Ruth MacDonald

  • Professor and Chair
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Iowa State University
  • Ames, IA 50011
  • Phone 515-294-5991
  • Email
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PhD Nutrition/Food Science, University of Minnesota, 1985
MS Nutrition/Physiology, University of Minnesota, 1981
BS Biology, Western Maryland College (currently McDaniel College), Westminster, MD. Cum Laude, Honors in Biology, 1979
Registered Dietitian

Awards/Special Recognition

  • 2013 Fellow, Food Systems Leadership Institute
  • 2012 Outstanding Volunteer Award, Nutrition Division of IFT
  • 2010 Iowa State University Departmental Leadership Award
  • 2008 Chair USDA Nutrition and Health Program Review Panel
  • 2003 Gamma Sigma Delta
  • 1994 Gold Chalk Award, Graduate Professional Council, University of Missouri
  • 1992 Food Science Association Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Missouri
  • 1984-1985 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota.
  • 1979 Phi Beta Kappa (Argonauts), Western Maryland

Teaching Responsibilities
DIET/FSHN 597.  Nutritional Aspects of Oncology
FSHN 242. Societal Impacts on Food Systems
FSHN 494.  Service Learning for Human Nutrition

Global Engagement
Dr. MacDonald has been involved globally through the Dean’s Global Leadership Program, accompanying students to Rome and working with the United Nations – Food and Agriculture Organization on food waste and food value chain projects. She also has presented at numerous international conferences and academic meetings in China, France, India, Japan, and Korea.