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Feeding Austin

Feeding Austin

Students may not be cooking in Gearing Hall, the iconic home of UT Nutrition, but that doesn't stop food production! UT's Department of Nutritional Sciences is providing crucial space in our teaching kitchens for a special project designed to provide meals for the healthcare workers in the Austin area and surrounding community.The project is being ...
Dairy Consumption Linked to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

Dairy Consumption Linked to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

​By: Briana Granado. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.1 It affects men and women equally. Overall, the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer has decreased thanks to effective screening measures, early interventions, and better treatment options. However, the incidence of colorectal cancer ...
New Insights on Pregnancy and Obesity

New Insights on Pregnancy and Obesity

​The foods and nutrients a woman consumes while pregnant have important health implications for her and her baby. At Nutrition 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, University of Texas at Austin researchers shared new findings about the impacts of a mother's diet during pregnancy and after the baby is born.N...
Learning for the Real World

Learning for the Real World

The University of Texas at Austin expects its graduates to change the world. But, in an ever-changing world, that means preparing students in ways that are mindful of where educational approaches may need to change to remain relevant and aligned with modern needs of communities, industries and families.

How Improved Nutrition Could Decrease Risk of Cancer

How Improved Nutrition Could Decrease Risk of Cancer

Today, obesity reigns as one of the leading risk factors for chronic diseases, including certain types of cancers, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic inflammation. Over the past 40 years there has been a remarkable epidemic that has shown greater prevalence of early-onset and persistent obesity among young adults [1]...
Nutrition Research Retreat: Event Spotlight

Nutrition Research Retreat: Event Spotlight

By Brittany Harlow, Doctoral Student in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at AustinWith a new Data Blitz activity, this year's Nutrition Research Retreat proved even more engaging and interactive than the last. The program commenced with a talk by the newly appointed Dean of the College of Natural Sciences Dr. Paul Goldba...
Ben Lecomte: The Longest Swim

Ben Lecomte: The Longest Swim

​It all began with an article in the Austin-American Statesman about Ben Lecomte's brave attempt to swim the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness of the increasing pollution filling our world's water resources. Dr. Molly Bray was teaching Sports Nutrition at the time, and she invited Ben to visit a class to describe the various challenges he would...
A Growing Need For Health Professionals: Nutritional Education

A Growing Need For Health Professionals: Nutritional Education

Gut microbiome, nutrigenomics, vitamin supplements, omega-9 fatty acids, gluten free, GMO: we are all bombarded with these terms—and so many other—on a daily basis when we talk with friends, listen to the media, and even glance at an advertisement. The public routinely turns to health care or wellness professionals to understand what these nutritio...
Homeschooling for professionals

Homeschooling for professionals

Registered nurse Angie Cook lives near Dallas, but she is attending The University of Texas at Austin – from a desk at home. 

Cook is one of the students accepted to the Department of Nutritional Sciences' new online master's program, the first accredited online degree from the College of Natural Sciences.

Obesity in Pregnancy Impairs Children’s Brain Development

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Children born to overweight or obese women face long-term neurological impairment—specifically in verbal ability—according to research recently published online in Maternal and Child Nutrition.

13 School Gardens Covered by Donation


Building the next 13 school gardens in the Austin area will be a snap for TX Sprouts, thanks to a Whole Kids Foundation donation of almost $60,000.

Undergrads Present at International Conference

When undergraduates conduct original research, they experience far more than the joy of pipetting and mixing solutions.

Authoring Papers with Wide Impact

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After contributing to over 100 peer-reviewed publications while on the faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, it is not surprising that Dr. Jeanne Freeland-Graves has one of the most highly cited papers in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Better Health Can Start at School

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Veteran reporter Leslie Rhode recently tagged along with Dr. Jaimie Davis and the Texas Sprouts program as they worked with children at Oak Meadows Elementary.  On that day, the fifth graders learned to distinguish whole from processed foods as well as make small caprese salads with basil harvested from their school garden.

Nutrition’s Past President

Dr. Lorene Rogers, President of UT Austin, as she appeared in The Alcalde in Nov 1974


Although biochemist Lorene Rogers (1914-2009) received her doctorate from UT Austin, the Chemistry Department refused to hire her as as a professor—and tried to pay her half as a lecturer—because she was a woman. She did find a professorship, however, in what was then known as the Department of Home Economics (School of Human Ecology).

Dietetics Grad Heads to Med School

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Nutrition is being recognized more and more as great preparation for the medical profession. Recent graduate Jessica Reynoso knows this: she is one of the select students accepted to Dell Medical School's historic first class. Only 50 students (about 1% of applicants) were admitted to the program.

Faculty Member Honored by Alumni

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After only six years at UT, Dr. Laura Lashinger has already been nominated by former students to be one of this year's Texas 10.  The Texas 10 is an exclusive group of faculty honored by alumni each year for their dedication and enthusiasm.