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2016 Study Abroad Trip to Germany pictured above

Table of Contents

Departmental Announcements
Representatives in EB2016; ceremony to congratulate spring and summer graduates of the department; find out who defended their theses and dissertations; find out who submitted abstracts to ObesityWeek 2016; catch up with lab updates in NS department. Read More »

Student Achievements
Be impressed by the many accomplishments of our TTU NS students.  Read More »

Faculty Awards
See our faculty members who received prestigious awards. Read More»

Submitted Grants
See our faculty members who submitted grants for research funding. Read More »

Research Funding
Learn more about funded projects in the Department. See what your colleagues have achieved. Read More »

Patents, Publications and Invited Lectures
Our students and faculty made countless presentations and publications. Read More »

In the Media
An impressive amount of high quality exposure for TTU. Read More»

GNO Events
See what your Graduate student organization has been up to! Read More »

Other Announcements and Notices
Join ORC Listserv; find out what happened at the 3rd annual meeting of the ORC; see the ShortCourses schedule for the Fall semester and Graduate Center Satellite Services for Graduate Students. Read More»

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Contact Us

Tell us your comments and suggestions. Email the editor at shao-hua.chin@ttu.edu whenever you receive awards or funding; appear in media; have lab updates, publications, presentations or other achievements you want to share. We look forward to hearing from you!

NS Students Studied Abroad in Summer 2016

 The Nutritional Sciences Department offered two study abroad programs in the summer of 2016. These were Food Insecurity in South Africa and Sports and Nutrition in Germany. The Food Insecurity in South Africa program was headed by Drs. Oldewage-Theron and Murimi.

Study Abroad Africa TTU 2016

Students learned challenges and solutions to the triple burden of diseases, food and nutrition insecurity in South Africa. Students also gained hands-on experience through participating in community outreach programs such as, household food production and processing, nutrition education and activity programs.

Ms. Childress led 16 students from nutritional sciences and kinesiology to study in Munich, Germany. It was a collaborative effort between the Nutritional Sciences and Kinesiology departments. They visited an organic farm where they made Weisswurst (German white sausage); participated in a cooking course where they prepared nutritionally sound traditional German dishes. They also shadowed physiotherapists in a state of the art physical therapy clinic.

The group had the privilege of welcoming Dean Hoover for a large portion of the program, which was very exciting and valuable for both the students and faculty! The students had a very educational and memorable experience.

TTU Study Abroad Germany 2016

Department Announcements

Representatives at EB2016

  • Faculty and graduate students were well-represented at the Experimental Biology 2016 meeting with posters, oral presentations, awards, session attendance and networking opportunities. Our department had a strong presence at the ASN University Mixer on Saturday, April 2 to provide a visibility of Nutritional Sciences Department Graduate Program and interact with prospective students.
EB2016 TTU

Ceremony to Congratulate Spring and Summer Graduates of the Department

  • The third Graduation Celebration of the Nutritional Sciences Department was held on May 20, 2016. Honorees were:
    • Ph.D. Candidates: Khalid Aldubayan, Emmy Lu Trammel, Suzan Tami, Teresia Mbogon
    • M.S. Candidates: Mia Mendez, Katherine Olansen, Brittaney Abney, John Parenti, Crystal Chan, Brain Wilson, Erica Bechtold, Lori Boyd, Samudani Dhanasekara, Brittany Braswell

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

  • Teresia Mbogori
    • Degree: Ph.D.
    • Defense Date: April 18, 2016.
    • Dissertation Title: A Nutrition Education Intervention to Improve Nutrition Knowledge, Dietary Intake and Nutritional Status of Women and Children in Turkana Kenya.
    • Dissertation Committee: Dr. Mary Murimi (Committee Chair), Dr. Debra Reed, Dr. Martin Binks, Dr. Cynthia McKinney and Dr. Jessica Yuan
  • Suzan Tami
    • Degree: Ph.D.
    • Defense Date: June 9, 2016.
    • Dissertation Title: Parenting Style and Family Contributors to Development of Obesity among Arab Children Ages 6-12.
    • Dissertation Committee: Dr. Debra Reed (Committee Chair), Dr. Elizabeth Trejos, Dr. Mallory Boylan, Dr. Natalia Velikova and Dr. Shu Wang

Abstracts submitted to ObesityWeek 2016

  • Golden A, Dhurandhar NV, Jinnett K, Kaplan LM, Kolotkin RL, Kyle T, Nadglowski J, O'Neil PM, Parry T, Tomaszewski KJ Guerrero G, Lilleøre SK, Look M. Insights and Perceptions of Obesity Management in People with Obesity: Results of the National ACTION Survey.
  • Kaplan LM, Golden A, Jinnett K, Kolotkin RL, Kyle T, Look M, Nadglowski J, O'Neil PM, Parry T, Tomaszewski KJ, Guerrero G, Lilleøre SK, Dhurandhar NV. Divergence in Perceptions and Attitudes among People with Obesity, Healthcare Professionals, and Employers create Barriers to Effective Obesity Management: Results of the National ACTION Survey.
  • Bailey D, Childress A, Hegde V, Dawson J, Dhurandhar NV. Does higher protein quality breakfast reduce energy intake when following a weight loss diet plan?
  • Peddibhotla S, Shastri A, Scoggin S, Ramalingam L, Hegde V, Dhurandhar NV. Insulin sparing action of an adenoviral protein E4orf1.
  • Kahathuduwa CN, Binks M, Martin CK, Dawson JA. Extended Calorie Restriction Suppresses Overall and Specific Food Cravings: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
  • Kahathuduwa CN, Chin S, Johns B, Boyd LA, Stearns M, Binks M. Hours since Last Meal Predict Subscales of Food Craving Inventory and Three Factor Eating Questionnaire in Healthy Obese Adults.
  • Stearns M, Kahathuduwa CN, Chin S, Boyd LA, Johns B, Binks M. Exposure to Rewarding Visual Food Cues: Relationship to Self-reported Hunger in Adults with Obesity.
  • Chin S, Kahathuduwa CN, Boyd LA, Johns B, Stearns M, Davis T, Binks M. How Should Hunger be Modelled When Analyzing Outcomes of Food-cue Reactivity Paradigms.
  • Kahathuduwa CN, Chin S, Boyd LA, Johns B, Stearns M, Davis T, Binks M. Higher Body Mass Index and Longer Duration of Fasting are Associated with Shorter Response Times to Visual Food Cues in Adults with Obesity.
  • Kahathuduwa CN, Davis T, O' Boyle M, Boyd LA, Chin S, Paniukov D, Binks M. Total Meal Replacement- and Typical Food-based Calorie Restriction Differentially Affect Visual Food-cue Reactivity of the Human Brain as Measured by fMRI.
  • Zahid MK,Wang S, Rahman SM. CAAT/enhancer binding protein beta (C/EBP beta) knock down reduces ER stress and apoptosis but increases autophagy activity in macrophage foam cells.
  • Munir MT, Ponce C, Tarafdar K, Gollahon LS, Rahman SM. Vitamin D reverses glucose metabolism by regulating mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in breast cancer cells.

Lab Updates

Behavioral Medicine & Translational Research Lab (Dr. Binks)
It has been an exciting late spring and summer in our lab. Students worked very hard and found time for family and rejuvenation as well. Here are some highlights.

  • Finished data collection for two clinical trials.
  • Submitted several manuscripts and grants.
  • Expanded the BMTR/NMHI Clinical Research Facilities at Tech Plaza.
  • This fall we are welcoming 2 new members:
    • William Quarles, a Ph.D. student with the TTU President Scholarship. Will graduated from Truman State University with a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology. While at Truman, Will spent two years working on a trial that tested the effects of a high protein, high fiber or high sugar breakfast on academic performance, focus, memory and behavior. After graduating, Will worked at PRA Health Sciences as project associate for drug development studies.
    • Sharmin Akter joins us as a Master's student. She has completed her B.S. and M.S. in Food Technology and Nutritional Science from Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. During her undergraduate and graduate research she worked on a food processing, preservation and storage study to determine the nutritional value of the processed food. She has experience in community nutrition services and education in underserved communities in Bangladesh.
  • Lab member Lori Boyd graduated in Spring 2016. She is now an outpatient dietitian at Grace Medical Center. Lori also contracts for America Health Assessment (outpatient diabetes education) and Wellness Corporate Solutions (health educator- employee wellness).

Nutrigenomics, Inflammation and Obesity Research Lab (Dr. Moustaid-Moussa and Dr. Ramalingam)

  • Kalhara Menikdiwela is an incoming NS Ph.D. student in the NIOR lab. He earned his B.S. in Biotechnology at the University of Pune, India and then he joined one of the pioneer hospitals in Sri Lanka as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. He completed an MS in Biotechnology at the University of Peradeniya then worked in the Institute of Research and Fundamental Studies in Kandy Sri Lanka as a research officer and then for 4 years at Synergen Health (Pvt) Ltd Colombo (United States based HealthCare company), as an Assistant Manager. He has volunteered in the lab for the past year on several projects including the effects of Delta-Tocotrienol on hepatic liver metabolism and inflammation and the effects of fish oil on olanzapine treated high fat fed mice as well as projects related to the renin angiotensin system and effects of fish oil on maternal obesity.
  • Fahmida Akter Rasha is a new Ph.D. student joining the NIOR laboratory as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2016. She received her M.S. and B.S. from the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She worked as a lecturer in the Department of Food Technology and Nutrition Science at Noakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. Her MS research focused on the association between socio demographic factors and IRS1 gene polymorphism among type II diabetic patients of Dhaka city, Bangladesh.
  • Boontharick Sopontammarak is a junior student who hails from Thailand and is an Honors student majoring in Nutrition with pre-medical track and minoring in Forensic Science. She joined NIOR laboratory in the May 2016 and plans to go to Medical School upon graduation and is mentored by undergraduate Honors student and Terry Scholar London Allen.
  • Samantha Gonzalez is a junior Honors student pursuing a degree in Nutrition with a concentration in Nutrition, Health, and Wellness with a minor in Kinesiology. She plans to enter Nursing School upon graduation. Samantha joined the NIOR lab in the Spring of 2016 and is mentored by graduate student Kembra Albracht-Schulte.
  • Chinasa Anokwuru, a visiting undergraduate scholar, is originally from Nigeria and is a senior undergraduate student researcher with the Dell Pediatric Research Institute. She is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Africana Studies and public health at The University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in learning about the intersection of nutrition and medicine. She will be learning various molecular nutrition tools in the NIOR Lab, primarily on the angiotensin project, under the mentorship of Dr. Moustaid-Moussa.
  • London Allen who has been working as undergraduate research scholar in the NIOR lab was accepted into the department of Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Program and will start in January 2017.

Student Achievements

Student Achievements

Seth Selorm Klobodu, Ph.D. student
Was a finalist in the TTU Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis Competition. The Three Minute Thesis (TM) competition was developed by the University of Queensland. In Texas Tech's inaugural holding of the competition, Ph.D. students talked about their research work for three minutes in front of a single slides. Presentation title: A Descriptive Study of the Vital Health Indicators of Four Sub-Sahara African Countries, 1960-2012. http://goo.gl/JTnGyw

Chanaka Kahathuduwa, Ph.D. student
Received the Best poster award in the Clinical Graduate/Undergraduate section at the First annual meeting of The Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics of the TTUHSC. Poster title: High doses of theanine improve visual stimulus discrimination in a dose-dependent manner.

Dylan Bailey, M.S. student
Selected as Graduate Student of the Month for May 2016. 

Bong Thi Nguyen, M.S. student
Won the first-place in the Food, Power, & Health category at the 2016 TTU Graduate Research Poster Competition. Poster title: Nutrition education intervention improve knowledge among 4th and 5th graders in an elementary school in East Lubbock, Texas. http://goo.gl/j6pFdo

Maliha Tabassum Munir, Ph.D. student
Placed second in the Inside the Microverse I category at the 2016 TTU Graduate Research Poster Competition. http://goo.gl/j6pFdo

Nadeeja Wijayatunga, Ph.D. student
Won the first-place in the Inside the Microverse II category at the 2016 TTU Graduate Research Poster Competition. Poster title: Adipose Depot-Specific Differences in Transcriptome and MicroRNA Expression in High Fat Diet Induced Obese Mice. http://goo.gl/j6pFdo

MD Khurshidul Zahid, Ph.D. student
Placed second in the Inside the Microverse II category at the 2016 TTU Graduate Research Poster Competition. Poster title: Loss of C/EBP beta Attenuates Atherogenic Lipid Mediated Induction of ER Stress and Apoptosis but Increases Autophagy Activity. http://goo.gl/j6pFdo

Maliha Tabassum Munir, Ph.D. student
Won runner-up in the 3rd Annual Obesity Research Cluster Poster Competition. Poster title: Vitamin D reverses glucose metabolism by regulating mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in breast cancer cells.

Rachel Brown, undergrad student
Selected as Undergraduate Student of the Month for June 2016. 

Kembra Albracht-Schulte, Ph.D. student
Received Clara Tucker Graduate Fellowship in COHS for 2016-2017. The award is designed for undergraduates and graduate students in Nutritional Sciences Department who were born outside the USA, regardless of the citizenship, nationality of origin, race or ethnicity. Received Betty Smith Bell Scholarship for 2016-2017. The award is designed for awarded students from West Texas in the College of Human Sciences.

Mandana Pahlavani, Ph.D. student
Received the Summer Dissertation/Thesis Research Award from the Graduate School.

Chanaka Kahathuduwa, Ph.D. student
Selected as one of the five finalist for the Ethan Sims Early Career Investigator competition to be held during ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans. Presentation title: Higher Body Mass Index and Longer Duration of Fasting are Associated with Shorter Response Times to Visual Food Cues in Adults with Obesity.

Jie Liu, Ph.D. student
Selected as a finalist of North America Chinese Society for Nutrition (NACSN) travel award.

Sara Alhaj, undergrad student
Won the second place in the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition as part of the Bioactive Food compounds Research Interest Section of ASN at Experimental Biology 2016. Received TTU CALUE undergraduate travel awards for the presentation at the Experimental Biology 2016.

Brandon Stewart, undergrad student
Received a FASEB MARC program travel award and TTU CALUE undergraduate travel awards for the presentation at the Experimental Biology 2016.

London Allen, undergrad student
Received TTU CALUE undergraduate travel awards for the presentation at the Experimental Biology 2016.

Brianna George, undergrad student
Received a FASEB MARC program travel award and TTU CALUE undergraduate travel awards for the presentation at the Experimental Biology 2016.

Faculty Awards


Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar
Headliner Award from the Lubbock Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications.

Dr. Dhurandhar Award TTU

Dr. Vijay Hegde
Received Apple Polishing Award for Mortar Board Honor Society at Texas Tech University.

Shelley Fillipp, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Received Apple Polishing Award for Mortar Board Honor Society at Texas Tech University.

Allison Childress, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, CI-CPT
Received Apple Polishing Award for Mortar Board Honor Society at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Latha Ramalingam
Received the International Journal of Obesity New Faculty Award, sponsored by World Obesity Federation, in the Category of Basic Sciences at the ICO meeting in Vancouver in May 2016.

Lydia Kloiber, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.
Received the 2016-2017 COHS Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is for excellence in teaching by full time or part time tenure-ineligible faculty members, as attested by students, faculty members, and administrators.

Submitted Grants

Topic: Determining dietary pattern accompanying egg intake.
  • Funding Source: Egg Nutrition Center / American Egg Board
  • Principal Investigator: Dhurandhar NV
  • Co-Investigators: Martin C, Dawson JA
Topic: fMRI study of ingestive behavior.
  • Funding Source: Department of Health and Human Services (R15), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
  • Principal Investigator: Binks M
Topic: Molecular signaling, insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in a bariatric surgery population.
  • Funding Source: American Diabetes Association (ADA)
  • Principal Investigator: Binks M

Funding

Open Access Publication Award
  • Manuscript Title: Physical Activity and Obesity: What We Know and What We Need to Know; in Obesity Reviews. Chin S, Kahathuduwa CN, Binks M.
  • Funding Source: TTU OVPR Open Access Publication Initiative
  • Total Amount: $2,500
  • Principal Investigators: Martin Binks

Patents, Publications and Boards

Patents Obtained

Nikhil Dhurandhar

  • US # 9,346,835
  • Title: Composition and Methods for Improving Glucose Uptake.

Students' Oral Presentations

  • Dhanasekara CS, Zhang J, Nie S, Wang S. Detection of Intimal Macrophages in Atherosclerotic Lesions Using Biocompatible CD36-Targeted Ligand Containing Nanoparticle. The FASEB Journal. 2016; 30(1 Supplement): 431-4.
  • Mbogori T, Murimi M. The effects of a nutrition education intervention on maternal knowledge, child care practices and nutritional status. The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference; 2016 Aug; San Diego, CA.

Professors' Oral Presentations

  • Zarhari BA. Harnessing Capacity Building Opportunities for young African Nutritionist - The future of AGSNet. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Students' Posters

Allen L, Ramalingam L, Shen C, Tomison MD, Kaur G, Dufour J, Chung E, Moustaid-Moussa N. Delta-Tocotrienol Dose-dependently Improves Adiposity, Inflammation, And Increased Markers of Lipid Oxidation in High Fat Fed Mice. 2016 TTU Undergraduate Research Conference; 2016 Mar; Lubbock, TX.

Alhaj S, Aljawadi A, Ramalingam L, Moustaid-Moussa N. Obesity-Breast Cancer Interactions: Effects of Adipocytes on Breast Cancer Cells and Preventive Effects of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. 2016 TTU Undergraduate Research Conference; 2016 Mar; Lubbock, TX.

George B, Ramalingam L, Menikdiwella K, Moustaid-Moussa N, Soto P. The Long-Term Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Olanzapine. 2016 TTU Undergraduate Research Conference; 2016 Mar; Lubbock, TX.

Stewart B, Ramalingam L, Menikdiwella K, Moustaid-Moussa N, Soto P. The Long-term Weight and Metabolic Effects of Olanzapine in Mice and the Impact of Fish Oil Supplementation. 2016 TTU Undergraduate Research Conference; 2016 Mar; Lubbock, TX.

Wijayatunga N, Pahlavani M, Kottapalli R, Dawson J, Ramalingam L, Gunaratne P, Coarfa C, Rajapakshe K, Kalupahana N, Moustaid-Moussa N. Adipose Depot-Specific Differences in Transcriptome and MicroRNA Expression in High Fat Diet Induced Obese Mice. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Liu J, Dhanasekara CS, Wang S. The Characteristics and Stability of T0901317 Nanoparticles. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Zu Y, Wang S. The Physical Stability Comparison of Two Types of Resveratrol Nanocarriers. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Pahlavani M, Wijayatunga N, Kottapalli R, Ramalingam L, Gunaratne PH, Coarfa C, Rajapakshe K, Kalupahana NS, Moustaid-Moussa N. Transcriptomic and MicroRNA Analyses Identify Gene Networks Regulated by Eicosapentaenoic Acid in Brown Adipose Tissue from Diet-Induced Obese Mice. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Albracht-Schulte K, Kalupahana N, Ramalingam L, Rosairo S, Wijetunge S, Kotakadeniya HMSRB, Ratnayake RMCJ, Dawson J, Moustaid-Moussa N. Metabolic Changes Underlying Interactions Between Obesity and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in South Asian Adults. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Kahathuduwa C, Weerasinghe V, Dassanayake T, Amarakoon T, Binks M. High doses of theanine improve visual stimulus discrimination in a dose-dependent manner. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Allen L, Ramalingam L, Shen C, Tomison MD, Kaur G, Dufour J, Chung E, Moustaid-Moussa N. Delta-Tocotrienol Dose-dependently Improves Adiposity, Inflammation, And Increased Markers of Lipid Oxidation in High Fat Fed Mice. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Alhaj S, Aljawadi A, Ramalingam L, Moustaid-Moussa N. Obesity-Breast Cancer Interactions: Effects of Adipocytes on Breast Cancer Cells and Preventive Effects of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

George B, Ramalingam L, Menikdiwella K, Moustaid-Moussa N, Soto P. The Long-Term Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Olanzapine. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Stewart B, Ramalingam L, Menikdiwella K, Moustaid-Moussa N, Soto P. The Long-term Weight and Metabolic Effects of Olanzapine in Mice and the Impact of Fish Oil Supplementation. Annual Scientific Meeting of Experimental Biology; 2016 Apr; San Diego, CA.

Kalupahana N, Albracht-Schulte K, Ramalingam L, Rosairo S, Wijetunge S, Kotakadeniya HMSRB, Ratnayake RMCJ, Dawson J, Moustaid-Moussa N. Serum Resistin is Associated with Adipocyte Hypertrophy, Inflammation and Metabolic Complications of Obesity in South Asian Women. 13th International Congress on Obesity, 2016 May; Vancouver, Canada.

Nguyen B, Rana ZH, Murimi M. Nutrition education intervention improve knowledge among 4th and 5th graders in an elementary school in East Lubbock, Texas. The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference; 2016 Aug; San Diego, CA.

Professors' Posters

Zarhari BA, Oldewage-Theron W. The effect of time and "questioning type" on the recall of nutrition education messages. The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference; 2016 Aug; San Diego, CA.

Journal Articles

  • George BJ, Beasley TM, Brown AW, Dawson J, Dimova R, Divers J, Goldsby TU, Heo M, Kaiser KA, Keith SW, Kim MY, Li P, Mehta T, Oakes JM, Skinner A, Stuart E, Allison DB. Common scientific and statistical errors in obesity research. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016 Apr;24(4):781-90.
  • Ha-Na N, Hegde V, Dubuisson O, and Dhuandhar NV. E4orf1 enhances glucose uptake independent of proximal insulin signaling. PLoS One 2016 (accepted).
  • Dhurandhar NV, Brown AW, Thomas D, Allison DB; Energy Balance Measurement Working Group.We Agree That Self-Reported Energy Intake Should Not Be Used as a Basis for Conclusions about Energy Intake in Scientific Research. J Nutr. 2016 May;146(5):1141-2.
  • Hegde V, Yadavilli S, Deutsch WA. Age Dependent Accumulation of Spontaneous DNA Damage in Liver of Transgenic Mice over Expressing Ribosomal Protein S3. Mol Biol. 2016; 5(3):165.
  • Zhang J, Zu Y, Dhanasekara CS, Li J, Wu D, Fan Z, Wang S. Detection and treatment of atherosclerosis using nanoparticles. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Nanomed Nanobiotechnol. 2016 May 31. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Chin S, Kahathuduwa CN, Binks M. Physical Activity and Obesity: What We Know and What We Need to Know. Obes Rev. (In press)
  • Kahathuduwa CN, Davis T, Boyd LA, O'Boyle M, Binks M. Brain regions involved in ingestive behavior and related psychological constructs in people undergoing calorie restriction. Appetite. 2016 August 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Invited Lectures by Professors

Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar

  • HEAL U event at Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living. 'Creating a welcoming clinic for patients with obesity' and 'Treatment of Obesity'. El Paso, TX. April 23, 2016. http://goo.gl/a7PsF4

Dr. Martin Binks,

  • Texas Tech University 36th Annual U.S. Foods, Food and Nutrition Seminar. 'Coaching skills for the healthcare professional: An interactive workshop'. Lubbock, TX. May 25, 2016. 

Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa

  • The obesity course which satisfies part of the American Board of Medicine accreditation (ABOM) CME requirements, organized by the Institute of Human Nutrition at Colombia. 'Inflammation and Obesity'. New York City, NY. April 13-17, 2016.
  • The FASEB Summer Research Conference on Immunometabolism and Obesity. 'miRNAs mediating anti-inflammatory effects of omega 3 fatty acids in adipose tissue from diet-induced obese mice'. Big Sky, MT. July 31-August 5, 2016.

University Miscellaneous Board and Other Appointments

  • Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa
    • Hosted the USDA NIFA AFRI Project Directors' meeting for the Function and Efficacy of Nutrients, Improved Processing Technologies, and Improving Food Quality programs on April 6 at Experimental Biology 2016. San Diego, CA. April 2016.
    • Elected to the Nutritional Sciences Council Governing Committee of ASN (American Society for Nutrition), representing Cell/Molecular Nutrition. 2016-2018.
    • Will serve as a member of the Clinical and Integrative Diabetes and Obesity Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). July 2016- June 2022.
    • Invited to chair a session at the FASEB Summer Research Conference on Immunometabolism and Obesity. Big Sky, MT. August 2016.
  • Dr. Martin Binks
    • Invited to join as Fellow of the European Society of Preventative Medicine (ESPM).
    • Appointed as an Executive Editor: Progress in Preventive Medicine
  • Dr. Shu Wang
    • Appointed as the Secretary of North America Chinese Society for Nutrition (NACSN).
    • Elected as a Chair of the NACSN Award Committee.

In the Media

Department in Local Media


Professors in Local Media

Dr. John Dawson

Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar

Dr. Martin Binks and Ms. Allison Childress

Nutrigenomics, Inflammation and Obesity Research Lab (NIOR)

Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa

Professors in National Media

Dr. Martin Binks

Dr. Wilna Oldewage-Theron and Dr. Mary Murimi

Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar

GNO Events


Follow GNO on Facebook
Follow the Texas Tech Graduate Nutrition Organization on Facebook to see what your Graduate student organization has been up to and to view event photos https://goo.gl/O67EW2.

Meet NEW GNO Officers
The GNO has selected the incoming officers for the school year 2016-2017. Congratulations to ALL!

  • President: Sophia Jimenez Sophia is a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Reed and was recently accepted into the TTU Dietetic Internship. She is pursuing her Master of Science and R.D.N. credentials. She is excited to be the new GNO president and looks forward to a fun-filled, eventful year with this organization.
  • Vice President: Raul Palacios Raul was recently accepted into the Texas Tech Dietetic Internship and is pursuing his MS degree on his way to being a registered dietitian. He is excited to be Vice-President and see how GNO can better serve Texas Tech.
  • Communication and Outreach Chair: Ashlee Taylor
  • SORC Representative: Seth Klobodu

The South Plains Hunger Summit
Members of the Texas Tech University Nutritional Sciences Food Security Cluster & Wreck Hunger: TTU Graduate & International Food Pantry spoke at the South Plains Hunger Summit hosted by the Texas Hunger Initiative - Lubbock. This event brought together organizations across Lubbock to discuss hunger and poverty in the South Plains region.

GNO South Plains Hunger Summit TTU

Potluck Social
Members of GNO, their families, and close friends, came together to honor two very special times this past spring semester. We celebrated the marriage of GNO member Gates Anderson to his lovely wife Amanda, and GNO member Samudani's expectation of a baby boy. In true potluck fashion, those who came brought a side dish to accompany a savory chicken main entree. Attendees were exposed to the cuisines of Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, and many more wonderful countries, ultimately representing the diversity within GNO, and the Nutritional Sciences Department of Texas Tech University.

GNO Potluck Social TTU

New Home Supply Closet
GNO and the Nutritional Sciences Department are teaming up to provide graduate students with items they may need in their new homes. Many of our international students are unable to bring home furnishings by plane. This donation-based event will assist our new graduate students with furnishing their homes during this transition. Many faculty and staff have donated a variety of items to be given to incoming graduate students. The event was hold on Saturday, August 13..

The First Friday Art Trail
On Friday, July 1st, the Wreck Hunger Graduate and International Food Pantry, sponsored by GNO, was invited to host a first of its kind interactive art exhibit combining cinema, interactive displays, and education on food and nutrition insecurity among college students in the United States. A food drive also took place, helping get food to students and families in need across Texas Tech University.

Wreck Hunger Food Pantry Update and Future HappeningsTTU Wreck Hunger
The Wreck Hunger Food Pantry has been operating weekly since March 2016. The Food Pantry continues to grow and has increased to almost 40 visitors each week. The Food Pantry staff is working with Texas Tech to expand the pantry's efforts in order to reach other populations on campus that may be experiencing food and nutrition insecurity. If you are interested in donating, or helping the Food Pantry in other ways, please reach out to Wreck Hunger on Facebook https://goo.gl/YEB3Ct or email wreckhunger@ttu.edu.

Raider Refresh Day
Coming back to school after a long summer break calls for a refresher! GNO will be partnering with TTU Hospitality Services, TTU Recreational Sports, Tech Activities Board, RISE, GSAC, and the Student Counseling Center to start off the semester with this revitalizing event. There will be an oxygen bar, massage chairs, interactive smoothies, fruit infused water, music, interactive booths, and tons of prizes. Raider Refresh Day is scheduled from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on September 14 in the veranda located near the free speech area. Don't miss out on this back-to-college extravaganza!

Other Announcements and Notices

Obesity Research Cluster

The Obesity Research Cluster fosters and enhances interdisciplinary basic clinical translational and community translational research; to understand the causes and complications of obesity; and develop methods that will help prevent and treat obesity along with its related complications. Click here to join ORC and the Listserv to receive the seminar reminder and OCR events information:


  • ORC annual meeting
    • The 3rd ORC annual meeting was hold on May 11, 2016. About sixty faculty, students and administrators attended the meeting with a record of 23 faculty presentations and 16 research posters.
    • Congratulations to the graduate poster award winners
      • Jennifer Hewitt, Chemical Engineering, TTU (Mentor: Dr. Siva Vanapalli)
      • Kandis Wright, Cell Biology & Biochemistry, TTUHSC (Mentor: Dr. Janette Dufour)
      • Maliha Munir, Nutritional Sciences, TTU (Mentor: Dr. Shaikh Rahman)
      • Sumedha Linyage, Plant & Soil Sciences/Fiber & Biopolymer Institute, TTU (Mentor: Dr. Noureddine Abidi)
    • Plans are underway for an Obesity Conference to be held May 22-24, 2017 at the TTU campus in Lubbock and focused on "Obesity Science- Translating and Bridging Research and Practice across Vulnerable Populations". Please contact Dr. Moustaid-Moussa (naima.moustaid-moussa@ttu.edu) for more information More information will be posted later on the website: http://goo.gl/mkSJ21
  • The 2016-2017 Obesity Research Cluster (ORC) Pilot & Feasibility Grants were awarded (to start September 1st, 2016):
    • Pilot and feasibility funds are provided by the Presidential Cluster Hire Tier 2-Obesity to stimulate and enhance collaborative research broadly related to obesity among TTU and TTUHSC faculty. The expected outcomes include generation of critical preliminary data necessary for joint publications that will enhance competitiveness for external funding.
    • Title: Role of Intestinal Microbiota in Mediating Therapeutic Effects of Fish Oil in Dietary Obesity.
      • Total Amount: $7,000
      • Principal Investigators: Iurii Koboziev
    • Title: Study Obesity-Associated Disorders
      • Total Amount: $7,000
      • Principal Investigators: Wei Li
      • Collaborators: Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Latha Ramalingam
    • Title: Modeling of Mammography Radiation Exposure on Human Adipose Breast Cancer Tissue Interaction.
      • Total Amount: $8,000
      • Principal Investigators: Hanna Moussa
      • Collaborators: Mahnaz Rahman, Latha Ramalingam, Lauren Gollahon
    • Title: Identification of Novel Pathways and miRNA Targets Mediating Effects of Angiotensins in Obesity-Related Diabetes & Pancreatic Function.
      • Total Amount: $8,000
      • Principal Investigators: Jannette Dufour
      • Collaborators: Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Kameswara Rao Kottapalli and Latha Ramalingam
  • Nutrition and Obesity Seminars
    • The Obesity Research Cluster Weekly Seminar series highlights presentations from faculty and students at TTU and HSC as well as invited speakers who are expert in obesity and related disorders. Visit their website for the Schedule in Fall 2016.

ShortCourses

Technology Support offers ShortCourses on computer packages every semester. The categories include Adobe Creative Suites, Microsoft Office, various statistics, web development and publishing software packages. Visit their website for the list of offered courses during the semester and for registration.

Graduate Center Satellite Services for Graduate Students

  • Writing Center- By appointment.
  • Library Research Assistance Mon & Tue 2 pm - 4 pm.
  • Statistical Consulting Service Tue & Thu 5 pm - 7 pm.

Editors of Nutrition Matters at Texas Tech

  • Editor - Shao-Hua Chin, BS
  • Editorial Assistant - Macy B Stearns

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