The SAES’s Food and Nutritional Sciences Club is going to put finishing touches on National Nutrition Month with two days promoting community health and fitness Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, at Shiloh Baptist Church (1210 S. Eugene Street in Greensboro). The Shiloh Baptist Church Health Ministry is collaborating with the SAES to provide students an opportunity for hands-on experience in a community health outreach. On March 29 there will be a Career and Fitness Expo for middle and high school students, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., that will include workshops, food, games and door prizes.
On Saturday, March 29, there will be a Health Fair for people of all ages. It includes a "Fun Run/Walk," health screenings, educational talks, healthy cooking demonstrations, vendors, activities for children and Q&A sessions with dietitians and physicians from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration for the "Fun Run/Walk" begins at 7:45 a.m. and the action gets underway at 9 a.m.
The Health Fair will also have complete information about the American Health Care Association (AHCA) available, along with insurance providers who can assist families and individuals without health insurance in signing up for affordable coverage.
Exhibitors with information and vendors with products in step with the health fair theme "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right and the Energy in Moving More" can submit an application for table or booth space to Dr. Patricia Lynch of the SAES’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, who coordinates the dietetics program and is faculty advisor for the Food and Nutritional Sciences Club. The application deadline for exhibitors has been extended to March 24.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics makes March National Nutrition Month each year by coordinating a nutrition education campaign that focuses public attention on the importance of informed food choices, sound eating and physical activity.
The book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by a New York Times investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation into the dangers of contaminated meat, has been selected as A&T’s "Text in Community" book for the 2013-14 academic year. A National Public Radio (NPR) review of Salt Sugar Fat says that author Michael Moss "goes inside the world of processed and packaged foods," and "details how those three ingredients [salt, sugar and fat] became key to the success of processed and packaged foods — and how they are fueling the nationwide obesity epidemic…." NPR also says that Moss makes a case that the processed food industry is "Employing scientists to dissect elements of the palate and tweak ratios of salt, sugar and fat to optimize taste, [and has] hooked consumers on their products the same way the cigarette industry hooked smokers on nicotine."
A&T faculty, staff and students will be reading and discussing Salt Sugar Fat during the 2013-14 academic year, and the book will be incorporated into coursework and extracurricular activities. SAES faculty, staff and students will have added incentives to pick up a copy for summer reading so they’ll be ready next fall. On other campuses that have made the equivalent of a "Text in Community" selection, researchers, instructors and students specializing in foods and nutrition have been frequently called upon to moderate group and panel discussions.
Midnight on the twelfth of May is the entry deadline for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s "2013 Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown." The prizes for the "tastiest and most unique grilled cheese masterpieces" this year include a $4,000 gourmet cookware set and a $1,000 MasterCard Gift Card for the first-place "Gold Skillet Award"; $500 Williams-Sonoma gift cards for the two second-place "Silver Spatula" winners; and $100 Williams-Sonoma gift cards for the eight Bronze Butter Knife Award winners who come in third. There will be Wisconsin cheese basket for all prize winners. Last year’s top prize went to a South Carolinian whose gouda-and-provolone-grill was spiced up with arugula, spinach, fresh blackberries and bacon. Second place, which came from upstate New York, was for a grilled sandwich that complemented sharp cheddar with a Granny Smith apple and barbecued pulled pork. Third place went to another South Carolinian, for a recipe that congeals shrimp, smoked sausage and other "Low Country Boil" ingredients with Gruyère and cream cheese.
The National Science Foundation is providing funding for a project that will bring together 12 emerging “next gen” communicators and 12 early career scholars to come up with new approaches to communicating science and policy issues to general audiences. The individuals selected will work together — in four-day workshops in Washington in October and in Arizona next May — to fuse the creative processes that drive scientific research and innovative writing into an article or essay for general audiences, suitable for one of the nationally distributed publications collaborating in the project.
The project website’s answer to the question, "Are you a next-gen scholar?” indicates that while applicants should have doctorates in a scientific field, and preference will be given to applicants who have received their doctorates since 2006 and are not in tenured positions.
The Center for Science Policy and Outcomes, which is administering the "To Think, To Write, To Publish Program" will be accepting applications for the 2012 program until June 15.
Talia Carroll, a graduate assistant with the Office of Multicultural Programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, will be giving a presentation on undergraduate research and graduate school opportunities that will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Room A-14 of the C.H. Moore Agricultural Research Station. All SAES students interested in details about undergraduate research and graduate study at Penn State are invited to attend Carroll’s presentation, which is sponsored by the A&T chapter of the student organization Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS).
Refreshments will be served. Additional details on the program are available from the SAES MANRRS chapter president for the 2011-12 academic year, James Totton or from chapter faculty advisors: Drs. Tracy Hanner or Paula Faulkner.
Representatives from the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will be on campus Nov. 14 and 15 to talk with SAES students about internships and employment opportunities. The Kentucky Extension Service representatives coming to Greensboro will also be joining SAES students and faculty for several classes during their visit.
Students will have two time spans to schedule 15-minute appointments for discussions of employment opportunities, internships and graduate study with the representatives from Kentucky Cooperative Extension: 3-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 and 1:30 – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. SAES students who are interested in scheduling an appointment should contact the SAES faculty coordinator for the visit, Dr. Antoine Alston of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, 336.334.7711.
At the invitation of A&T’s Office of Career Services, representatives from more than 40 graduate, medical, law, nursing and professional schools will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 9, to discuss programs, financial aid and the application process at the institutions or consortiums they represent. The Office of Career Services “2010 Graduate & Professional School Fair” will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the Memorial Student Union’s Stallings Ballroom. A list of participating universities and consortiums that will be coming is available at the Office of Career Services website. All SAES students are welcome. Those attending should bring along BANNER ID numbers and copies of their resumes. Professional dress is strongly recommended.
The SAES’s 2011 Research Apprentice Program for 20 top-notch high school students came to a grand finale on Friday, July 24. The research apprentices, who have been working closely with SAES research scientists on a project for the past four weeks, made presentations and discussed what their new grasp on a branch of science few high school students are exposed to.
This year’s RAP geographic range was from Maryland to Georgia, with the spike in North Carolina, home state of 17 of the 20 RAP students.
The range of subjects for research projects was equally broad: from agroforestry to genetic markers for livestock apt to produce twins, to dietary fiber, biodiesel and antimicrobial properties of onions. The closing ceremonies program listing of 2011 RAP students — complete with projects, hometowns and faculty mentors — is now available on the SAES website.
A&T’s Office of Career Services is bringing more than 300 corporate recruiters, and representatives from government agencies and other employers to campus for the Spring Career Fair at Corbett Sports Center on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. SAES students’ faculty mentors should note that the list of recruiters coming to campus includes a number of agribusiness firms, several state and federal agencies such as the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, food processing firms such as General Mills, and employers with internship as well as employment opportunities. Students attending the Career Fair are advised to dress professionally for the occasion, and to bring along their Banner ID numbers as well as neat and typo-free copies of their resumes.
SAES undergraduates interested in presenting conclusions and discoveries from a research project at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, to submit abstracts of 175-200 words. Meredith College in Raleigh will be hosting the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 20, and submissions are invited from undergraduates at all 53 state and private colleges and universities and from students at North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. Abstracts may be built around proposed oral or poster presentations.
Dr. Lizette Sanchez-Lugo, an SAES assistant professor in Family and Consumer Sciences and the interim director of the University’s Institute for Public Health, is one of 100 instructors and doctoral-level students in nutrition, food science, pharmacology and other health-related disciplines who have been accepted for the National Institutes of Health’s Dietary Supplement Research Practicum in early June. Experts from the NIH, and federal regulatory agencies and research institutions will be leading participants through five days of intensive study of the substances that can supply additional vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to the human diet.
Lugo also recently received a letter of notification from N. C. State Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight notifying her that she has been reappointed to the 15-member Minority Health Advisory Council ((MHAC) for a term that expires in 2012. The MHAC was established by the N.C. General Assembly in the early 1990s to examine financing and access to health services that lead to health disparities in racial and ethnic minorities, and other underserved populations.