Millennium Magazine_9th Ed

70 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine EDUCATION Dr. Richard August Ahrens joined the University of Maryland at College Park in 1966, first serving as an associate professor for nine years. Escalating to the rank of professor of nutrition in 1975, he departed from his role in 1999 and became the assistant dean of the University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2000. During his tenure at the University, Dr. Ahrens served as the coordinator of the graduate program in nutritional sciences from 1989 to 1992 and was a manager of the Open Workstation Laboratory from 1993 to 1999. He ultimately retired from the University in 2001. At the inception of his career in 1963, Dr. Ahrens was a research physiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland, holding the position until 1966. Always attracted to the field of agriculture, he notes that he grew up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, and he endeavored to help the sick animals. Receiving a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1958, he went on to attend the University of California Davis, receiving a PhD in nutrition in 1963. Throughout his career, he became interested in unresolved issues regarding carbohydrate metabolism, which he studied over the decades. Soon, Dr. Ahrens became renowned in his field for his association of sugar intake with blood pressure regulation. Dr. Ahrens is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Institute of Nutrition, Sigma Xi and the Maryland Home Economics Association, for whom he served as president from 1982 to 1983. The author of numerous works, such as “Nutrition for Health” in 1970, he also served as co-author of “Food and the Consumer” in 1973 and “Creative Wok Cooking” and “Creative Crepe Cooking,” both in 1976. As a testament to his success, Dr. Ahrens received an Excellence in Instruction Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland at College Park Alumni Association in 1993. He has also earned several grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Nutrition Foundation. RICHARD AUGUST AHRENS, PHD ASSISTANT DEAN (RETIRED) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland College Park, MD