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NEP Graduation Send-Off

Posted: May 15, 2020

NEP faculty and staff would like to congratulate our class of 2020 graduates!

NEP Staff Prepares Meals for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19

Posted: May 7, 2020

Contact: Pate McCuien, 573-882-4870,

As hospitals have become increasingly full, The University of Missouri’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology has stepped up to help MU Health Care workers. In just two weeks, members from the department have cooked and prepared 500 frozen meals to help MU Health Care provide food to nurses, physicians and staff who may be fatigued and hungry.

Department chair Chris Hardin originally thought of the idea and asked MU Health Care officials if they could use the extra meals. He thinks it is imperative that the lab does what it can to assist the health care system in any way possible.

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Dr. Kanaley Selected as Fellow

Posted: Apr. 22, 2020

Jill KanaleyCongratulations to Dr. Jill Kanaley, NEP Professor and Associate Chair, on her selection as an active fellow for the National Academy of Kinesiology. Election into the Academy is a sign of the high esteem and respect held by peers in the field for Dr. Kanaley's scholarship and leadership. Congratulations Dr. Kanaley on achieving this high honor.

Healthy Eating Tips from Professor Bean

Posted: Apr. 6, 2020

Jennifer BeanNEP Assistant Professor, Jennifer Bean, spoke with Vox Magazine about 5 tips to keep you sane while cooking in quarantine. How to eat right so you can feel good.

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NEP to Prepare Meals for MU Healthcare Workers

Posted: Apr. 3, 2020

Realizing that the surge in Mid-Missouri is 2-3 weeks away, the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology has decided to utilize their research kitchen and chef to help MU Health Care. With approval of the provost and Gary Ward, and working with MU Healthcare dining, NEP chef Kenny Williams will begin making 500 packaged and frozen meals to be able to feed patients, front line health care workers, etc during the surge. As the surge goes on, chef Williams will be making fresh grab and go meals. As of now NEP is donating the chef Williams' time and food costs to help with MU Health Care’s response to the pandemic.

Chef Williams preparing meals

Jennifer Bean Speaks to ABC17 About Stress Eating

Posted: Apr. 2, 2020

Jennifer BeanJennifer Bean, Assistant Teaching Professor at NEP, was interviewed by ABC17 about stress eating. Many people turn to food during stressful times, such as the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Rory Cunningham Receives Mizzou 18 Award

Posted: Mar. 6, 2020

Congratulations to NEP graduate student, Rory Cunningham for being chosen as a Mizzou 18 award receipient. In the spirit of service, first modeled by the University's founding families in 1839, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou 18 Award. This award is dedicated to honoring 18 University of Missouri graduate and professional students in the last year of their degree eligibility.

Rory CunninghamRory Cunningham

Area of Study: Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
Hometown: Galway, Ireland
Activities/Honors: Co-founder of "Exercise is Medicine" on campus
Mentor: R. Scott Rector

Dain Jacob, NEP Graduate Student Receives Award

Posted: Mar. 4, 2020

Dain JacobsNEP Graduate Student Dain Jacobs is a recipient of the 2020 Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award. This award is for $500, plus reimbursement to attend the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting. This year the Women in Physiology Committee received 150 applications to review. The Committee had a difficult time selecting only 53 awardees from the pool of excellent applications. Congratulations Dain!

NEP Graduate Students Receive Poster Awards

Posted: Feb. 28, 2020

NEP graduate students Dain Jacobs and Zach Grunewald were selected as two of the top poster winners among 40+ other presenters at the American Physiological Society’s CV Day on Feb. 25th. Both Dain and Zach were acknowledged with "Certificates of Excellence" and received a $100 monetary award.  In total, only six awards were given out.Congratulations Dain and Zach!

Dain Jacobs receiving awardDain Jacobs

Zach Grunewald receiving awardZach Grunewald

Congratulations Zachary Grunewald, PhD Student at NEP

Posted: Jan. 27, 2020

Zach GrunewaldZachary Grunewald, PhD student at NEP, was selected as a finalist by the American Physiological Society-Cardiovascular Section Awards Committee for the 2020 APS-Cardiovascular Section Outstanding Graduate Student Trainee Awards. Zachary's abstract entitled "TRAF3IP2 ablation protects against obesity-associated glycemic dysregulation, elevated blood pressure, and endothelial dysfunction," was amongst the most highly rated applications within a number of excellent applications submitted.

Zachary will orally present his research as part of the Featured Topic Session entitled "Cardiovascular Section Young Investigator Featured Topic" and compete for 1st ($1000), 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($500) prize placement on Monday, April 6, 2020 in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Hardin Elected as ACDP President

Posted: Dec. 20, 2019

Dr. Chris Hardin has been elected as the 2021 President elect of th Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology. Dr. Hardin was the 2017 Chairman of the Board of the Association for Nutrition Departments and Programs.

ACDP attendees

MU School of Medicine Health Sciences Research Day 2019

Posted: Nov. 27, 2019

Three students working in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology research labs received research awards at this year’s MU School of Medicine Health Sciences Research Day. More than 200 research projects were presented during Health Sciences Research Day highlighting research from MU undergraduate, medical, and nursing students, as well and pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees.

Mandy Moore accepting awardSchool of Medicine Dean’s Award

Mary Moore, PhD Candidate in Exercise Physiology, won for her study entitled, "The effects of dietary ketone ester to reduce markers of hepatic stellate cell activation." She is mentored by Scott Rector, PhD, Associate Professor in the the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.

Alisha Perry accepting awardCategory I-Clinical Studies: Undergraduate students and medical students

First place — Alisha Perry, undergraduate student, mentored by Elizabeth Parks, PhD, Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, won first place for her research project, “Hepatic short chain fatty acid oxidation (SCFA) in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.”

Elizabeth Ott accepting awardCategory II-Clinical Studies: Graduate students, resident physicians and post-doctoral researchers

Third place — Elizabeth Ott, graduate student in Exercise Physiology, mentored by Jacqueline Limberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, for the research project, “Role of the carotid body chemoreceptors in blood flow and blood pressure regulation in type II diabetes.

NEP Doctoral Student Receives NEACSM Award

Posted: Nov. 19, 2019

Congratulations to NEP doctoral student, Jay Porter who won the Doctoral Student Investigator Award at the 2019 New England American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) meeting in Providence, RI.

Jay Porter accepting award

Students Recognized at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Posted: Nov. 19, 2019

Mizzou was well represented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) hosted in Anaheim, California. Twenty-three of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) scholars participated, with 19 presenting their research. Once again, Mizzou had a 100% abstract acceptance rate. For the ninth year in a row, at least one IMSD Scholar from MU has been selected as an Outstanding Research Presentation Award Recipient in her/his category. The conference included over 2,500 undergraduate research presentations and only 395 presentations were selected for this award. While all of the students’ presentations were excellent, it was an honor to have four of them selected by the judges for recognition at the national conference. The following MU IMSD students received an Outstanding Poster Presentation Award:

  • Clayton Ivie (So. Secondary Education) – MU Faculty Mentor: Jaqueline Limberg / Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
    Poster Title: Sex Differences in the Effect of Intermittent Hypoxia on Sympathetic Baroreflex Control of Blood Pressure
    ABRCMS Scientific Discipline Category: Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Alisha Perry (Jr. Biological Sciences) – MU Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Parks / Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
    Poster Title: Hepatic Short Chain Fatty Acid Oxidation (SCFA) in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
    ABRCMS Scientific Discipline Category: Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Benjamin Jones (Jr. Biological Sciences) – MU Faculty Mentor: Erika Boerman / Medical Pharmacology & Physiology
    Poster Title: Decreased Metalloprotease Expression Contributes to Impaired Sensory Vasodilation in Mesenteric Arteries with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    ABRCMS Scientific Discipline Category: Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Dominique Joseph (Jr. Biological Sciences) – MU Faculty Mentor: Charlotte Phillips / Biochemistry
    Poster Title: Postnatal Inhibition of Myostatin and Activin-A in the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Murine (oim) Model
    ABRCMS Scientific Discipline Category: Biochemistry

Clayton Ivie with research posterClayton Ivie with research poster on Sex Differences in the Effect of Intermittent Hypoxia on Sympathetic Baroreflex Control of Blood Pressure

MU award receipientsIMSD Undergraduate Director, Brian Booton with the four IMSD scholars who were selected for Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards; Benjamin Jones, Clayton Ivie, Dominique Joseph and Alisha Perry.

Congratulations to the Stay Strong Stay Healthy Team

Posted: Oct. 30, 2019

Dr. Steve Ball, Kelsey Weitzel, Kristin Miller, Susan Mills-Gray and Elena Doctor have been selected as the 2019 MU Team Engagement Award winners for their collaboration with Missouri Orthopedic Institute and School of Health Professions.

award winners accepting award

NEP Doctoral Student Wins at 3MT Competition

Majid Syed-AbdulPosted: Oct. 30, 2019

Majid Syed-Abdul and 12 other MU doctoral students competed in the 2019 Mizzou 3MT Competition, each competitor had one slide and three minutes to explain their research to a public audience. Majid took first place with his presentation on Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Role of Sugars. Majid will represent MU at the Midwest regional 3MT competition in April 2020 in Milwaukee, WI.

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!

Dr. Elizabeth Parks Named ELAM Fellow, Class of 2019-2020

Posted: May 28, 2019

Dr. Elizabeth ParksCongratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Parks, Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Research Center at the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, on her selection as an ELAM fellow, class of 2019-2020. The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine is the only longitudinal program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. The ELAM program has been specially developed for senior women faculty at the associate or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions at academic health centers within the next five years. The work for this incoming class begins in May with online assignments and community-building activities that continue through the end of the program in April 2020. Fellows begin the first of three week-long, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the Chubb Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, on September 14, 2019.

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First Graduating Class with a Masters in Dietetics - May 2019

Posted: May 23, 2019

Congratulations to the first graduating class with a Masters in Dietetics - May 2019!

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.


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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