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Kauwell Receives National Teaching Award From USDA And NASULGC

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Cheryl Fields, NASULGC, (202) 478-6073
Gail Kauwell, (352) 392-1991, ext. 227

SAN ANTONIO, Tex.—Gail Kauwell, associate professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida, received the 2000 Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award on Nov. 11 in San Antonio. The national award, one of two given annually, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

Presented at NASULGC’s 113th annual meeting, the award includes a $5,000 stipend to be used by Kauwell for improving education at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The award was presented to Kauwell by Colien Hefferan, administrator with USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service in Washington, D.C.

Kauwell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition and dietetics, and directs the master’s degree dietetic internship program in UF’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She also conducts research on folate metabolism.

In 1984 and 1999, she received UF’s Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award. She also has received teacher of the year awards from UF’s College of Health Professions and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. In addition, Kauwell received Teaching Incentive Program awards in 1994 and 1998, and the American Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award in 1996.

Kauwell, who joined the UF faculty in 1982, completed her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition at University of Maine in 1975, her master’s degree in advanced human nutrition at UF in 1979 and her doctoral degree in food science and human nutrition at UF in 1993.

The USDA/NASULGC teaching awards program was authorized by Congress in 1990. The program generates nominations from a wide spectrum of departments in agriculture, natural resources, veterinary science and human sciences.

A selection committee of nationally recognized teachers and scholars selects the recipients. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their ability as classroom teachers, use of innovative teaching methodology, service to students and their profession, and scholarship.

Founded in 1887, NASULGC is a voluntary association of land-grant institutions such as UF, public research universities and many state university systems. Its members enroll more than 3.2 million students, award approximately a half-million degrees annually and have an estimated 20 million alumni. NASULGC is based in Washington, D.C.