January 4, 2017
Camille Schneider, MS, RD, graduate student trainee in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and PhD student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was recently chosen by incoming president of The Obesity Society (TOS) Allen Levine, PhD, FTOS, to join TOS’s Early Career Member Committee. Ms. Schneider will be working along with committee chair Paula C. Chandler-Laney, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, to help plan and implement year-round as well as ObesityWeek-related programming for members in the early stage of their careers.
Throughout the year, the Early Career Member Committee presents webinars on a variety of topics of particular interest to members who have completed a doctoral or medical degree within the previous five years, in addition to offering numerous travel awards and research grants. Ms. Schneider’s primary responsibility on the committee will be to help organize the Early Career Academic Workshop at ObesityWeek. This workshop provides early investigators with interactive activities to build skills and confidence, offers discussions on writing grants led by NIH staff, and shares information from TOS Fellows on developing manuscripts, interviewing for academic positions, and managing work/life balance.
“I am very excited to have the chance to contribute to this committee, which works to provide opportunities for TOS members who are early in their training/careers. It is a privilege to get to work with and learn from the other Early Career Committee members, as well,” says Ms. Schneider.
Participation in ObesityWeek, considered one of the leading gatherings of obesity professionals, additionally will provide Ms. Schneider with an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research and to network with standout investigators in the field of obesity.
Ms. Schneider earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. That fall, she entered UAB’s combined RD/PhD program. She successfully completed the Dietetic Internship in June 2013 and passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians in September 2013 to become a Registered Dietitian. Continuing her PhD work at UAB, she explores research interests that include early life feeding and nutrition and how they associate with metabolic health and body composition.
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