Campus: CSU Long Beach -- April 30, 2004
Senior Dietetics Major at California State University,
Long Beach Participates in Nutrition, Cancer Prevention Practicum at National
Cancer Institute in Maryland
Sarah Golden, a dietetics major at California State University, Long Beach,
was one of 16 students nationwide selected to participate in a recently-held
Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Practicum at the National Cancer Institute in
The event was presented by The Nutritional Science Research Group in the Division
of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of
Health and the Department of Nutrition at the Clinical Center and the National
Institutes of Health.
The senior applied for and was accepted into the program after hearing about it
through Dr. Christina Wang, program director of the General Clinical Research
Center (GCRC) at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. The GCRC sponsored her attendance
to the practicum.
"I was exposed to material, experiences and individuals far beyond what is
provided in traditional education," said Golden, a research nutritionist at the
General Clinical Research Center at Harbor UCLA Medical Center for the past year.
"Exposure to current research and available resources provided direction and gave
me a greater perspective on my professional goals by emphasizing the necessity
and significance of nutritional research and nutrition professionals."
The session provided specialized instruction in the role of nutrition and cancer
prevention covering such areas as cancer trends, clinical intervention studies,
obesity and energy balance in relation to cancer, new technologies in cancer
research, bioethics, and "research day" with local dietetic interns, including
hands-on workshops and a tour of the clinical center.
Activities also included a tour of the National Library of Medicine, the NIH
Clinical Center and the USDA Metabolic Kitchen and research labs. As part of
the practicum, Golden was part of a group assigned to research a specific
nutrient and develop a fact sheet showing the role of that nutrient in cancer
"It was truly inspiring and impressive to actually see the extensive amount of
significant research being done to improve public health," noted Golden. "My
knowledge and understanding were strengthened by the brilliant and informative
presentations, activities and tours. The practicum provided me with information,
skills, and ideas that I will use throughout my career as a nutrition
professional. The experience also offered a unique opportunity to network with
peers with similar interests and various backgrounds."
Golden, who will be graduating from CSULB in May, is scheduled to do her dietetic
internship at The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and is planning to
work on her master's degree in public health at UCLA in the fall.
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