Member of the Year

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Members of the Research DPG of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics lead the future of dietetics by promoting the conduct and application of research related to food, nutrition, and dietetics. Our members are a highly valued source for conducting, interpreting and applying research related to food, nutrition and dietetics.

Each year, Research DPG honors one of its members who have provided significant and sustained work to advance the mission and goals of the Research DPG with the Research DPG Member of the Year Award.

2017-2018 Research DPG Member of the Year

Mary_jon_head_shot.jpgMary-Jon Ludy, PhD, RDN, FAND

Associate Professor
Food & Nutrition Program Coordinator
Bowling Green State University

Mary-Jon’s commitment to the Research DPG is a source of inspiration to all. She selflessly agreed to step up and fill a vacancy on the Nominating Committee Chair when a tragic turn of events created a vacancy. She had previously served a three-term on the Nominating Committee and at the same time was our Policy and Advocacy Leader. Also, Mary Jon has been an active member of the research grant application review committee as well donated her food pictures on behalf of the RDPG to raise money for the Academy’s Foundation. Thank you Mary-Jon.


2017-2018 Research DPG Member of the Year

RDPG_Hanson_member_of_year_picture_2017-2018.jpegJennifer Hanson, PhD, RDN

Assistant Professor
Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health
Kansas State University

Jennifer was instrumental in overhauling and improving the Research DPG’s awards application, submission, and review process. In addition to her work as awards chair, Jennifer served as a nominating committee member and as the nominating committee chair.