Food Cluster Wins National Award
(July 26, 2013)
The faculty team behind “Food for Thought,” UNC Asheville’s Integrative Liberal Studies Topical Cluster centered around food, has been named the winner of the 2013 William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE).
The Food for Thought Cluster focuses on developing the student as an informed consumer of food by providing a platform for discussion of what we eat, why we eat, where our food comes from, and how food affects our bodies and health. Natural science courses explore the physical, chemical and biological aspects of food during storage, preparation and consumption, how it gives our bodies energy and how it affects health. Social science courses explore the economic, social, cultural, and political issues of food production, distribution, preparation, and consumption, as well as relationships between food and disease.
The award-winning faculty team consists of:
- Leah Greden Mathews, Interdisciplinary Distinguished Professor of the Mountain South and professor of economics
- Karin Peterson, chair and professor of sociology
- David Clarke, associate professor of biology
- Amy Lanou, associate professor of health and wellness
- Sally Wasileski, associate professor of chemistry
- Jason Wingert, assistant professor of health and wellness
- Ellen Bailey, lecturer of French and Spanish
"We are delighted to make this award to the Asheville team," said David Burns, NCSCE's executive director, in announcing the award. "They exemplify the ideals of the Bennett Award and they have done the extraordinary work.”
William E. Bennett, now retired, served as senior science advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He held appointments as medical school faculty, bench scientist and scientist administrator, and holds two honorary doctorates. The Bennett Award will be presented August 2 at the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institute 2013 at Santa Clara University.