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Sibylle Kranz - Child nutrition and the effect of changing diet on children's health and ability to learn.

Category: 
Science & Engineering
Department: 
Kinesiology
Supervising Faculty Member: 
Sibylle Kranz
Research Focus: 

In the Diet and Nutrition (DAN) lab we are exploring ways to change how children eat. Very early in life, humans establish their diet variety through observation of role models and through what is available to eat. This is the foundation for the foods we like (prefer) and don't like (avoid) throughout the life cycle. Although some humans experience phases where these food preferences are changed, for most of us the dietary intake patterns don't change much (or not for a long time) past age 6-8. Thus, teaching young children to like a healthy diet is critical to avoid chronic diseases later in life.

Position Description: 

Students conducting supervised research in the DAN lab are expected to adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct, hygiene, and confidentiality. For the most part, we work with highly vulnerable populations (children ages 2-12). After being trained, students will directly interact with subjects and their parents, may help in recruitment; prepare and serve (pre-post plate weight studies) foods prepared in the lab; observe eating behaviors; conduct interview-administered questionnaires; food intake records; and physical activity measurement.

Required Skills: 

'- committed to working in a team
- good communication skills
- understands the need for appropriate problem-solving skills
- experience in dealing with young children (babysitting, younger siblings)
- interest in human behavior studies

Training/Certification: 
CITI training for human behavioral research SerfSafe (training for food handlers)
What will you learn: 

Planning and organizing complex data collection
Consistent and ethical interaction with subjects (children) and their parents
Importance of academic integrity and confidentiality in research

Specialization: 
Child nutrition and the effect of changing diet on children's health and ability to learn.