Dr. Kasuen Mauldin, an assistant professor at San José State University in the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging department, has won the 2014 California Dietetics Association (CDA) Excellence in Research Award. The award is given to a CDA member for professional excellence in dietetic/nutrition research. Award recipients must demonstrate leadership and active participation in nutrition-related professional associations, excel in contributing to the body of knowledge of dietetics/nutrition via research and in teaching others in a specialized field of research, and have a productive history of refereed research publications.
The College of Applied Sciences and Arts professor’s research training is in human metabolism with a focus on lipoprotein homeostasis. Her work on structure-function analyses of apolipoproteins A-V and contributions to the scientific literature have provided insight into possible mechanisms for targeting prevention and treatment strategies in cardiovascular disease. In 2012, Mauldin was honored to serve as the Associate Chair of the Gordon Research Seminar on Lipoprotein Metabolism.
In addition to basic science research, Mauldin conducts collaborative clinical studies with aims (1) to better understand the relationship between maternal metabolism during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes and (2) to identify specific dietary interventions that improve maternal metabolism during pregnancy that translates into a favorable in utero environment for fetal development.
Dr. Mauldin is a passionate educator and is very interested in effectively teaching science curriculum in dietetics education. To this end, she has obtained funding to research and enhance her teaching with the innovative use of simulation technology in interprofessional education. She presented at both the 2012 and 2013 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo national meetings on topics related to the use of simulation in dietetics education.
She currently serves on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition & Dietetics Educators & Preceptors (NDEP) Simulation Taskforce. She is an active member of the NDEP practice group and the San Jose Peninsula District dietetics association. She serves on the Steering Committee of the SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts Center for Applied Research on Human Subjects (CARHS). She is Chair of the 2014 Center for Healthy Aging in a Multicultural Population (CHAMP) Conference.
The aspect Mauldin enjoys most about research is the creative thinking and problem solving involved. Partaking in scholarly activities keeps her up-to-date in the field of nutrition and helps her stay relevant in her teaching. She said she feels blessed to have such a rewarding career and to be able to work with inspiring research colleagues and nutrition graduate students. She will be presented the Excellence in Research Award at the 2014 CDA meeting awards luncheon on April 3,2014, in Pomona.
For a list of peer-reviewed publications: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/kasuen.mauldin/publications/