2012 Planning Committee

Hawley Almstedt200 Director: Hawley C. Almstedt, Ph.D., R.D.

Hawley Almstedt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Sciences at LMU where she teaches nutrition and exercise physiology to undergraduate students preparing for a future in the health sciences. She earned her PhD in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition from Oregon State University where she worked in the Bone Research Laboratory studying diet and exercise across the life span in efforts to promote bone health and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures.  She also studies women’s health issues including disordered eating, body image issues, and menstrual function in college-age women, especially athletic women. Her M.A. in Kinesiology and B.S. in Nutritional Science are from San Jose State University. Dr. Almstedt is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Outside of academia, she consults in the areas of sports nutrition and weight loss and, as a former gymnast, she stays involved in the sport by judging gymnastics for collegiate and junior Olympic athletes.  Dr. Almstedt has authored numerous journal articles in the area of bone health and nutrition, in addition to textbook chapters titled, “Nutrients for Bone Health published in Sport Nutrition for Health and Performance andImpact Exercise for Optimal Bone Health in Growing Children” appearing in Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease.

Carla Bittel 200 Carla Bittel, Ph.D.

Carla Bittel is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at LMU, where she specializes in nineteenth-century United States history.  She earned her doctoral degree in American History at Cornell University.  Dr. Bittel's research focuses on gender issues in the history of medicine and science and examines the history of women’s health, women physicians, and the role of science in medicine. Her newest research endeavors explore gender and phrenology in antebellum America.

Anna Muraco 200 Anna Muraco, Ph.D.

Anna Muraco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at LMU, where her research examines intersections of gay and straight life in aging and chronically-ill populations. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Michigan.  Her particular focus is on family and kinship, caregiving, and friendship across the life course.  Her recently published book, titled Odd Couples, examines friendships between gay men and straight women, and also between lesbians and straight men, and shows how these "intersectional" friendships serve as a barometer for shifting social norms, particularly regarding gender and sexual orientation.

Rachel Washburn 200 Rachel Washburn, Ph.D.

Rachel Washburn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at LMU. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Washburn’s research explores the historical development and contemporary politics of techniques used to measure environmental chemicals in human fluids and tissues.  She has published in Social Science and Medicine and International Journal of Drug Policy.  At LMU, Dr. Washburn teaches courses on environmental sociology, science and society, and medical sociology.