INP Governance

MISSION

To strengthen graduate education in the nutritional sciences at Purdue University and to foster interdepartmental and interinstitutional interdisciplinary nutrition research among the participating faculty.

PURPOSE

The Interdepartmental Nutrition Program (INP) is structured to offer excellent educational opportunities to qualified graduate students through an integrated approach involving faculty from a variety of departments at Purdue University and other institutions.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Departments of Animal Sciences, Nutrition Science, Food Science, Biology, Forestry and Natural Resources, Health and Kinesiology, Hotel and Tourism Management, Psychological Sciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Pathobiology on the Purdue campus and the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

Goals:  Specific goals of the INP include:

1.  To broaden and enhance graduate student training by: 

a.  providing a core of courses representative of the broader aspects of nutrition represented by INP.
b.  offering the opportunity to broaden and individualize each student's plan of study by drawing from the selection of graduate-level courses from all departments involved in INP.
c.  making interdepartmental faculty guidance in research planning available, encouraging more creative interdisciplinary research.
d.  keeping the students abreast of recent developments in nutritional sciences through an INP seminar which brings leaders in all aspects of the nutritional sciences to campus as well as interdepartmental student seminars, journal clubs, etc.

2. To foster interdepartmental research by:

a.  defining areas in which fundamental or applied research is lacking and focusing on high priority research projects.
b.  encouraging collaborations among members of the various Emphasis Groups.
c.  identifying and employing resources which can be used in cooperative research projects.

GOVERNANCE

Liaison Committee:

Membership:  INP Director (chair) and heads of departments that have three or more faculty participating in INP.

Responsibilities:  Oversight of the operation of INP.  The group will meet yearly in the fall semester. 

Executive Committee:

Membership:  Director plus four representatives, with a maximum of two from any one of the four current Emphasis Groups (i.e. Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition; Human and Clinical Nutrition, Public Health and Nutrition Education; Animal Health, Growth and Development).  Representatives will be elected by INP faculty members.  Members will serve three year terms.  Election will occur by the end of September when needed.

Responsibilities:  Decisions pertaining to the operation of INP, e.g. selection of committee membership, development of program priorities.

Education Committee:

Membership:  Four INP faculty members will be appointed by the Executive Committee for three year terms, with no more than two from each of the Emphasis Groups.  Committee membership will be established by the end of February each year with the term year beginning March 1.  One INP graduate student will be appointed by the Executive Committee for a one year term with the term year beginning March 1.

Responsibilities:  Develop core course requirements, coordinate INP courses and coordinate development of new courses within INP.

Admissions Committee:

Membership:  The INP Director will appoint an Admissions Committee chair who will recruit committee members from the INP faculty membership.  The committee will be structured similar to an NIH review; each committee member will review up to 15 applications and each application will be reviewed by 2-3 committee members.  As a result, the number on the committee will be dependent on the number of applications.

Responsibilities:  The committee will review applications, prioritize applicants based on objective criteria, advise the INP director regarding applicant visits, and advise the INP director regarding admissions and funding decisions.

Seminar Committee:

Membership:  Four members of INP are appointed by the Executive Committee for three year terms.  The seminar committee will provide advice to the faculty organizer of the INP seminar class.  The organizer of the INP seminar class will serve as a 5th members of the seminar committee.  One member of the Committee will be appointed each year to co-chair the committee with the organizer of the INP seminar class.  One INP graduate student selected by the Executive Committee will serve on the committee.   ppointments are completed by February each spring and the term of appointment begings March 1.

Responsibilities:  Organize and implement INP seminars in coordination with the INP seminar course each   academic year.

Emphasis Areas

Faculty and students within the INP use a variety of experimental approaches to work with these Signature areas.  The approach that one uses defines the "Emphasis area."  Students will train within one of four emphasis Areas:

Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition

Students and faculty in this emphasis group are interested in examining the mechanisms controlling nutrient or phytochemical  metabolism or defining diet-disease relationships.  These researchers utilize cell culture and animal models and depend upon the basic sciences of cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, and biochemistry.  This work provides the foundation for future, more applied studies that   lead to improved dietary practices or the use of nutrition in the treatment of disease.

Human and Clinical Nutrition

Students and faculty in this emphasis group examine the mechanisms controlling nutrient or phytochemical metabolism, defining diet-disease relationships, and understanding the basis for food selection and satiety.  These researchers conduct translational research that extends basic research.  They utilize human subjects and animal models and depend upon the sciences of physiology, psychology, and biochemistry.  This work is often directly applicable in clinical practice or in public health.

Animal Health, Growth and Development

Students and faculty in this emphasis area examine the role of nutrition in promoting the optimal growth and development of production animals or in improving the health of production and companion animals.  These researchers utilize animals in their studies and depend upon the sciences of physiology and biochemistry.  This work is often directly applicable tothe field or in clinical veterinary practice.

Public Health and Education

Students and faculty in this emphasis area are interested in the examination of nutrition issues in populations or in influencing nutrition knowledge of lay people through educational programs. These researchers utilize human populations or animal populations and depend upon the sciences of epidemiology, educational theory, physiology and biochemistry.  This work is the application of basic and clinical nutrition research to improve the health of people and animal populations and depend upon the sciences of epidemiology, educational theory, physiology and biochemistry.  This work is the application of basic and clinical nutrition research to improve the health of people and animals health.

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