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Upcoming Meetings for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Posted: Sep. 5, 2019

Information Meeting:
September 23, 2019 (Monday)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
220 Gwynn Hall

Application Meeting:
Nov. 11, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
220 Gwyn Hall

Application Deadline for 2020
January 8, 2020
4:30 pm

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MUNCH Chef Finds Lost Love for Running

Kenny WilliamsPosted: Aug. 13, 2019

Kenny Williams was a track star in high school; he even had a full-ride offer to run in college but made the decision to walk away from it all. Kenny is the MUNCH Research Chef in the Nutrition & Exercise Physiology Department. Kenny, after a 20 year hiatus, competed in the Show-Me State Games Track and Field competition, participating in both the 800 and 3000 meter events, and brought home gold medals is both events. Congratulations Kenny!

Fall 2019 NEP Seminar Series

Posted: Aug. 12, 2019

The Department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology will host a Fall Seminar Series on Thursdays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in Acuff Auditorium, School of Medicine (unless otherwise noted). For more information, contact Ben Sauro at (573) 882-4288 or

Date Speaker Lecture Title
Aug. 20 Booth Lectureship
Karyn Hamilton, PhD
Colorado State University
Interactions between healthspan - extending interventions: Do two good things always make a better thing?
Sep. 5 Kenneth Wright, PhD
University of Colorado
Impact of circadian and sleep disruptions on metabolic health
Sep. 12 Robin Tucker, PhD
Michigan State University
Sleep more, weigh less? Sleep’s role in body weight and food choice
Sep. 19 Craig Emter, PhD
University of Missouri
Chasing unicorns: Tales of a new HFpEF swine model
Sep. 26 Kathleen Keller, PhD
Penn State University
Characterizing neural and behavioral "signatures" of lab-based overeating in children
Oct. 3 Doug Mashek, PhD
University of Minnesota
Lipids droplets – cellular signaling hubs that integrate nutrition, metabolism and disease etiology
Oct. 10 John Kirwin, PhD
Louisiana State University
Metabolic surgery and type 2 diabetes –RYGB and VSG activate distinct mechanisms of action
Oct. 17 Kyla Shea, PhD
Tufts University
Vitamin K: It’s not just for clotting anymore
Oct. 24 Jill Morris, PhD
KU Medical Center
Energy metabolism and Alzheimer’s Disease
Oct. 31 Susan Carlson, PhD
KU Medical Center
DHA and infant development
Nov. 7 Obesity Week No seminar
Nov. 14 G. Will Wong, PhD
John Hopkins
Metabolic Control by CTRP Hormones
Nov. 21 Health Sciences Research Day No seminar
Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Break No seminar
Dec. 5 Kimber Stanhope, PhD
University of California, Davis
Sugar consumption & metabolic disease: Mechanism, evidence & controversy

MU Graduate School Features NEP Doctoral Student Jillian Barnas

Posted: Apr. 23, 2018

Jillian BarnasJillian Barnas, a doctoral candidate in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, is making her case for health and wellness through her research on maternal and childhood health while using exercise and physical activity to help combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. Part of her research also involves understanding the effects of maternal obesity on fetal outcomes and raising the awareness of how maternal obesity directly impacts child development and how maternal exercise may be used to ameliorate any detrimental effects.

Barnas was recently selected to represent Mizzou at the 2018 Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop also known as CASE that was organized to educate STEM students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policymaking, to introduce them to the federal policymaking process, and to empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. This unique opportunity is one of many that Barnas says have been significant to her time at MU.

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Dr. Limberg and Dr. Padilla Awarded Mangel Grant

Apr. 1, 2019

Assistant Professors Dr. Jacqueline Limberg and Dr. Jaume Padilla were awarded one of five $3,000 grants by the Margaret W. Mangel Faculty Research Catalyst Fund for their project titled "Role of sympathetic nerve activity in modulating insulin-stimulated vasodilation." These awards are granted annually to faculty of the College of Human Environmental Sciences as a way to assist with research scholarship/creative activity efforts.

Jacqueline Limberg, PhD

Jaume Padilla, PhD

Dain Jacob to Receive Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award

Posted: Apr. 1, 2019

Dain JacobDain Jacob, Masters of Science in NEP Candidate, has been selected to receive the Barbara A. Horwitz and John M. Horwitz Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award from the American Physiological Society at the Experimental Biology meeting in Orlando, FL in April 2019. Congratulations Dain!

NEP Graduate Students Place at Cardiovascular Day

Posted: Apr. 1, 2019

During the 26th Annual Cardiovascular Day held on Feb. 26, 2019 at the Reynolds Alumni center Zachary Grunewald, Exercise Physiology Doctoral Candidate, was chosen as the 2nd place Graduate Student Research Poster Winner and Dain Jacob, Masters of Science in NEP Candidate, was chosen as the 3rd place Graduate Student Research Poster winner. Congratulations Zach and Dain!

Dr. Padilla, Zach, Dain and Dr. LimbergPictured are: Jaume Padilla, PhD, Zach Grunewald, Dain Jacob and Jackie Limberg, PhD.

NEP Doctoral Candidates Receive Awards

Posted: Jan. 25, 2019

Elizabeth Ott, Masters of Science in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology Candidate, has been selected to receive the 2019 Environmental and Exercise Physiology (EEP) CANTROL Environmental Systems Research Award at the Business Meeting and Reception for the Environmental and Exercise Physiology section of the American Physiological Society at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida in April 2019.

Jay Porter, Exercise Physiology Doctoral Candidate, has been selected to receive the 2019 Research Recognition Award at the Endocrinology & Metabolism Awards Reception at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida in April 2019.

Congratulations Elizabeth and Jay!

Elizabeth Ott

Jay Porter

Move More, Sit Less

Posted: Jan. 24, 2019

Dr. Steve Ball, NEP Professor, offers advice to stay on track with New Year's resolutions. Dr. Ball believes new federal guidelines on physical activity could help people move more.

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Dr. Padilla is Appointed to AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology Editorial Board

Posted: Dec. 18, 2018

Dr. Jaume PadillaCongratulations to Dr. Jaume Padilla on his recent appointment to the AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology Editorial Board. Editorial Board members are selected based on scientific expertise, commitment as reviewers for AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, and recognized stature in the field.

Dr. Steve Ball in the News

Posted: Nov. 6, 2018

Dr. Steve BallDr. Steve Ball was recently quoted in Wallethub about the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight. Dr. Ball states "the research is clear, weight loss without exercise is temporary. Almost every successful weight loser will gain all, and often more, of the weight back if exercise is not part of the program. Exercise is a key to long-term weight loss maintenance. Unfortunately, most people don’t exercise because it takes commitment and dedication. It is much easier to restrict calories than burn calories on the treadmill. For example, running for 20 minutes might burn around 2-300 calories, the equivalent of a normal sized cookie. In the short term, calorie restriction is very effective. However, without exercise it won’t last. There is no quick fix when it comes to weight loss maintenance."

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