Academic journal article Human Ecology

Kathleen Rasmussen Honored for Public Service in Nutrition

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Kathleen Rasmussen Honored for Public Service in Nutrition

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Kathleen M. Rasmussen, professor of Nutritional Sciences, was honored by the American Society for Nutrition on April 23 with the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition.

The award recognized Rasmussen's distinguished service to the public through the science of nutrition and her service as president of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences in 2006. That year, she led the merger between the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the Society for International Nutrition Research, which resulted in the American Society for Nutrition.

Rasmussen, the College of Human Ecology's Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition, primarily studies the relationship between maternal nutrition and short- and long-term health outcomes for women and their children. Her work is internationally known.

Rasmussen has served on several expert committees at the Institute of Medicine, including as chair of its Committee on Reexamination of Pregnancy Weight Guidelines. Most recently, she chaired the Committee to Review WIC Food Packages, the sole program that specifically targets the nutritional needs of pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children younger than five years of age. …

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