Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label
Crystal Rasnake is a nutritionist in the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary
Supplements (ONLDS), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Food
and Drug Administration. She works on health claims and policy related to the Nutrition
Facts Label. Prior to joining FDA in 2005, Crystal worked as a Research Associate
at the Institute of Medicines’ Food and Nutrition Board on the Dietary Reference
Intakes (DRIs). Crystal was also an Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension,
where she taught educational programs in nutrition and food safety. Crystal holds
a B.S. and M.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Blakeley Denkinger MPH, RD, CSSD
Blakeley received a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University. She completed a dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. After completing the NIH dietetic internship program in 2001, she was hired to work as a clinical research dietitian at the NIH Clinical Center. While working at NIH, she received a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology from the George Washington University. In 2007, she took a new position at the NIH Clinical Center working with research studies related to the study of metabolism and obesity.
In December of 2008, Blakeley joined FDA as an Interdisciplinary Scientist at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements. She currently provides regulatory, technical, and policy advice and is responsible for drafting regulatory documents related to nutrition labeling. She continues to work at the NIH Clinical Center as a clinical research dietitian two days per month. In February of 2009, she passed a national examination to become an American Dietetic Association Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). Blakeley is also a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in the US Public Health Service.
Elena Stowell is currently an assistant facilitator for the Science and our Food
Supply Professional Development Program. Elena teaches AP Biology at Kentwood High
School in Covington, Washington. She has been teaching high school science for fifteen
years. Elena received a BS in Biology from Washington State University and an MS
in Animal Science, also from WSU. Her graduate work in beef cattle nutrition included
the enzymatic characterization of the cellulolytic ruminal anaerobe Neocallimastix
frontalis EB188, a fungus she discovered. In 2000 Elena received the Outstanding
Biology Teacher Award for Washington state (by NABT) and her National Board Certification
(AYA Science) in 2001. In addition to her work with the Science and our Food Supply
Program, Elena is also a Science Education Partner in biotechnology with the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA), a teacher mentor, basketball coach
Ken is currently in his 44th year of teaching. He is in his sixth year of teaching
Honors and AP Biology at Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, KS. Ken is the
High School Facilitator for the FDA/NSTA Science and Our Food Supply Program. He
was a member of the steering committee (1999) and the field tested the original
materials in 2001. Ken has been active in the development of educational programs
for thirty years. He has worked with NSTA, FDA, National Institutes of Health, Biological
Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT),
JMH Education, New York, and the Kansas Board of Education. He was a committee member
to develop the National Science Education Standards and the Kansas Science Education
Standards. He was a Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in the Teaching of
Science in 1984. He was a Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellow to Japan in 1999. He was
named National Biology Teacher of the Year in 1998.
Ken has traveled to 25 countries as a delegation leader for the People to People
Student Ambassador Program. He was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame
in 1998. During the Kansas evolution controversy, Ken was featured in Time Magazine,
Globe Mail, and the Asahi Shimbum, a daily newspaper in Tokyo and he was on talk
programs on PBS, NPR, and MSNBC.
Mimi Cooper is currently the Senior Middle Level Facilitator for the Science and
Our Food Supply Professional Development Program. She has served in this role since
the beginning of the program in 1999. She was also a member of the NSTA Expert Panel
that was part of the team that developed the curriculum - Science and Our Food Supply.
Mimi was a middle level classroom teacher in Peabody Massachusetts for twenty-eight
years. For five years she was a partner in the consulting firm - Northeast PALMS,
Inc. where she worked with elementary and middle level science and mathematics teachers
in their classrooms to implement inquiry-based curricula and with school systems
to align their curricula with state and national standards. Mimi received her undergraduate
degree from Wilkes University and her graduate degree from Boston College. She is
a member of the Massachusetts Hall of Fame of Science Teachers.
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