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PhD candidate’s research featured in noted publications

In November, Stephanie Lopez-Neyman’s study linking racial disparities to cardiovascular disease was published in Scientific Reports. A week later, an article highlighting the same study appeared in Healio.com, a website that reports on clinical issues and socioeconomic topics. 

TWU alum adds 100-mile race to adventure résumé

Texas Woman’s alumna Roxanne Gonzales-Vogel completed the historic ultramarathon Leadville Trail 100 Run. The race is the latest accolade for the adventurer who loves to run and climb to the highest peaks.

Nutrition graduate uses education, experience to combat campus food insecurity

Texas Woman’s May 2022 nutrition doctoral graduate Francilia Brito Silva is on a mission to improve the eating habits of students and combat food insecurity on campus. As a vital contributor to the TWU Health and Wellbeing Initiative, she has already made a huge impact on campus and plans to do even more after graduation.

TWU faculty member explores nutraceuticals in new book

Texas Woman’s Professor Emeritus Chandan Prasad, PhD, from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, explores different nutraceuticals that may aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in his new book, COVID-19 and Nutraceuticals, A Guidebook (Bohr Publishers & New Century Health Publishers, Late October 2021).

The Ingredients for Success

Texas Woman’s Nutrition and Food Sciences Assistant Professor Derek Miketinas, PhD, is passionate about many things in life, but three main ones have guided his career – food, teaching and research. Working at TWU has enabled him to pursue all of them, and national organizations are taking notice of his work.

Flavor Chemistry research earns Journal of Food Science cover recognition

TWU’s flavor chemistry program received national exposure this month, when research led by Texas Woman’s Assistant Professor Xiaofen Du, PhD, (Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences) was featured on the April 2021 cover of the Journal of Food Science.

TWU graduate brings nutrition research to the forefront of health care

As the role nutrition plays in health care continues to grow, so too does the importance of research opportunities for Texas Woman’s students, which May 2021 nutritional sciences graduate Lily Sebastian discovered during her time at the university. Sebastian will now use her experience at TWU to pave her own way in the medical field.

Three CHS students receive 2021 Outstanding Student Awards

Three Texas Woman's College of Health Sciences students received 2021 Outstanding Student Awards during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, March 25.

TWU nutrition faculty member, graduate student receive TAND awards

Assistant Professor Kathleen Davis, PhD, in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and nutrition graduate student Roxana Wroblewski received awards from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND).

TWU MS in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry program celebrates first graduates

For students seeking careers as flavor chemists, Texas Woman’s MS in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry program can provide the sweet smell of success. With its first students graduated this year (May, summer, fall), the program is celebrating its achievements while continuing to plan for the future.

Making a play for sports nutrition

For the past 14 years, Texas Woman’s alumna and adjunct professor Amy Goodson (MS ’06) has pursued her passion for overall health, wellness and sports nutrition. In her new book, The Sports Nutrition Playbook, she provides a resource perfect for youth and teen athletes, as well as their parents and coaches, to teach them how to fuel and hydrate their bodies to perform at the highest level.

TWU nutrition faculty member awarded for service to professional organization

TWU Assistant Professor Xiaofen Du, PhD, in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, received the 2020 Outstanding Service Award from the Fruit & Vegetable Products Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in recognition of her service and contributions during 2019-2020.

TWU nutrition alumna finds new path to health and happiness

Texas Woman’s alumna Michelle Tribble (BAS ’16) made a name for herself as a culinary superstar. But just as tastes change, so too do dreams, and Tribble has decided to return to her alma mater to help her carve a new path in the food world.

TWU Dietetic Internship Master’s Degree Program receives reaccreditation

The TWU Dietetic Internship Master’s Degree Program in Houston was granted reaccreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Reaccreditation is typically for seven years; however, the program was granted accreditation through 2028.

TWU graduate students named finalists, win top prize in IFT competition

Texas Woman’s nutrition and food sciences graduate students Cierra Williams (Paris, TX) and Jessica Ramirez (The Philippines) were finalists for the Institute of Food Technologists’ Graduate Student Poster Competition, with Williams winning first place and being awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

TWU nutrition student first to be elected to serve in national honor society

Texas Woman’s student Lina Gonzalez made history this spring by being the first TWU Regional Collegiate Representative elected for the Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society, a scholastic honor society that recognizes academic achievement among students in family and consumer sciences.

Lily Sebastian: Bringing nutrition research to the forefront of health care

As the role nutrition plays in health care continues to grow, research opportunities for Texas Woman’s students such as nutritional sciences major Lily Sebastian are becoming increasingly valuable for both her future and the future of health care. With several accomplishments already under her belt, Sebastian is taking advantage of everything TWU has to offer to pave her own way in the medical field.

TWU documentary selected for San Antonio Film Festival

As the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Texas Woman's University is pleased to announce the selection of Mack Minded: Humanly Possible as an official entry of the 25th Annual SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival. This short documentary, jointly produced by TWU and Curious Dog Creative, highlights the groundbreaking research of female scientist Pauline Beery Mack, Ph.D., in support of NASA's manned lunar programs.

TWU program assesses firefighters' health, wellness

For more than 20 years, Texas Woman’s University’s Institute for Women’s Health has offered wellness programs and performed health research. This year, a group of first responders— firefighters in the Denton Fire Department (DFD)—is taking advantage of the services available in the clinic. Denton firefighters can earn bonus pay for maintaining or improving specified wellness levels. To help them monitor these levels, the DFD signed a three-year agreement with TWU’s Institute for Women’s Health to assess the health and fitness of the department’s 170 firefighters annually.

TWU alum Roxanne Vogel reaches world’s tallest peak in record ascent

Roxanne Vogel is no longer an aspiring Mt. Everest climber. The TWU alumna is now a record-breaking climber of the world’s tallest peak.

TWU grad reaches Mt. Everest summit

TWU Exercise and Sports Nutrition alumna, Roxanne Vogel, reached the summit of Mt. Everest in her attempt to climb the tallest mountain in the world in two weeks.

TWU graduate hopes to break record with Mt. Everest climb

TWU alumna Roxanne Vogel (MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition '17) is attempting to scale Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, in record time— two weeks. You can follow Roxy's trip at https://guenergy.com/roxy-on-everest/

TWU nutrition students showcase innovative food products

A semester of hard work and experiential learning recently came to a close for senior undergraduate Nutrition students at Texas Woman’s. Adjunct Professor James Adams guided his Food Product Development class through creating new products from beginning to launch, with creative and delicious results.

TWU professors team up for childhood obesity research

Texas Woman’s University professors Kathleen Davis, Ph.D. (nutrition and food sciences) and Marilyn Massey-Stokes, Ed.D. (health promotion and kinesiology) recognized a need for new approaches to combat childhood obesity. A current research project may give them the answers – and it may be as simple as picking up a cellphone.

TWU Nutrition alumna appointed National Director of VHA NFS

Texas Woman's Nutrition and Food Sciences alumna Anne Utech (MS '05, PhD '12) was recently appointed to the equivalent position of National Director, Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) – Central Office, Washington, DC.

Nothing but home runs for TWU Nutrition alumna

Lindsay Oar (MS ‘17) discovered the perfect way to merge her two passions — sports and nutrition — with an Exercise and Sports Nutrition degree from Texas Woman’s that led to a position as assistant sports dietitian (RDN) for the Texas Rangers professional baseball organization.

Texas Woman’s professor brings the world to her classroom

You might have trouble finding caterpillars, termites and fermented milk on store shelves in Texas, but, as a Texas Woman’s University global perspectives class recently learned, these are staples in South Africa.

TWU graduate turns traditional nutrition coaching upside down

Joan Denton (M.S. ‘18) knew she wanted to be a registered dietitian, but never felt at ease in a hospital. When she expressed her interests to one of her Texas Woman’s University nutrition professors, Denton discovered she could be categorized as a “culinary dietitian.” This set Denton on to create her own path in the field of nutrition.

TWU alumna Rachel Russell brings taste to your table

Rachel Russell (BAS '16) found her career niche when she wasn't expecting it. But at a meeting for nutrition transfer students, she got a sales pitch that hooked her from the start.

TWU Houston celebrates opening of Student Food Market

With a goal of supporting students holistically, Texas Woman's University Institute of Health Sciences in Houston celebrated the opening of the TWU Student Food Market March 19, 2018. The Student Food Market—a joint venture between the university and the Houston Food Bank, the nation’s largest food bank in distribution— provides perishable and non-perishable food twice monthly to food insecure students.

Alumnus Walter Rivas can stand the heat

The kitchen at Medical City Frisco is constantly in motion – employees are prepping food, cooking, plating, dishwashing, and as in most hospitals, taking care of the special dietary needs of patients. In the middle of it all is Executive Chef Walter Rivas (BAS Culinary Arts and Food Service Management ‘16), who fortunately loves the hectic pace his workplace offers.

TWU alumna wins Hell's Kitchen finale

Creating original gourmet cuisine from scratch in 40 minutes would be stressful for most people, but imagine doing it for an audience of 3 million people. That was the life of TWU alumna Michelle Tribble these past five months as a contestant on the Fox reality TV series Hell's Kitchen. On Friday, Feb. 2, Tribble (BAS 2016) won this popular cooking competition hosted by Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay. She entered the finale as the only woman in the final slate of three competing to become head chef of Ramsay's new Hell's Kitchen restaurant at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas.

Texas Woman’s alum returns to Hell’s Kitchen

Texas Woman’s University alumna Michelle Tribble is no stranger to the fire found on Hell’s Kitchen, the popular television chef competition hosted by Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay. After coming in third in Season 14, Tribble has been selected to appear in Season 17’s All-Stars edition of the Fox network show, which premieres Sept. 29.

University launches flavor chemistry program with support from Dr Pepper Snapple

Thanks to a partnership with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Texas Woman’s University has established a flavor chemistry laboratory the first university-based research center of its kind in Texas.

Lights, Camera, Action! TWU grads make fun, educational videos focused on nutrition

Need some quick tips for eating healthier on the run? Members of the TWU dietetic internship program created short videos that show you how to make a healthy and quick lunch. With just a little planning, it is easy to make your lunch at home and take it with you!

The videos feature Denton dietetic interns who designed and produced them under the direction of TWU Internship Director Martha Rew, MS, RDN, LD. After completing their internship program, the graduates will take a national board exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.

TWU nutrition student named best in Texas

A headshot of Lisa Presley


The accolades keep coming for TWU Nutrition & Food Science students. This spring, Lisa Presley,  a senior undergraduate student majoring in Nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics, was selected outstanding dietetics student by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award recognizes Lisa as the top 2017 dietetics student in the state of Texas – out of more than 500  and one of the top in the nation. Congratulations, Lisa!

TWU student team celebrates Nutrition College Bowl win

Six smiling students, one holds up winning plaque.
TWU Nutrition students Chris Vanburen, Erin Maxwell, Morgan Drain, Antonio Miranda, Brittany Kuhl and Haley Werner. (Not pictured: Gabriel Puche)


TWU Nutrition students out-answered their competition to win the annual Nutrition College Bowl at the recent Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Exhibition. The TWU team's comprehensive knowledge of nutrition-related topics led to victory over competing teams from University of the Incarnate Word, Texas Tech, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M and Texas Southern University.

Texas Woman’s faculty Nancy DiMarco elected to commission

Nancy DiMarco, Ph.D., RDN, CSSD, Texas Woman’s University nutrition and food sciences professor and director of the university’s Institute for Women’s Health, recently was elected by the members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to serve on its Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). DiMarco will serve a three-year term.

Student launches small business focused on nutrition counseling

As a clinical dietitian for a hospital, online nutrition student Stacey Mattinson, R.D.N., L.D., loved teaching patients about how nutrition could help them heal. But with only 15 minutes to educate patients who were frequently recovering from major surgery, Mattinson said it was difficult to direct behavior changes.

To spend more time on nutritional counseling, Mattinson launched Elevate Nutrition Consulting in February 2016.

Dietetics program interns take field trip to local cattle ranch

Nutrition students visit a Cattle Ranch in October 2016.
Nutrition & Food Sciences students interacted with cows in addition to learning about the beef industry during an October 2016 field trip to the 3K Land & Cattle Ranch in Justin, Texas. Photo by Martha Rew, M.S., RDN, LD

Thanks to a Texas Beef Council sponsorship, TWU-Denton dietitian interns visited the local 3K Land & Cattle Ranch in Justin, Texas, to learn first-hand about the beef industry, lean cuts of beef and other protein foods. TWU's Nutrition and Food Sciences program offers field trips like this to students to help them learn by doing. These prospective registered dietitian nutritionists have a new perspective on the beef industry that will help them when talking with future clients.

Nutrition graduate serves students with passion and engagement

Keeping an open mind and treating everything as a learning experience has been the key to success for Texas Woman’s May 2022 nutrition graduate Theodora “Theo” Sam-Brew. That was especially true for her while serving as the Student Government Association (SGA) president during COVID. But her passion for working for her fellow students led her to overcome challenges and accomplish great things.

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