4-Week Study Abroad Program Explores Food Systems in Italy

12.11.19

Announcing a 4-week intensive, interdisciplinary program that uses systems thinking and a variety of perspectives to understand how factors, such as culture, policy, diet, and market structure, interact to create environmental, economic, health, and social/equity outcomes. La Dolce Vita: Comparative Food Systems in Italy begins with farm stays in Tuscany – a farm in the […]

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Anne Lund named Fellow of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

10.11.19

Anne Lund, a core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program and senior lecturer in epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND). The designation recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by […]

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Graduate program webinar scheduled for Nov 7

10.10.19

Join us for an hour on November 7 to learn about our graduate-level programs in the Nutritional Sciences Program.  This free, virtual information session is ideal for new or prospective students interested in completing a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS) degree, and the RDN training program (Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics) […]

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Husky cookbook aims to connect UW community through food storytelling

10.01.19

What food or dish best represents you?  Behind every dish lies a great story. A new Husky cookbook project launching this month aims to showcase how our identities are shaped by food traditions and culture.  The project, being led by three graduate students in the Nutritional Sciences Program in the UW School of Public Health […]

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Students honored at program celebration

08.26.19

A day for celebrating On Friday, August 23, we gathered to celebrate the work and achievements of students who will graduate in 2019 from our PhD, master’s, and Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics programs. Poster sessions were presented by candidates who completed concentrations in Medical Nutrition Therapy or Public Health, and students were also individually […]

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Jennifer Otten joins national committee that will examine food waste in the U.S.

08.02.19

Jennifer Otten, an associate professor in environmental and occupational health sciences and nutritional sciences in the UW School of Public Health has joined a new committee formed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), which will conduct a systematic review of consumer food waste and reduction efforts in the United States, and […]

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Jeani Hunt-Gibbon named Outstanding Student in Women’s Health

07.24.19

Jeani Hunt-Gibbon, a graduate student in the Nutritional Sciences Program has been named Outstanding Student in Women’s Health for 2019 by Women’s Health, a Dietetic Practice Group (WH DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The recognition honors Hunt-Gibbon’s work in producing a lecture on nutrition and fertility for her MS Capstone project.  She […]

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Are minimum wage policies likely to affect the food purchases of low-wage workers?

07.23.19

A new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health explores how workers in low-wage jobs connect food and diet to perceptions of health and well-being, and whether a wage increase might influence how they acquire food or the types of food they might purchase. Although many low-wage workers would like to use […]

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Ivory Loh receives Husky Seed Fund for cookbook project

07.09.19

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 […]

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Getting fish to the table

06.06.19

A UW study maps West Coast hot spots where surplus fish could help meet nutrition needs in vulnerable communities As a philosophy-student-turned-fishmonger, Zach Koehn often heard his customers talking about how healthy fish is—and how expensive it can be. Yet Koehn knew cheap fish were available. Some groups, including the Monterey, CA, fish company where […]

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Nutritional sciences student and staff members recognized for excellence

05.16.19

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 […]

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

05.16.19

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 […]

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Position opening for assistant professor in Food Systems

05.15.19

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 […]

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Sarah Forrest awarded 2019 Bonderman Travel Fellowship

05.08.19

Sarah 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, […]

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Why is our bread so white? Dr. Stephen Jones to speak on wheat breeding May 29

04.30.19

Attend a special lecture May 29 featuring Dr. Stephen S. Jones, a plant geneticist and professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University. Dr. Jones will present: “Why is our bread so white? Wheat breeding, white flour and community”. This special lecture will be presented to students in NUTR 241, […]

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So long, sodium: Researchers work with local school districts to prevent heart disease

03.20.19

The hallways and classrooms of Auburn Riverside High School may have been deserted on March 11, but the kitchen was abuzz as more than two dozen food service managers learned fresh approaches to creating healthy meals for students. With kids out of school for a staff development day, cooks from across the school district in […]

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Study points to grocery store gap, inequity in access to healthy foods in the Seattle area

03.20.19

Seattle neighborhoods that are lower income or that have more Black or Hispanic residents have fewer options for healthy foods, more fast food and longer travel times to stores that sell produce, according to a new study by the University of Washington School of Public Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County, in Washington. […]

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Position opening for full time lecturer

03.06.19

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 […]

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Diet drinks linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

02.26.19

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 […]

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Spot urine sodium-to-potassium ratio predicts stroke risk

02.20.19

In an analysis of data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), UW researchers found that individuals with a urinary sodium-to-potassium ratio greater than 1 was associated with a significant 47% increased risk of stroke.  A urine sodium-to-potassium ratio less than 1 may be related to a clinically relevant reduction in stroke risk and is […]

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

01.15.19

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 […]

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

01.10.19

Dr. 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 […]

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

12.11.18

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 […]

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

08.08.18

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 […]

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New Major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

08.03.18

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 […]

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2018-2019 Health Sciences Common Book: Marbles

07.13.18

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, […]

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Rice Less Nutritious as CO2 Levels Rise
– New Study Published

05.23.18

A study published today in Science Advances shows for the first time that rice grown at concentrations of atmospheric CO2 expected by the end of this century has lower levels of four key B vitamins. The findings from an international research team analyzed rice samples from field experiments started by a University of Tokyo professor. […]

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2018 Graduation:
Celebrate Your Success!

05.11.18

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 […]

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2018-2019 Predoctoral Instructor Positions

05.08.18

The Nutritional Sciences Program within the School of Public Health (SPH) invites applications for four Predoctoral Instructor Positions during the Winter 2019 and Spring 2019 quarters. The application deadline is Thursday, May 31. See full details >

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Sharon Feucht – 2018 Washington State Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

04.30.18

At their annual conference, the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND) honored Sharon Feucht, MA, RDN, CD with the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award for 2018. This award is the most prestigious recognition given by WSAND and highlights notable leadership, ability, and service. Ms. Feucht has been with the Nutrition section of […]

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Congratulations Cecilia Pérez, a 2018 Husky 100!

04.12.18

Special congrats to Nutritional Sciences minor Cecilia Pérez, a 2018 Husky 100! The Husky 100 recognizes UW students who are making the most of their Husky Experience by actively connecting what happens in these spheres and applying what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. “As a […]

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SPH News Features Culinary Nutrition Science Course

04.06.18

A recent SPH News story features Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty member Anne-Marie Gloster and her course Culinary Nutrition Science (NUTR 241) in a multimedia format. Read about this joint effort between the Nutritional Sciences Program and UW Housing & Food Services and watch the video where nutrition minors and other students share their immersive […]

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Speaking Event – The Nutrition Transition: How Food Choices Are Made

03.09.18

The Nutritional Sciences Program’s Director Adam Drewnowski will speak Thursday, March 15, at Taylor’s Toulouse University Centre on the nutrition transition. Dr. Drewnowski is the inventor of the Nutrient Rich Foods Index, which rates individual foods based on their overall nutritional value, and the Affordable Nutrition Index, which helps consumers identify affordable healthy foods. Lecture […]

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Close Up: Dr. Jessica Jones-Smith

02.28.18

Featured in this month’s Close Up, Dr. Jessica Jones-Smith is a Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty member and the lead organizer for the Collaborative on Obesity Research & Action (CORA). Read about the journey that brought her here as a strategic hire, her passion for social and economic determinants of health, and the great partners […]

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Food Truck Rodeo: New UW Course Featured in News

02.08.18

New UW Course Fueled by Food Truck Craze Over the last few years, more than 4,700 mobile food vendors have rolled into cities and suburbs across the country. They’re serving up everything from fresh fish tacos and pulled pork sandwiches to Korean BBQ, gluten free quinoa bowls and the always-popular fish and chips. Now, University […]

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ASPPH Highlights Collaborative on Obesity Research and Action (CORA)

01.21.18

In observance of Healthy Weight Week (January 20 – 26), the Association of Schools & Programs in Public Health highlighted what their members are currently doing in regards to the overwhelming levels of obesity around us. This includes our affiliated project, the Collaborative on Obesity Research and Action (CORA) at UW. The recent soda tax study featured here is […]

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Jesse Jones-Smith Co-Leads Study of Soda-Tax Impact on Seattle Health, Economics

12.27.17

Researchers from public health, social work and public policy will examine whether buying and drinking habits change. How will we know if Seattle’s new soda tax, which takes effect Jan. 1, actually reduces the consumption of sugary drinks? University of Washington researchers have been tasked with finding out, under a four-year study funded by the City […]

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IPE December Featured Faculty Member: Michelle Averill

12.14.17

The Nutritional Sciences Program’s core faculty member Michelle Averill is the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (CHSIE)’s featured faculty member of the month. Dr. Averill is a lecturer, researcher, and clinical coordinator for the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics. She is also President Elect for the Northwest Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and […]

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Aligning Food Systems with Nutrition and Health

11.30.17

It’s official! The theme of our Winter 2018 Nutrition Seminar: Aligning Food Systems with Nutrition and Health The challenge of feeding nine billion people in year 2050 is not just about producing sufficient calories. It is about making sure that food systems produce sufficient nutrient-rich foods that are affordable, accessible, culturally appropriate, have low impact on […]

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NSP Faculty Leads Child Care Policy Mapping Effort

11.14.17

Mapping the Policy Landscape: Visualizing Nutrition Regulations in Early Childhood Care and Education This Fall’s issue of design magazine Arcade includes an article by NSP’s Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten in collaboration with Tad Hirsch of Northeastern University. It’s out on newsstands now, and the article itself is available as of today online. Check out their discussion […]

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Now Hiring for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer

11.08.17

The UW Nutritional Sciences Program is hiring for a full-time lecturer or senior lecturer position in the areas of food systems, nutrition, and population health with a special focus in one or more of the following areas: social justice, environmental health, occupational health, culture, human and agriculture sustainability, economics, community food security, and policy. Candidates […]

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Beth Ogata Receives Excellence in Practice Award

11.07.17

Beth Ogata, MS, RD, CSP, CD recently received the Excellence in Practice Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Individuals for this nationally-recognized award were selected by the Academy’s Honors Committee and Board of Directors and given the award on-site at the 2017 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Ms. Ogata received this award for […]

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Dr. Neuhouser Appointed Head of Cancer Prevention Program at Fred Hutch

10.27.17

Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty member and nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Marian Neuhouser was appointed head of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center this month.  

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2017-2018 Health Sciences Common Book: Changing Planet, Changing Health

07.13.17

The Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group has selected this  year’s Health Sciences Common Book: Changing Planet, Changing Health by Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber Students, staff, and faculty in the Schools of Public Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work are asked to read this book over the summer and come […]

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Anne Lund, MPH, RD, received the 2017 Washington State Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award

05.10.17

At their annual conference, the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND) honored Anne Lund, MPH, RD, with the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award for 2017. This award is the most prestigious recognition given by WSAND and highlights notable leadership, ability, and service. Anne is the Director of our Graduate Coordinated Program in […]

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Coffee course serves up lessons in global health, climate change and social justice

01.04.17

The School of Public Health’s article on the new NUTR 490 seminar course, “Coffee: From Cultivation to Cupping” ranked in the school’s top ten articles for 2016.  The course was developed and taught in partnership with UW Housing and Food Services. Go to the article

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Student Profile: Shelly Johnston, MPH/GCPD

11.23.16

Shelly Johnston, a Master of Public Health student in the RD Training Program, was recently featured in a School of Public Health Student Profile. Read her interview to learn about her path to the field of nutrition, why she chose UW, and her work in the MPH program.

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New Autumn 2016 Course: NUTR 141 Introduction to Foods

06.22.16

NUTR 141 Introduction to Foods will examine how foods are used by different people and cultures to deliver nutrients and energy. Students will explore the evolution of the global food supply, food preparation techniques, food patterns, and eating habits as they relate to diets, nutrition, and personal and public health. Instructor: Anne-Marie Gloster, PhD, RD […]

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Dr. Jesse Jones-Smith Joins the Nutritional Sciences Core Faculty

06.14.16

The Nutritional Sciences Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Jesse Jones-Smith, Associate Professor in Health Services, to our core faculty. Dr. Jones-Smith received her PhD in Nutrition Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in 2010 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California–San Francisco and University of California–Berkeley in 2012. She […]

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2016-2017 Health Sciences Common Book: Catching Homelessness

06.10.16

The Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group has selected this year’s Health Sciences Common Book: Catching Homelessness by UW Nursing faculty Josephine Ensign  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 […]

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Dr. Marian Neuhouser takes office as President of the American Society for Nutrition

06.01.16

ASN Press Release: ASN PRESIDENT SEEKS TO UPHOLD THE IMPORTANCE OF EVIDENCE-BASED NUTRITION SCIENCE June 1, 2016—Marian L. Neuhouser takes office as President of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) on June 1. Dr. Neuhouser is a Full Member in the Cancer Prevention Program, Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research […]

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Nutrition Special Topics Course in AUT 2016 – Coffee: From Cultivation to Cupping

04.26.16

NUTR 490 B Coffee: From Cultivation to Cupping will expose students to the study of coffee from multiple perspectives: historical, geographical, environmental, economic, health, social justice, chemical, and sensory. In addition to seminar lectures, students will have the opportunity to hear from voices in the field, including producers in Nicaragua, processors in Seattle, and public […]

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New Spring 2016 Course: NUTR 241 Culinary Nutrition Science

01.20.16

NUTR 241 Culinary Nutrition Science will explore the scientific principles behind modern culinary techniques that transform raw foodstuffs into prepared foods that are both appealing and have nutritional value. Looking at foodstuffs as combinations of solids, liquids, and gases, students will analyze the physical and chemical forces that contribute to creating an edible and desirable […]

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Dr. Scott Ickes Joins the Nutritional Sciences Program Core Faculty

08.31.15

The Nutritional Sciences Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Ickes, Assistant Professor, to our core faculty. Dr. Ickes received his PhD in Nutrition Intervention and Policy, with a minor in Epidemiology, from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in 2010 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in […]

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2015-2016 Health Sciences Common Book: The New Jim Crow

08.16.15

The Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group has selected this year’s Health Sciences Common Book: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.  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 2015-2016 […]

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Student Project Examines Limited Time for Lunch at School

06.23.15

Elementary school students in Seattle don’t get enough time to finish their lunch, according to research from our Nutritional Sciences students. Eighteen graduate students in Donna Johnson’s Public Health Nutrition Class, working with instructor Mary Podrabsky, spent winter quarter documenting the lack of lunch time at seven city schools. They found students had only 12 […]

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Close Up – A Look at the People of SPH: Jennifer Otten

04.23.15

Jennifer Otten, Assistant Professor and expert on food systems, is featured in April’s SPH Close Up. How much food do we throw away? About one out of every four grocery bags, says food expert Jennifer Otten. Read her interview to  find out what we can do to reduce our waste.

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New Autumn 2015 Course: NUTR 420 Global Nutrition

04.17.15

There has been a changing landscape in nutrition over the past five years, with more attention on the burden of chronic undernutrition as a major impediment to development. There is an increased appreciation of the potential to prevent undernutrition and improve nutrition through multi-sectoral approaches that address not only the most immediate factors of poor […]

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New Publication: “Healthy Nutrition: From Farm to Fork”

04.09.15

Jamie Bachaus, NSP MPH student, and Jennifer Otten, NSP Assistant Professor, guest authored the March 2015 issue of Elevate Health, the quarterly research digest of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The issue explores the link between public health and food systems and looks at recent evidence on how the US food system […]

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Accepting Applications for Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (WOT)

03.01.15

The Nutritional Sciences Program and Department of Health Services at the University of Washington seek to fill one or two full-time (100% FTE) faculty positions with an emphasis in nutrition at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (WOT) with an anticipated start date of fall, 2015.

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