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Sporny, Lora
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Educational Background

Ed.D. (nutrition and education), Teachers College, Columbia University, 1992;
M.Ed. (community nutrition education), Teachers College, Columbia University, 1988;
M.A. (science journalism), New York University, 1987;
B.S. (clinical nutrition), University of Pittsburgh, 1985.

Dr. Lora A. Sporny has been adjunct assistant and associate professor of nutrition and education at Columbia University's Teachers College since 1992. In addition to being on the faculty of Teachers College, for the past 15 years she has taught and continues to teach three nutrition courses yearly in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Every two years she also teaches an intensive graduate course in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and recently she taught an intensive graduate course in the School of Health and Education at Reykjavik University in Iceland.

One of Dr. Sporny's first faculty positions was in the Nutrition and Food Science Department of Hunter College, City University of New York. She was an adjunct instructor and then assistant professor from 1988 through 1994. And each fall semester for over 15 years she conducted a lecture series in the Graduate School of Journalism's Science and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, she engages in a variety of consulting activities, including the development of Dietetic Internship Programs. One of the Dietetic Internship Programs was developed for the Sarasota County Board of Education in Florida. The Program is one of only a few nationwide that specializes in childhood nutrition education and school food service. With a strong belief in diet's effect on metabolic programming, Dr. Sporny is an advocate of healthful diets and nutrition education early in life. Towards this end, she edited four nutrition books that are available in many middle schools and high schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Other professional activities have included writing nutrition education curricula for community programs, editing nutrition education modules on disease management and prevention for the Internet, and speaking about diet and disease to audiences in a variety of settings.


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