Esther Myers, NDSU College of Human Sciences and Education Distinguished Alumna and dietetics adjunct professor, has been selected to receive the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, the highest honor given by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Myers will receive the award at the opening session of the organization’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo this fall.
Myers, BS '75, home economics, honorary doctorate '10, is an internationally-known author, lecturer, educator and researcher in dietetics and evidence analysis. She is currently the CEO of EF Myers Consulting Inc. and co-owner of Nutrition Care Professionals.
Myers completed a 25-year career with the United States Air Force. She retired in 2000 as a colonel serving as the Air Force’s chief dietitian and associate chief, Biomedical Sciences Corp for Dietetics.
Myers was employed by the academy from 2000-2013, holding the position of chief science officer for 12 years. She led the effort to establish a system to systematic reviews on nutrition topics using the Evidence Analysis Library and Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines. Myers also was instrumental in the development of the Nutrition Care Process and International Nutrition and Dietetics Terminology, the standardized language system for nutrition care and electronic health records, and creation of the Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network.
“The life lessons and academic preparation from NDSU were instrumental in any success I have had, both in my U.S. Air Force dietetics career and my continued dietetic professional activities at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,” said Myers. “The midwestern North Dakota work ethic and values instilled and solidified during my time at NDSU were highly valued by colleagues, supervisors and employees. I owe a debt of gratitude to NDSU.”
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. It represents more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners. The Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award is named in honor of an early 20th century pioneer in dietetics who was recognized by the British and French governments for her service during World War I. Copher was the chief dietitian at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. After her death, a gift from Copher's husband established the award in her honor.
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