Title: Professor (Retired)
Company: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Location: Weston, Illinois, United States
Ann E. Macpherson-Sánchez, Retired Professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care education.
Driven by her passion for nutrition, Dr. Macpherson-Sánchez is proud to have dedicated her entire career to educating the younger generations on the subject. She started her journey as a home economics teacher at James Monroe High School in 1958, and continued on to become a food chemistry instructor at the Hotel School of Cornell University, a senior research aide at the Graduate School of Nutrition at Cornell University, and a research technical associate and an extension associate in the Department of Human Nutrition and Food at Cornell University. In 1974, Dr. Macpherson-Sánchez moved to Puerto Rico, where she became a science teacher at the Southwestern Educational Society. She really found a home on the island, and has been there ever since in a variety of roles. Some of these include instructor in the Physical Education and Home Economics Department of Interamerican University, administrative and clinical dietitian at Mayagüez Medical Center, part-time instructor in the Nursing Department at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and food and nutrition specialist and coordinator of the Program to Improve Nutrition in Puerto Rico for the Agricultural Extension Service of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She retired as a food and nutrition professor in the Department of Agricultural Education at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 2011.
When Dr. Macpherson-Sánchez wasn’t working, she was very active in her community. She served as a board member of the Nominating Committee of the Society for Nutrition from 2007 to 2009, a member of the Wellness Committee of the Department of Education of the Government of Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2009, a member of the Foods and Nutrition Commission of Puerto Rico from 2000 to 2003, and a reviewer of proposals for the Human Nutrition and Obesity Program of National Research Initiative from 2000 to 2001, among many other positions. She also connected to her peers by authoring articles like “Integrating Fundamental Concepts of Obesity and Eating Disorders: Implications for the Obesity Epidemic” for the American Journal of Public Health, “A Food Guide Pyramid for Puerto Rico” for Nutrition Today, and “Trends in Fat Disappearance in the United States, 1909-1965” for the Journal of Nutrition. She considers her greatest achievement to be working on the systematic review of weight loss.
To enhance her professional standing, Dr. Macpherson-Sánchez earned an EdD from Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, in 1993, a Master of Natural Science in public health nutrition from Cornell University in 1964, and a Bachelor of Science in home economics education from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1957. She also completed coursework in English and history from Pomona College between 1953 and 1955, and joined prominent professional organizations like the American Dietetic Association, the Society for Nutrition Education, and the Puerto Rico Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Dr. Macpherson-Sánchez was honored with a Certificate of Recognition from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 2006, the Specialist of the Year Award from the College of Agriculture at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 2004 and both a Leadership Certificate in Recognition of Significant Volunteer Contributions from the Society for Nutrition Education and the Statue of Don Quixote for conceptualizing and implementing the program MeNu in 1999. Additionally, she received a plaque from the Mayagüez Medical Center in 1984 and a Public Health Service Assistantship for Pursuing Graduate Studies between 1962 and 1963.
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