Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) Faculty Wins AMTRA Award
The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins is pleased to announce that Jessica Jones-Smith, PhD, MPH, RD, has been selected to receive the Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA) for the 2014-2015 academic year. Not only does Dr. Jones-Smith play a crucial role in tying in nutrition, epidemiology and health disparities as they relate to obesity at the GOPC, but she also is a doctoral-student advisor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).
Since 1993, the annual AMTRA has been given out by the student body of JHSPH to faculty members whose educational contributions go above and beyond.
This year, Vanessa Oddo, MPH and second-year doctoral student, and Yeeli Mui, MPH and third-year PhD student, were instrumental to Dr. Jones-Smith's nomination.
Oddo is advised by Dr. Jones-Smith in the Human Nutrition program at JHSPH. Her current research interests include: health disparities and socioeconomic status as they relate to nutrition. Specifically, Oddo's research pertains to how the relationships of health disparities and socioeconomic status may change in low and middle-income countries, similar to the research of Dr. Jones-Smith. Oddo nominated Dr. Jones-Smith because of her ability to convey the importance of working hard now in order to make strides for the future. "Jesse encourages me to take challenging courses, to think independently and critically, and to consider my longer-term goals," says Oddo. The guidance and mentorship Oddo receives definitely plays a pivotal role in her research as she's on the path to obtaining her degree.
Mui, member of the Virtual Population Obesity Prevention (VPOP) Labs and B'more Healthy Communities for Kids (BHCK) Policy Working Group at the GOPC, is also advised by Dr. Jones-Smith. Mui has been working with Dr. Jones-Smith for the past year and like Oddo, is very grateful for the experience and guidance she has gained along the way. "During that critical period in every PhD student's career when writing a dissertation proposal is no easy task, Dr. Jones-Smith provided unwavering encouragement and support and made herself available to address any and all concerns, big or small," says Mui.
The GOPC is very proud of Dr. Jones-Smith's hard work and empowerment as she strives to push, motivate and challenge the leaders of tomorrow.