Theresa Pola, Eiman Eltinay
and several other students from UNF’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program in
the Brooks College of Health gathered in the teacher’s lounge at Holiday Hill
Elementary School on an October morning to chop bok choy.
The food preparation was an
initial step in a research study of neophobia — the fear of trying new foods.
University of North Florida professors Dr. Leslie Kaplan, associate director of
the Hicks Honors College, and Dr. Corinne Labyak, nutrition professor and
registered dietician, are researching a food-tasting methodology that just
might offer some hope in the age-old struggle between children and good-for-you
With vegetable-filled bowls
in hand, the group moved to school’s lunchroom and bravely offered the raw Chinese
cabbage to about 700 children who were eating lunch.
Would the youngsters
actually try the new food? Surprisingly, yes. In fact, most children were eager
Labyak said that during the
first two weeks of the study, when the food choices were heirloom tomatoes and
kiwi, the children even seemed to enjoy the tasting, perhaps seeing it as a science
Kaplan said the method of
offering the food is important. “We are trying to get rid of the power
struggles, so we tell the children beforehand what the food may taste like and then
encourage them to try a bite-size portion: sniff it, lick it, taste it or don’t
— it’s your choice,” Kaplan said. “As we continue the program, we hope that the
culture of adventurous eating will become the norm, and kids will be more willing
to try new foods.”
Another motivation for
students is the positive peer pressure of the school lunchroom. Pola said that
in the previous tastings some children joined in when they saw everyone else at
the table eager to give the food a try. “We don’t force the kids to eat
anything, and we tell them they can spit it out,” Pola said. “So they try it,
and we see a variety of reactions.”
At the second-grade table,
when Pola offered the bok choy and Eltinay recorded the responses, reactions
were definitely mixed. Cayden, 7, asked for seconds, ate it willingly and then
declared it positively “awesome.” Seated next to her, Alexis, 7, chewed instead
on her own lunch, unwilling to taste the vegetable. “I’m a picky eater,” she explained,
saying she liked corn instead.
Motivating children to
overcome their fear could have important health implications, Labyak said.
“With the prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in our country, it is so
important to start at a young age to impact their future habits and health,”
The professors chose two classes per
grade for the research, which spans 10 weeks in the fall and again in the
spring. A survey is used in week one and repeated in week 10 to measure
attitude; tastings are used to measure behavior. While all students in the
school will be offered the food tastings, only responses from the selected
classes will be included in the study. The research team also is conducting a
control group at Louis S. Sheffield Elementary.
Will a culture of adventurous eating in
the school lunchroom transfer to home? Kaplan doesn’t know, but she is sure
that a positive approach is the best choice with kids.
Until the somewhat recent digital developments, photography used to be tightly connected to darkroom processes that spanned the previous two centuries. But even as the speed and ease of digital image capture and distribution increase at lightning speed, some photographers long to connect with the physical aspects of picture-making. This is evident in a new exhibit, "Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World," at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida.
"Retro-spective" explores the works of photographers who, at the height of the digital age, are turning back to 19th century photographic processes and, in so doing, redefining the parameters of the medium and its expressive capacities alike. The exhibition features photographs by Matthew Brandt, Adam Fuss, Richard Leayord, Christian Marclay, Chris McCaw, Alison Rossiter, Joni Sternbach, and James Welling, who continue to explore and play with analog processes and materials of photography.
For these artists, the darkroom is a laboratory, where a renewed passion for camera-less photograms, solarization, and photography's capacity to record light is realized. New technologies, equipment or unorthodox materials, however, expand the possibilities of what a photograph can be. "Retro-spective" presents how contemporary artists continue to engage in the medium's physical processes; the resulting images not only celebrate the material essence of analog photography but challenge viewers to see the medium anew. The exhibit is open through Jan. 8, 2017. Paul Karabinis, an associate professor of photography at UNF, will lead a guided tour of the exhibit, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required.
A behind the scenes interview with one of exhibit photographers, Alison Rossiter, offers greater perspective on why these artists love the timeless methods.
Coggin College of Business
Dean Mark Dawkins, with Matthew Wieland and Michael T. Dugan, wrote an article “Assessing the Elite Publication Benefits of Academic Pedigree: A Joint Examination of PhD Institution and Employment Institution,” in Accounting Perspectives, 2016 to be published soon. Dr. Courtney Baker, assistant professor of marketing, received the 2016 Charles C. Slater Memorial Award for her article, “Improvisational Provisioning in Disaster: The Mechanisms and Meanings of Ad Hoc Marketing Exchange Systems in Community.” The Slater Award recognizes the best article in the two most recently published volumes of the Journal of Macromarketing. Dr. Baker’s winning paper focuses on how communities recover after major catastrophic events, such as natural disasters, through the use of alternative marketing exchange systems. Dr. Russell Triplett, assistant professor of economics, with Drs. Chiradip Chatterjee, Russell Triplett, Christopher Johnson and Parvez Ahmed wrote “Willingness to Pay for Safe Drinking Water: A Contingent Valuation Study in Jacksonville, FL.” This project was funded by an Environmental Center seed grant awarded last year. The paper was presented at: UNF Environmental Center Faculty Social in September, at the Department of Economics and Geography Brown Bag Workshop in October and at the International Atlantic Economic Society in Washington, D.C., in October.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Engineering
Dr. Steven Stagon, with students Kyle Gobble and Amelia Stark, published “Improved Bond Strength of Cyanoacrylate Adhesives Through Nanostructured Chromium Adhesion Layers” in Nanoscale Research Letters Vol. 11, 2016.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have invited Dr. Brian Kopp to attend the launch of the next generation NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). The GOES-R spacecraft is scheduled to be launched from atop an Atlas V-541 rocket at Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41 on Nov. 16. Dr. Kopp conducts research for NOAA on the communication systems onboard the GOES spacecraft.School of ComputingDr. William Klostermeyer, with C. M. Mynhardt, published “Protecting a Graph with Mobile Guards," in Applicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics, Vol. 10, 2016.College of Education and Human ServicesDepartment of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol:Dr. Paul Parkison, department chair, received the 2016 Francis P. Hunkins Award for his article “Catharsis in Education: Rationalizing and Reconciling.” Criteria for selection include contribution to the field of curriculum or teaching, promotion of dialogue, implications for improving educational practice and cogency.Dr. Kim Cheek's article titled, "Do Indonesian Children's Experiences with Large Currency Units Facilitate Magnitude Estimation of Long Temporal Periods?" was recently published early view in Research in Science Education. In September, Dr. Cheek presented "Using Content Analysis to Investigate the Treatment of Spatial and Temporal Scale in K-8 Science Standards and Textbooks" at the Geological Society of America Annual meeting in Denver. The presentation was co-authored by Lauryn A. Stark, a former graduate student in the College. Dr. Cheek also presented a national webinar for the CLEAN Network (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) on Oct. 18 titled, "Teaching Climate Science to Elementary School Students Using the NGSS: What Students and Their Teachers Need."Dr. Nile Stanley, a visiting scholar to China and Vietnam, conducted a weeklong seminar in July on Vygotsky and Social Learning Theory for the Psychology Department of Shaanxi Normal University in X'ian, China. Dr. Stanley also presented a weeklong series of lectures on Teaching Literacy, Resilience and Values through Storytelling at the National Institute of Education Management in Hanoi, Vietnam.Dr. Christian Winterbottom and Shauna S. Winterbottom recently published, “Social justice: A case-study examining the influence of primary headteachers in two Manchester schools” in Early Childhood Education Journal. Additionally, Dr. Winterbottom and Dr. Matthew Ohlson recently presented “Virtual Mentoring: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Develop a K-20 Leadership Collaborative” at the National Rural Education Association at The Ohio State University.Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Terence Cavanaugh had an annotated edition of a book published, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s "The Secret Garden: Annotated with Reading Strategies." This book contains all of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 classic "The Secret Garden" enhanced with more than 125 reading strategy experiences from over 45 areas to help guide readers and allow students to practice their strategies. Each chapter has multiple strategies embedded in the chapter to assist readers to read with purpose and become an active reader. Links to free audio versions and online tools are also provided. The book is designed so that students and teachers can use this text to assist students needing extra guidance with their purposeful reading strategies or just as an instructional or practice resource.Dr. Andrea Buenaño and Dr. Matthew Ohlson presented at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference in New Orleans. The presentation focused on the program design and development of the UNF CAMP Osprey leadership mentoring initiative.
Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
The Deaf Education program hosted its first biannual Meet and Greet. The goal of the event was to unveil the new BAE degree to prospective and future students and other individuals in the community, as well as provide an opportunity for current students to connect with alumni. More than 50 people attended. Dr. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore welcomed everyone and spoke of the rich history of Deaf Education at UNF. Alumni shared their experiences both in the program and in the field since graduation. Drs. Caroline Guardino and Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick spoke about the new BAE degree program prerequisites, requirements and opportunities. Refer to the website for more information about the program.
Hicks Honors College
Dr. Leslie Kaplan, associate director of Hicks Honors College, presented a paper titled “Know Thyself, Grow Thyself: Developing Openness to Cultural Diversity among Honors Students” at the National Collegiate Honors Council annual meeting in Seattle in October. Student Affairs
Kaitlin Legg, director of the LGBT Resource Center, appeared on the First Coast News live talk show “The Chat” in September to discuss LGBT non-discrimination laws and transgender Americans. Legg also co-presented a workshop at the Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues with Dr. Angela Clark-Taylor, University of Redlands, and Dr. Susan Iverson, Manhattanville College, in October. The workshop was titled “Professional Friendships and Personal Growth: The Complexities of Navigating Identity in Career Development.”
Cantaloupe can add some colorful variety of vitamins and minerals to your breakfast meal. Dr. Corinne Labyak, an assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about cantaloupe.
Myth: Cantaloupe is indigenous to the United States.
Fact: Cantaloupe originated in either India or Africa. Its name comes from a previous Papal villa near Rome called Cantalupo. California is the biggest producer of cantaloupe here in the U.S.; however, there is a large amount that is imported each year from other countries, like Guatemala and Honduras.
Myth: Seeds from cantaloupe are inedible.
Fact: These seeds do serve as a snack in different parts of the world. Areas in Asia as well as Central and South America have practiced this tradition for many years. Cantaloupe seeds can be roasted in the oven, added to soups or used to make smoothies.
Myth: A cantaloupe doesn’t contain many nutrients.
Fact: Cantaloupes are a good source of vitamin C, A, potassium, copper and folate. One cup of fresh cubed cantaloupe contains only 54 calories. Also, the vitamin C content is 98 percent of the daily value along with 108 percent for vitamin A, 12 percent potassium, 8 percent folate and 5 percent magnesium. This fruit also has a high-water content that can help with hydration.
Myth: Cantaloupes shouldn’t be stored in the refrigerator.
Fact: If you choose a ripe melon, then you should store it in the refrigerator as soon as you get home. If it’s not ripe, then it can be left at room temperature for a few days in order to allow for the fruit to ripen. Cantaloupe can be easily sliced and minimally prepared for a midafternoon snack or a great addition to breakfast. This melon is power-packed full of vitamin C and A, so don’t forget to treat yourself to this delight and bring it along to your next picnic.
The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program. Have a question about cantaloupe? Contact Labyak at email@example.com.
1/2 cantaloupe, mediumProsciutto, five slicesDirections:After the cantaloupe has been cut in half, cut out the orange fleshy part along the interior orange-green border of the fruit. Then, cut this section into five even pieces. Take each slice of prosciutto and wrap around each cantaloupe portion. Serve and enjoy!Nutritional information: Calories: 183 calories, Carbohydrates: 22.65grams, Total Fat: 4.35 grams, Cholesterol: 30 milligrams, Protein: 15.10 grams,
Dietary Fiber: 2.5 grams, Sodium: 1,240 milligrams
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