Message from the Director

Dear Alumni and Friends,

As you will see from this newsletter, the new division was formed at the nexus of food and health to capitalize on the strengths in agriculture and medicine at the University of Missouri. The division houses and supports all the degree programs from FS and NEP, which include BS, MS and PhD in Food Science; BS, MS, and PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology; a combined BS+MS program in Dietetics; and several certificates and minor programs. There are approximately 300 undergraduate students and about 70 graduate students in the degree programs. The realignment will enhance the education programs and student successes by providing students with learning opportunities in closely related disciplines, strong student mentoring with an expanded career horizon, and enhanced teaching efficiency and effectiveness.

The division is unique in that it unites food, nutrition, and exercise sciences under one roof. The strong connections among the three areas are increasingly recognized by funding agencies, policy makers, and consumers. The restructured division will allow faculty to collaborate and pursue new research opportunities: novel food products with health benefits, and nutrition and exercise in the context of real food people will consume, etc. This is consistent with CAFNR’s strategic vision of “imagining a healthy world” and NEP’s mission to “improve the health of Missourians.” In addition, researchers from our program are some of the first to move into Mizzou’s new Precision Health Institute, which seeks to improve health outcomes via individualized care for Missourians and beyond. A recent study sponsored by the Missouri governor’s office and a coalition of industries identified “foods for health” as one of three major opportunities to advance the economy and called for strengthening and stronger ties between the two programs at MU. The union will allow strong integrated research from food and exercise to health.

It is our promise to continue to deliver top-notch teaching, research, and extension programs you have loved and supported over many years. The reorganization will allow us to reach new heights. We invite you to come visit us when an opportunity arises.

Jinglu Tan

Director and Professor

Division of Food, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences