The Science of Human Nutrition: Project Summary


    Book Title: The Science of Human Nutrition (working title)
    Lead Author(s): TBD (likely one of the contributing authors below)
    Project manager: Billy Meinke (University of Hawaii)
    Contributing Authors: Alan Titchenall (University of Hawaii), Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla (University of Hawaii), Cheryl Gibby (University of Hawaii)
    Subject: Human Nutrition
    Target Audience: 100-level/undergraduate
    License: CC BY


    Short Description: Textbook for high-enrollment undergraduate (100 level) course in the FSHN (Food Science and Human Nutrition) department at UH Manoa. Will cover elementary aspects of several biological sciences, including information on what nutrients are and what nutrients and foods do for humans; how healthy people can best get the amounts of nutrients and foods they need throughout their lifetime; how people and the environment change foods and their nutrient content; and nutrition issues of current interest.

    Contributors needed for:

    • Identifying existing OER
    • Copy editors
    • Formatting
    • Reviewers

    Timeline: Will be developed during Spring semester 2017.

    How to participate:
    Sign up to the forum, and post below, letting us know what kind of involvement you would like to have. Also, please give us an idea of your background, and particular area of expertise. We’ll be following up shortly with more concrete requests as we proceed.

    List of Existing Resources:

    In preparation for writing, the team have begun collecting a list of existing OER in Nutrition. If you would like to contribute, let us know below.
    List of Related OER

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    Want to help make an Open Textbook? “The Science of Human Nutrition” is looking for contributors! Find out how to join:

    Current project team:

    @wmeinke (project manager), @hugh, @zoe, @megdcu, @paulapreads, @cfarnum, @kmwoodward, @sara-ducey, @normant, @changqi-liu … and you?

  • Hi there! I’m an undergraduate copy editor at University of Victoria. I recently finished working on the upcoming issue of Victorian Review and would be really interested in helping out with this initiative. (My program: linguistics and professional communications.) Even if another more experienced copy editor offers to participate, if they would like an assistant I’d be very happy to help!

  • @megdcu Thanks for chiming in!

    Would be great to have help with copyediting the Nutrition textbook once we get to the first stages of it.

    Be in touch, thanks!

  • I’ve created an OER resource sheet for the text, as we prepare to begin authoring.

    If you have any resources to add that might be relevant or useful for our development, please leave a comment on the gDoc or reply to this thread.


  • @wmeinke
    I am a reading tutor and copy editor living on Oahu, and I have also done some proofreading for SUNY. I am happy to offer my assistance with this project.

  • @paulapreads Thanks for chiming in regarding our upcoming book!

    It’d be great to involve you once we have drafts available. I’ll ping back in a few weeks once we have made progress on the early chapters :)

  • @wmeinke Hello, I’m a librarian at the Ryerson University Library & Archives. One of the faculty areas I support is the School of Nutrition here at Ryerson University. I would be interested in helping out through acting as a reviewer or editor. I’ve worked as a reviewer/editor for several library publications over my career.

  • @cfarnum Fantastic!

    We are a couple weeks away from having the first several chapters complete, and I’ll ping you once we do.

    Appreciate having this much help offered :)

  • @wmeinke Looking forward to the first few chapters.

  • Aloha @paulapreads @cfarnum @kmwoodward!

    We’re ready to do reviews and edits on the first six chapters of the text.

    Can you each shoot me an email to if you’re willing to lend a hand?

    Will then share links and docs w/you.



  • administrators

    Hi everyone! Billy and I are pleased to have the first set of chapters ready for review, and there’s a bit of a preview in the call for reviewers on our blog if you’d like to take a look.

    I’ll echo him in checking in with @paulapreads @cfarnum @kmwoodward - are you still available to take on a chapter or two, or know someone who might?

    Will be great to get things moving on this project – please share the word if you can!

  • I am available to take a look at a chapter, feel free to send something my way.


  • administrators

    Awesome, @cfarnum, thanks so much. If you email @billy-meinke at he’ll make sure you have everything you need.

  • I would like to help with this book. I can review the chapter on lipids and one on water. Sara Bachman Ducey, Certified Nutrition Specialist, MS Human Nutrition, MPH, Environmental Health Science. I teach at Montgomery College in Maryland.

  • @sara.ducey Aloha Sara!

    Please send an email to and I’ll share the docs with you. Thanks!

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