Weekly Seminars in DNS

Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm (ET). Official class time 11:25am-12:40pm.


The Division invites seminar speakers based on criteria that include:

  • presentation of cutting-edge research
  • coverage of topics across the Field of Nutrition and concentrations (Molecular, Human, International, Community Nutrition)
  • internal sources such as faculty presentations, NIH training grant trainees, thesis presentations by PhD candidates

Spring 2023 SCHEDULE

Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm (ET)  Official class time 11:25am-12:40pm

1/30/2023 Presenter: Dr. Sander Kersten
Affiliation: Wageningen University
Title: Vision and Leadership Seminar
Location: 226 Weill Hall
2/21/2023 Presenter: Valerie L. Darcey
Affiliation: NIH
Title: “Investigating the influence of nutritional status on the neural bases of behavioral control”
Location: 401 Physical Sciences Building
3/7/2023 Presenter: Dr. Leah Guthrie
Affiliation: Stanford University
Title: "Deciphering diet-microbiota interactions shaping human biology"
Location: 226 Weill Hall
3/21/2023 Presenter: Dr. Sai Das Clive M. McCay Lectureship. (Endowed Seminar)
Affiliation: Tufts University
Title: “Calorie Restriction and Aging”
3/28/2023 Presenter: Dr. Michelle Cardell (virtual only)
Affiliation: University of Florida Health
Title: “Poverty, Inequity, and Eating Behaviors: How Both Social Reality and Perception Drive Eating Behavior and Obesity”
Location: (virtual) Zoom
Meeting ID: 961 0375 9026
Passcode: 603196
4/11/2023 Dr. Susan Johnson
Affiliation: University of Colorado
Title: "TBD"

Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm (ET). Official class time 11:25am-12:40pm.

This seminar is being held via Zoom for the SPRING 2023 semester. See links below.

This weekly seminar is based in the Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) with presentations reflecting the interdisciplinary scope of fields relevant to global food, nutrition, health, food systems, poverty and development, particularly in low-income countries.

Most presentations are research-oriented (including graduate student research) and others address policy, practice, or current issues in the field. 

The seminar is informal and intended to generate discussion, broaden the international nutrition network at Cornell, and bring together people with an array of interests and knowledge related to nutrition, including scholars and practitioners in agriculture, public health, human development, biomedicine, communication, development sociology, demography, economics, policy, and technology.

Designed to expand graduate students’ perspectives to include diverse aspects of global research on nutrition and related fields, Students are most able to achieve the learning objectives if they engage actively in the seminar, asking questions and connecting with speakers and audience members.

Take a moment to learn more about the Program in International Nutrition.

If you have any questions for the speakers in this series, please email them to pindirector@cornell.edu and we would love to include them.

NS 6980 International Nutrition Seminar | Spring 2023 Schedule
Thursdays at 11:30am 12:30pm (unless otherwise noted)

Zoom link for all seminars will be the same this semester, unless otherwise noted.
Webinar ID: 918 5540 3575
Passcode: 055648

2/16/2023 Speaker: Monica Flores Urrutia
Affiliation: World Health Organization
Title: "The WHO Nutrition Data Portal"
3/9/2023 Speaker: Rahul Rawat
Affiliation: Maternal Senior Program Officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Title: "TBD"
3/23/2023 Speaker: Heather Danton
Affiliation: Project Director, USAID Advancing Nutrition
Title: "Advancing USAID's Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy: Highlights from USAID's global flagship nutrition project."
3/30/2023 Speaker: Helena Pachon
Affiliation: Emory University
Title: "Advocate-Scientist in Food Fortification: Experience & Research"
Note: Time of seminar is 8:00 AM -9:00 AM
Speaker: Dr. R. Hemalatha
Affiliation: ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition
Title: "TBD"
5/4/2023 Speaker: Natasha Hochberg, Pranay Sinha
Affiliation: Boston University Medical Center
Title: "TBD"

Special Seminars and Events

October 6, 2021

Note 4:00pm ET

Craig Cameron

Barbara McClintock Life Science Lecture Series

“Antiviral Therapy: Towards the Personal and the Precise”

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The final requirement in earning a Ph.D. is the completion and defense of the doctoral dissertation, which involves the Ph.D. candidate giving a presentation. Dates, times, locations and speaker information for dissertation seminars will be posted here as that information becomes available.

If you are a Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and would like to learn more about thesis deadlines, requirements, scheduling and taking your exam and submitting your thesis/dissertation, please visit the Graduate School's page Thesis & Dissertation. Please let the DNSHelpdesk know when you have scheduled your exam so we may help you advertise your talk.

The Honors Program in the Division of Nutritional Sciences is designed to challenge research-oriented NS, HBHS, and GPHS majors with strong academic records. Students may conduct Honors research within or outside DNS.

The Honors Program is a structured research-based experience that focuses and builds on a student’s ongoing research, and involves:

  • NS 3980, an introductory course in research (fall junior year for spring graduates)
  • Successful application to the DNS Honors Program (spring junior year for spring graduates)
  • A multi-semester independent research project, mentored by a faculty PI (junior and senior years)
  • Completion of a written thesis that reports the research (final two semesters)
  • Oral presentation of research at the DNS Undergraduate Honors Symposium (final semester

The DNS Undergraduate Honors Research Symposium takes place annually in May.  The Spring 2021 DNS Undergraduate Honors Research Symposium took place on Monday, May 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Information Avoidance in Decision Making: Do Avoidance Tendencies and Motives Vary by Age? | Stephanie Deng (Mentor: Dr. Corinna Loeckenhoff)
  • Adolescents' Proxy Reports on Obesity-Related Parenting Practices: Factorial Validity and Reliability Across Four Behavioral Domains | Gabe Fuligni (Mentor: Dr. Roger Figueroa)
  • The effects of Toxoplasma gondii on Olfactory Sensitivity and Behavior | Jun Park (Mentor: Dr. Margaret Bynoe)
  • The Role of SIRT5 in Regenerating and Mature Skeletal Muscle | Rebekah Epstein (Mentor: Dr. Martha Field and Dr. Anna Thalacker-Mercer)
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Family Drug Treatment Court in Tompkins County | Pearlanna Zapotocky (Mentor: Dr. Laura Tach)
  • A structured literature review, meta-analysis and mediation analysis exploring the use of daily self-weighing to reduce systolic and diastolic hypertension | Melvin Alexander (Mentor: Dr. David Levitsky)
  • Thinking About Health Status? | Pauniz Salehi (Mentor: Dr. Robert Sternberg)
  • Proportions of leukocyte cell types in bovine colostrum and their dynamics as colostrum transitions to mature milk | Jessica Cha (Mentor: Dr. Sabine Mann)
  • Inhibition of ITK Amplifies Proinflammatory Cytokine Expression in a Murine Model of Saccharopolyspora rectivirgula-induced Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis | Alexia Kim (Mentor: Dr. Avery August)
  • Glymphatics-on-a-chip to Reconstitute Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis | Paul Soden (Mentor: Dr. Esak Lee)
  • Neighborhood Support and Wellbeing: Does College Belonging Matter? | Amber Tan (Mentor: Dr. Marlen Gonzalez)
  • The Creation of a Database for the Heme Iron Content of Foods and Preliminary Nutrition Analysis of the First 75 Participants of FeGenes Study | Fernanda Nunes (Mentor: Dr. Kimberly O’Brien)
  • DHRS7: A Candidate for Thermogenic Activation in Brown Adipose Tissue | Seldoen Oshoe (Mentor: Dr. Joeva Barrow)

Many DNS students participate in research through an independent study or employment, with or without applying to the DNS Honors Program. Read more about getting involved in undergraduate research and about DNS faculty research

Check out Recent DNS Honors Theses for a list of past presentation titles, presenters and mentors.

For questions regarding the WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, please contact summerinstitute@cornell.edu