Alumni Awards

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2019 Award Recipients

Lu Qi, NG04 - Excellence in Nutrition Award

Dr. Lu Qi obtained a medical degree in China and PhD at Tufts University in the United States. He is now HCA Regents Distinguished Chair and Professor of Epidemiology in Tulane University, and Director of Tulane University Obesity Research Center. He is also Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. His research focuses on Genetic and Nutritional epidemiology, and gene-diet interactions on obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases. He has published more than 280 scientific publications and edited a textbook ‘Gene-Environment Interactions and Human Diseases’. Dr. Qi is a fellow of American Heart Association (FAHA), American College of Nutrition (FACN), and The Obesity Society (FOS).

Amelia LoDolce, N08 - Leah Horowitz Award In memory of Leah Horowitz (FPAN ’06)

Amelia serves as the Executive Director of Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES), an urban agriculture organization in Binghamton, NY dedicated to making fresh food accessible to all while empowering residents to make positive change in their communities. Amelia joined VINES as the organization's first Executive Director in February 2016, but began volunteering with VINES in 2008 as a founding board member and the coordinator of the Liberty Street Community Garden.  Prior to joining VINES, Amelia worked for United Way of Broome County spearheading the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition's Eat Well. Play Hard. Binghamton! project (a pilot initiative working to improve the health of families on in a Binghamton food desert) and the City of Binghamton as the City's first Sustainable Development Planner.  Amelia holds a Master's degree in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She completed dual Bachelor degrees at Binghamton University in Environmental Studies and Philosophy. Having grown up on a farm in Otisco, NY, she enjoys working with other community members to make space in the urban neighborhoods for people to grow their own food and connect with the local environment.  

Tawanda Muzhingi N08, NG14 - Rising Star Award 

Tawanda Muzhingi is a nutritional biochemist, food scientist and flagship leader working with the International Potato Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Muzhingi is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Food, Nutrition and Bioprocessing at North Carolina State University, USA. At CIP, Tawanda supports programs with food science, nutrition, value-addition, post-harvest research, technology transfer and capacity building through the Food and Nutritional Evaluation Laboratory, a regional analytical platform that includes a test kitchen and sensory laboratory. Tawanda worked at Penn State University, the Jean Mayer United States Department of Agriculture HNRCA at Tufts University, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the University of Zimbabwe.  Tawanda is married to Lucy Rudo and they have four children namely Ivainashe Caleb (9), Tadiwanashe Nathaniel (6), Gabriella Makanaka (4) and Laura Mazvita (2).  

View a list of Alumni Association Award Recipients through the years.

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