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Nancy R. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, FACSM

Professor of Nutritional Sciences

College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Phone: 860-486-0120
Email:  nancy.rodriguez@uconn.edu

Joint Appointments:

Departments of Kinesiology and Allied Health Sciences

Biography

Nancy Rodriguez, a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, Storrs since 1991, is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR) with joint appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Allied Health Sciences.  She directs the Sports Nutrition program at the University and for the Department of Sports Medicine in the Division of Athletics.  Dr. Rodriguez served as Chair of University of Connecticut Institutional Review Board for the Use of Human Subjects (IRB) from 2004-2008.

Dr. Rodriguez’s research program focuses on relationships between exercise, protein intake, energy balance, and protein utilization in athletes, physically active adults, and healthy obese and non-obese children. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Physiology, Metabolism, Journal of Nutrition, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.
Dr. Rodriguez currently teaches sports nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and the protein component of the graduate course, Macronutrients. She also participates in the department faculty rotation for graduate seminar in nutrition and the undergraduate writing course.

Dr. Rodriguez received her B.S. in Human Nutrition and Foods at Virginia Tech.  She earned her MS in nutrition and a PhD in biochemistry at West Virginia University.   She spent two years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN as an NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Rodriguez is an active member of the American Society of Nutrition, the American Dietetic Association and its Dietetic Practice Group – Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Physiological Society.  In 2014 Dr. Rodriguez was appointed to a 3 year term on the Science Board for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

Education and Training

NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow. 

Endocrine Research Unit, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN                                     1984-1986

Ph.D. in Biochemistry
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV                                                        1980-1984

M.S. in Nutrition
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV                                                        1978-1980

B.S. in Human Nutrition and Foods – Dietetics
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA                                                                                1974-1978

Certifications:

Registered Dietitian (RD), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)          1980
Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)                                                   2008
Licensed Dietitian/Nutrition – State of Connecticut (CD-N)                            2012

Academic Appointments

Assistant (1991), Associate (1997), and Full Professor (2008)
Department of Nutritional Sciences,
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT                                                                     1991- present

Joint Appointments in Departments of Kinesiology
  and Allied Health Sciences

Director, Sports Nutrition Services
Department of Sports Medicine, Division of Athletics                                     2001 – present

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA           1990-1991

Visiting Lecturer in Nutrition
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV                   1988-1990

Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Division of Family Resources
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Clinical Nutrition
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV                                                        1986-1990

Professional Practice

Sports Nutrition Services, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 2001-present

Private Practice/Consulting
NR2 Nutrition Consulting Services, 1991-present
Sports Nutritionist - NFL, Indianapolis Colts, 2012- present; Also provided services to Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats, Hartford Wolfpack and other elite/professional athletes

Member, Nutrition Support Team and Geriatric Team (65-Plus Clinic)
WVU Hospitals, Inc., 1986-1990

Awards, Honors, and Appointments

Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN), 2014-2017
Nominee – 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Recipient, Outstanding Senior Alumni Award, Virginia Tech, 2014
Big East Conference Award – Recognition National Women in Sports – 2008-2009
2007 Honor Award Recipient – New England American College of Sports Medicine
University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow 2005
American Dietetics Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award 2004
Nominated for University of Connecticut Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award 2003, 2005, 2008
Kinsman Teaching Award, College of Agriculture and   Natural Resources 1999
Junior Faculty Certificate of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta, West Virginia University 1990
Outstanding Teacher, Division of Family Resources, College of Agriculture and Forestry, West Virginia University 1989
Competitive Nomination:  Future Leader Award in Nutrition, International Life Science Institute and Nutrition Foundation 1986

Editorial Boards

Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, 2007 – present; Associate Editor 2010-2013
Journal of Nutrition, 2008-2014
Journal of Applied Physiology, 2012-present
International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2008 - present
American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Journal, 2007 - present

Grant Review and Advisory Panels

Nutrition Review and Scientific Advisory Committee (NRSAC) for National Dairy Council, 2009-2011
Whey Protein Advisory Panel (WPAP) , 2009-present
USDA Panel – Human Nutrition and Health – Obesity, 2007
Ad hoc reviews – Dairy Research Institute and National Cattleman’s Beef Association

Ad hoc Reviewer - Representative journals:

Journal of Applied Physiology
Scandinavian Journal of Exercise and Science in Sports
American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism
Journal of Athletic Training
Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Nutrition
Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease
European Journal of Applied Physiology
Journal of the International Society of Sport Nutrition
Clinical Nutrition
Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging

Professional Affiliations and Service

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)/American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Registered Dietitian, RD), 1980: Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, 2008
AND/ADA DPGs: Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists; Medical Nutrition Therapy; Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Service to the Academy includes:

  • Work as member of Evidence Analysis Library committee for 2nd revision of Nutrition and Performance Position Stand
  • Review of 2nd Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitians (Generalist, Specialty,Advanced) in Sports Dietetics
  • Lead Author, 1st revision of Nutrition and Performance Position Stand
  • Authorship, inaugural publication of American Dietetic Association Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitians (Generalist, Specialty,Advanced) in Sports Dietetics

American Society for Nutrition

Service to Society includes:

  • Member of Reading Library Committee - Worked with group to identify primary areas and the Society’s approach for establishing evidence-based approach for publications specific to respective areas (e.g., metabolomics, obesity management, etc.)
  • Member of Energy and Macronutrient and Aging Research Interest Sections - Review abstracts for awards at Experimental Biology and organize and moderate slide communication sessions specific to amino acid metabolism and protein utilization

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); Awarded Fellowship Status, 2007

Service to College includes:

  • ACSM’s Annual  Program Committee, Co-Chair, Nutrition and Metabolism Subcommittee, 2010-2014
  • Pronouncements Committee for Position Papers, 2007-2010

American Physiological Society

Highlighted Leadership Activities

Chair, Academic Program Review Committee, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, March 18-20, 2014

Chair, University of Connecticut Institutional Review Board for Use of Human Subjects in Research, 2003-2008

Lead Author, Position Stand: Nutrition and Athletic Performance, Joint position paper for American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association, and Dietitians of Canada, 2007-2008

Director, University of Connecticut Sports Nutrition Services, Division of Athletics, 2001-present

Director, Sports Nutrition Undergraduate Minor Program since inception as emphasis area, 1998

Scholarship

Grants (PI) – Since 2005

USDA/NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant. September 2013-August  2017.  $149,994. Experiential Learning in Sport Nutrition $149,994 (pending).

Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station (HATCH). 2013-2018. Novel approaches to maintaining muscle mass with aging: Unique contributions of yoga and dietary protein on protein and fat utilization in healthy men and women

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 7/1/2011-6/1/2012. $64,117. Beef jerky as a novel recovery nutrition snack e Athletes: Effects on whole body protein utilization and markers of hydration status.

  • Dairy Research Institute. 11/1/2010-6/1/2012. $117,000. Novel approaches to
  • maintaining muscle mass with aging: Benefits of yoga and higher protein intakes in
  • middle-aged men and women.
  • University of Connecticut Research Foundation. 1/1/09-12/31/09. $12,000. The ubiquitin-proteosome pathway in skeletal muscle of healthy, active adults: Effects of energy balance, exercise, leucine intake, and leucine infusion.
  • Dairy Management, Inc.2008-2009. $153,013. Milk’s impact on protein turnover-specific intracellular signaling proteins in human skeletal muscle during recovery from endurance exercise. 

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 2006-2008. $60,000. Role of beef-based diet in modulating skeletal muscle protein turnover and intracellular signaling events during acute calorie deprivation.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  2005-2007. $149,946. The role of beef in reduced calorie diets: mechanisms for regulation of skeletal muscle protein metabolism.

University of Connecticut Research Foundation.  2005-2006. $5,000.  Relationship between intracellular signaling and protein turnover in skeletal muscle of female runners.

Grants ( Co-I)

USDA - NIFA/AFRI. 9/14-8/15, $428,437. Connecticut Fitness and Nutrition Clubs in Motion- CT FANS IM.  PI – Umekia Taylor, UConn Extension.

Publications

Davis, CG, M Y, Y Wang, ML Fernandez, N Rodriguez and O Chun. The number of days required for assessing usual nutrient and antioxidant intakes in a sample of healthy college population. Nutrition (Accepted March 31, 2014)

Carbone JW, Pasiakos SM, Vislocky LM, Anderson JM, Rodriguez NR. Acute energy restriction increases muscle protein breakdown and intracellular proteolysis in normal-weight, healthy adults. App Physiol Nutr Metab  2014 Jun 19:1-9. [Epub ahead of print].

Rodriguez, NR.  Training table to the battlefield: Protein recommendations for warfighters. J Nutr 2013 143(11): 1834S-1837S.

Oellette CD, Yang M, Yu C, Fernandez ML, Rodriguez NR, Chun OK. Assessment of nutrient adequacy with supplement use in a sample of healthy college students. J Am Coll Nutr  2012 31(5):301-310.

Lunn WR, Pasiakos SM, Colletto MR, Karfonta KE, Carbone JW, Anderson JM, NR Rodriguez. Chocolate milk and endurance exercise recovery: protein balance, glycogen, and performance Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Apr;44(4):682-91.

Pasiakos SM, Martin WF, Sharma CS, Pikosky MA, Gaine PC, Bolster DR, Bennett BT, NR Rodriguez. Level of dietary protein intake affects glucose turnover in endurance-trained men.J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2011 Nov 16;8(1):20-27.

Borsheim, E, DL Chinkes, SJ McEntire, NR Rodriguez, DN Herndon and OE Suman. Whole body protein kinetics measured with a non-invasive method in severely burned children. Burns. 2010 Nov;36(7):1006-12.

Pasiakos, SM, L.M. Vislocky, J.W. Carbone, N. Altieri, K.Konopelski, H.C. Freake, J.M. Anderson, A.A. Ferrando, R.R. Wolfe, and N.R. Rodriguez. Acute energy deprivation impacts skeletal muscle protein synthesis and associated intracellular signaling protein in physically active adults. J Nutr 140(4):745-51, 2010.

Gaffney-Stombert, E., K Insogna, N Rodriguez, and J Kerstetter.  Increasing dietary protein requirements in the elderly for optimal muscle and bone health. J Am Geriat Soc 2009 Jun;57(6):1073-9. Epub 2009 Apr 30.

Rodriguez NR, NM Di Marco, S. Langley .American Dietetic Association; Dietitians of Canada; American College of Sports Medicine,  American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Nutrition and athletic performance. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 41(3):709-31, 2009.

Rodriguez NR, NM Di Marco, S. Langley .American Dietetic Association; Dietitians of Canada; American College of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Nutrition and athletic performance.J Am Diet Assoc 41(3):709-31, 2009.

American Dietetic Association Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitians (Generalist, Specialty,Advanced) in Sports Dietetics.The American Dietetic Association Dietitians in Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group: Patricia L. Steinmuller, MS, RD,CSSD; Nanna L. Meyer, PhD, RD, CSSD; Laura J. Kruskall, PhD, RD,CSSD, FACSM; Melinda M. Manore, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM; Nancy R. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, CSSD; Michele Macedonio, MS, RD, CSSD, FACSM; Randy L. Bird, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS; Jacqueline R. Berning, PhD, RD,CSSD; and ADA Quality Management Committee. J Am Diet Assoc ;41(3):544-552, 2009.

Vislocky, L.M., S. Vega-Lopez, M. Pikosky, K.L. Herron, P.C. Gaine, W.F. Martin, T.  Zern, M.L. Fernandez, and N. Rodriguez.  Endurance training improves plasma lipid profiles in untrained men and women.  J Nutr Biochem. 2009 Jan;20(1):26-34.

Rodriguez, N. R. and P. Garlick. Introduction to Protein Summit 2007: exploring the impact of high-quality protein on optimal health. Am J Clin Nutr. 87(5):1551S-1553S, 2008.

Pasiakos, S.M., J.B. Mettel, K. West, I.E. Lofgren, ML. Fernandez, S. I. Koo and N.R. Rodriguez. Maintenance of resting energy expenditure following weight loss in premenopausal women:  Potential benefits of a high-protein reduced calorie diet. Metabolism 57(4):458-64, 2008.

Vislocky, L., P.C. Gaine, M. Pikosky, W. F. Martin and N.R. Rodriguez.Gender differences in the post-exercise metabolic response in trained runners. J Inter Soc Sport Nutr  26;5(1):7, 2008.

Miller, S., P. Gaine, C. Maresh, L.E. Armstrong, C. Ebbeling, L. Lamont, and N.R. Rodriguez. Nutritional supplementation throughout an endurance run effects leucine kinetics during recovery. Int J Sport Nutr Exer Metab 17: 456-467, 2007.

Gaine, P.C., M. Pikosky, D.Bolster, W.F. Martin, C.Maresh and N.R. Rodriguez.  Whole body protein turnover post-exercise in response to three levels of protein intake. Med Sci Sports  Exer 39(3):480-486, 2007.
Pescatello, LS, Turner, D, Rodriguez, N, Blanchard, BE, Tsongalis, GJ, Maresh, CM, Duffy, V, and PD Thompson.  Dietary calcium intake and renin angiotensin system polymorphisms alter the blood pressure response to aerobic exercise: a randomized control design. Nutrition & Metabolism 4:1, 2007.

Gaine, P.C., M.A. Pikosky, W.F. Martin, D.R. Bolster, C.M. Maresh, N.R. Rodriguez. Level of dietary protein impacts whole body protein turnover in trained males at rest.  Metabolism 55: 501-507, 2006.

Martin, W.F., D.R. Bolster, P.C. Gaine, L.J. Hanley, M.A. Pikosky, B.T. Bennett, C.M. Maresh, L.E. Armstrong, N.R. Rodriguez.  Effects of increased protein intake on hydration indexes.  J Am Diet Assoc 106::587-589, 2006.

Pikosky,  M.A., P.C. Gaine, W.F. Martin, C.M. Maresh, A.A. Ferrando, R.R. Wolfe, N.R. Rodriguez.  Endurance training affects muscle protein synthesis at rest in men and women. J Nutr  136: 379-383, 2006.

Bolster, D.R., M.A. Pikosky, P. C. Gaine, W.F. Martin, R.R. Wolfe, K.D. Tipton, D.A. MacLean, C.M. Maresh ,  N.R. Rodriguez.  Dietary protein intake impacts skeletal muscle fractional synthetic rates following endurance exercise.  Am J Physiol 289:E678-683, 2005.

Gaine, P.C., C.T. Viesselman, M.A. Pikosky, W.F. Martin, L.E. Armstrong, L.S.Pescatello, and N.R. RodriguezAerobic exercise training decreases leucine oxidation at rest in healthy adults Accepted pending revisions J Nutr 135:1088-1092, 2005.

Pescatello, L., Guidry, M. Blanchard, B., Kerr, A., Taylor, A., Johnson, A., Maresh, C., Rodriguez, N., and Thompson, P. Exercise intensity alters postexercise hypotension. J Hypertension. 2004. 22:1881-1888.

Pescatello, L.S., L. Bairos, J.L. VanHeest, C.M. Maresh, N. R. Rodriguez,  N.M. Moyna. DiPasquale, V. Collins, C.L. Meckes, L. Krueger, and P.D. Thompson.  Postexercise hypotension differs between white and black women. 2003.  Am Heart J 145:364-370.

Miller, S.L., C.M. Maresh, L.E. Armstrong, C.B. Ebbeling, S. Lennon and N.R. Rodriguez. Metabolic response to provision of mixed protein-carbohydrate supplementation during endurance exercise. 2002. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab  12:384-397.

Pikosky, M., A. Faigenbaum, W. Westcott, N. Rodriguez.  Effects of resistancetraining on protein utilization in healthy children. Med Sci Sport  Exer 34: 820-827, 2002.

Bolster, D., Pikosky, M., McCarthy, L., Barnas, D. N. Rodriguez. The effects of programmed exercise on protein utilization in healthy children. J Nutrition 131:2659-2663, 2001.

N. R. Rodriguez and C.B. Ebbeling. Exercise is beneficial during diet therapy for treatment of pediatric obesity.  Am J Med Sports July/August, 2001.

Tanasescu, M., A.M. Ferris, D. Himmelgreen, N. Rodriguez, R. Perez-Escamilla.  Biobehavioral factors are associated with obesity in Puerto Rican children.  J Nutr  130:1734-1742, 2000

Ebbeling, C.B., J.R. Backstrand, N.R. Rodriguez.  Screening indices for pediatric obesity. Nutr Res  19: 805-816, 1999.

Ebbeling, C.B., N.R. Rodriguez.  Effects of exercise combined with diet therapy on protein utilization in obese children. Med Sci Sport Exer  31: 378-385, 1999.

Ebbeling, C.B., N.R. Rodriguez. Effects of reduced energy intake on protein utilization in obese children. Metabolism 47: 1434-1439, 1998.

Affenito, S.G., J.R. Backstrand, G.W. Welch, N.R. Rodriguez, C.H. Adams. 1998. Insulin misuse in eating disordered females with IDDM does not favorably change body weight, body composition, or body fat distribution.   J Am Diet Assoc 98(6): 686-688.

Affenito, S.G., J.R. Backstrand, G.Welch, C. Lammi-Keefe, N.R. Rodriguez, C.H. Adams. 1997.  Subclinical and clinical eating disorders in IDDM negatively affect metabolic control.  Diabetes Care 20: 1-3

Zimmerman, T., F. Horber, N.R. Rodriguez, W.F. Schwenk, M.W. Haymond. 1989. Insulin resistance contributes to the catabolic effect of prednisone on leucine metabolism in humans. Diabetes 38(10):1238-1244.

Rodriguez, N.R., J.M. Miles, W.F. Schwenk, M.W. Haymond. 1989. Effects of acute metabolic acidosis and alkalosis on leucine metabolism in conscious dogs. Diabetes 38(7):847-853.

Haymond, M.W., P. Tessari, B. Beaufrere, N.R. Rodriguez, J. Bailey, J. Miles. 1988. Effects of parenteral lipid on leucine metabolism: dependence on fatty acid chain length. JPEN 12(6):945-975.

Rodriguez, N.R., W.F. Schwenk, B. Beaufrere, J.M. Miles, M.W. Haymond. 1986. Medium chain triglyceride infusion increases whole body leucine oxidation in dogs: a lesson in isotope modelling. Am J Physiol 251(14):E343-E348.

Rodriguez, N.R., E.C. Prigge, S. Lough, W.H. Hoover.1985.The effects of abomasal casein and ruminal VFA infusions on gluconeogenesis in dairy goats. J Dairy Sci 68:1968-1975.

Nomani, M.Z.A., N.R. Rodriguez, J.K. Lim, D.C. Buckner, A.L. Watne. 1985. Relationship of fecal steroids concentration with fecal bulk and steroid output. Nutr Reports Int 31(2):309-318.

Nomani, M.Z.A., C.M. Giaquinto, J.K. Lim, D.C. Buckner, R. Jamil, N.R. Rodriguez, A.L. Watne. 1985. Relationship of serum cholesterol level with the dietary fat, fecal bulk and steroid output. Nutr Reports Int 31(2):320-328.

Invited Editorial/Commentary

Rodriguez, NR. Protein-centric meals for optimal protein utilization: Can it be that simple? Jun;144(6):797-8. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.193615. Epub 2014 Apr 17.

Rodriguez NR. Making room for protein in approaches to muscle recovery from endurance exercise.J Appl Physiol. 2009 Apr;106(4):1036-7.

Invited Reviews
Layman DK, Rodriguez NR. Egg protein as a source of power, strength, and energy. Nutrition Today 2009 44(1):1-6.
Rodriguez NR and Gaine PC. Protein in the diets of healthy, physically active men and women:  The re-emergence of an essential nutrient. ACSM’s Health Fitness Journal 11(2): 1-5, 2007.

Rodriguez NR, L.Vislocky, and P. Courtney Gaine. Dietary protein, endurance exercise, and human skeletal-muscle protein turnover.Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2007 Jan;10(1):40-5.

Martin WF, Armstrong LE and Rodriguez NR.  Dietary protein intake and renal function. Nutrition & Metabolism 2:25, 2005.

Rodriguez, NR Optimal quantity and composition of protein for growing children. J Am Coll Nutr  24: 150S-154S, 2005.

Rodriguez, N.  The role of nutrition in injury prevention and healing. ATT 4(6): 27-31, 1999.

Book Chapters

Rodriguez NR. Protein requirements of the female athletes. In:  Nutrition for the Female Athlete 2nd ed. Editor, Katherine Beal, CRC Press 2013.

Rodriguez NR and William Lunn. Proteins and amino acids: The repair blocks and their place in growth and recovery. In: Nutrient Timing: Metabolic Optimization for Health, Performance, and Recovery. CRC Press, 2011.

Rodriguez NR. Protein and exercise. In:  Nutrition for Exercise and Sport, 2nd ed. Editors, M. Manore and J. Thompson, Human Kinetic Publishers, Champaign, IL 2009.

Pasiakos S. and Rodriguez NR. Nutrition. In: ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 6th Edition. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 2010 and 7th Edition, 2012.

Rodriguez NR and M. Price-Judge.  Popular Diets, in Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy, Editors: C. Lammi-Keefe, S. Collins-Couch, E. Philipson, Humana Press, 2008.

C.B. Ebbeling and Rodriguez NR.  Anthropometric techniques for identification of obese children: Perspectives for the practitioner.  In: Overweight and weight management: The health professional’s guide to understanding and treatment, S. Dalton (Ed.) Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers, 1997.

Articles-Professional Journals/Popular Press

“Eat to compete”.  Article written for and published in STACK Magazine.  June-July 2008.  This particular publication was a compilation of various pieces from individuals working with elite and professional athletes that was ‘sport-specific’. My article dealt specifically with basketball and it complemented a strength and conditioning program designed by Erik Phillips, CSCS, the strength and conditioning coach for the Phoenix Suns.
“Protein: A diet essential”.  Article written for and published in STACK Magazine. October, 2007.
                                                           
Sloat, J. and N. Rodriguez N 2004. Debunking the Myths: The Truth About Fad Diets. ALIVE.  A United Technologies Corporation Magazine 1(4): 11-12.

Arena, J. and Rodriguez N 2004. Think Before you Drink. ALIVE.  A United Technologies Corporation Magazine 1(4): 4-5.

Sloat, J. and Rodriguez N, 2003. Healthy Eating for the Holidays.ALIVE.  A United Technologies Corporation Magazine 1(6): 13-15.

Rodriguez, NR 1996.  Eating disorders:  Nutrition and training issues. IDEA Personal Trainer 7(2): 4.

Rodriguez, NR 1995. Food or fiction?  IDEA Personal Trainer 6(7): 26-33.

Rodriguez, NR 1992. The exercise/weight loss paradox. IDEA Today 10(3): 20-26.

Teaching

University of Connecticut

Undergraduate
Clinical Nutrition/Medical Nutrition Therapy*
Clinical Nutrition Recitation/Medical Nutrition Therapy Recitation
Nutrition for Exercise and Sport*
Nutritional Assessment Laboratory
Seminar        
Female Athlete Peer Education Course
Honors Core Course: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Obesity
Graduate
Advanced Nutrition – Macronutrient Metabolism - Protein (Team)*
Nutritional Assessment Laboratory (Team)
Advanced Clinical Nutrition (Team)
Seminar

Student Advising/Supervision

University of Connecticut only

Undergraduate
Advise undergraduate students in NUSC
Honors Student Theses (3)
Minor – Nutrition for Exercise and Sport

Graduate
Major Advisor: 11 PhD students and 26 MS from University of Connecticut since 1991

Service and Outreach

Committees

University of Connecticut (only)

Member, Research Compliance Advisory Group (Committee reports to Dr. Seemann); IRB Subcommitte3, 2014
President's Athletic Advisory Council – elected by University Senate (2001-2003, Reappointed 2003-2005; 2008 -2011; 2013-2015).  Chair, Diversity and Equity Subcommittee – 2002-2003; Student Affairs, 2008-2011.
University Interdisciplinary Courses and Curriculum Committee, 2007-2010
Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Use of Human Subjects, 1999 – 2008; Chair, 2003-2008
University of Connecticut, Standard Three: Organization and Governance Committee
  New  England Association of Schools and Colleges Reaccreditation Committee, 2005-2007
CANR Development Committee, 1998 – 2003
CANR Curriculum and Instruction Committee,1998 – 2003
NUSC Undergraduate Committee; 2000-present; Chair, 2000-2003
CANR PTR Committee, 2011- 2014, Chair, 2012, 2013, Member 1993-1996, Chair, 1995 –1996.
University Information Technology Committee (1999-2001).  Co-chair, Institutional Support Subcommittee (with Dr. Marie Cantino, PNB
Treasurer, Gamma Sigma Delta, University of Connecticut Chapter, 1995-1997
University of Connecticut, Graduate Faculty Council, 1995-1997
University of Connecticut, Standard Three: Organization and Governance Committee of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges Reaccreditation Committee,1995; 2005
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Department of Nutritional Sciences, 1994-present

Selected Invited/Professional Presentations (since 2005)

Live Well – Austin, TX, March 2014, Yoga & Health: Real Nutrition: Foods to Fuel Performance for Better Living

Webinar -  Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, “The Power of Protein: Separating Hype from Reality”. May 6, 2014

60th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Orlando, FL
May 27-30, 2014

Highlighted Featured Session – Nutrition (Organizer, Presenter)
Session Title: Intermittent fasting: Considerations for Weight Management and Performance

Tutorial (50 min with Dr. Maria Urso, Arteriocyte, Inc)
Session Title:  Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Proteolysis: Why Should We Care?

The Power Team: Combining protein and exercise for effective results. Annual meeting of the New York Academy of Family Physicians. January 26, 2014

Protein Summit 2.0 (Moderator, Presenter) – October 2-3, 2013, Washington, DC
Introduction to Protein Summit 2.0; Panelist: Protein and Healthy Aging
Closing Presentation:  Translation to Practice

Rethinking the Message: Effective Translation on the Current Dietary Guidelines to Optimal Protein Recommendations. Protein Summit 2.0, Washington, DC. October 2-3, 2013

Live Well 2013: Celebrating Food for Simple, Strong & Better Living.
Session Title: Diet Quality Across the Lifecycle, Chicago, July 2-3, 2013

18th Annual Sports Medicine Symposium: Challenges in Sports Medicine. Session Title: The Female Athlete Triad, Quinniapiac University, CT, July 30, 2013

Regulation of skeletal muscle proteolysis, Symposium moderator and speaker. ACSM Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, May 31, 2013

Recovery nutrition for endurance athletes. Springfield College Annual Alumni Event and Sports Medicine Workshop. Springfield, MA, April 6 2013

  • Nutrition and Human Performance: Blending Research and Practice for Success.  Invited Keynote for
  • Department of Exercise Science Awards Event, Central Connecticut State University. April 10, 2013

FNCE  (Annual Meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) – Featured Session: Farm to Fork – Dietary Protein and Health and Aging, Philadelphia, PA October 9, 2012
Ironman Medical Conference, Nutrition for Recovery in Endurance Athletes, Kona, HA, October 11, 2012

  • Webinar, Protein in the Diet of the Everyday Fitness Enthusiast, October 2012
  • Performance Nutrition for the Elite Athlete – The New England American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, Providence, RI November 8, 2012
  • Sports Nutrition for the Young Athlete, Rhode Island Dietetic Association, November 2012
  • Protein in the Diet of the Healthy, Active Men and Women, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, December 10, 2012
  • Blending Research and Practice for Success, March 28, Invited Seminar for Department Of Pathobiology and Veterinary Sciences, University of Connecticut. March 28, 2012
  • Spring 2011 - Sabbatical

“Is Protein the Missing Link in the Obesity Story”, Texas Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Association. Dallas, TX. May, 1, 2010

“Protein and Healthy Aging” and “It’s All About Trends: What the Future Holds for Food, Health and Health Lifestyles”, Nebraska Dietetic Association, Norfolk, NE, April 28, 2010

“Sport Nutrition Designs for the 21st Century Athlete: Classic Challenges and Contemporary Solutions - The Role of Protein”.  Annual SCAN meeting, San Diego, CA. March 29th, 2010

Protein Webinar – The Power of Protein in Optimal Health, ‘The Consumer Landscape’; ‘Powering Up with Protein’: March 24, 2009; May 3, 2009; October 3, 2009; February 23, March 25, and May 12, 2010.

It’s All About Trends: What the Future Holds for Food, Health and Health Lifestyles, Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI, May 7, 2009

Women Eating Health All Life Long Idaho Dietetics Association Annual Meeting, Idaho Falls, ID April 10, 2009

Overconsumption of Protein: Debunking the Myth Utah Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Park City, UT April 3, 2009

“Is protein the missing link in the obesity story” – West Virginia Dietetic Association, Charleston, WV, April 16, 2008

“Health benefits of whey protein”, New York State Dietetic Association, Albany, NY, May 6, 2008
“Family meals in a fast paced world” – Delaware Dietetic Association, Dover, DE, May 21, 2008

“The Nature of Health: Lifestyle Choices for Disease Prevention”, Austin Dietetic Association Meeting, Austin, TX, September 2008

“Health benefits of whey protein” - SCAN Symposium, Austin, TX, April 15th, 2007

Protein Summit 2007: Role of High Quality Protein in Optimal Health. May 2007.
Speaker, Colloquium  - ACSM Position Stands: Process and status of current stands - at the 49th Annual meeting of ACSM, New Orleans, LA, June 2007 and all subsequent annual meetings through 2009
 “Distinguishing Socio-Behavioral Practice from Research”, Connecticut Institutional Review Board Educational and Networking Symposium, Connecticut Hospital Association, December 12, 2006

Panel Participant (as UConn IRB Chair) 4th Annual CT IRB Network Symposium. “Distinguishing Practice from Research” Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Donaghue Initiative in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Ethics, New Haven, CT, December 12th, 2006

Symposium organizer and moderator for  “The Changing Face of the Sports Nutritionist - The Evolution of a Profession”at the 48th Annual meeting of ACSM, Denver, CO, June 2006

Speaker, Colloquium  - ACSM Position Stands: Process and status of current stands - at the 48th Annual meeting of ACSM, Denver, CO, June 2006

“Protein source and skeletal muscle protein utilization during aging, exercise, and weight loss”,  Texas and Southwestern Cattle Ranchers Association in San Antonio, TX March 28th, 2006

“The Role of Nutrition in Optimizing Strength and Conditioning Programs Throughout the Lifespan”, New England American College of Sports Medicine Spring Meeting in Fitchburg, MA April 2006

“Effects of Dietary Protein Intake and Endurance Exercise Training on Skeletal Muscle Protein Turnover”,Invited Seminar, UMass-Amherst Department of Exercise Science, September 26, 2005

International

International Congress of Nutrition, Granada, Spain, September 16, 2013, Getting Older, Getting Better! Eating and Exercise for Healthy Aging. International Meat Secretariat’s Symposium on Protein Requirements for Optimal Health Throughout All Life Stages, September 16, 2013

US-Northeast Asia Health Professional Meeting, International Dairy Group
Washington DC, Session Title: Whey Protein and Sports Nutrition October 1, 2013

“Efficient Use of Protein Within the Dietary Guidelines by Healthy, Physically Active Adults”. International Livestock Conference. Houston, TX, April 2005

Media

Frequent press interviews for radio, television and print media (Including – Redbook, Glamour, More, and Sports Illustrated for Women)

Of note: Guest appearances –Larry King Live, October 2009; CBS Sunday Morning News, May  2009. Essay: Wall Street Journal September 2012

 

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