Nutritional Sciences Newsletter

Department News

Bowen Zheng, a nutritional sciences major, will work at the Student Farm at Penn State this summer to complete his undergraduate field experience. His roles will include learning about food production, applying his nutrition training to develop new materials for the farm, and teaching Community Supported Agriculture members and students in the dining commons about healthy eating and cooking.

Lynn Parker Klees, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year award.

Helen Guthrie, who served for 40 years as a Penn State faculty member, including 14 years as head of the nutrition department, passed away on Feb. 24. She was 92.

Connie Rogers, associate professor of nutrition and physiology in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, has been awarded a scientific research grant by the American Institute for Cancer Research. Rogers' project will examine the effects of exercise and weight maintenance in breast cancer progression and metastases.

Penn State researchers have found that after going through a training program designed to help people control portion sizes, participants still ate larger portions but chose healthier foods, lowering their calorie intake.

The Volumetrics diet plan — developed by Barbara Rolls, professor of nutritional sciences and Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at Penn State — ranks as a No. 2 weight loss plan in U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets of 2018.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) could be a novel risk factor for cardiovascular disease-related death among women, according to researchers at Penn State. Women with RLS had a 43 percent higher likelihood of death due to cardiovascular disease during a ten-year follow-up, compared to those without RLS.

Students from Jennifer Savage Williams’ Community Nutrition course presented a community nutrition fair at Ferguson Township Elementary School. Students in the course educated the children on healthy eating, nutrition, and cost-saving tips.

The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its 2017 Faculty and Staff Awards. A reception honoring the awardees was held Nov. 15 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building at Penn State University Park.

The College of Health and Human Development recognizes the 2017-18 Teaching Excellence Award recipients.