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Dr. Barbara Stoecker, nutritional sciences Barbaraprofessor, received the Regents Distinguished Research Award on Dec. 1, 2015. She is an OSU Regents Professor and the Marilynn Thoma Chair in the College of Human Sciences.

Stoecker’s research in the field of micronutrients and human health has earned her an international reputation. She has pioneered discoveries on the trace element chromium in daily requirements, as well as chromium’s role in lipid and insulin metabolism.

Stoecker has also made significant contributions to the field of micronutrients and bone health. She has led research that shows vitamin E supplementation protects against bone loss in the microgravity environment of space. She was selected by the National Academy of Sciences to serve on the 2000 Micronutrient Nutrient Panel of the Food and Nutrition Board.

Recently, her research is focused on micronutrient needs from an international perspective. Her work in sub-Saharan Africa and Ethiopia provided groundbreaking research to understand critical nutrient deficiencies and health complications that can stem from them. With funding from international, federal, state and local agencies as well as private industry and foundations she has garnered more than $4.5 million in grants.

She has shared her research with countless presentations at national and international scientific meetings. She has published more than 90 papers and co-authored 18 scholarly works.