Academy Updates Awards to Elevate and Amplify Members

11/24/2021 - The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors individuals who have advanced the profession, have exhibited leadership and have shown devotion to serving others in both nutrition and dietetics, as well as allied fields. To intensify the focus and amplify the contribution and value of members in the evolving landscape of the nutrition and dietetics profession, two Academy member awards will be renamed to recognize and honor the accomplishments of the award recipients, rather than the award namesakes. As part of the Academy's commitment to its vision and mission, the Board of Directors requested new name recommendations from the Honors Committee for the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, now the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecture Award, now the Distinguished Lecture Award.

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award, formerly known as the Copher Award, is the highest honor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics bestows on one of its members. The Award honors an Academy member who has contributed to the profession through extensive, active participation and service to the profession of nutrition and dietetics, both within and outside of the Academy. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is someone whose unique contributions have created new opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered; inspired others to take on leadership roles; and promoted the Academy's mission, vision and goals.
  • The Distinguished Lecture Award honors an Academy member who has been recognized as a notable and inspiring speaker. The member chosen to deliver the Distinguished Lecture Award, formerly known as the Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecture Award, is an experienced speaker with the ability to communicate expert knowledge to a broad audience, as well as a dedicated Academy member whose unique experiences and contributions to the profession make them a role model in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Nominations for Academy Honors and Awards will open December 1, 2021.