The Gershoff-Simonian Prize

The Gershoff-Simonian Prize

Emily Finnan is the 2016 recipient of the Stanley N. Gershoff, Simon J. and Arpi A. Simonian Prize for Research Excellence in Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School.

The award was created in honor of Dr. Stanley Gershoff, Dean Emeritus. It is bestowed annually to a masters or doctoral student who has excelled in their chosen field of study, and who exemplifies the same creativity and dedication to the discipline of nutrition as Dr. Gershoff, demonstrating a commitment to the intersection of nutrition science and policy through their work.

Emily Finnan entered the Friedman School in the fall of 2014 to pursue an MS in the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition program with a specialization in Nutrition Communication. While at Friedman, she has studied with Dr. Sarah Booth in the vitamin K laboratory at the HNRCA, investigating US dietary sources of vitamin K, with particular emphasis on mixed dishes and restaurant foods. She also contributes to Dr. Fang Fang Zhang’s Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Program, creating curriculum to help childhood cancer survivors transition into healthy eating and active living following cancer treatment. In addition to pursuing her master’s degree full-time, Emily has been working part-time as a dietitian at Franciscan Children’s in Brighton and, after graduation this May, said she plans to take all of the experiences, knowledge, and skills gained at Tufts into a full-time position as a pediatric clinical dietitian. 

Past recipients are Alison G. Brown (2015); Samantha E. Berger (2014); Adela M. Hruby (2013); Maria C. Dao (2012); Lorien E. Urban (2011); June Leung (2010); Natalie A. Valpiani (2009); Alison Tovar (2008); and Cheryl H. Gilhooly (2007).

Pictured: Dean Dariush Mozaffarian with Emily Finnan, the 2016 recipient of the Stanley N. Gershoff, Simon J. and Arpi A. Simonian Prize for Research Excellence in Nutrition Science and Policy

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