The 25th Annual Southeastern Student Gerontology Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics was held at UGA's Georgia Center on April 11-12, 2014.
There were 29 student presenters from nine universities across the southeastern US. The Department of Foods and Nutrition was well-represented with five current and former graduate students who made presentations and won two of the top awards. Pictured with our FDN graduate students are Dr. Anne Glass, Associate Director and Graduate Coordinator, and Dr. Kirsten Gerst Emerson, Assistant Professor, both with UGA's Institute of Gerontology.
Susannah Gordon, MS, RD, Gerontology Certificate is a UGA graduate and is currently a doctoral student at Purdue University where she studies nutrition, protein, obesity, and aging with Dr. Wayne Campbell. Susannah won the 2013 1st Place Award and was the 2014 Student Keynote Speaker, "Protein: A Countermeasure to Aging."
Kristen Brown Johnson, BS, RD, Gerontology Certificate is a doctoral student at UGA. She won the 2014 1st Place Award for her poster and presentation and accepted this award on behalf of the interdisciplinary team of students and faculty for this research project, "Weight Management in Older Adults: A Collaboration of the UGA Departments of Kinesiology and Foods and Nutrition." Kristen is assisted in this research by doctoral student, Ali Berg, MS, RD, and they are both Research Dietitians who are counseling women to increase protein intake and decrease energy intake to optimize intentional weight loss outcomes. Kristen and Ali will complete their doctoral studies in 2015.
Courtney Vickery, MS, Gerontology Certificate won the 2014 3rd Place Award for her poster and presentation, "Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors have Higher Intakes of some Plant Foods and Lower Intakes of Alcohol and Nonnutritive Sweeteners." Courtney accepted this award on behalf of a large team of graduate students from the UGA Departments of Kinesiology and Foods and Nutrition. Courtney will complete her dietetic internship and begin her job search in the Athens-metro area in August 2014.
Whitney Lay, MS, Gerontology Certificate presented a poster and gave a presentation, “Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors have Lower Intakes of Meat, Dairy, Protein and Calcium than Postmenopausal Women without Breast Cancer.” Whitney was also a co-author of the presentations by Courtney Vickery and Kristen Brown Johnson. Whitney will complete her dietetic internship at Southern Regional Medical Center, Emory Healthcare Network Member, in Atlanta, GA.
TaMara Myles, MS, Gerontology Certificate presented a poster and gave a presentation, “Food Insecurity is Associated with Cognitive Restraint of Food Intake in Older Congregate Meal Participants.” Her co-authors included Kristen Brown Johnson and former UGA graduate student, Kathryn Porter Starr, PhD, RD. TaMara will complete her dietetic internship through the Internet based program at University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences, with internship rotations in the Athens- and Atlanta-metro areas.
These graduate students are mentored by Drs. Ellen Evans, Christie Ward-Ritacco, Patrick O'Connor, Jung Sun Lee, Joan Fischer, and Mary Ann Johnson in the Departments of Foods and Nutrition and Kinesiology, and Drs. Kerstin Gerst Emerson and Anne Glass in the Institute of Gerontology.
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