Charles McCormick


Charles McCormick

Associate Professor
223 Savage Hall
Phone: (607) 255-2063
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

After a brief postdoctoral position, I moved to Cornell in 1981 as an assistant professor in the Department of Poultry & Avian Sciences (Rice Hall). I conducted research on zinc metabolism in young chickens and hens and taught in the Department of Animal Science. The course focused on animal nutrition with an emphasis on cattle. Following the awarding of tenure, I (and my family) spent a 6-month sabbatical at the University of Iowa. I studied under Dr. Alan Goodridge in the Department of Biochemistry. A few years later, the Department of Poultry & Avian Sciences was closed and I was invited to join the faculty in Nutritional Sciences. Since then, I have been teaching in basic Nutrition courses in the Division and have been conducting research mostly in cell culture.

Teaching and Advising Statement:

Currently, I teach/co-teach several courses.  My philosophy has been to engage students in a lecture format but provide quality information mostly through traditional approaches.  I am open to non-traditional approaches such a "flipping" and am currently experimenting with different versions of flipping.  I do have students read primary literature prior to class discussions held in class.  They are required to submit answers to questions posed in class.  From comments, I gather this has been somewhat successful in promoting discussion engagement.

For advising, I have an open-door policy.  I welcome students to come for discussion of future plans and schedules.

Current Professional Activities:

My current professional activities involve teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. 

Current Research Activities:

In the past several years, my research activities have been limited to literature review of topics relevant to teaching.

Current Public Engagement Activities:

Very little of my activities can be categorized as extension.  I would be happy and willing to assist or contribute to extension but the opportunities have not presented themselves. 

  • Ph.D. 1979 - North Carolina State University, Nutrition
  • M.S. 1976 - West Virginia University, Animal Nutrition
  • B.S. 1973 - Shepherd College, Biology

Courses Taught:

NS 4315 Nutrient Requirements:  Biological Aspects  

NS 4310 Mineral Nutrition and Chronic Disease

NS6310 Micronutrients: Minerals and Vitamins

NS7035 Graduate Fellowship Review

NS4444 Sports Nutrition & Supplements

NS3030 Nutrition, Health and Vegetarian Diets

Related Websites:

DNS Home Page

I maintain one web site each for NS4310, NS4315, NS3030 and NS6310. On these sites, I archive handouts, lectures (with audio) as Power Point slides. I also provide examples of quizzes and exams. Student feed-back regarding the slide with audio (of lectures) indicates that it is greatly appreciated.

Administrative Responsibilities:

I am currently on the admissions committee for the Postbacelaruate Program offered by DNS.   I am also the Departmental Career Representative for CALS. Currently, I just completed a 1 yr term as chair of the Mann Library Committee 

Selected Publications:

Parker, R. S. and C. C. McCormick (2005). "Selective accumulation of alpha-tocopherol in Drosophila is associated with cytochrome P450 tocopherol-omega-hydroxylase activity but not alpha-tocopherol transfer protein." Biochem Biophys Res Commun 338(3): 1537-41.

McCormick CC, Parker R. (2004) The cytotoxicity of vitamin E is both vitaminer- and cell-specific and involves a selectable trait. J Nutr 134:3335-3342. 

McCormick CC. (2003) Passive diffusion does not play a major role in the absorption of dietary calcium in normal adults. J Nutr 132(11):3428-30.

Fu Y, McCormick C, Roneker C, Lei X. (2001) Lipopolysaccharide and interferon-g-induced nitric oxide production and protein oxidation in mouse peritoneal macrophages are affected by glutathione peroxidase-1 gene knockout. Free Rad Biol Med 31:450-459. 

McCormick CC, Li A, Calero M. (2000) Oxygen tension limits nitric oxide synthesis by activated macrophages. Biochem J 350:709-716. 

Huang M-C, Muddana S, Horowitz E, McCormick C, Infante JP, Brenna JT. (2000) High precision isotope mass spectrometry and stable isotope precursors for tracer studies in cell culture. Anal Biochem 287:80-86.

McCormick CC. (1998) Altered arginine transport is not necessary to support nitric oxide synthesis in activated macrophages. Nitric Oxide 2 (2):97. 

Lin AW, Chang CC, McCormick CC. (1996) Molecular cloning and expression of an avian macrophage nitric-oxide synthase cdna and the analysis of the genomic 5'-flanking region. J Biol Chem 271:11911-11919. 

Chang CC, McCormick CC, Lin AW, Dietert RR, Sung YJ. (1996) Inhibition of nitric oxide synthase gene expression in vivo and in vitro by repeated doses of endotoxin. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 271:G539-G548.

Selected Keywords:
Minerals, calcium, zinc, iron, sodium, nutrition, micronutrients, vegetarian

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.