Assistant Professor and Public Health Nutrition Specialist, Aurora Buffington, received her Doctoral Degree in Public Health form University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Buffington’s dissertation is titled Are vending machine selections healthier? Trends in dietary quality of vending machine food and beverage selections among NHANES participants age 6-19 years between 2003-2012.
Working for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Southern Area, Buffington focuses on the promotion of healthy people and sustainable, resilient and healthy food systems.
Buffington earned her Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
At the awards luncheon, Glenda Bona received the Volunteer of the Year award. The award is presented to the Master Gardener volunteer who contributed the most hands-on hours on a project. In 2016, Bona volunteered 884 hours on the Herb Garden.
Ralph Sgamma received the Silver Phone Award for volunteering the most number of hours answering phone call questions at the Help Desk.