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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.

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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.

Cultivating Sustainable Food Systems to Improve Nutrition, Health, and Equity

The theme for our AUT 2018 seminar is Cultivating Sustainable Food Systems to Improve Nutrition, Health, and Equity.

Food systems contribute to and are affected by the major unsustainability crises of our time, both in the U.S. and globally. These challenges include malnutrition and food-related diseases; labor and immigration; international trade; poverty and inequality; and climate change and loss of natural resources, including wasted food. Each issue is complex and further complicated by rapidly evolving political, social, and ecological uncertainty.

How do food systems reorient toward sustainability—and even resilience—in the face of great uncertainty? The Nutritional Sciences Autumn 2018 Seminar explores the intersections and relationships needed to foster equitable, climate-smart, nutrient-rich, and productive food systems. Invited experts from UW and beyond represent highlights from interdisciplinary research and practice critical for promoting sustainable food systems, nutrition, health, and equity.

The seminar is open to all UW students, faculty and staff. Students may register for NUTR 400 (SLN 19324, undergraduates) or NUTR 500 (SLN 19330, graduates).

The schedule of speakers will be available here in late summer.

New Major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

The Nutritional Sciences Program will offer a new major this year to undergraduate students interested in the connections between food systems, nutrition, and health. A food system is an interconnected web of activities that includes food supply chains, the food environment, and consumer behaviors, all operating within a larger socioeconomic and geopolitical context. Many of the world’s daunting nutrition and health challenges – including malnutrition, stunting and wasting, the rise of obesity, rampant food waste, food-borne diseases, and antibiotic resistance – can be viewed as consequences of malfunctioning or broken food systems.

A Bachelor of Arts in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health (FSNH) was approved in July. Student applications will be accepted in autumn quarter 2018 for enrollment in winter quarter 2019.

The major will feature an interdisciplinary core curriculum of six courses that provide perspectives and tools to enable students to dissect the ways in which changes in any number of aspects of food systems will affect nutrition and health outcomes. Four of the core courses already exist and together engage students in food systems thinking ranging from personal nourishment and health to the ways in which food is grown and raised and from how food access and availability affects consumer behaviors to food systems policy development and effectiveness.

Two new courses were developed to complete the core sequence: one on food systems modeling was developed with the College of Engineering and the second is a capstone course that will be a culminating experience for students to develop solutions to real-world food systems issues.

Electives will be offered through the School of Public Health, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Built Environments, College of the Environment, Foster School of Business, College of Education, School of Law, School of Nursing, and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

Learn more about the new major.

2018-2019 Health Sciences Common Book: Marbles

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney

Each year, the Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group selects a common book that will engage students from across the health sciences in substantive, interprofessional dialogue about pressing topics related to health equity and social justice.​ Students, staff, and faculty in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work are asked to read this book over the summer and come prepared to participate in the 2018–2019 Health Sciences Common Book Series. The Common Book Series will include workshops and lectures that invite Health Sciences community members to dialogue about the book and the issues it raises and to build skills to address the challenges and opportunities that exist when managing the health of individuals and populations. The Common Book Series provides a shared framework for inter-professional dialogue with the goal of creating collaborative health professionals.

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me is a graphic memoir that explores mental health and the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” and will spark thoughtful discussion across the departments and programs of the UW Health Sciences.

Visit the website or Facebook page and sign up for the Common Book listserv to stay up-to-date on the schedule for the series.

University of Washington Commencement

2018 Graduation:
Celebrate Your Success!

The Nutritional Sciences Program/GCPD’s celebration is set for August 17 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House.

Save the dates, and get your celebration smiles ready!

At the Nutritional Sciences Program, many of our students graduate after completing practice experience in the Summer, so we enjoy an extended celebration period, beginning with UW’s Commencement June 9, all the way through mid-August.

Note for Students

Please check in with your advisors for relevant deadlines.

The 2018 School of Public Health Graduation Celebration is Sunday, June 10, at Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed Pavilion). It’s the biggest School-wide event of the year, with more than 3,000 people expected to attend. This is an inspiring event, and a great way to send off the next generation of changemakers. Dr. Benjamin Danielson, senior medical director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, is this year’s speaker. Dubbed the “quiet hero of health care” by The Seattle Times, Dr. Danielson is known for his upstream solutions to improving health and social justice.

The Nutritional Sciences Program/GCPD’s celebration is set for August 17 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House. Save the dates, and get your celebration smiles ready! See a set of consolidated links and timelines for UW Commencement, SPH Celebration, and NSP/GCPD Celebration on the page linked below.

More details on graduation events >


*Note: Ben Danielson will also give the UW Commencement speech on June 9, the day before the SPH Graduation Celebration. At the SPH Graduation Celebration, Dr. Danielson will speak directly to SPH students about the value of a public health perspective in confronting some of the greatest challenges of our time.