Melinda Beck is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition. Her PhD is in microbiology and immunology. So why is she a faculty member in a Nutrition department? Because she learned that what you eat can have a profound effect on your body’s ability to fight off infections. She loves teaching undergraduates, and she wants to instill a life-long passion for learning in all students. One of her sons graduated from UNC and he now works for a non-profit that assists the homeless with obtaining permanent housing. Professor Beck’s hope is all students find careers in an area they are passionate about.