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The winner of the ASN MARC Minority Student Travel Award Monique LeMieux with Michael McBurney

Announcing 2014 Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigator

By Michael McBurney

Congratulations to Monique LeMieux for being selected as the 2014 recipient of the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators, sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products LLC. Her presentation was entitled “Eicosapentaenoic acid reduces high-fat diet-induced insulin resistance by altering adipose tissue glycolytic and inflammatory function”.  Her advisor at Texas Tech University is Dr Naima Moustaid-Moussa. Monique LeMieux follows in the footsteps of previous winners: 2013 Christine Hutchinson, Iowa State University; 2012 Wanida Lewis, North Carolina State University, and  2011 Maria Carlota Dao, Tufts University.

This year, 15 young scholars were selected for American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Awards. In addition to the five mentioned above, the other 10 ASN MARC travel award winners are:  Jessica Alvarez (Emory University), Michelle Cardel (University of Colorado), Kolin Ebron (University of Connecticut), Marcus Elam (Florida State University), Tashara Leak (University of Minnesota, Faith Umoh (University of Michigan), Bryan Wilson (Wake Forest University), Breanne Wright (Purdue University), Jennifer Jones (Emory University), and Melissa Guzman (University of Oklahoma).

Five finalists, including Monique LeMieux, were invited to give oral presentations at the ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition on Saturday. The other 4 winners were:

Jacqueline Bergman, University of California Davis:  ‘Site-specific school wellness committees: a model to support the sustainability of the Shaping Healthy Choices Program’

T. Emmanuelle Torchon, University of Tennessee:  ‘Fasting rapidly increases fatty acid oxidation in white adipose tissue’

Yasmeen Nikrumah-Elie, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University:  ‘3-methylhistidine and cardiolipin as biomarkers of zinc deficiency’

Shawntawnee Collins, Pennsylvania State University:  ‘Obesity-induced pancreatic tumor growth is accompanied by the accumulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells and altered metabolic mediators’

The 2013-14 ASN Minority Affairs Committee, chaired by Charlotte Pratt PhD. Based on oral presentations and scientific merit, judges [Kristie Lancaster PhD, RD (New York University), Joann McDermid PhD, RD (Cornell University), Archana McEligot PhD (California State University Fullerton), Domingo Pinero PhD (New York University), Deborah Silverman MS, RD (East j University), Margarita Teran-Garcia MD, PhD (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and Michael McBurney PhD, FACN (DSM Nutritional Products)] selected the recipient of the 2014 ASN Grand Prize for Minority Investigators Award .

On Tuesday, April 29, the ASN Minority Affairs Committee and DSM Nutritional Products LLC will host the 2014 MARC Travel Awardees Poster Competition and Networking Breakfast (7:00-8:30am) in the San Diego Convention Center, room 33C.  Please come to meet and congratulate all the MARC scholars.


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