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Awards and Kudos

Achterberg to Lead Iowa State's College of Human Sciences

Dr. Cheryl Achterberg, founding dean of the Schreyer Honors College and professor at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, recently became the inaugural dean of the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.

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The College of Human Sciences was founded on July 1, bringing together the departments and programs formerly housed in the colleges of Education and Family and Consumer Sciences.


Achterberg has served as founding dean of the Schreyer Honors College since 1998, and was acting dean for one year prior to that. She also is a professor in the Nutritional Sciences Department at Penn State, as well as an affiliate professor in the School of Information Sciences Technology and an affiliate professor of education theory and policy in the College of Education.


Achterberg served as co-director of the Penn State Nutrition Center from 1985 to 1991, and director from 1992 to 1996. She also has been an assistant professor and associate professor at Penn State. She has researched nutrition education among children and adolescents, as well as low-income, low-literate, older and minority populations. Congratulations, Cheryl!


Happy 20th Anniversary CeSSIAM

Dr. Noel Solomons, founder and director of the CeSSIAM (Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment Aging and Metabolism), and friends celebrated its 20th anniversary in Guatemala City in July. CeSSIAM is at the forefront in studying ways to improve nutrition in developing countries.


Gupta Wins World Food Prize

Mondadugu W. Gupta, an Indian scientist, has been named winner of the $250,000 World Food Prize for his work to enhance nutrition for over one million people, mostly very poor women, through the expansion of aquaculture and fish farming in South and Southeast Asia and Africa.

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Dr. Gupta was selected for this honor based on his work over 3 decades at the World Fish Center, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) of the World Bank. As a result of Dr. Gupta's efforts, freshwater fish production has risen dramatically in these countries by as much as 3 to 5 times. Dr. Gupta developed unique methods of fish farming, requiring little cost while causing no environmental damage. As a result, landless farmers and poor women have turned a million abandoned pools, roadside ditches, seasonally flooded fields, and other bodies of water into mini-factories churning out fish for food and income. Keen to duplicate the success achieved in Asia, Dr. Gupta is working with a growing number of African countries to implement similar measures.


Movers and Shakers

Woteki Goes to Mars (the Company, that is!)

Catherine Woteki, dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University since 2002, and formerly Under Secretary of Food Safety at the US Department of Agriculture, is the new Global Director of Scientific Affairs at Mars, Incorporated, located in McLean, Virginia. Woteki is a nutritional epidemiologist, and prior to becoming Dean, she served as a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park, and professor of nutrition and food safety at the University of Nebraska. From 1997 to 2001, she was first Under Secretary for food safety in the US Department of Agriculture. Woteki is active in several scientific organizations and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Institute of Medicine. She also adorns the Nutrition Today Editorial Advisory Board. Congratulations, Cathie, and we are expecting you to provide our Halloween candy treats!!!

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David Lineback Retires From JIFSAN

Dr. David Lineback, the first full-time Director of The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), retired on September 30th and moved to North Carolina. JIFSAN was established between the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the University of Maryland (UM) in April 1996. The Institute is a jointly administered, multidisciplinary research and education program and includes research components from the FDA Centers for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and UM JIFSAN was founded in 1996 and first funded in 1997. Lineback will continue doing some work for JIFSAN with a part-time appointment continuing with a primary emphasis in the international area of its programs.

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Robert Fischer Leads ILSI North America

Robert W. Fisher, PhD, is the new Executive Director of ILSI North America. Most recently, he spent 4 years at John I. Hass, Inc., a privately owned global grower, trader, and processor of hops, where he served as a corporate officer, senior vice president of new business development and technology. Previously, he spent 18 years at Campbell Soup Company where he began his career in product and technology development, ultimately moving up to vice president of research and development, part of the executive management team, and a member of Campbell's senior leadership team.


In addition to Dr. Fisher's industry experience, he has been a visiting lecturer at both Rutgers and Temple Universities, and he continues to hold an adjunct faculty position at Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ, where he lectures on nutrition.


West Named Graham Professor at Hopkins

Keith P. West, Jr., DrPH, MPH, RD, was installed as the inaugural George G. Graham Professor in Infant and Child Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. West is a professor with the Department of International Health and its Center for Human Nutrition and is well known for his work on vitamin A in infants and children, especially in developing countries.

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In Memoriam

William J. Maganity

William J "Bill" Maganity of Galveston, Texas, who was one of the pioneers in obstetrical nutrition, died recently after a long and productive clinical and teaching career at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Galveston.



American Public Health Association 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition.


November 5-9, 2005

Location TBA


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Third Annual World Congress on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome


November 12-19, 2005

Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA.


For more information, contact Nava Mekel; 818 342-1889


International Life Sciences Institute 1st International Conference on Nutrigenomics: Opportunities in Asia.


December 7-9, 2005



For more information, contact Veronita Rusli; 65 6352-5220; fax 65 6352-5536; or go to:


3rd Cachexia Conference.


December 8-10, 2005

Rome, Italy.


For more information, contact F Rossi Fanelli at or go to


The American Society for Cell Biology 45th Annual Meeting.


December 10-14, 2005

San Francisco, CA.


For more information, contact ASCB; 301 347-9300;;


American Heart Association Conference. Obesity, Lifestyle, and Cardiovascular Disease Symposium.


January 18-20, 2006

Washington, DC.


For more information, contact American Heart Association National Center or


The 1st World Congress on Gender-Specific Medicine. Men, Women, and Medicine: A New View of the Biology of Sex/Gender Differences and Aging.


February 23-26, 2006

Berlin, Germany.


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Books and Media Received

Terrors of the Table: the Curious History and Nutrition. Walter Gratzer, Oxford University Press; 2005. $30.00; ISBN: 0-19-2806610.


Beverages in Nutrition and Health. Edited by Ted Wilson and Norman J. Temple, Humana Press; 2005. ISBN: 1-59259-415-8.


Healthy Fats for Life: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Essential Fatty Acids. Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe and Karlene Karst, John Wiley and Sons; 2004. ISBN: 0-470-83489-7.


Marketing Nutrition: Soy, Fuctional Foods, Biotechnology and Obesity. Brain Wansink, University of Illinois Press; 2005. $34.95; ISBN: 0-252-02942-9.


Redefining Mineral Nutrition. Edited by JA Taylor-Pickard and LA Tucker, Nottingham University Press; 2005. ISBN: 1-904761-30-5.


Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition. Edited by Benjamin Cabellero, Lindsay Allen, and Andrew Prentice. Elsevier Academic Press; 2005. ISBN: 0-12-150110-8.


Essentials of Exercise Physiology, 3rd Edition. William D McArdle, Frank I Katch, and Victor L Katch. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2005. $74.95. ISBN: 0-7817-4991-3.