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Alumni Spotlight

Michelle Neyman Morris

Michelle Neyman Morris

Class of 1991 (B.S), 1997 (Ph.D.)

Michelle is currently employed as an Associate Professor and Dietetic Internship Director at California State University, Chico.

"I received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor last fall after four years at Chico State. My primary teaching responsibilities include Basic Nutrition, Human Nutrition, Lifecycle Nutrition and Community Nutrition. My research in community nutrition focuses primarily on food insecurity and hunger among rural north state seniors and community-based social marketing to enhance fruit consumption. Service responsibilities include sitting on the Board of Directors for the Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. whose mission is the promotion of self-sufficiency among economically and socially disadvantaged individuals and families in our community."

"I attribute my professional success to the amazing mentoring and support I received at UCD. In particular, being a member of Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr's lab sparked my passion for community nutrition. I appreciate the grant support I received as well as faculty encouragement to present research at professional meetings."

"In addition, my involvement with Professors for the Future, and an internship with California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) of the California Department of Health Services while a grad student greatly enhanced my professional development."

"On a personal note, I got married in January to Chris Morris. I met Chris through his sister Jennifer Morris who was also in Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr's lab while I was at UCD."

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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.

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