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K-State Today

September 8, 2011



College of Human Ecology names Mark Haub interim head of department of human nutrition

By Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University's Mark Haub, associate professor of human nutrition, has been named interim head of the department of human nutrition.

Along with research and teaching, Haub is on the faculty of the Food Science Institute and is a faculty affiliate in gerontology. He also is a scientist with the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at K-State. His research involves the effects of dietary and lifestyle behaviors on blood chemicals used to detect or diagnose cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

"Dr. Haub has demonstrated his leadership skills in teaching and research and has set high standards for both undergraduate and graduate research," said Virginia Moxley, dean of the College of Human Ecology. "He will help human nutrition continue to thrive as we pursue a nationwide search to replace Denis Medeiros as department head."

Medeiros has accepted a position as vice provost for faculty affairs and dean of the graduate school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Haub, who joined K-State in 2000, has a master's in exercise science and a doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Kansas. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He has served on K-State's faculty senate.

Haub's current research has been investigating the effect of eating whole grain and dietary fiber on metabolic outcomes, including obesity and diabetes. He has also conducted research about the effects of calcium supplements on bone density and of exercise on chronic inflammation and postprandial lipemia in overweight individuals.

Human nutrition offers undergraduate degrees in nutritional sciences, nutrition and kinesiology, public health nutrition and athletic training; a concurrent bachelor of science and master of science in human nutrition; and advanced study in sensory analysis and consumer behavior, nutritional sciences, public health nutrition and public health physical activity.