Meet April Fogleman
April Danielle Fogleman is an avid Wolfpacker! In fact, she says that when she first arrived at NC State, she ". . . loved it so much that I didn't want to leave." But as a Ph.D. student in Nutrition Sciences, she will use her research and training at NC State to go out and help the youngest members of society.
Originally from Lawrenceville, GA, Fogleman has lived in Apex, NC for the past 11 years. She began her college career at NC State in 2002 and was attracted to the College of Engineering, with the hope of studying aerospace engineering.
However, after exploring many other career choices, she switched her major to biochemistry. Even then, Fogleman's path wasn't clear: ". . . I wanted to go to nursing school, then law school, but then I took a nutrition class with Dr. Jon Allen and decided once and for all to study nutrition." She had always had an interest in nutrition, but never thought of turning it into a career until that class!
With a definite focus, Fogleman entered the Master of Science in Nutrition program in the department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, as well as a program to earn her registered dietitian certification through Meredith College and through distance education at the University of Northern Colorado. Meanwhile, she says that she ". . . fell in love with my research on human milk and breastfeeding and with teaching." She finds it interesting how nutrition combines biochemistry, food, education, and service to the community. Consequently, she decided to earn her Ph.D and gain experience teaching college students.
As a graduate student, Fogleman took advantage of Preparing the Professoriate (PTP), which teaches doctoral students to become successful teachers. Offered through the Graduate School as part of the Preparing Future Leaders programs, PTP taught her the principles and theories of effective teaching and exposed her to diverse teaching experiences. Additionally, she taught three semesters of Introduction to Human Nutrition -- a face-to-face class made up of students from a variety of academic majors.
Fogleman also was offered a place in the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, a lactation consultant training program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She feels that the training she gets in this program compliments her research in human milk and breastfeeding.
Her graduate research investigated the effects of storage temperature and time on both freshly expressed human milk and donor human milk. The findings provided evidence that human milk maybe storied longer than current CDC guidelines recommend. Fogleman hopes that ". . . the outcomes of this research will lead to the development of evidence-based human milk storage guidelines, which may lead to decreased milk being wasted in neonatal intensive care units (NICUS), day care settings, and in the home."
She is also studying the effect of calcium and phosphorus supplementation on digestibility of protein, fat, and calcium in preterm donor milk. Fogleman says that although supplementation of human milk is common in the U.S., there is no evidence how well supplements are absorbed by the infant. The results of this research should ". . . benefit premature infants at-risk for metabolic bone disease because they depend on evidence-based use of supplemental minerals for normal bone mineralization."
When Fogleman finally has her doctoral degree in hand in August 2011, she hopes that her continued research will have a large, positive impact on infant care by improving the care and nutritional protocol of premature and low birth weight infants and removing barriers to breastfeeding in order to increase breastfeeding rates and decrease the incidence of childhood and maternal obesity and diabetes. She also hopes to teach students about nutrition, breastfeeding, and research so the knowledge and impact can increase exponentially.
And when she's not focused on her research, teaching, and dietetic internship she says that she loves spending time with her husband, Allen, and their dog, Roxie. "My favorite thing to do is to go to the beach with Allen and Roxie and play, relax, and read."
For more insight into Fogelman's research, see http://www.hmbana.org/
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