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Alumni Achievement Award:
Honors those who have achieved exceptional distinction in their professional field.

Gloria J. (Mostad) Stables, Ph.D., R.D.
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1977 B.S. food and nutrition, NDSU
1988 M.S. human nutrition, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2001 Ph.D. adult learning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Co-founder and Partner, Catalyst Research and Communication, Potomac, MD
Former Program Director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Former Chief Clinical Nutritionist, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

“Not many professionals rise to the level that their efforts have resulted in a noticeable impact on public health objectives of the U.S. Her outstanding knowledge and skills in community nutrition is remarkable.” – Peter Greenwald, MD, DrPH, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Gloria grew up on a farm outside of Minot, North Dakota. In fact, her great-grandparents homesteaded and were among the first settlers in the Minot area. She is the youngest of five children. She credits growing up in North Dakota for calibrating her moral compass and NDSU for opening her eyes to greater opportunities.

She came to NDSU following in the footsteps of her eldest brother, Jim, and her grandfather, Alfred Mostad.

Gloria was a Resident Assistant in Burgum hall. Originally a home economics major, during her sophomore year her adviser Susan Crockett asked her if she was interested in a new program at NDSU in Nutrition and Dietetics. She was, and went about enrolling for the prerequisites to the program. She became one of eight admitted into the first class of the Coordinated Undergraduate Dietetic program.

Between her junior and senior year of college, she completed a summer internship in Carville, LA with the U.S. Public Health Service. And after graduating in 1977, Gloria was offered a commission in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps. Her first assignment was at the PHS hospital in Seattle, WA as a clinical dietitian. It was there that she met and married her soul mate James, a fellow PHS commissioned officer.

In 1981, she transferred to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, where she conducted nutrition research in hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention and diabetes. She coordinated the nutrition research intervention activities of the Women’s Health Trial feasibility study in minority populations, the diabetes and macular degeneration trial and was the nutrition researcher in the lipid research clinic during the first trials of the lipid lowering statin drugs, a drug that has revolutionized the control of serum cholesterol.

Later, she transferred to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the NIH, where the highlight is her work with the "5 A Day for Better Health Program" – the largest and most successful nationwide nutrition education public/private partnership campaign.

After just two years with the program, she was promoted to national program director. Dr. Stables was responsible for all aspects of the national campaign and collaborated internationally. Utilizing her outstanding scientific and management skills, she provided strategic direction for partnership development between several federal government agencies, all 50 state health agencies, the Produce for Better Health Foundation, representing the entire fruit and vegetable industry, and the American Cancer Society. As a media trained spokesperson, she represented the "5 A Day program" in print, radio, and television, and oversaw a yearly multi-million-dollar communication campaign.

In concert with managing a nationwide program, Dr. Stables was the NCI program director for a $20 million "5 A Day" research initiative, which launched a new generation of community-based nutrition and behavior change research. Through her work with the "5 A Day" program, she is recognized as making a significant impact on nutrition goals of the Healthy People 2000 and 2010 health objectives for the nation. Gloria coordinated program activities with Surgeon General David Satcher.

In 2001, after 24 years with the U.S. Public Health Service, Gloria retired as a Captain (0-6) and went on to do work in research dissemination and to teach at the University of MD. In 2006, she co-founded Catalyst Research & Communication, a consulting firm focused on research, health promotion and education.

During her illustrious career, Gloria was awarded ten Uniformed Service Honor Awards and three NIH Merit awards for outstanding dedication to and exceptional work performance in public health and community nutrition research and practice.

In 2010 Dr. Stables received the “Excellence in Community Nutrition Practice” award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - one of the highest awards given from the Academy, which is nearly 80,000 members strong.

Gloria and James are the proud parents of three children - Patrick, Scott and Annaka. They reside in Potomac, MD

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