Department News

Clinical Nutrition Student Prioritizes Healthy Habits

UC Davis student Makhi Jones likes to enjoy a hearty meal. One of his go-to favorites is the Hawaiian Spicy Chicken entrée at Good Friends Hawaiian Poke restaurant in downtown Davis. The clinical nutrition major who is set to graduate this spring, said it’s all about balance when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.

“I’m not perfect; I still eat out here and there, but I try not to do it too often,” Jones said.

While he likes to dine out sometimes, he frequently prepares meals himself.

Lauren Au, PhD, RD Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research grant

Dr. Lauren Au is one of 10 recipients of the 2023 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research Grants. Her project aims to determine whether length of participation in Medicaid, SNAP, and WIC is associated with diet quality and weight status at 2-5 years, and whether there is a synergistic benefit of safety net program participation on diet quality and health.

10th annual GGNB Research Symposium

Thank you to all of the GradSAC members who worked tirelessly in planning and executing the 10th annual GGNB Research Symposium on Friday; and thanks to all of the presenters, judges, and all of those in attendance at Walker Hall. It was fabulous to have such a large number of student and faculty attendees – we are fairly certain we may have had record attendance/participation!

It was an excellent primer to the active research in the graduate group and dedication of our graduate students that will continue in the coming academic year(s).

Public Scholarship and Engagement Funds 13 Community-University Collaborations

From improving healthcare access to addressing food insecurity and racial disparities, 13 newly funded public engagement projects at UC Davis will drive positive change in communities in California and around the world.

The campus-community projects were recently awarded 2023 Public Impact Research Initiative (PIRI) grants from UC Davis Public Scholarship and Engagement. Awardees were selected from more than 25 applicants across UC Davis.

UCD Nutrition Department recruiting for Assistant Professor of Nutrition Science and Metabolic Regulation

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, at the University of California announces an Assistant Professor faculty position (9-month in the Department of Nutrition). Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in a current or emerging area that will fit within our department’s disciplinary focus in Nutritional Biology, Metabolic Regulation and Precision Nutrition. The Department of Nutrition is seeking applicants with a strong focus on regulation of human metabolism, identifying sources of variability, and precision nutrition for health.

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

The UC Davis Department of Nutrition celebrated its 15th year of collaborating with Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences (NUAS) in bringing a group of sixteen Japanese students and two faculty members to UC Davis each summer. The program is usually a twenty-day, specially-designed program held each August, but has been remote for the past 2 summers due to COVID-19. This unique partnership began in 2007, when NUAS contacted Nancy Hudson, MS, RD (Emeritus) from the Department of Nutrition regarding bringing a group of dietetics students to UC Davis. After Ms. Hudson’s retirement in 2012, the program is now coordinated by Joan Frank, MS, RDN, FAND, Assistant Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics. The program is a model partnership between the Department of Nutrition and NUAS.

UCD Nutrition Department recruiting for Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension - Community Nutrition

The Department of Nutrition, internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant rank in the field of community nutrition. The mission of the Department of Nutrition is to develop and disseminate comprehensive basic and applied knowledge regarding nutritional biology and the translation to improving human health, and to implement and evaluate nutrition interventions and programs for their impact on individuals, society and policy.