Nutrition, dietetics professor earns national achievement award
Dr. Mary Murimi, professor of nutrition and dietetics at Louisiana Tech University, has received the Society for Nutrition Education’s (SNE) 2010 Mid-Career Achievement Award. The award is presented each year to a member of the SNE, in “mid-career”, who has made significant professional accomplishments in the field of nutrition education as well as important contributions to the mission of the SNE. “I am honored by this recognition,” said Murimi. “It reminds me that achievement, at any level, has a lot to do with connectivity and being connected with our students, community, and other professional organization is a major achievement.” “As educators we need to give back to the community by translating the new knowledge and science in a way that the community can benefit and live healthier lives.” The SNE’s 2010 conference, held in Reno, Nevada, offered attendees access to the latest developments in food, nutrition, and education, and provided new research, creative ideas, and practical techniques for use in various settings. 2010 has been a good year thus far for Murimi. In addition to the SNE award, Eastern Illinois University awarded her its 2010 Outstanding Graduate Award. Murimi earned her master’s degree in home economics with a dietetics option from EIU in 1992. The College of Applied and Natural Sciences at Louisiana Tech has also recognized Murimi with its 2006 Scholarly Activity Award and 2009 Research Award. The College is home to the School of Human Ecology, which offers the nutrition and dietetics programs. “What is particularly exciting for our Nutrition and Dietetics program is Dr. Murimi’s commitment to mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students in the field of Nutritional Education,” said Dr. Amy Yates, director of Louisiana Tech’s School of Humann Ecology. “Students are involved in all aspects of her work and are receiving hands-on experiences in nutritional counseling, education, and research right here in our local communities.” “This high level of commitment to improving the lives of the individuals and families in our communities is the hallmark of the School of Human Ecology.” The School of Human Ecology at Tech offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, along with opportunities for practica and internship experiences, membership in professional organizations, field study tours, and professional growth.