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Iowa State professor elected to National Academy of Medicine

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A professor from Iowa State University is elected to the National Academy of Medicine for her achievements in human nutrition research.

Diane Birt, a professor of food science and human nutrition, was named among 70 new members and 10 international members of the National Academy of Medicine. It is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

“I am thrilled to see another member of our talented faculty receive the recognition and distinction they deserve,” said ISU President Steven Leath. “Election to a National Academy is a tremendous professional achievement, and Dr. Birt has certainly earned this high honor through her exceptional work in nutrition science.”

Birt has made contributions to human throughout her career including: investigating plant components that help prevent cancer and the health benefits and adverse effects of botanical supplements.

“I’m delighted and honored to have been invited to join the National Academy of Medicine,” Birt said. “It was an honor just to be nominated, and when you look at the distinguished people who make up the academy’s membership, it’s humbling to be among them.”

Birt joined the Iowa State faculty in 1997, and she served as chair of the ISU food science and human nutrition department from 1997 to 2004. She has authored or co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed research publications.

Birt joins Catherine Woteki as the two ISU faculty members to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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