DR. JANE PETERSON is a Research Scientist with the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at North Dakota State University. In 1990, she started her career as a registered dietitian. She practiced clinical dietetics before transitioning to teaching and research. In 2008, Jane earned her Doctorate in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition from South Dakota State University. Dr. Peterson has over 30 years of experience in nutrition practice, education, and research. Dr. Peterson is a member of the School Nutrition Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) professional organizations. Within AND, she is a member of the dietetic practice group (DPG) for research and the school nutrition services (SNS) DPG. DR. KYMBERLE GORDON is a Research Scientist with the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition at the University of Mississippi. During her time at the University of Mississippi, she was a research consultant for the Institute of Child Nutrition, and the Applied Sciences Research and Analytics Lab, an adjunct professor in community nutrition, and both a Teaching and Research Assistant for the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management. She has a Masters in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University and a bachelor’s in Communications-Marketing from the University of New Hampshire. KAREN LOTT is Research Administrator for the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division. Mrs. Lott began her career with Southern Mississippi in 1994 holding numerous staff positions until beginning her career with ICN, ARD in 2016. In that time, she has managed grant operations for 15 years. Mrs. Lott completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1993 and Masters of Science in Instructional Technology in 2017 at USM. SHELLIE HUBBARD is a Research Assistant for the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division. She received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from The University of Southern Mississippi. She began her work with the institute over fifteen years ago as an editor and writer, then expanded her role to include graphic design. Her hobbies include scratch cooking and organic gardening.
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