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|Alfred "Roc" Ordman
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Beloit College
Visiting Professor of Biochemistry, Rush Medical College
Author: Nutrition Investigator
At Beloit since 1977
PERSONAL: Roc Ordman is married to the former Dance Instructor at Beloit, Eliza Freeman and has six children (two married, three graduated from college all in the summer of 2000) and 6 grandchildren as of 2008. He has taught many different courses, from Nutrition to Nerve Signaling to General Biology to Physiology to "What are the rules of the game of life?" to Organic Chemistry to Science Policy. He has traveled throughout the United States and more than 22 foreign countries, has worked in academia at institutions like Tel Aviv University in Israel, in industry at companies like Ciba-Geigy in Basel, Switzerland, in the military as a Preventive Medical Officer while serving in Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, and in medical institutions like Rush Medical College. He was a Kellogg National Fellow, one of 50 people in the nation selected as future leaders of America.
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Given all the progress in nutrition research, how do we inform people about intelligent nutrition? See [long download] USA Today, page 1, October 22, 1994. Below are some of Roc's publications:
Ordman, A.B., "Pilot study for an age- and gender-based nutrient signaling system for weight control", AGE 30: (2008)
Ordman, A.B., "Background for the consensus conference on the value of consuming vitamin C and E supplements", AGE 22: 127 (1999)
Ordman, A. B., "Recommendations for Vitamin C Intake", JAMA Vol. 282 No. 22, December 8, 1999
Moser, L. R. and A. B. Ordman, "Design for a study to determine optimal dosage of ascorbic acid and alpha-tocopherol in humans", AGE 28: 77-84 (2006)
1. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison - Biochemistry Thesis: Modelling of Predator-Prey Interactions in Continuous Fermentation
2. Post-doc - University of Minnesota - Enzyme kinetics of UDP-glucose dehydrogenase
Current Research Interests (in which students are involved):
1. Informing the public about intelligent nutrition - see recent book by Walter Willett, head of School of Public Health, Harvard University.
2. Mechanism of aging - especially antioxidant vitamins A, C, E. This research involves determining appropriate dosages of antioxidant vitamins and water-soluble minerals for the human diet .
3. The biochemistry of youthful exuberance. Now that we are close to unraveling how to extend human life indefinitely, we need to understand what makes people want to stay alive and enjoy life. For lack of a formal term, I call it youthful exuberance. Young people want to be alive. But as people age, many lose that desire. What does that mean biochemically?
If you have questions, please send a message to him at the Biochemistry Program at email@example.com. He really likes email.