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UNC Doctoral Students Recognized By American Society for Nutrition

Five doctoral students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health have received recognition from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).

“We are extremely pleased that five of our fabulous doctoral students are ASN winners!” said Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine and chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Gillings School. “I am so proud of our students’ accomplishments! We are looking forward to their presentations at the ASN’s annual meeting in Boston next month.”

The award winners, all students in the Department of Nutrition, are:
• Ms. Tania Aburto-Soto, who was selected as a finalist to participate in the Emerging Leader in Nutrition Science Poster Competition. She will share research titled, “Trends in the Distribution of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in the Mexican Population, 1999-2012.”
• Ms. Ruixue Hou, who also was chosen as a finalist for the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition at Nutrition 2018. She will present “Genetic determinants of bone mineral density and content in Hispanic children: the Viva La Familia study.”
• Ms. Anna Kahkoska, who is a finalist in the Emerging Clinical Leaders oral competition. Ms. Kahkoska will share an oral presentation, “Nutrition and Chronic Disease Epidemiology,” and also will present a poster, “Characterizing the Weight-Glycemia Phenotype of Type 1 Diabetes in Young Adults.”
• Ms. Nancy Lopez Olmedo, who was named a finalist in the Emerging Leader in Nutrition Science Poster Competition, will present her research, “Education Modifies the Association of the Diet Quality with Cardiometabolic Biomarkers in Mexican Adults.”
• Ms. Jessica Soldavini, who received a Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter Award to attend the conference. She will present two posters, “Serving Breakfast Free to All Students and Breakfast Serving Model Are Associated with Participation in the School Breakfast Program,” and “Very Low and Low Food Security Among Children is Associated with Poor Dietary Outcomes in Low-income Children During the Summer.”

The ASN’s Nutrition 2018 conference will take place June 9-12.

{Photo: Left to right are Ms. Jessica Soldavini, Ms. Ruixue Hou and Ms. Anna Kahkoska]

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