Five UNC Gillings students win recognition from ASN

May 17, 2018

Five doctoral students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health have received recognition from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).

“We are extremely pleased that five of our fabulous doctoral students are ASN winners!” said Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine and chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Gillings School. “I am so proud of our students’ accomplishments! We are looking forward to their presentations at the ASN’s annual meeting in Boston next month.”

The award winners, all students in the Department of Nutrition, are:

Tania Aburto-Soto, who was selected as a finalist to participate in the Emerging Leader in Nutrition Science Poster Competition. She will share research titled, “Trends in the Distribution of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in the Mexican Population, 1999-2012.”

Ruixue Hou

Ruixue Hou

Ruixue Hou, who also was chosen as a finalist for the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition at Nutrition 2018. She will present on, “Genetic determinants of bone mineral density and content in Hispanic children: the Viva La Familia study.”

Anna Kahkoska

Anna Kahkoska

Anna Kahkoska, who is a finalist in the Emerging Clinical Leaders oral competition. Kahkoska will share an oral presentation titled, “Nutrition and Chronic Disease Epidemiology,” and also will present a poster on, “Characterizing the Weight-Glycemia Phenotype of Type 1 Diabetes in Young Adults.”

Nancy Lopez Olmedo, who was named a finalist in the Emerging Leader in Nutrition Science Poster Competition, will present research titled, “Education Modifies the Association of the Diet Quality with Cardiometabolic Biomarkers in Mexican Adults.”

Jessica Soldavini

Jessica Soldavini

Jessica Soldavini, who received a Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter Award to attend the conference. She will present two posters, one on, “Serving Breakfast Free to All Students and Breakfast Serving Model Are Associated with Participation in the School Breakfast Program,” and one titled, “Very Low and Low Food Security Among Children is Associated with Poor Dietary Outcomes in Low-income Children During the Summer.”

The ASN’s Nutrition 2018 conference will take place June 9-12.


Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or

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