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Bess Caswell and Rochelle Werner Recognized as American Society for Nutrition Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Finalists

Bess Caswell and Rochelle Werner have been named as Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Finalists in the topic areas of (1) Maternal, Perinatal and Pediatric Nutrition and (2) Global Nutrition, respectively. The Emerging Leaders is a program of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) to recognize the highest quality research presented by students and young investigators at NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE. 

More than 1,000 abstracts were submitted by students and postdoctoral fellows and the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science program aims to recognize the top 15% highest scoring abstracts as finalists. Abstracts were rated by more than 500 nutrition scientists.

“Through this activity, the American Society for Nutrition celebrates the achievements of our rising stars,” stated Richard Mattes, PhD, MPH, RD, President, American Society for Nutrition. “The Society looks forward to watching their future contributions to advance our understanding of nutrition science and practice.”

At the upcoming Nutrition Live Online 2020 Conference June 1-4, Dr. Bess Caswell will present her abstract: “An Egg Feeding Intervention Increased Protein Quantity and Quality Among Young Malawian Children.” Dr. Caswell is a postdoctoral scholar in the Institute for Global Nutrition, specializing in dietary assessment and food- and agriculture-based nutrition interventions.

Doctoral student Rochelle Werner will present her abstract: “Intake of Free Sugars Among Young Children in Rural Malawi." She is a third year PhD student in the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology completing a Designated Emphasis in International and Community Nutrition.

 For a full list of Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Finalists, visit

About NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE  ASN 2020 Conference Logo

Originally scheduled to begin May 30 in Seattle, Nutrition 2020 has been cancelled due to the impacts of COVID-19. With support from the ASN Foundation and leading partners, plans are underway to deliver the same great content and collaboration in new ways at no charge. NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE to be held June 1 – 4, 2020.

About the American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

ASN is the preeminent professional organization for nutrition research scientists and clinicians around the world. Founded in 1928, the society brings together the top nutrition researchers, medical practitioners, policy makers and industry leaders to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. ASN publishes four peer-reviewed journals and provides education and professional development opportunities to advance nutrition research, practice and education.


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