Monthly Archives: December 2019

Outstanding Job Opportunity for Recent Graduates at Stanford SOM

The Evaluation Sciences Unit (ESU) within the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford’s School of Medicine currently has a position open for a Research Administrator (link: Two more positions will be opening up soon! If you have December or other recent graduates that would be interested in venturing to the west coast, please encourage them to apply. If the students want to learn more about the position and its responsibilities, they can contact Dr. Samantha Kling at

Scholarships: PA Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Foundation

To apply for these scholarships, students need to be members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (PAND). 

Each year it is the privilege of the PA Academy Foundation (PANDF) to review applications from RDN’s, DTR’s and students throughout the state who qualify for the various scholarships and grants. Please complete the application and submit to:

General Scholarship
Deadline: January 10, 2020
Description: Provides a scholarship to a member of PA Academy who wishes to become eligible for registration through a didactic program, an internship, ISPP, or a coordinated program. Please complete the application and submit to:

Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: January 10, 2020
Description: Provides a scholarship to a student with a diverse background, traditionally underrepresented in the field of dietetics. Please complete the application and submit to:

TAs needed for NUTR 100 Spring 2020

You can earn 400-level supporting course credit for serving as a TA (Teaching Assistant) for any nutrition course. Being a TA can also be a valuable learning experience for undergraduates and one that you can definitely include on your resume. By assisting with the grading of assignments, students will also get a better understanding of their chosen field and the nutritional value of foods. Additionally, helping run a course may broaden your perspective for those thinking about teaching as a career option, whether it be in the classroom or within a clinical setting.

NUTR 100Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle (3 cr. GHW) is a newly-revised introductory nutrition course for students who are not majoring in HHD. Both sections needing TAs meet in Thomas 101. Course meeting times this spring are:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05-4:20 a.m. (Sect 002)
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:35-4:25 p.m. (Sect 003)

Students who commit to being a NUTR 100 TA will be required to:

  • Attend course lectures and assist with in-class activities for large groups of students (requires 3 hours per week)
  • Grade 4-5 outside-of-class assignments (requires an additional 5-6 hours per assignment)

Student TAs must have completed NUTR 251 with a grade of B+ or better to TA for NUTR 100. If interested, please contact Dr. Adams ( with a statement as to why you would like to be a TA.

PRCC Social Justice Retreat 2020

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center Social Justice Retreat will take place January 31 – February 2, 2019 at an offsite location. Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. It also involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and the society as a whole.
At this retreat students will learn how to be change agents, advocates, and/or allies in their communities through a social justice lens. Details to come once the application closes! Application can be found at

During this retreat we will be providing lodging (you will be sharing rooms with others) and food throughout the weekend. If you have any questions pertaining to the retreat or are experiencing any technical difficulties, please e-mail Ishbel J. Correa-Narvaez at

John E. Smith Outstanding Senior in Nutrition Award

**UPDATE: Due to the short notice, the JES Awards committee will allow flexibility regarding:
-Application Deadline: if you intend to apply but need more time, e-mail Nick McCormick at by Dec. 13, and let him know you will submit the application no later than Dec. 20.
-Letters of Reference: you can submit your application without letters of reference. If they have trouble picking a winner, they will ask for letters.
We encourage senior Nutritional Sciences majors to apply for the John E. Smith Outstanding Senior in Nutrition Award. Candidate must:
–have completed at least 90 credits including the course, Nutrition 445, and plan to graduate in December, May or August.
–have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the College of Health and Human Development and/or University; and
–have shown exemplary service to the community.

Nominees should submit the following information as a packet postmarked or hand-delivered by December 13, 2019 to Julie Brenneman, 110 Chandlee Laboratory. Application can be found here: Student receive $100 and engraved plaque to be presented to the recipient at the Nutrition Alumni and Student Brunch in February. Even if you are a December graduate and can’t make it back for the brunch in February, we encourage you to apply.

LEAP Program Mentor Application Now Open

The Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP) is now accepting applications for student mentors for Summer 2020 ( Information Sessions about the position will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in 134 HUB; Monday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. in 134 HUB; and Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in 104 Thomas Building. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Griffith at

Additional Appointments & Walk-In Periods

I was out of town Nov. 18-27 due to a family health emergency. To make up for missed appointments, I have added extra appointment slots and walk-in periods Dec. 2-18. Please come see me if you need anything!
David A. Cassiday
Nutritional Science Advisor
Penn State University

Interesting *NEW* Spring 2020 courses (that will count as supporting courses)

ANTH 497 – Spillover: Anthropology of Emerging Infectious Disease

BIOL 497 – Human Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course focuses on manifestations of human diseases and what changes occur at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels to cause disease states. Topics covered include mechanisms of disease, inflammation repair, features of selected diseases for each body system, diagnostic testing, and pharmacotherapy. The primary goal of the course is to reinforce student knowledge of normal physiology by studying pathophysiology. The course will feature traditional didactics, case studies, group problem-based activities, and analysis of primary literature in pathophysiology.

BIOL 497 – Evolutionary Medicine (3 credits)
Evolutionary medicine is the application of evolutionary theory to the study of human health and disease. Health is affected by a number of factors, including the aging process, the microbiome, cancer, infectious disease, and antibiotic resistance. Most medical research attempts to identify how these factors can be controlled. Evolutionary medicine explores why they exist in the first place. the goal of this course is to provide students with a new perspective for understanding human health and disease. Students will distinguish the evolutionary causes of disease and the possible consequences (positive and negative) of medical and public health interventions. Students will also critique arguments posed both in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and the popular press.

HDFS 297: Art and Science of Compassion
Instructors: Robert W. Roeser, Blake Colaianne
Spring 2020, 2 Credits
1/13-3/27, W 2:30-5:30.

Human service professionals (e.g., educators, nurses, social workers, counselors, youth service workers) care for large numbers of people, and the demands of caring for so many over time can become challenging – sometimes leading to empathy fatigue and burnout. In this course, we will explore both the art of caring for others, as well as the science of care and compassion. Drawing on contemporary theories in both science and contemplative traditions like Buddhism, we will conceptualize care and compassion in terms of three basic modalities, including (1) extending care and compassion to others, (2) receiving care and compassion from others; and (3) extending care and compassion to oneself (e.g., self-care). A core component of the course will be having students learn and practice compassion exercises related to these three basic modalities and the development of the related skills of extending and receiving care. Through the development of theoretical and scientific knowledge, and through the experiential cultivation of the skills of care and compassion, students will be better able to engage and connect more effectively with others in their lives. In addition, they will be learning a key set of skills essential for thriving in the human services professions.

MATH 297 – Scientific Computation for Biology (3 credits)

SC 201 – Medical Professions (1 credit)
For students who are about a year away from applying to medical, PA, dental, PT, OT, or nursing school.