(Posted January 11, 2016)

Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology
Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A Juniata College biologist will give a talk on "Highlights from a Sabbatical in Nutritional Medicine," at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the college's Bookend Lecture Series, which features faculty talks every month during the academic year.

Deb Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology, spent a sabbatical studying in the master's degree program in nutrition at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. The program is based on using whole foods as a basis for individual nutritional plans.

Kirchhof-Glazier will share nutritional tips and diet revelations she gleaned during her studies. She also will outline how the experience affected the Juniata course she teaches called Nutrition and how the course affected the health of her students.


Kirchhof-Glazier recently stepped down as the director of the Health Professions Program at Juniata after leading the program for 25 years from 1989 to 2014. Currently, she teaches Human Biology, Nutrition, Rural Health Care Issues and Rural Health Rotations.

She earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1973 from Lebanon Valley College and went on to earn a doctoral degree in biology in 1979 from Cornell University, where she also earned the university's Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

She has been active in the Huntingdon community, serving as a mediator and consultant on peace studies in local school districts and often gives talks on health professions, nutrition and natural medicine to groups in and around Huntingdon.

She has been honored multiple times for her dedication to Juniata, including receiving the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1987, and the Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service in 1999. She also was named Juniata's Woman of the Year in 1987.

She was promoted to associate professor in 1985 and was promoted to full professor in 1991. She was honored as Outstanding Collegiate HOSA Adviser for HOSA multiple times.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.