Rachel NovotnyInterim Dean and Director for Research and Cooperative Extension University of Hawaii at ManoaTCollege of Tripical Agriculture and Human Resources
1986 Ph.D. Cornell University. Major: International Nutrition. Minors: Epidemiology/Population Studies and Anthropology.
Dissertation: Preschool Child Feeding, Health, and Nutritional Status in Highland Ecuador.
1982 M.S. Cornell University. Major: International Nutrition. Minor: Anthropology.
Thesis: Maternal and Infant Nutritional Status During Exclusive Breast-feeding in the Lake Titicaca Region, S.A.
1978 B.A. Beloit College. Major: Biology.
Senior Thesis: Breast Milk Consumption by Infants in Puriscal, Costa Rica.
I direct the Nutritional Assessment of Populations program (NAP). My research
interests focus on diet, physical activity and body size factors, their
influence on the process of growth and maturation, and implications for
health and disease. My work focuses on periods of rapid growth, including
pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence. Research areas include the role of
breast-feeding in maturation and growth, and the importantce of variability
of body size in different population groups for risk of disease. Current
research focuses on adolescent growth, maturation and bone development and
the need for adequate weight and fat for bone growth to precent osteoporosis
in opposition to the concern of early maturation that increases risk of
Ongoing Research Projects
1. Healthy Living in the Pacific Islands (HLPI) Healthy Pacific Child Program (HPCP) (2004 – 2008)
– USDA, NRI
2. Healthy Living Hawaii (2004 – 2005)
– Department of Health
3. Nutritional and Genetic Determinants of Early Puberty (2004 – 2007)
– Department of Defense
4. Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership – Univ of Guam/Cancer Research Center of Hawaii Partnership (2003 – 2008)
– NIH, NCI