Local USDA Scientist Wins Research
Award By Jim
April 13, 2001
BELTSVILLE, Md., Apr. 13Janet Novotny, a research
physiologist at the Beltsville Human
Nutrition Research Center, has recently been named as a 2000 recipient of a
Early Career Research Scientist award by the Agricultural Research Service, the
Department of Agriculture's chief scientific
Novotny was recognized for research combining human feeding
studies, isotope methodology, mass spectrometry and mathematical modeling to
solve nutrition problems. Her research program in the
Laboratory had a demonstrated major impact in nutrition, especially in the
areas of carotenoid metabolism and nutrient bioavailability, according to Floyd
P. Horn, ARS administrator.
"Dr. Novotny is generous in assisting other scientists and has
been sought for collaboration by many USDA and external scientists," Horn said.
"She has already made national and international impact in nutrition and will
continue doing so."
Novotny was honored here Feb. 7 at the
Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural
Research Center. She and other award winners received a plaque, a cash
award and additional research funding.
Her main subject areas have been energy and phytonutrient
metabolism. She has completed human studies and modeling in both areas, as well
as others. She has been published or received acceptance for publication for
thirteen manuscripts by such journals as the Journal of Nutrition and the
Journal of the American Dietetic Association. She received an Outstanding
Manuscript Award from the American Society for Nutritional Sciences based on
her beta-carotene modeling work.
The "early career" award is given to ARS scientists who have
made outstanding scientific contributions while having been with the agency 7
years or less and completed their highest academic degree within the past 10
years. Novotny is the winner for the agency's entire
Beltsville Area. The Beltsville Area
consists of ARS programs at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC);
the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.; and worksites in Chatsworth,
N.J.; Presque Isle, Maine; and McMinnville, Tenn. BARC is the largest and most
diversified agricultural research complex in the world.
Novotny attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,
where she received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's of science
in nutritional sciences before receiving a doctorate in biophysics in 1993. She
joined ARS after graduation as a postdoctorate fellow. She has been an adjunct
assistant professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore since 1997 and has also instructed courses at
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.
Scientific contact: Janet Novotny, research physiologist,
Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, Md., phone (301)
504-8263, fax (301) 504-9098, firstname.lastname@example.org.