaped by food traditions and culture.  She also hopes the project will promote cooking and sharing of meals.

The Husky Seed Fund supports innovative ideas by students that are inclusive, impactful, and inventive to the UW.

“What drew me to this university and what I ultimately want to leave here with is meaningful connections with the diverse members of our UW community,” says Loh.  “That is ultimately the purpose of the Husky Cookbook.”

Loh is currently forming a project team and expects to begin promoting the project some time in fall 2019.   The cookbook is expected to be available in both print and digital formats in spring 2020.

Ivory Loh is pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) with the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) at the UW School of Public Health (SPH).  Other SPH students connected with the project include: Emahlea Jackson (MPH, GCPD), and Erin McDonnel (MS, GCDP). Anne-Marie Gloster, a core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program and lecturer in epidemiology with the UW School of Public Health is serving as project mentor.

Nutritional sciences student and staff members recognized for excellence

Congratulations to Lindsay Beck, Kristin Elko, and Emahlea Jackson who were honored May 15 at the 2019 School of Public Health Excellence Awards.  Each year, the School recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievement of students, faculty and staff throughout the School of Public Health departments and programs.

2019 SPH Excellence Award Recipients for Nutritional Sciences

  • Lindsay Beck, Outstanding Master’s Student – Nutritional Sciences
  • Kristin Elko, Outstanding Staff – Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Emahlea Jackson, Outstanding TA
School of Public Health Excellence Award Winners for Nutritional Sciences 2019
From left to right: Lindsay Beck, Kristin Elko, Emahlea Jackson

Lindsay Beck is a graduate student in our Master of Public Health and Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics and was recognized for her work marshalling an impressively large qualitative dataset in a very short timeframe to prepare a manuscript for inclusion in a special food security issue of Translational Behavioral Medicine.

Kristin Elko is the undergraduate adviser for nutritional sciences, providing support for students in our undergraduate programs. Since joining the Nutritional Sciences team in 2014, Elko has made a significant contribution in helping facilitate the growth of our undergraduate programs, including the new major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health which began enrolling students earlier this year.

Emahlea Jackson a Master of Public Health student, is a teaching assistant for Anne-Marie Gloster’s course NUTR 241: Culinary Nutrition Science and is recognized for her excellent classroom management skills, proficiency with learning technologies, and for her ability to grade with fairness.

Join us in congratulating Lindsay, Kristin, and Emahlea!

King County small and mid-sized farms could benefit with direct marketing support, according to report

Identifying Direct Market Opportunities and Challenges for King County Farm Businesses: A Strategic Initiative of King Conservation District
Read the full PDF report: Identifying Direct Market Opportunities and Challenges for King County Farm Businesses: A Strategic Initiative of King Conservation District

King County farmers who sell direct to consumers, restaurants, and institutions could benefit by receiving support for direct marketing resources, according to a new report [PDF] published last week by the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition (CPHN).

The study was sponsored by King Conservation District (KCD), a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington State, and aimed to understand the current state of King County’s direct market farm economy, and the perceived challenges and areas of opportunities where farmers could use support in relation to direct marketing.

The study found that most King County farmers wanted to expand their direct market customer base and sales and that on-farm sales, farmers markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) comprised the greatest percent of sales for farmers. Farmers appreciated these markets for the relationships they create between customers, the community, and farmers and because they can return greater profit margins, however farmers felt they could do better with more marketing and advertising support and better consumer education about the value of their products.

Lina Pinero Walkinshaw, a research scientist on the project says, “People who have seen the report thus far have been excited to hear the results, and feel the report resonates with what they’ve experienced and have heard in the community.”  So far, the project team has heard from KCD, representatives at King County, and other farm and agricultural stakeholders.

UW researchers surveyed King County farmers in 2018 as part of this project to determine their specific market needs and challenges and to identify strategies farmers could use to scale up their businesses and establish sustainable business models.

King County farmers who sell directly to consumers include markets such as:  farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), pick-your-own operations, on-farm sales, and roadside stands. The report also examines King County farmers’ experience selling directly to schools, hospitals, grocery stores, and restaurants.

Jennifer Otten, associate professor and principal investigator for the project, anticipates King County, the City of Seattle, as well as other agricultural stakeholders in the region, including state and local farmers market groups will find this report useful. Otten has also found that there is increased recognition that these markets could help some farmers survive, succeed, and grow in a risky and competitive business environment.

Researchers expect the findings will be used to inform future grant initiatives and strategic initiatives, as well as to support KCD in brainstorming with partners how to best support farmers to grow a strong direct market economy.

Authors contributing to this report include Lina Pinero Walkinshaw, a research scientist with the Center for Public Health Nutrition, Emilee Quinn, a research coordinator with Center for Public Health Nutrition, and Jennifer Otten, a researcher with the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition, and an associate professor in environmental and occupational health sciences and nutritional sciences.

Learn more about the project and read the report

Position opening for assistant professor in Food Systems

The Nutritional Sciences Program within the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for one full-time (100% FTE) faculty position at the rank of assistant professor without tenure (WOT) with an anticipated start date of October 2019 or later by negotiation.

This position will be a member of the core instructional team for the Program’s recently launched Bachelor of Arts degree in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will teach a required food systems modeling course (NUTR 402) and participate in curriculum development and instruction in research methods or other areas to support the major. At the graduate level, this position is expected to regularly mentor MS and MPH thesis projects and may participate in developing food systems curricula for graduate students.

The successful applicant will be appointed to the faculty in a School of Public Health department, either Epidemiology or Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Sarah Forrest awarded 2019 Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Sarah ForrestSarah Forrest, a Public Health—Global Health Major and Nutrition Minor, has been awarded a 2019 Bonderman Travel Fellowship.  The Fellowship funds an eight-month solo trip for Forrest which must include travel to at least two regions and six countries around the world.

Through this fellowship, Forrest hopes to travel to Brazil, Peru, Chile, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and China to explore foods across different countries and the role of food within cultures and religions.

She hopes to develop more globalized—and less western-centered—knowledge and beliefs surrounding food, nutrition, and health.  Specifically, she aims to explore multicultural perspectives and approaches to understanding and attaining health in different regions of the world.

Forrest is one of eighteen Bonderman Travel Fellows selected.  Each year a select group of UW students are provided a rare opportunity to independently travel the world as Bonderman Fellows.  David Bonderman, a UW alumnus, created the Bonderman Fellowship in 1995, which has funded life-changing global journeys for more than 280 students.

After completing her travels and working for a few years, Forrest plans to earn a master’s degree in Public Health and pursue a career in the global health field.


Learn more about the 2019 Bonderman Travel Fellowship recipients

Story edited: July 3, 2019

Position opening for full time lecturer

The Nutritional Sciences Program invites applications for one full-time position at the rank of lecturer or senior lecturer (non-tenure track, 12-month renewable appointment) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The successful applicant will be appointed to the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and the rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Diet drinks linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

Diet drinks, such as Diet Coke and diet fruit juice, are linked to an increased risk for stroke, and are particularly associated with blood clots of the small arteries, according to a new study published today in Stroke.

The study was co-authored by Shirley Beresford, senior associate dean and professor of epidemiology and a core faculty member in nutritional sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health. It was led by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.

Researchers looked at 81,715 women ages 50 to 79, who enrolled at 40 clinical sites across the United States between 1994 and 1998. The study found that compared with those who never or rarely drank diet beverages, women who drank two or more artificially sweetened drinks a day had a 31 percent increased risk of ischemic stroke, which occurs when a vessel supplying blood to the brain is blocked.

Continue reading:  Full story available on the UW School of Public Health website.

Alumni, faculty, community partners to gather to celebrate new major

Invited guests including Nutritional Sciences alumni, faculty and community partners will gather January 24 to help celebrate the program’s new major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health.

The event will be co-hosted by the Nutritional Sciences Program and June Bartell (BS ’79) and Kathy Kingen (BS ’79). The event offers an opportunity for guests to reconnect with classmates, catch up with faculty, meet new students and network with community partners.

More information

Nutritional Sciences faculty member listed among world’s most highly cited researchers for 2018

Marian NeuhouserDr. Marian Neuhouser, a core faculty member in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program has been recognized among the world’s most highly cited researchers for 2018.  Clarivate Analytics published their Highly Cited Researchers list which lists Neuhouser in the Social Sciences, general category.

Researchers were selected for their exceptional research performance, determined by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for their field and year in Web of Science.  The list includes scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist and an affiliate professor in epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health.  She is Program Head in the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch, and an alumna (‘96) of the UW Nutritional Sciences Program.

WIN 2019 Seminar: Aquatic Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

The theme for our WIN 2019 seminar is Aquatic Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health.

Food production can occur on land or under water. Aquatic food systems comprise fresh and saltwater resources, include wild and farmed aquatic organisms, and encompass outdoor and indoor systems, such as hydroponics and aquaponics. There is growing demand for knowledge about aquatic food systems and their management, both in Pacific Northwest and worldwide.

The Nutritional Sciences Winter 2019 Seminar explores the range of issues facing aquatic food systems, in the contexts of nutrition, health, and health equity. Critical issues include tribal fishing rights, overfishing, pollution, loss of biodiversity, environmental impact of fish farms, labor issues, and the threat of global warming and climate change.

The seminar is open to all UW students, faculty and staff. Students may register for NUTR 400 (SLN 18256, undergraduates) or NUTR 500 (SLN 18265, graduates).

The schedule of speakers is available here.