Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Say Hello to "Professor Masterjohn"!

I've got some exciting news to share!

Today I officially started as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College. I will be teaching undergraduate courses in nutritional chemistry for students aiming to become registered dietitians, mentoring master's students, and running a laboratory where I will continue and expand my research on fat-soluble vitamins.

Assistant Professor is the title given to an entry-level tenure track faculty member. Promotion to Associate Professor tends to occur alongside achieving tenure after some five to seven years, and Full Professor is the title earned upon the final promotion. The titles reflect ranks based on cumulative achievement rather than job descriptions.

Brooklyn College is located near the border of Flatbush and Midwood, two neighborhoods of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City (see this pdf map of NYC neighborhoods). Washington Monthly just ranked it #1 among all American colleges for its "Bang for the Buck," reflecting its traditional reputation as the "poor man's Harvard."

The campus is a short walk from the commercial strips of Flatbush Avenue and the residential streets of Ditmas Park, where quaint houses are richly shrouded in beautiful trees and other greenery. 



It's also pretty close to the foodie favorite strip of Courtelyou Road, home to the Flatbush Food Coop, a farmers market called Courtelyou Greenmarket, the locavore-friendly Cafe Madeline, and the farm-to-table restaurant The Farm on Adderly. One of the blocks on this strip just won second place in the commercial division of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's "Greenest Block in Brooklyn" contest.

Brooklyn College owns 26 acres, but most of academic life takes place in several clusters of buildings on either side of Bedford Avenue known as the "east quad" and the "west quad." Walking around the east and west quads, you'd think they're the extent of the campus, though some key buildings like the student union and residence hall lie slightly outside of these clusters and seem more integrated with the city. It tends to have about 15,000-17,000 students, 60 percent of whom commute, though only 20 percent of the commuters use a car, consistent with the ease of getting around on foot and by public transit in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Here are a few photos I took today of the Brooklyn College campus.


The West Quad Center, which houses administrative functions such as the bursar's office, and recreational facilities.

  
The library, viewed from the distance.


A closer look at the library.


Boylan Hall, an academic building that also houses the bookstore, a cafeteria, and various functions.


Ingersoll, home to my office.


"New Ingersoll," or the "Ingersoll Extension," where my lab is, shrouded in the trees that line the walkway to the building.


Some of the greenery of the east quad.


Late summer flowers on the east quad.


Late summer flowers on the east quad.


Entrance to the lily pond, which lies between the library and New Ingersoll.


The lily pond.


Lilies in the lily pond.

  
Fountain in the lily pond.


The lily pond.

Brooklyn College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), where master's programs are held within individual departments but doctoral programs are held at the CUNY Graduate Center. Currently, there is no PhD program in Nutrition, but a number of us are hoping that will change in the future. 

Currently, I will be interacting primarily with students in the B.S. in Health and Nutrition Sciences with a concentration in Foods and Nutrition, and with students pursing an M.S. in Nutrition. These programs accept applications for both spring and fall admissions. The deadline to apply for spring admission is September 15 for the B.S. program and November 1 for the M.S. program. You can learn more about these programs by viewing the department's web site.

This is a very exciting new chapter in my life and career. Wish me luck!

44 comments:

  1. congratulations, Chris! you've earned it!

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  2. Congrats Chris! I'm frankly jealous of your students. They're so lucky to have a teacher like you!

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    1. I agree with Chris. Yes I am happy for you but I immediately thought of the students and a new generation of dietitians. Nutritional chemistry together with molecular biology are going to be the determinants, Now that we are beginning to see that the gold standard of research, the RCT is not so golden and in fact too often a glorified reading of tea leaves, we need people who can look at the science behind it. I wish you many years of happy, scholarly interacting with your students Don't forget to blog some of your experiences every now and then James

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    2. Kudos buddy. We're all very proud of your career advancement. :)

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  3. Congratulations! I hope they let you teach real science instead of the mainstream dribble falsely called science :)

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  4. That area of Brooklyn seems like a step up from Urbana Champaign in terms of social life. :) Congrats on the tenure track job.

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  5. That's fantastic, Chris. Congratulations.

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  6. Congrats Chris! I hope to see you more frequently now. There is so much to learn from you!

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  7. Congratulations on your new life assignment. It takes an army to change current trends and let the truth be known. You will make that change happen.

    You helped me find the path to control and reduce symptoms of congestive heart failure and I will be forever grateful.

    Jim

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  8. Congratulations Chris! Glad to have you in mine neck of the woods. Hope you can help push the changes that have started to occur, but are taking so much time to get acceptance. All my relatives and friends think I am crazy to eat the way I do, despite all the recent publications showing that saturated fat is not the enemy. I tell them about the books that have been written and your research, but they will only do what an MD tells them, and will not think for themselves. When will all this craziness end? Having you teaching nutritional science is certainly a step in the right direction.

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  9. The most exciting thing is that the nutritionists who will be going out into the world will now have the correct knowledge. The ones I've spoken with are so up in arms if you deviate from what they've been taught, and who can blame them? They've gone through so much to learn what they have in oder to get that degree and go forth into the world with confidence. They don't want to be shaken in their faith of what their professors have said. But NOW..... THANK YOU CHRIS MASTERJOHN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. So nice to hear about your new adventure! Congrats.

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  11. Hey Chris, Seeing Boylan & Ingersoll Halls sure brings back memories. I wish I was there with you. The library had just been built when I was a freshman in 1949. I wonder if they still have a folk & square dance club that meets in 0400 Boylan Hall. And the classical music lounge next door. Great memories. And if you'd been there then, I probably would become one of your lucky students. Lots of luck in your career. It's a great school and there's nothing more gratifying than teaching a subject you passionately believe in.

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  12. long time lurker stopping by to say congrats!

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  13. Congrats Chris! Your students are very lucky to have you!

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  14. Congratulations! Good luck with this new adventure.

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  15. Congratulations! Your ascendency begins!

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  16. It's very good news that Dr. Price's discoveries (and work by kindred spirits like yourself) will reach a wider audience. The truth will out!

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  17. Congratulations, Chris! That sounds like a great gig. I spent a winter in Flatbush back in college--lived with my aunt and uncle there and commuted to Manhattan for an internship. My cousin is an independent filmmaker/producer and lives in Williamsburg (of course). Brooklyn is great and it sounds like it's only getting better. Best of luck and keep in touch!

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  18. Congratulations, Chris...well deserved, and a great position to teach, mentor, and continue your wonderful research. I first heard you interviewing with Jimmy Moore as I was searching the reasons for my heart attack in 2009. I understood all the information you imparted because you spoke so clearly for me. Thank you, and BEST always!

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  19. So wonderful to hear you reach some of your dreams...I hope you continue your research on the fat soluble vitamins, especially vitamin K2. Those of us in the OP (thin bones) community are always debating the merits of the various forms it comes in, and quite frankly, we desperately need more information about it and how A and D, too, can help us.

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  20. Thanks for broadcasting your research Chris, I read a lot from others but I love the accessibility of your stuff direct from the research. Thank you, thank you...I'm just glad you've got a job so you can keep doing it.

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  21. Well done Chris hope you smash it!

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  22. Looks like a beautiful campus, congratulations!

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  23. Congratulations, Chris! How exciting to think of the curriculum and graduates that will benefit from your perspective. I'm impressed that Brooklyn College recognizes the value of your cutting edge wisdom... and by the beautiful campus, complete with goldfish in the lily pond, how great is that!

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  24. Chris, all the best. I have been following you ever since I discovered Weston Price Foundation.
    As always, you do a fantastic job of keeping your audience in mind and explaining things in a logical, stepwise fashion. You are going to be a fantastic lecturer and mentor! Further, I am so excited you have a laboratory and support for furthering your research. You are reshaping the dogma and opening up our minds to real scientific insights! Congratulations.

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  25. I'm glad you posted a little tour for us, because I didn't realize such an oasis existed in Brooklyn. What an ideal situation--NYC is one of the world's hotspots of cultural diversity and Brooklyn is the borough of choice nowadays. I still remember your trials and tribulations starting out as an adult on the native-nutrition group, back when the current ancestral/WAPF/etc blogosphere didn't even exist and we were fumbling for information. Wow, that was something like 15 years ago! You've come a long way! I've already learned a lot from you over the years and before long I'll be learning from people who learned from you.

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  26. Congratulations and welcome to academia! You'll have to connect with Richard Feinman who teaches Biochem at SUNY Downstate Medical School. I teach Biochem to undergrads and I use lots of nutrition applications. I'd love to chat with you, share materials and experiences, etc. My email is pogozels at geneseo.edu . I also have some initiatives out there to develop education materials oriented toward health care practitioners and students that unite real biochemical understanding with good nutrition applications, so we should put our heads together!

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  27. Dieticians educated by Chris Masterjohn vs. dieticians trained by the establishment! Are you setting the stage for a war in the profession, or will your students be feared and persecuted? Ira Edwards

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  28. Congratulations!! Another reason I want to move to NYC- so I can be a student of yours!! ;)

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  29. Great news! I look forward to reading more well documented, thoughtful reviews of complex topics.
    Chris H

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  30. congratulations
    Monika

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  31. Congratulations mate.
    any thoughts on this?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=11313712

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  32. Chris, let me add my congratulations on your new position. I wish you much success, and a quick journey to tenure! Brooklyn College is lucky to have you, and your students are even luckier. Holy cow...to imagine learning nutritional chemistry from you...they are going to get an amazing education, sense of perspective, and respect for quality science/data. No more hyperbole and "bro science," and no more politically correct nutritional fear-mongering. This is awesome. Really, those students are quite fortunate, and so are their future dietary patients/clients.

    Congrats again! Enjoy Brooklyn. Hard to believe it's so green and beautiful. No one who's never been to NYC would believe it.

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  33. Makes me want to go back to college - IF I could be a student of yours! Have a blast Chris!

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  34. Congratulation Chris to a well-deserved position! I have been your greatest fan in South Africa for quite sometime, spreading your words about cholesterol, lipids and nutrition.As a retired professor myself, I know the huge tasks you are facing now in terms of creating a new theoretical course as well as a set of lab practicals. Good luck and keep up the good fight against misinformation.

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  35. Your wish is granted. I think however that it is their good luck!!

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  36. Congratulations. Finally, we will get some well educated dietitians. Yes I am being selfish in my enthusiasm.

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  37. Congratulations, Chris! Wishing you all the best!

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  38. Chris, there is a nice debate going here regarding the new study of ezetimibe-simvastatin combination. Would you care to comment there or here?
    http://www.stockgumshoe.com/2015/01/doc-gumshoes-news-some-good-some-not-so-good/

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  39. Congratulations,
    And best of luck. I enjoyed reading :)

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