Richard Jansen, professor emeritus in the department of food science and human nutrition at Colorado State University, has been elected a fellow of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences.
Jansen is one of only 10 individuals across the nation who were elected this year. Election to the society is based on cumulative contributions to the field of nutritional sciences over the course of a career. During his career, Jansen has conducted extensive research and published more than 100 articles on food science and nutrition. He was honored by the society at a luncheon in San Francisco last week.
Jansen’s honors have included the Award of Excellence from the Colorado Dietetic Association, the Western Dairy Council’s Award of Excellence in Nutrition Education and the Institute of Food Technologists Babcock-Hart Award. Jansen also is a fellow at the Institute of Food Technology.
Jansen became head of the food science and human nutrition department at Colorado State in 1969. Jansen retired from the position in 1990 and continues to be active in education, research and outreach in the department. His work has included research on effects of protein and energy intake on lactation and research on fat synthesis and obesity. In cooperation with Jud Harper, vice-president for research and information technology, Jansen conducted research on the implementation of baby food processing in less developed countries. He also has studied the nutritional effectiveness of the national school lunch program in the United States.
Jansen graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. In 1958 he earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Cornell.