September 23, 2014

SEC Symposium Poster Awards Announced

Kathryn Phillips from Missouri wins first place in the undergraduate division of the poster exhibition
Kathryn Phillips from Missouri wins first place in the undergraduate division of the poster exhibition

By: Sean Cartell
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

Six deserving individuals, selected from more than 80 entries, garnered Excellence in Poster Presentation honors on Tuesday to cap off the 2014 SEC Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

The posters, submitted and displayed by individuals from across the SEC’s 14 universities and other organizations, represented a wide variety of research areas related to the Symposium’s topic of Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge.

“This year’s poster exhibitors offered an array of research for SEC Symposium attendees to consider and evaluate in the area of obesity prevention,” said Torie Johnson, SECU Executive Director. “The research presented ranged from genetics, nutrition and physical activity to community engagement and workplace strategies. The breath of opportunities to address this significant issue was on display.”

Undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral scholars were eligible to receive poster awards.

The undergraduate student recipients included: Kathryn Phillips of the University of Missouri (first place) and Grace Talbot of the University of Mississippi (second place). The graduate student recipients included: Tushar Trivedi of the University of South Carolina (first place) and Parisa Darkhal of the University of Georgia (second place). The post-doctoral scholar recipients included: Colette Miller of the University of Georgia (first place) and Cherie Rooks-Peck from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (second place).

Mississippi State University took home the Excellence in Student Attendance Award, which is awarded to the university with the most students registered and attending the SEC Symposium. The SEC will make a donation to the Mississippi State University general scholarship fund in recognition of the accomplishment.

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Undergraduate Students
1st Place: Kathryn Phillips, University of Missouri
“Divergent Intrinsic Aerobic Capacity Impacts Markers of Bile Acid Synthesis Following Acute High Fat Diet”
2nd Place: Grace Talbot, University of Mississippi
“Energy Density and Weight Loss in Diets Varying in Macronutrient Composition: Potential Impact on Obesity”

Graduate Students
1st Place: Tushar Trivedi, University of South Carolina
“Obesity and Obesity-Related Behaviors Among Rural and Urban Adults in the United States”
2nd Place: Parisa Darkhal, University of Georgia
“Blocking High Fat Diet-Induced Obesity, Insulin Obesity, Insulin Resistance and Fatty Liver By Over Expression Of Mouse IL-13 Gene”

Post-Doctoral Scholars
1st Place: Colette Miller, University of Georgia
“Efficacy of a Dietary Phytochemical Blend on Preventing Lipid-Induced Hepatotoxicity”
2nd Place: Cherie Rooks-Peck, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Community Guide Systematic Review: Behavioral Interventions That Aim To Reduce Recreational Sedentary Screen Time”

Excellence in Student Attendance Award: Mississippi State University