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Research Activities

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Dietetics is an evidence-based profession and the science of nutrition is rapidly expanding. The faculty of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics possess a diverse range of research issues. They are active scholars, both publishing and presenting at international, national, and regional professional meetings. 

Review a combined list of recent scholarly activities.

Compiled List of Faculty and Graduate Student Projects

Check out a list of faculty publications and presentations, as well as our graduate students' research projects.

Examples of Current Faculty Research Projects

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Quantifying Herb and Spice Intake

Study Goal: Develop a tool that measures herb and spice consumption for the purpose of advancing research linking culinary herbs and spices to health outcomes.

: Cynthia Blanton, PhD, RDN, LD

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Anti-inflammatory Function of Spices and Circadian Rhythm

Study Goal: Investigate the interplay between consumption timing of dietary spices and their functional properties with the peak time of gene transcription

PI: Cynthia Blanton, PhD, RDN, LD with Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND

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ADA Compliance among Accredited Dietetic Programs

Study Goal: Determine the availability and inclusivity of technical standards in accredited dietetic programs.

PI: Allisha Weeden, PhD, RDN, LD with Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND; Char Byington, MEd, RDN, LD; Andrea Jeffery, RDN, LD

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Interprofessional Education in Cancer Care

Study Goal: Develop a palliative care oncology curriculum within a wellness framework

PI: Susan S. Tavernier, PhD, RN, with Barb Mason, PharmD; Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND; Logan Lamprecht, PhD, LCPC; Shauna Smith, MS, CCC-SLP