FY2011 Annual Report Project Descriptions

FY2011 Annual Report Project Descriptions


UVM research scientists and outreach specialists ...

  • studying whether greater reliance on regionally produced foods could improve food access and affordability for disadvantaged northeast communities
    Enhancing Food Security in Underserved Populations in the Northeast Through Sustainable Regional Food Systems
    BERLIN 2

  • develop a whey protein based microencapsulation technology to improve survivability of probitoics in foods
    Beneficial and Adverse Effects of Natural, Bioactive Dietary Chemicals on Human Health and Food Safety (from W1122)
    GUO 2

  • determine the value of using financial incentives to shape physical activity behavior in young adults.
    Burn and earn: Incentivizing physical activity in college freshman

    Food Safety

  • evaluate survival of bacterial pathogens during cheesemaking to help define strategies for risk reduction and control to enhance cheese safety
    Surveillance and Characterization of Bacterial Pathogens in Raw Milk Destined for Cheesemaking vs. Direct Human Consumption

  • develop a rapid, cost effective, high throughput method to enable rapid detection and differentiation of Listeria monocytogenes strains of public health significance
    Listeria monocytogenes: Enrichment, sampling and novel surveillance.


  • evaluate the acceptance of lower calorie flavored milk by U.S. school children
    Acceptance of Reformulated Flavored Milk in Schools
    JOHNSON 2b

  • evaluate the acceptance of lower calorie flavored milk by U.S. school children using actual measures of consumption
    Evaluating the Acceptance of Reformulated Flavored Milk in Schools
    JOHNSON 2b

  • As school districts consider removing flavored milk from meals due to concerns over childhood obesity, we are measuring how well children accept lower calorie flavored milk in a national sample of schools
    Evaluating the acceptance of reformulated flavored milk in schools
    JOHNSON 2b

  • delineated the impact of the isomer profile of trans fat sources on hypercholesteremia and risk of atherosclerosis
    The Impact of Trans Fatty Acid Isomer Profile of Fat Sources on Hypocholesteremia and Risk of Artherosclerosis
    WRIGHT 2b

  • determine the effect of a natural (milk fat) vs. industrial (partially hydrogenated oil) source of TFA on the fetal programming of atherosclerosis in the apoE*3 Leiden mouse.
    The Impact of Milk Fat-Derived Bioactive Fatty Acids on the Fetal Programming of Atherosclerosis
    WRIGHT 2b


  • evaluate a preschool physical activity program designed to increase active play and decrease sedentary time for children enrolled in childcare centers.
    MAPLES: More Active Play in Early Childhood Settings

  • develop an evaluation framework including a comprehensive list of questions that will enable the Vermont Dept of Health evaluate its community based obesity prevention programs.
    Vermont Department of Health Evaluation Framework for Community Based Obesity Prevention Programs

  • develop and estimate a transdisciplinary model to explain obesity including both food and time use patterns
    Health Capital as Measured by Obesity in Single Headed Female Households.

  • develop a statistical model for understanding the hierarchical relationships between personality traits and healthy eating.
    Personality traits predictors of healthy diet and obesity
    SUN 2d