ASU nutritionist dishes out advice

December 26, 2007

Is that fat-free chicken gravy really any better for you than the real deal? Associate professor Jeffrey Hampl from ASU’s Department of Nutrition will help answer that question and many more as part of a team of nutritionists in an upcoming issue of Men’s Fitness magazine.

The articles, which are appearing in the December-January and the February issues, look at the dietary claims of 20 foods that declare to be healthier options for today’s nutrition-conscious consumers. Download Full Image

The products range from vegetable “sausage” patties to whipped yogurt and instant iced tea mix.

“This was the first time I did this type of project for the magazine, but I’ve written several articles for Men’s Fitness over the past few years,” Hampl says. “I assessed new food products, and whether they’re healthful and helpful for weight management.”

Many of the products Hampl reviewed alleged to be healthier – with either “low fat” or “low calorie” featured prominently on the packaging.

What Hampl discovered, however, were the hidden dangers masked by these declarations. Often, a low-fat product contains high sugar – as many as three different sugar ingredients in one product – and, in the articles, Hampl warns consumers more than once to watch out for the sodium and calorie content on lower-fat items.

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Squires to lead engineering unit

December 30, 2007

Kyle Squires has been named chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

The department has 31 faculty members, and more than 1,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate research and education programs. Download Full Image

“I have developed great respect for the dedication of the faculty and staff to fulfilling our mission in teaching, research and service,” Squires says. “It’s truly an honor to lead the department through this period of exciting growth.”

Squires joined the engineering faculty at ASU as an associate professor in 1997 and was appointed to full professor in 2003. He served as the department’s vice chair of graduate programs, and was interim department chair since August 2006.

After receiving his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Squires was a post-doctoral research associate at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University from 1990 to 1991. He was on the faculty of the University of Vermont’s mechanical engineering department from 1991 to 1997 and has held visiting appointments at Stanford University, the University of Tokyo and Institute Polytechnique de Toulouse in France.

Squires’ research expertise covers computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modeling of single- and multiple-phase flows, and high-performance computing. He has applied his expertise to exploring ways to improve the aerodynamics of aircraft, ground vehicles and sports equipment.

“Kyle Squires brings great enthusiasm and commitment to the New American University vision for ASU and engineering as we work to advance to the next level,” says the School of Engineering’s dean, Deirdre Meldrum. “He will provide strong leadership for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.”