Hall of Fame, 2020

Janice Kay Goodwin

Janice GoodwinJanice Goodwin, PhD, received her BS from Purdue University majoring in nutrition and dietetics and became a Registered Dietitian in 1973. Her work as a clinical dietitian in Illinois included precepting senior dietetic students and resulted in a new interest, education. Jan completed a Masters’ degree from the University of Kansas in 1983 and was then hired as a clinical instructor in dietetics at Utah State University. Two years later, she accepted a position at the University of North Dakota (UND) and became tenured in 1990. She completed a PhD in nutrition at Iowa State University in 1994.  Teaching undergraduates and supervising dietetic students in a rehabilitation hospital cemented her passion for teaching. Educating students continued to be a priority throughout her professional life. At UND, Dr. Goodwin taught students courses in nutrition, food and culture as well as research.  Dr. Goodwin remained at UND until her retirement in 2016.

The University of North Dakota is recognized for educating Native Americans, especially in the fields of health and medicine. Along with two faculty, Dr. Goodwin developed the Multicultural Scholars into Dietetics Program (MSDP) funded through USDA Higher Education Program grants. Scholars received tuition waivers, intensive mentoring, financial and educational support. Native students often face special challenges when attending college. Reservations are largely rural, poor and often provide limited education in the sciences. Most students are first generation college students. The MSDP tackled these issues with the goal to increase the number of Native dietitians and nutritionists serving their communities. Dr. Goodwin remained the Program’s Director until her retirement.

In addition to the MSDP, Dr. Goodwin was privileged to work several summers with UND’s Indians into Medicine Summer Institute teaching nutrition and health to seventh through twelfth grade Native students from all over the U.S. Tackling physiology, pathophysiology, and health risk reduction in an age-appropriate manner to students with different developmental and learning styles required new teaching strategies. Along with working with MSDP scholars, Summer Institute students expanded her appreciation of Native cultures and the reality and impact of health disparities faced by Native Americans.

Dr. Goodwin also received funding in areas of use of motivational interviewing and nutrition change and the collection and nutrient evaluation of traditional Native American recipes. Presentations at state and national conferences addressed both research and professional development in areas including motivational interviewing and behavioral change and as well as retention of Native American students. 

She served on community and professional advisory boards including those for the local Home Delivered Meals program and the Nutrition Program at United Tribes Technical College. Dr. Goodwin was elected a Delegate to the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and was president of both the North Dakota Dietetic Association and the North Dakota Nutrition Council. She served on several USDA Grant Peer Review Panels. University service was extensive and included election as Chair of UND’s University Senate, several committee chairs, and interim chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Goodwin was elected as a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association in 1997.

After retiring, Dr. Goodwin moved back to Indiana to be closer to her siblings and their children. She is active in her church and serves on her HOA board. Her interests include renovating her new home, gardening and researching her family’s genealogy.


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Kenneth W. Hance

Ken HanceKenneth W. Hance, PhD, MPH, received his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Purdue University and an MPH from George Washington University.  Ken received his postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology at the National Cancer Institute.

Ken has worked in the field of Cancer Immunology for 17 years and currently serves as a Senior Director and Head of Immune Biology in the Immuno-Oncology and Combinations Research Unit (IOC RU) at GlaxoSmithKline.  In this role, he is responsible for new target identification/validation and the delivery of critical path biology to support a growing portfolio of immune-based therapies within GSK Oncology.  Within this early discovery research focus, GSK is actively collaborating with scientific organizations such as 23andMe, Immunocore and the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT), a component of the Cancer Moonshot Program. 

From 2016-2018, Ken held a joint appointment as a Visiting Scientist at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, PA.  Prior to joining GSK, Ken worked in the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA where he contributed to the development of the approved anti-PD-L1 antibody (Bavencio (Avelumab)) and the clinical stage anti-PD-L1/TGF-βRII bispecific antibody (Bintrafusp-alfa (M7824)). 

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