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Elaine Ranker Monsen

editor , educator , nutritionist

Elaine Ranker Monsen, American nutritionist, educator, editor. Grantee Nutrition Foundation, 1965-1968, Agricultural Research Service, 1969-1984; recipient Distinguished Alumnus award University Utah, F. Fischer Memorial Nutrition Lecturer award, 1988, L.F. Cooper Memorial Lecturer award, 1991, L. Hatch Memorial Lecturer award, 1992, Goble Lecturer award Purdue University, 1997.


Monsen, Elaine Ranker was born on June 6, 1935 in Oakland, California, United States. Daughter of Emery R. and Irene Stewart (Thorley) Ranker.


Bachelor, University Utah, 1956. Master of Science (Mead Johnson graduate scholar), University California, Berkeley, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy (National Science Foundation fellow), University California, Berkeley, 1961.

Postgraduate National Science Foundation science faculty fellow, Harvard University, 1969.


Dietetic intern Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1956-1957. Assistant professor nutrition, lecturer biochemistry Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1960-1963. Member faculty University Washington, since 1963, professor nutrition, adjunct professor medicine, 1976-1984, professor nutrition and medicine, 1984—2004, professor emeritus, since 2004, chairman division human nutrition, dietetics and foods, 1977-1982, director graduate nutritional science program, 1994-1999, member Council of College Arts and Sciences, 1974-1978.

Chairman Nutrition Studies Commission, 1969-1983. Board directors University Washington Foundation, since 2007. Visiting scholar Stanford University, 1971-1972.

Member science advisory committee food fortification Pan-American Health Organization, São Paulo, Brazil, 1972. Training grant coordinator National Institutes of Health, 1976-1997.


  • Editor-in-chief Journal American Dietetic Association, 1983-2003. Editor Emeritus, Journal American Dietetic Association, since 2003. Member editorial board Council Biology Editors, 1992-1996.

    Author research papers on lipid metabolism, iron absorption, Research: Successful Approaches, 3rd edition, 2008.


Board directors A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, 1969-1972. Trustee, board directors Seattle Foundation, 1978-1995, vice chairman, 1987-1991, chairman, 1991-1993. President Seattle board Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 1984-1985.

Member Puget Sound Blood Center Board, 1996-1999. Fellow: American Society Clinical Nutrition (secretary 1987-1990), American Institute Nutrition. Member: Washington Heart Association (nutrition council 1973-1976), American Society Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Society Nutriton Education, American Dietetic Association.


Married Raymond Joseph Monsen, Junior, January 21, 1959. 1 daughter, Maren Ranker Grainger-Monsen.