October 21, 2014  

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Southern Miss Professor Receives Distinguished Research Award

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Dr. Mary Frances Nettles

Dr. Mary Frances Nettles, director of the National Food Service Management Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded Kansas State University’s 2012 College of Human Ecology Distinguished Research Award.

The award annually recognizes a Kansas State University graduate of Human Ecology who has achieved significant success in research while contributing to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

She currently leads a team of researchers at Southern Miss who conduct both qualitative and quantitative research projects that address operational issues impacting Child Nutrition Programs. Under Dr. Nettles’ direction the research has provided solutions of best practices for issues impacting the operations of Child Nutrition Programs and research-based resources for program assessment.

“This award is well-deserved recognition for the timely, important and continuing contributions Dr. Nettles makes to child nutrition related research,” said Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at Southern Miss.

Nettles received her Master of Institute Management and doctorate in Food Service and Hospitality Management from Kansas State University, after first graduating from Mississippi State University with a degree in Food and Nutrition.

Nettles began her career as an assistant director for the Dietetics Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center before working with numerous programs including: the Mississippi Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs, and the National Food Service Management Institute.

For more information about the National Food Service Management Institute, call the College of Health at 601.266.5253.