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Going to ASN 2018? Come celebrate 50 years of UC Davis Nutrition with alumni and current members!

When: Sunday, June 10th 6:00-9:00pm

Where: Back Bay Social (867 Boylston Street (between Gloucester & Fairfield) Boston, MA, 02199)



Nutrition Research Update Symposium Strengthens Collaborations

The Department of Nutrition Research Update was a two-day symposium bringing together faculty and UC Cooperative Extension professionals from UC ANR, UC CalFresh, and members from the Center for Nutrition in Schools.


Dr. Applegate

Introducing Nutrition 10V!

This new year is extra special at UC Davis because the 100% virtual version of Nutrition 10, called Nutrition 10V, has launched! This fully online course brings students the exciting experience of Nutrition 10, but instead of coming to class students can experience Nutrition 10V from the comfort of their home.


Peng Ji

Peng Ji appointed Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Neurodevelopment

The UC Davis Nutrition Department welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Peng Ji!  Dr. Ji joins the department as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Neurodevelopment.  Dr. Ji received his Ph.D. in animal sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and conducted postdoctoral research in the same institution with emphasis on neuroimmunology. He previously held an adjunct professor in the Department of Animal Science since 2016.


Beth Prado

Prado appointed Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Neurodevelopment and launches TRELLIS Lab

The UC Davis Nutrition Department welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Prado!  Dr. Prado joins the department as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Neurodevelopment.  In joining the department Prado has launched a new website for her research program, TRELLIS (Translational Research in Early Life Learning for Impact at Scale) Lab.


Karina Castillo

Meet Clinical Nutrition major and CA&ES peer advisor Karina Castillo

Hey y’all! My name is Karina and I am originally from Newark, CA, a small town in the Bay Area. Coming into Davis, I was a Biological Science major, but that all changed when I took Nutrition 10! I am now a second year Clinical Nutrition major, and possible Education minor. Along with working as a peer adviser in the College of Ag Dean’s office, you can find me in the Tercero residence halls advising first year students, or around Davis giving campus tours.


Rachel Scherr

Dr. Rachel Scherr presents at UC Davis Big Ideas Symposium

Dr. Rachel E. Scherr, on behalf of the Department of Nutrition and in collaboration with Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor of Nursing, Dr. Heather M. Young, developed a UC Davis Big Idea that was selected as one of the first-stage finalists of the UC Davis Big Ideas campaign.


Reina Engle-Stone and Gerardo Mackenzie

Nutrition Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

In September 2016 the UC Davis Nutrition Department welcomes two new faculty members. Dr. Reina Engle-Stone joins the department as a new Assistant Professor of Community and Global Nutrition.  Dr. Gerardo Mackenzie joins the department as a new Assistant Professor of Nutrition Science.


2016 Graduation

Congratulations Class of 2016!

Roughly 80 Nutrition Science majors and over 100 Clinical Nutrition majors graduated from our programs.  Also, 37 recent alumni were accepted into Dietetic Internship programs and numerous others are entering graduate programs  or will move on to jobs in the areas of industry, research, academics, and public health.


Applegate Talk

Liz Applegate presents on "Lessons Learned from 60,000 Nutrition 10 students -- 31+ Years of Experiences and Musings"

As this is her last quarter teaching Nutrition 10, Dr. Applegate shares her experiences and musings from the past three decades.  The presentation is sure to inspire educators, students and all those who enjoy a fun lecture!  A video fo her talk is available via the below link.



UC Davis Nutrition Department hosts Oxygen Club of California 2016 World Congress

The Oxygen Club of California is pleased to announce the upcoming OCC 2016 World Congress to be held at the University of California, Davis Conference Center, May 4-6, 2016.



Liz Applegate gives the Aggie Rundown on Sports Nutrition

Dr. Applegate explains the role of the Sports Nutrition program at UC Davis and how senior Nutrition majors participate in the programs as interns.



UC Davis Department of Nutrition Partners with Japan’s Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences

The UC Davis Department of Nutrition and UC Davis Extension’s International English and Professional Programs (IEPP) collaborate to bring a group of twenty-two Japanese students and two faculty members from Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences (NUAS) to UC Davis each summer.



Recent Faculty Promotions and New Appointments

In recent months numerous faculty received promotions and a number of new faculty joined the department.  Drs. Fawaz Haj and Carolyn Slupsky were both recently promoted to full Professor. Nilesh Gaikwad received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor.


GGNB Symposium

GGNB 2015 Student Symposium

The Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology (GGNB) recently held its annual Student Symposium at the Buehler Alumni Center.  The GGNB Student Symposium gives students an opportunity to present their research findings at a professional meeting.  Students gave presentations and attended poster sessions where they met with symposium attendees to discuss their research.


College Bowl 2012

UC Davis students compete at the 10th Annual Nutrition College Bowl

UC Davis clinical nutrition majors Nicole Kundel-Greaney, Ashley Labrier, Rachael Parker, and Jaclyn Rangel earned 3rd place in the 10th Annual Nutrition College Bowl competition. The Nutrition College Bowl (NCB) gives nutrition and dietetics students a way to demonstrate their knowledge through competition, while encouraging a spirit of teamwork, enthusiasm for learning, and a sense of community among participants.



Invest in the future

Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Kathryn “Kay” Dewey (above left) has helped change global policies that affect the health and well-being of the youngest and most vulnerable members of society. An endowed faculty position will ensure that this critical work continues into the future.


Nutrition in Schools

UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools – It takes a village

The UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools was established to support the school community by providing research-based nutrition education programs and resources that improve student health and assist students in achieving their full potential academically, socially, and physically.


Visualizing Science

Visualizing Science: Incorporating Imaging and Technology in the Classroom

Nutrition 114 (Nutrition and Development) covers fundamental concepts of embryology, developmental biology, and teratology. To help students understand these complex concepts, instructors Drs. Keen and Lanoue incorporated hands-on microscope workshops and collaboration through a Facebook group.


Last Lecture

Last Lecture Series event offers an inspirational and fascinating look at one professor’s journey

We can all look back on our lives and pinpoint a key moment or decision that changed the course of our lives and led us to where we are now. This was Professor Louis Grivetti’s main message in his Last Lecture titled "From Dinosaurs to Chocolate: Taking the Road Less Traveled."


College Bowl

UC Davis students compete at the 9th Annual Nutrition College Bowl

A team of UC Davis nutrition students recently competed in the 9th Annual Nutrition College Bowl competition. After six weeks of training and review of the entire dietetics curriculum, the Aggies earned an impressive 2nd place in this regional competition.



Teaching Nutrition with Technology: Students Can´t Get Enough. A profile of Dr. Liz Applegate

Dr. Liz Applegate, a nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness, teaches the popular Nutrition 10 course at UC Davis, which is attended by over 2,000 students each year. Students give rave reviews to Dr. Applegate’s enthusiastic style and her extensive use of innovative classroom technologies such as animation and podcasting.



Nutrition Educators Hope to Cultivate Better Eating Habits in Children

The garden based research program that Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr planted more than seven years ago has grown. A nutrition specialist in Cooperative Extension at UC Davis, Zidenberg-Cherr has done several studies centering on the use of school gardens in academic instruction to teach nutrition and promote better eating habits.



Clinical Nutrition Students at UC Davis Pursue an Undergraduate Degree Known for its Breadth and Rigor

With assistance from Joan Frank, Dr. Francene Steinberg directs the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UC Davis, which forms the core of the Clinical Nutrition course work. Future dietitians at Davis are taught by the country’s best nutrition scientists. "We place great emphasis on rigorous science courses," Dr. Steinberg says. "It’s a definite benefit of studying here."


Fawaz Haj

Spotlight on Faculty Member Dr. Fawaz Haj

After receiving his doctorate from Oxford, UC Davis Nutrition Department faculty member Dr. Fawaz Haj spent six years as a post doctorial fellow at Harvard. Dr. Haj’s research program seeks to understand the molecular signals responsible for metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.