Davy came to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2003 and has mentored 14 master’s and 10 Ph.D. students, and currently advises one master’s and one Ph.D. student. Three of the Ph.D. students Davy has mentored have received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Alumnus Award for the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention High Obesity Program, the Petersburg Healthy Options Partnerships project and community partners in the City of Petersburg have coordinated efforts to feed families and improve access to healthy food in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sora Shin, a new assistant professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, studies how stress can induce psychiatric disorders. She hopes to develop new targeted therapeutics to help patients with mental illness.
Brittany Steffens knows some people might not see the immediate connection between her work with the Office of Academic Integrity and her future career as a physician, but her experiences have been foundational for her future.
Why is eating unhealthy food such a hard habit to break? Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, a new faculty member at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, studies how modern high-fat, high-carb foods might be tricking the brain into intensifying reward and pleasure signals.
In his new role, Hulver will shape the vision and programs of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute by leveraging existing strengths and developing a strategic plan to enhance resources for Virginia Tech’s life sciences community.
Jessica Schultz is the founder of an eclectic baking and crafts business called Find A Way, Bake, and Crochet, which she opened while she was in college. Her next commercial venture was the highly successful Blacksburg Bagels, which she opened in 2013 and sold earlier this year. Now, Schultz is expressing her gifts while helping to build a vibrant community in the New River Valley.
Global Opportunity Initiative is a faculty development program the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Global Programs office launched last year with the goal of helping early-career faculty to address complex research challenges, refine their research pitch and build collaborative relationships with organizations active in global agricultural engagement.
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Summer Veterinary Student Research Program, now in its 13th year, addresses the high demand for veterinarians with biomedical research backgrounds and inspires career reconsiderations in the process.
Godsey, a senior human nutrition, foods, and exercise major, developed a love for the sciences in high school and became interested in pursuing a medical-related career. Attending Virginia Tech was an easy decision for the third-generation Hokie, and her major was an obvious choice as well.
Graduates of the new program, which will accept its first cohort of students this fall, will be eligible to become registered dietitian nutritionists after completing the credentialing exam through the Commission on Dietetics Registration.