LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The next is a press launch from Texas Tech College:
Texas Tech University has taken one more step towards changing into a hub for vitamin schooling.
With a brand new five-year, $500,000 grant, the Obesity Research Institute will lead a transdisciplinary, worldwide collaboration to coach undergraduates in primary vitamin, group vitamin, weight problems analysis and prevention, information and literature analyses, and purposes of modeling and machine-learning instruments.
The grant comes from the Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduate Fellowships (REEU) program throughout the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The REEU program is concentrated on selling experiential studying in analysis and extension for undergraduates in order that, upon commencement, they could pursue superior graduate schooling in meals, vitamin and/or agriculture or enter the agriculture workforce with distinctive abilities.
The Nutrition Bench-to-Community Engaged Scholars in Texas (Diet BEST) collaboration brings collectively researchers and directors from throughout Texas Tech with educators, mentors and program evaluators from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, the College of Tennessee Extension and Hamad Bin Khalifa College’s Qatar Computing Analysis Institute. College students can have alternatives to volunteer and study from organizations such because the South Plains Meals Financial institution, South Plains Starvation Options and the Texas Starvation Initiative, all of which offered letters of help for the REEU software. College students can be recruited from Texas Tech and South Plains School, with a particular emphasis on ladies and college students from underrepresented teams.
“Our Diet BEST program is connecting undergraduates to analysis and Extension experiences and equipping them with management abilities with a view to turn into future leaders in food-, nutrition- and agricultural-related levels and careers,” mentioned Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa, a Horn Distinguished Professor within the Department of Nutritional Sciences, director of the Weight problems Analysis Institute and principal investigator on the grant.
Every year, undergraduate college students from Texas Tech and South Plains School will work with mentors in analysis and Extension work to get hands-on expertise of their potential profession path. The built-in scholar expertise will mix analysis coaching at Texas Tech with summer time internships with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. This system intends to enroll and practice 15-30 undergraduates over the 5 years of funding, with the primary cohort to begin in 2022.
Extension offers non-formal schooling and studying actions to folks all through the nation. It emphasizes taking information gained by analysis and schooling and bringing it on to the folks to create constructive adjustments.
“College students will obtain tailor-made mentorship to reinforce retention and success, skilled improvement and analysis ethics, and information about graduate faculty and profession choices,” Moustaïd-Moussa mentioned. “On the similar time, they may have interaction in seminars that includes specialists and organizations from various backgrounds and coaching within the REEU-targeted areas of meals, vitamin and agriculture.”
Texas Tech collaborators embrace:
- Patrick Hughes, Office of University Programs & Student Success;
- Jaclyn Canas-Carrell and Jessica Spott, STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM CORE);
- Marianne Evola, Office of Research & Innovation‘s Office of Responsible Research;
- mentor Oak Hee Park, College of Human Sciences;
- mentors Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Yujiao Zu and Moustaïd-Moussa, Division of Dietary Sciences;
- mentor Catherine Simpson, Department of Plant and Soil Science;
- mentor Hanna Moussa, Department of Mechanical Engineering;
- mentor Kembra Albracht-Schulte, Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management;
- mentor Chanaka Kahathuduwa, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center‘s (TTUHSC) School of Health Professions; and
- mentor Jannette Dufour, Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry and affiliate director of the Weight problems Analysis Institute.
Levi Johnson, director of the Center for Transformative Undergraduate Learning Experiences (TrUE), will assist combine the Diet BEST students into Texas Tech’s Undergraduate Research Conference.
“Texas Tech College could be very happy with the accomplishments of Professor Moustaïd-Moussa and the complete group engaged on the Diet BEST award,” mentioned Joseph A. Heppert, vice chairman for analysis and innovation. “That is an thrilling program that can present distinctive sources for Texas Tech college students finding out vitamin and agricultural packages. This challenge will virtually definitely have a long-term profit for the West Texas area, the place meals insecurity and problem accessing extremely dietary meals is a rising drawback in too many communities. Dr. Moustaïd-Moussa is certainly one of Texas Tech’s most efficient scientists, and this challenge is one other fantastic end result of her arduous work and creativity.”
Exterior collaborators embrace:
- Mandi Seaton, household and group well being/4-H youth improvement, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension;
- program evaluator Karen Franck, household and shopper sciences, College of Tennessee Extension; and
- mentor Halima Bensmail, Qatar Computing Analysis Institute/Hamad Bin Khalifa College.
Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa, Ph.D., FTOS, FAHA
Director, Weight problems Analysis Institute; Horn Distinguished Professor, Division of Dietary Sciences, School of Human Sciences
(Press launch from Texas Tech College)