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American Society for Nutrition Annual Meeting

By Michael McBurney

Experimental Biology 2015 (#ExpBio) starts Saturday in Boston, MA.  The meeting will host nearly 14,000 scientists and exhibitors. The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) will hold its annual meeting bringing together many of its >5,000 members from around the globe.

DSM Nutritional Products is proud to continue its support of the ASN Minority Affairs and Diversity Committee (MARC). The MARC committee, chaired by Dr Charlotte Pratt, enhances the participation of scientists from minority groups. This year 9 young investigators were offered ASN MARC Travel Awards.  Congratulations go to: Angela De Leon (University of California, Davis), Michelle Cardel (University of Colorado, Denver), Ashley Carter (Florida State University), Dede N Ekoue (University of Illinois, Chicago), Timothy Barnes (University of Minnesota), Valerie L Darcey (Georgetown University), Monique J LeMieux (Texas Tech University), Andrea Lopez-Cepero, University of Puerto Rico, and Danielle Nunnery (University of North Carolina, Greensboro).

31 submissions, including the 9 ASN MARC awardees, were reviewed for the ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition. After a review by a scientific jury, 5 finalists were chosen to give oral presentations at the ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition in room 151 A/B of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from 11:30-1:00pm EST on Saturday, March 28. They are (drum roll), in alphabetic order by first name:

  • Alex Brito, University of California, Davis, mentored by Dr Lindsay Allen
  • Fred Tabung, University of South Carolina, mentored by Dr Susan Steck
  • Maria Kainoa Fialkowski, University of Hawaii, Manoa, mentored by Dr Rachel Novotny
  • Michelle Cardel, University of Colorado, Denver, mentored by Dr James Hill
  • Shakira Nelson, National Cancer Institute, mentored by Dr Demetrius Albanes

On Sunday night, at the ASN Awards Ceremony, President Dr Simin Meydani, Professor and Director of the Jean Mayer  USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University , will award the 2015 Grand Prize for Minority Investigators, supported by DSM Nutritional Products LLC, to one of these 5 individuals. The name of the winner will be posted here on Monday, March 30!

Watch for  meeting updates on the ASN Blog. For those on twitter, follow #ASNatExpBio and #ExpBio. There will be live tweeting from ASN (@nutritionorg), Michael McBurney (@MIMcBurney), Rachel Murphy (@RaAMurphy) and  of course, @DSMNutrition.

As I like to say, prepare to get "twitterpated" with nutrition!