Alumni Feature: Irene Li!

Alumni Feature: Irene Li!

When I first began my journey to earn my master’s degree, I was anxious about how I would excel in my program, since I had no direct experience within the field of nutrition science. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Purdue University, where I learned about nutrition from a biomolecular perspective. Upon my arrival at the University of Delaware, my anxieties were eased. As soon as I expressed my concern, the professors in the nutrition department offered bountiful resources to help bolster my knowledge, which has molded me into a better researcher. My advisor, Dr. Chai, gave me the opportunity to develop my skills as both a bench scientist and a clinical researcher. Dr. Chai and the nutrition department’s unwavering support  has helped me to receive multiple job offers prior to graduating. My graduate research experience has prepared me for my upcoming position as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Nemours Children’s Hospital. My roles at Nemours will entail coordinating, implementing and completing clinical research studies with the highest ethical standards and protecting research volunteers. Additionally, I have the opportunity to work closely with investigators to evaluate methodology and protocols and help with the world-changing research Nemours is doing for children with varying orthopedic conditions. I am confident that I will succeed in my new role as I have acquired many of the necessary skills during my time as a graduate researcher. I look forward to my new journey and will always be a Blue Hen.

Dr. Freda Patterson’s Op-Ed on Daylight Savings Time

Dr. Freda Patterson’s Op-Ed on Daylight Savings Time

Freda Patterson, Assistant Professor BHANHow New York should lock the clock: Don’t switch to daylight savings time, ditch it and stick with standard time

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS MAR 04, 2020  12:00 PM

New York has joined the rally to “lock the clock,” or “ditch the switch” — ending the twice-a-year clock time change. AlabamaArkansasFloridaNevadaOregon and Washington have already passed such bills. Legislators in the Empire State propose to follow suit, making daylight savings time permanent.

But this will be bad for our health and well-being. A far better solution is to stop springing… Read more

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

It is National Nutrition Month!

For the month of March, the BHAN Facebook will feature different nutritional tips from our Nutrition Faculty.

Come check out their amazing advice on stepping up your nutrition: https://www.facebook.com/UDBehavioralHealth/.

Swipe Out Hunger Drive!

Swipe Out Hunger Drive!

UD’s second Swipe Out Hunger drive will take place on February 25th, 26th, and 27th at the following locations and times:

  • Caesar Rodney: 11:00am – 2:00pm & 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Pencader: 11:00am – 2:00pm & 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Russell: 11:00am – 2:00pm & 5:30pm – 7:30pm & 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Swipe Out Hunger is a national nonprofit focused on ending college hunger. This program allows students to donate unused meal swipes to students on campus experiencing food insecurity and has spread to over 80 college campuses across the US. Students, faculty and staff can donate based off of their meal plan:

  • Unlimited meal plans or those on the 14 weekly plan will be permitted to donate a limit of 2 guest meals
  • Students, faculty & staff on any of the block plans will be permitted to donate up to 5 meals (guest or actual meals)
  • Flex will be permitted for donation
  • Points (declining balance funds) will not be accepted for donation

Students, faculty, and staff can also donate online at: http://www.udel.edu/007032

If you do not have a meal plan and would like to donate, you can visit http://www1.udel.edu/ud1flex/signUp.html to add Flex to your account.

More information about the program visit here: http://udel.edu/studentlife/hunger. If you are a UD student and are experiencing food insecurity, you can request donated meals by emailing deanofstudents@udel.edu.

Prof. Kristin Wiens Wins DAND Award!

Prof. Kristin Wiens Wins DAND Award!

Congratulations to our very own Prof. Kristin Wiens, MSc, RDN, LDN, for winning the Emerging Leader Award won at the Delaware Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting on Monday, May 13th!

Congratulations on all of your hard work!  It is a privilege to have you be part of our department.