American Society for Nutrition honors two Penn State researchers

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Two Penn State faculty members: A. Catharine Ross and Barbara Rolls; are the recipients of awards from the American Society for Nutrition. The faculty members will receive their awards in a ceremony during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2013 on Sunday, April 21, in Boston.

Ross, professor of nutritional sciences and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair, will be named a Fellow of ASN. 

Ross's research focuses on vitamin A/retinoid metabolism, hepatic retinoid function and gene expression, vitamin A in infection and immunity, and vitamin A and lung development in the neonatal period.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Ross as an ASN Fellow, the highest honor the Society bestows," said John E. Courtney, executive officer of ASN. "This recognition honors her career as a scholar, teacher, mentor and innovator."

Rolls, professor and Helen A. Guthrie Chair of Nutritional Sciences, will receive the David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award. The award is presented in recognition of a career devoted to promoting interaction among, support for and assistance of outstanding nutrition researchers in governmental, private and academic sectors resulting in the application of fundamental knowledge to delivery of better nutrition products and information to the public.

Rolls's research examines the importance of energy density in the control of satiety and food intake. She is the author of five books, including "The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan," and "The Volumetrics Eating Plan" and "The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet," in addition to more than 200 journal articles.

"Dr. Rolls has a distinguished career in nutrition," said Courtney. "Her body of work has shifted the way scientists think about food intake regulation and has influenced policy debate at the national level."

Established in 1928, ASN is the publisher of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, The Journal of Nutrition, and Advances in Nutrition. It has more than 4,900 members. 

Last Updated April 15, 2013