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NEP's First Dietetics Graduates Benefit from Partnership with Campus Dining Services

Posted: May 13, 2019

Story by Erik Potter - MU Student Affairs

Clipboard in hand, Cassie Gibbons stands in front of infusion, the coffee and pastry shop inside the MU Student Center, trying — mostly fruitlessly — to get students to fill out a survey.

"You can get a free cup of coffee!" says Gibbons, then a senior in dietetics. "It’ll only take a minute!"

Most people ignore her. One student brushes past with a quick, "No, thank you." Gibbons ups the ante. "But it’s about getting all-day breakfast," she implores.

The student stops, turns around and walks back to her. "All-day breakfast?" he asks.

"Yes."

From left, dietetics students Olivia Rees, Cassie Gibbons and Laura Makarewicz pose in the Student Center. For a class assignment to design a restaurant business plan for Campus Dining Services, they proposed an all-day breakfast spot in the Student Center. Photo by Mikala Compton.

"Give me the survey," he says. "I don’t want the coffee though."

Gibbons smiles. She’s doing market research for a small-group project in her dietetics class. She’s working with two classmates — Olivia Rees and Laura Taylor Makarewicz — to create a new restaurant concept to go in the Student Center. If they can make a strong case, there’s a chance they could actually see their idea come to fruition.

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Community of Competition - Spotlight on NEP Senior Jacob Schmidt

Posted: May 9, 2019

Story by Mizzou News

This spring, Jacob Schmidt will be among the thousands of University of Missouri graduates ready to leave campus and make his mark on the world. Earlier this spring, the Columbia native left his mark in the world of CrossFit with his performance in the Open, a competition of thousands of athletes around the world. Of the 195,562 men competing, the 23-year-old finished the competition ranked 173rd in the world and 86th in the U.S.

Considering Schmidt’s competitive drive and work ethic, his success in the sport is not at all surprising. After playing baseball for two years at William Woods University, Schmidt transferred to Mizzou. He took a few CrossFit classes and soon realized there was much more to the sport than just intense workouts.

"When you go to a traditional gym, most people have their headphones in and are doing their own individual workouts, but with CrossFit, it’s one big community where you build relationships and really get to know people on a deeper level," Schmidt said. "The athletes are in it together, and I really wanted to be a part of a community with that kind of support system."

A senior at Mizzou, Schmidt is majoring in physical activity, nutrition and human performance in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Schmidt has used the knowledge he has gained in the classroom, such as how to design workout programs and tailor training methodologies for individual clients, to excel in his job as a CrossFit coach at MKT Fit, a CrossFit affiliate in Columbia.

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Jacob spotting a bench presserSchmidt’s passion for personal training has allowed him to coach CrossFit classes of more than 20 individuals and make connections with others in the CrossFit community.

Jacob spotting a bench presserThrough CrossFit, Schmidt found a community of people dedicated to fitness and was given the opportunity to coach while still pursuing his degree. He joined the other coaches and members for a photo after completing the 2019 Open.


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.


Career Planning: No Scientist Left Behind

Posted: Mar. 11, 2019

Jacqueline LimbergThe Women in Physiology Committee of the American Physiological Society is sponsoring "Career Planning: No Scientist Left Behind" at the 2019 Mentoring Symposium. NEP Assistant Professor, Dr. Jacqueline Limberg, will speak on "Juggling a Career and Parenthood: A Scientist’s Perspective" at the Orlando Convention Center, Room W311C on Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019.

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NEP Summer Research Internship

Posted: Feb. 11, 2019

The Department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology (NEP) and Food for the 21st Century-Nutrition Cluster is pleased to sponsor the NEP Undergraduate Research Internship to encourage MU students to gain research experience in the fields of Human Physiology & Translational Sciences and Exercise Physiology. Applications are due May 15, 2019

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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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Dr. Hinton & Dr. Vieira-Potter in the News

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018

Dr. Pam Hinton and Dr. Victoria Vieira-Potter's research soy diets and their increase to women’s bone strength has been featured on over 99 media outlets, including Newsweek. Drs. Hinton and Vieira-Potter discovered through a new animal study that soy protein found in food might counter the negative effects of menopause on bone and metabolic health. Moreover, they believe that soy protein might also have positive impacts on bone strength for women who have not yet reached menopause. "The findings suggest that all women might see improved bone strength by adding some soy-based whole foods, such as tofu and soy milk, to their diet," said Pamela Hinton.

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Dr. Pam HintonDr. Pam Hinton

Dr. Victoria Vieira-PotterDr. Victoria Vieira-Potter


Dr. Elizabeth Parks in the News

Dr. Elizabeth ParksPosted: Jul. 18, 2018

Dr. Elizabeth Parks' research on low-carb diets and their effect on blood flow in men and women was recently featured in MU Health Today. Dr. Parks found that while men lose more weight on low-carb diets, women show greater improvement in artery flexibility. This study is the first to show that low-carb diets can improve blood flow in as little as four weeks.

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NEP Students Receive Accolades

Posted: Jul. 16, 2018

Dain JacobDain Jacob, a senior Nutrition and Fitness major, was recently announced as One of Twenty-Four Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF) recipients by The American Physiological Society (APS). Dain is mentored by Dr. Jacqueline Limberg. Fellowship recipients spend the summer in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. The UGSRF program recruits undergraduate students from the U.S. and abroad.

Elizabeth OttElizabeth Ott, a 2nd year Exercise Physiology Masters Student was recently named one of two masters’ level research grant recipients for 2018 by The Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Elizabeth is also mentored by Dr. Jacqueline Limberg.


NEP Graduate Student Receives Mars. Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship

Posted: Jun. 7, 2018

Majid Mufaqam Syed AbdulCongratulations to Majid Mufaqam Syed Abdul on receiving the Mars. Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Society for Nutrition.