Dr. Giraudo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition. She answers questions below about her background and career so far at UGA.
Where did you earn your degrees and what are your current responsibilities at UGA?
My master's degree and PhD are from the University of Georgia, and my current responsibilities include teaching courses in nutrition and conducting research in obesity and behavior aspects of food regulation.
When did you come to UGA and what brought you here?
I joined UGA in 2002 as an assistant professor after several years of being a research scientist in the VA Medical Center and the University of Minnesota.
What are your favorite courses to teach and why?
I developed several years ago, a nutrition course for those students in pre-med, or pre-health professional degrees. I really enjoyed relating nutrition to some of the health or chronic conditions that an individual could experience during their lifespan.
What interests you about your field?
I am interested in how we can modify the uncontrollable desire to eat without hunger. Why is it that people can’t stop eating even though they have reached satiety? I am interested in the brain regulation of appetite or hunger that translates in the behavior towards food and food consumption.
What are some highlights of your career?
The highlight of my career was when I received the College Teacher of the year award in 2005. The opportunity to train graduate students in the field of nutrition and health and to contribute to the research of Obesity and Food intake regulation for many years has also been a highlight in my career as teacher and researcher. Away from the academics, another highlight of my career at UGA was my selection as Chair of the University Council, where I represented all of UGA's faculty in 2012-2013 and I was part of the Inauguration of President Morehead in November 2013.
How does your research or scholarship inspire your teaching, and vice versa?
I have found that sharing research makes students more interested and engaged in the topics that are covered in class. Students are certain that the professor is knowledgeable and is excited about her research and the subject matter. Part of my teaching approach is to communicate my research findings and encourage critical thinking.
What do you hope students gain from their classroom experience with you?
I hope students develop an appreciation for the relationship between nutrition and health. I want them to have not only the knowledge but also the critical thinking skills so they can interpret new information and apply the learning in the classroom to factual situations.
Describe your ideal student.
My ideal student will be eager to learn, will be inquisitive, self-motivated, and have the desire to learn and takes some responsibility for their learning experience in the classroom.
What is your favorite place to be/activity to do on campus?
I enjoy being on North Campus. I like to walk through campus and imagine the first years of UGA, and the old buildings that existed in the 1800s.
What do you like to do beyond the UGA campus?
I like to travel and to read, and spend time with my family and friends.
What does your community/civic involvement include?
I‘m involved with the organization Extra Special People (or ESP), where individuals with developmental disabilities are empowerd to thrive. We volunteer our time mostly with fundraising efforts.
What is your favorite book/movie?
My favorite movie is the “Sound of Music.” I love historical based movies and books. My favorite author is Steve Berry, a Georgia native, because his books have a real setting and history. One of his books that I enjoyed the most is “The Third Secret.”
What is your proudest moment at UGA?
Being Chair of the University Council for a year and representing all faculty at UGA.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am proud to be a double dog!!