FSHN Announces Alumni Impact Award Winners
You are cordially invited to attend the first annual FSHN Alumni Impact Award ceremony on October 21, 2011. Award winners are department alumni who have excelled and made an impact in their professions or in their community. The following alumni have been selected to receive awards:
Nancy Degner is committed to educating the people of Iowa about beef. In particular, she is passionate about educating both professionals and the public about beef cookery. She has worked to develop a public stage for beef by developing a connection with local media outlets. Degner is also passionate about developing the next generation and has been an active speaker to the Scientific Study of Foods class at Iowa State University, educating students on the differences between scientific research and messages from the media.
Degner received a double major in Food Science and Home Economics Education from Iowa State University in 1972. She taught home economics at LeMars Community High School and is currently the Executive Director for the Iowa Beef Industry Council where she is responsible for overseeing all promotion, education and research programs. Degner has received the George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, been named a Friend of the Iowa Dietetic Association and serves on many committees.
Simin Meydani’s research is focused in the area of nutrition, immune response, infectious disease and aging. In particular, her work with vitamins, lipids and minerals on human immune responses has had a tremendous impact in the field. Additionally, she has done stellar translational research going from basic science studies with cells, to pre-clinical studies in laboratory animals and clinical studies with humans. She is passionate about teaching, an excellent mentor both in the laboratory and in the classroom, and has worked to help further the careers of junior faculty, specifically women, in science.
Meydani received her Ph.D. in nutrition from Iowa State University in 1981. She is currently the director of the JM-USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and a professor of nutrition in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, both at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Meydani has been the president of the American Aging Association, received the Robert H. Herman Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Society of Nutrition, and organized many symposia and conferences across the United States.
Justin Moore is a nationally recognized advocate of Physical Therapy practice, education, and research. He has worked tirelessly throughout his career in various capacities to influence public policy in the U.S. Congress, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the National Institutes of Health, and private insurers. He has provided leadership and developed strategies for the American Physical Therapy Association’s public policy agenda, political activities and payment initiatives.
Moore received his B.S. degree (with distinction) in Dietetics from Iowa State University in 1993 and has since gone on to earn both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physical Therapy. He is currently the Vice President of Government Affairs and Payment Advocacy in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Moore received the R. Charles Harker, Esq. Policy Maker Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, Health Policy and Administration Section and has been the President of the Alumni Association of the ISU Tau Sigma chapter of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
Recipients will be honored at a 5:00 pm award ceremony, followed by an all-department barbeque in the Food Sciences Building Courtyard on October 21, 2011. If you are interested in attending, please send $10.00/person for admission to the event (checks payable to Iowa State University) with an RSVP to Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, ATTN Breanna Wetzler, 2312 Food Sciences Building, Ames, IA 50011, by October 18, 2011.
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