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Awards / Honors

Food Science & Human Nutrition Professor Patricia Kendall receives National Engagement Award

November 17, 2010

Patricia Kendall, associate dean for research in the College of Applied Human Sciences and professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition, received the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board on Human Sciences Outstanding Engagement Award at the APLU Meeting in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 15.

Exceptional creativity and scholarship

Pat Kendall, right, with College of Applied Human Sciences Interim Dean Nancy Hartley following the APLU awards ceremony in Dallas.

The purpose of the Outstanding Engagement Award is to recognize an individual for exceptional creativity and scholarship in the development, application, and evaluation of outreach, extension, and public service programs.

Pat Kendall has an exceptional record of integrating research into outreach programs in the areas of food safety and chronic disease prevention. As a nutrition and food safety education specialist, she and her colleagues have developed a nationally recognized program focused on the use of theoretical models to better understand how consumer behavior can be successfully modified to improve health and nutritional status. She has developed a reputation as one of the top experts in the country in food safety education,” said Nancy Hartley, interim dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences.

Directed large research program

Throughout most of her career, Kendall has directed a large federally-funded research program with two aims:

  • the development of nutrition education interventions targeted at chronic disease prevention
  • development of consumer food safety programs

Kendall has published 128 manuscripts in more than 30 different refereed journals since her first refereed publication appeared in the Journal of Food Science in 1974. She has also received millions of dollars in federal grants.

Successful in identifying emerging food safety issues

Kendall has been very successful in identifying emerging food safety issues, building interdisciplinary teams to conduct the applied research needed to address these issues, and then translating the findings into effective educational materials and programs. She and CSU colleague John Sofos in Animal Sciences studied the microbiological safety of meat drying recommendations after an outbreak of E. coli. This work led to three integrated research projects, which culminated in the development of new, research-based recommendations for home food drying.

Kendall has served as the president of the Society for Nutrition Education, a national organization dedicated to nutrition education and behavior research and practice, and on the National Board for Epsilon Sigma Phi, Extension’s service organization.

Improving access to healthy food in Colo.

She also has served as the panel manager for two different USDA Grant Program Initiatives: the Nutritional Impact of Functional Foods section of USDA’s Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems from 2000-2001 and NIFA’s National Integrated Food Safety Initiative for 2009-2010.

She continues to serve as an Associate Editor for Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, is on three editorial boards, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Food Protection, and Food Protection Trends, and serves on the Health and Scientific Advisory Board of the Public Health & Water Research Institute. Most recently, Kendall is among 12 appointees to the state's first Food Systems Advisory Council, a group that is charged with improving access to healthy food in Colorado.

Long-running weekly nutrition column

Kendall is known for her weekly nutrition column, Nutrition News, which appeared from 1976 to 2006 in close to 30 newspapers in Colorado, including those with wide circulation such as the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Denver Post, and the Rocky Mountain News.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is a non-profit association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems with member campuses in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. APLU is dedicated to advancing learning, discovery and engagement. The association provides a forum for the discussion and development of policies and programs affecting higher education and the public interest.

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