Author’s Note: The Office of Advancement is proud to profile, through a series of short articles, College of Medicine faculty members who have received various grants, awards and special distinctions during the 2011-2012 school year for professionalism, dedication and achievements in their respective fields of science and medicine.
Sharon M. Donovan, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Appointed President of the American Society for Nutrition
An ASN member for over 20 years, Dr. Donovan has served as Councilor from 1999-2002, Secretary from 2002-2005, Vice President-elect from 2009-2010 and Vice President from 2010-2011 before becoming president. With years of experience under her belt, Dr. Donovan had no doubts in accepting the position.
“I was excited to have the opportunity to lead the top nutrition society and help serve the members… not really [afraid] since I have been involved in the society over the years,” she said of her initial reaction to the appointment.
With a career focus in pediatric nutrition, Dr. Donovan has dedicated her studies to two areas: the regulation of neonatal development through components present in human milk and infant formula, and childhood obesity prevention.
Now, as ASN President, Dr. Donovan hopes to advance the society’s influence in the world of nutrition, and prepare future members to carry on its mission.
“Education is central to the mission of our society and the careers of most of our members, whether it is in the classroom, at the bedside or in the community,” she said. “As ASN members are the experts in the field, I think education is a natural priority for the Society.”
The Office of Advancement encourages any College-affiliated award recipients to contact for promotion Sarah Robison, Director of Advancement, by phone: 244-8264 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Payal Shukla