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Alumni Spotlight

Jessica D. Coppola

Jessica D. Coppola

Class of 2004 (Ph.D.)

Jessica is currently employed as an adjunct professor of Nutrition and Biology at Sacramento State University, American River College, and Woodland Community College.

"I am teaching classes for three of the local colleges. So far I have taught cell physiology, microbiology, genetics, general biology, nutrition & metabolism, nutrition in health & disease, and current controversies in nutrition science. It has been a lot of hard work but is fun as well! The first few semesters were rough preparing lectures for the first time, writing tests etc.. but after the first time, it gets much easier."

"I am using all of the skills I acquired at UCD! Amazingly, my oral examinations were probably the experiences that most prepared me for teaching at the college level. It is amazing the questions that students come up with and the "thinking on your feet" that is required to answer them!

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Department of Nutrition Alumni Connection


In our continuing effort to reach out to the community, the Department has recently created the Nutrition Department Alumni newsletter. Under the direction of Dr. Judith Stern, the first issue was published in Winter/Spring 2003.

We are hopeful that this newsletter will provide a mechanism for our Davis family to keep in contact. We welcome news of your recent accomplishments and transitions. Please let us know about new jobs, promotions, awards, publications, exhibitions, and your interesting activities. Take a moment to drop us a note...and we love to receive photos!

Alumni Newsletter

Below you will find a listing of the most recent publications of our alumni newsletter. You will need Adobe Reader in order to access the files. If you do not have it installed on your computer you may visit to download a free copy of the reader.

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Contact Information

Nutrition Department Alumni Connection
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
3150B Meyer Hall
Davis, CA 95616
Phone 530.752.6575 Fax 530.752.1297

Judith S. Stern, Editor-in-Chief

Brittany Smolen, Production Editor