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Two NAL lab members present at Experimental Biology 2015

Deniz Azarmanesh and Joyce Faraj,  NAL members and doctoral students in the Department of Nutrition, presented their research in the 79th American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2015.  Experimental Biology (EB) is a multidisciplinary, scientific meeting that brings together over 14,000 researchers and exhibitors representing six sponsoring societies.

Azarmanesh presented her poster, titled: “Early Bedtime and Late Wake-time is Associated with Lower Diet Quality among Young Women”. Her presentation was based on a secondary analysis of the University of Massachusetts Vitamin D Status Study, a cross-sectional study of college-aged women in Western Massachusetts initially designed to assess the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and evaluate health consequences of vitamin D Deficiency.  Azarmanesh found an association of sleep timing with diet quality and physical activity in different populations in the US. Deniz’s research contributes to finding the underlying causes of obesity and how sleep habits play a role in overall health of individuals.Read more

Bi-sek Hsiao awarded Peter L. Pellet Scholarship

Bi-sek Hsiao, Nutrition department MS candidate and NAL member, was awarded the Peter L. Pellet Scholarship in April, 2015, an award given to a graduate student with interests related to food security and international nutrition. Bi-sek's research focuses on measuring the food environment in Springfield and using the Mobile Produce Market in Springfield as a model to understand the dynamics of the food environment. She hopes to apply this experience to future research measuring food environments in the international setting.Read more

MPH student Willie Frazier joins the NAL

The NAL is delighted to welcome MPH student, Willie Frazier.  Willie has a BS degree from the department of Human Nutrition, Foods &Exercise at Virginia Tech and participated in the NIH R25 Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) in the UMass Kinesiology department before...Read more

Joyce Faraj wins National Research Travel Award

Joycelyn Faraj, UMass Nutrition Department Doctoral Candidate and Nutrition Assessment Laboratory (NAL) member, presented her research on vitamin B-6 status and Depression among women of reproductive age at the SACNAS national conference in October 2014. Findings from Joyce’s research showed that women with depressive symptoms have lower circulating vitamin...Read more