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Nutritional Sciences Department Highlights

 

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Ryan Gray and His Research In Idiopathic Scoliosis

One of the zebrafish models resembling idiopathic scoliosis
Idiopathic scoliosis found in a mouse model
OverviewDr. Ryan Gray is the Faculty Spotlight for this month. Dr. Gray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Pediatrics in the Dell Medical School. He received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from UT-Austin, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship ...

SoHE at UT Presidential Inauguration

Dr. Chris Jolly, Nutritional Sciences Associate Professor, took part in the 2021 Presidential Inauguration! As the Graduate Assembly Representative, Dr. Jolly presented President Jay Hartzell with his regalia.To view more about the 2021 Presidential Inauguration and State of the University Address, click here. ...

Mother's Body Weight, Home Environment, & In Utero Risks for Boys

​In the latest Texas Scientist, "Boys and Risk in Utero" features the research of Nutritional Sciences Assistant Professor Elizabeth Widen.  Boys are typically more vulnerable in the womb, and Dr. Widen's research findings suggest that mother's weight and a nurturing home environment could also impa...
Circadian Clock Genes And The Importance of Timing in Aging and Longevity

Circadian Clock Genes And The Importance of Timing in Aging and Longevity

Distinguished Lecturer 2021: Dr. Takahashi's Biography "When we started this, no one had ever used this process before in a mouse to find a gene controlling behavior. They thought it was too risky and complex... like winning the lottery.  by Dr. Joseph Takahashi ​A renowned expert in genetics and neuroscience, Dr. Joseph Taka...

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Jaimie Davis and The Work That She is Doing to Improve Childhood Obesity

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jaimie Davis PhD, RD Dr. Jaimie Davis is the Faculty  Spotlight for this month. Jaimie N. Davis, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a Registered Dietitian and received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences. She currently serves as the Graduate School Committee Chair ...
UT PATHS Study: A study designed to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential transition to at-home work affects physical and mental health.

UT PATHS Study: A study designed to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential transition to at-home work affects physical and mental health.

UT Professional Acute Transition Health Study Millions of people around the globe work in home-based occupations, from tech support to online sales to web-based networking applications. In 2018, approximately 22% of Americans spent all or part of their day working at home. It is often assumed that working at home brings many advantages, including ...
SoHE Graduate Workshop--Monday, October 26th at 9am

SoHE Graduate Workshop--Monday, October 26th at 9am

The School of Human Ecology will be hosting our second graduate student workshop of the Fall 2020 Semester on Monday, October 26th at 9am. This workshop will feature three recent graduates from the School of Human Ecology that went on to careers in Industry. Feel free to join what will certainly be a lively and interesting discussion about making t...
Food: For the Love of Community

Food: For the Love of Community

Have you found yourself running out of recipes during quarantine? The dietetic students from the University of Texas at Austin have you covered. They have created a 70+ page donation-based e-cookbook titled Food: For the Love of Community. Their goal with this cookbook was to provide easy, accessible, and fun recipes for everyone to try and enjoy. ...
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 Partnership for MSNS Online Degree Program

New Partnership for MSNS Online Degree Program

MSNS Online Degree Program is Partnering with edX January, 2020 ​The department of Nutritional Sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with edX to make UT's Nutritional Sciences Master's degree offerings available on the edX platform. The MSNS program is designed to prepare graduates to work in community or education nutrition, corpo...
Heart Health: Support your Heart with the Mediterranean Diet

Heart Health: Support your Heart with the Mediterranean Diet

While it's no secret that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender1, choosing a heart healthy diet can be overwhelming. But what if one of the heart healthy diets available could enable your own gut bacteria to help fight heart disease?The Mediterranean Diet has been long recognized as a cardio...
Nutrition for Diabetes Managment

Nutrition for Diabetes Managment

​By Kristen LaStofka, Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences student at UT AustinHealth Promoting Foods for Type 2 DiabetesDiabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States with 30.3 million people having diabetes and of that 90 to 95% of cases are type 2 diabetes.1 Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is the...
4 Tips to Getting Involved in Public Policy for UT Students

4 Tips to Getting Involved in Public Policy for UT Students

Being within walking distance of the Texas state capitol building has its perks. From taking iconic photos in front of the 311-foot historic building to lounging around on the green lawns of the Texas Capitol Grounds, we can all agree that this landmark building is a centerpiece of Austin and the great state of Texas. It is the influential work tha...
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...
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]...
It's National Nutrition Month!

It's National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month! There are a few fun events being held at or around UT in order to promote health and nutrition.We kicked off the month at Explore UT with both Texas Nutrition and Coordinated Program in Dietetics presentations. Explore UT an annual event focused on bring science, exploration, and discovery to the larg...
To Plant or Not to Plant?

To Plant or Not to Plant?

By Kellen Cantrell, MSNS StudentPlant based, vegetarian, flexitarian, or balanced diet Many individuals are considering diet and lifestyle changes to prevent disease, lose weight, and improve overall health. It is known that increasing vegetable consumption is associated with improved health,1 but does that mean that we should all be vegetarian or ...
Medical School and Nutrition

Medical School and Nutrition

Jessica Wenzel, UT Nutrition graduate and medical student at Dell Med, talks nutrition education.Nutrition is among the hottest current health topics. In addition to being a moderator of chronic disease and a social determinant of health, nutrition spurs curiosity among health professionals and patients alike. In my experience, many physicians valu...
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...