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Weekly Seminars in DNS

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

No registration is required. Email DNSHelpdesk@cornell.edu for Zoom details.

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

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

January 25, 2022 Dr. Doug Millay, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Title: TBD
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February 1, 2022 Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS
UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Title: "Nutrition, Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention: Interplay between biological, behavioral, and social influences"
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February 8, 2022 Martha Field, PhD
Cornell University
Title: "Novel biomarkers of impaired cellular energy metabolism"
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March 15, 2022 Dr. Cathryn Nagler, Ph.D.
The University of Chicago
Title: "Regulation of allergic responses to food by intestinal bacteria"
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March 29, 2022 Dr. Katrin J Svensson, Ph. D.
Title: "Nutrient sensing and hormonal control of metabolism"
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April 26, 2022

The Joyce Lindower Wolizter’76 and Steven Wolitzer Seminar (Endowed Seminar)
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Title: “What the Eyes Don’t See”
Location: 6 PM in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Attendees can RSVP for a chance to receive a FREE copy of the book at this link

May 3, 2022

The Dorothy M. Proud Lectureship (Endowed Seminar)
Ms. Tamara Melton
Co-founder and executive director of Diversify Dietetics
Title: “How to Promote DEI through Your Curriculum, Assessment, and Advising”
Location: MVR 1106 or Zoom
Zoom ID : 910 2591 2136 | Passcode: 172618

May 10, 2022

The Pritchard Lecture series in Human Nutrition (Endowed Seminar)
Dr. Time Spector
King’s College London
Title: “The Future if Personalized Nutrition”
Zoom ID : 915 8307 8391| Passcode: DNSseminar


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

This seminar is being held via Zoom for the SPRING 2022 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.

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

Feb 24

Shweta Khandelwal, MSc, PhD, MSc
Title: "Public health nutrition in India: Policy implications and way forward"
India Taskforce, Lancet COVID-19 Commission
Public Health Foundation of India
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Webinar ID 948 6423 6419 Passcode 82811

Mar 3

Corinna Hawkes, PhD
Title: "Addressing dietary inequalities: what will work? A people-centred, systems-based guide to support the design of efficient and equitable policies"
City, University of London
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Webinar ID 995 6482 4251 Passcode 362730

Mar 10

Rolf Klemm, MPH, DrPH
Title: "Finding the ‘gold’ in Golden Rice:  Design considerations and challenges in evaluating the nutritional impact of Golden Rice"
Helen Keller International & Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Webinar ID 937 7091 1283 Passcode: 113520

Mar 17

Vani Sethi, PhD
Title: "Developing and testing standardized algorithms for delivering antenatal nutrition services through routine health systems, in India"
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Webinar ID 943 7226 9621 Passcode: 135414

Mar 24

Maria Nieves Garcia-Casal, PhD
Title: "Project for a comprehensive reevaluation of WHO haemoglobin cut-offs used to define anaemia"
World Health Organization (WHO)
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Webinar ID 990 5181 4348 Passcode: 700692

Mar 31

Munirul Islam, MBBS , PhD
Title: "Zinc Deficiency: In Search of Meaningful Management Strategies"
MBBS (DMC), PhD (UC Davis)
Scientist, Nutrition and Clinical Services Division, &
Senior Consultant Physician, Dhaka Hospital
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Webinar ID 973 2787 3387 1 Passcode 928744

Apr 14

Shibani Ghosh, PhD
Title: "Nutrition, Agriculture, Health, Food Systems: Evidence and approaches in addressing maternal and infant nutrition"
Tufts University
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Webinar ID 942 8641 1608 Passcode: 445123

Apr 21

Jennifer Friedman, M.D., Ph.D
Title: "Treatment of children and pregnant women for schistosomiasis: using evidence to drive policy change"
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown
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Webinar ID 977 7893 1022 Passcode: 269776

May 5

Reina Engle-Stone, PhD
Title: "Addressing micronutrient deficiencies in West Africa through fortified bouillon"
UC Davis
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Webinar ID 931 6895 9210 Passcode: 043066


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