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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

Fall 2022 SCHEDULE

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

August 30, 2022

The Dale E. Bauman Lecture (Endowed Seminar)
Harris A. Lewin, Ph.D.
UC Davis
Title: "The Earth BioGenome Project: Progress on Biology’s Moonshot"
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LOCATION: 4PM in Pepsi Auditorium, Stocking Hall

September 13, 2022

Sarah Cusick, Ph.D
Title: "Pediatric iron deficiency and inflammation: identifying interventions to reduce morbidity and optimize brain development"
University of Minnesota
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September 27, 2022

Dr. Laura Smith
Cornell University
Title: “Food systems approaches to improving maternal and child health in rural Zimbabwe”

October 4, 2022 Toly Beker Aydemir,Ph.D
Cornell University
Title: "Micronutrients Zinc and Manganese; In Health and Disease"
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October 18, 2022 Barbara Lohse, Ph.D, RD, CDN
Rochester Institute of Technology
Title: "Video-driven validation of the sDOR.2-6y: A survey about parent feeding behaviors of their children aged 2 to 6 years"
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October 25, 2022

Kayla de la Haye (virtual)
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Title: “Achieving equity in food and nutrition security through a smart and connected local food system: the case in Los Angeles County”
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Zoom only
Meeting ID: 998 5936 8802 | Passcode: 578961

November 1, 2022 Tashara Leak, PH.D
Cornell University
Title: "TBD"
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November 15, 2022

Michelle Cardell, Ph.D, MS, RD, FTOS (virtual)
University of Florida
Title: "Poverty, Inequity, and Eating Behaviors: How Both Social Reality and Perception Drive Eating Behavior and Obesity"
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Zoom ID : 918 3279 7115| Passcode: 534125

November 22, 2022 Peter Kühnen, PH.D (virtual)
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Title: "TBD"
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November 29, 2022

Dr. Sarah Andres  
Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
Title: “TBD”
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December 1, 2022

Please note this seminar will be held on Thursday

Daniel Globisch, Ph.D
Uppsala University / Sweden
Title: "TBD"
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Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm (ET). Official class time 11:25am-12:40pm.

This seminar is being held via Zoom for the FALL 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.

NS 6980 International Nutrition Seminar | Fall 2022 Schedule
Thursdays at 11:30am 12:30pm (unless otherwise noted)

Aug 25

No seminar

Sept 8

Dr. Malden Nesheim
Title: “A conversation with Malden Nesheim”
Cornell University
Join the webinar
Webinar ID 986 4754 2240 | Passcode 818882

Sept 15

No seminar

Sept 22

Dr. Jere Haas
Title: “A conversation with Jere Haas”
Cornell University
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Webinar ID 988 6675 1826 Passcode: 678979

Sept 29 No seminar

Oct 6

No seminar

Oct 13

Dr. Natasha Lelijveld
Emergency Nutrition Network
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Webinar ID 915 0246 1130 Passcode:

Oct 20

Dr. Anthony J. Wenndt
Title: “Reaching the Very Poor Programme Services Team” 
Join the webinar
Webinar ID 932 8544 7285 Passcode: 957392

Oct 27

Dr. Diana Thomas
Professor, United States Military Academy at West Point
Join the webinar
Meeting ID: 980 7701 7003 Passcode: 799951
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Nov 3

Dr. Mercy Gloria Lung’aho
Title: "International Center for Tropical Agriculture"
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Webinar ID 920 6503 9271 Passcode: 877805

Nov. 10

Dr. Jennifer Cashin
Title: "Alive & Thrive Southeast Asia"
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Webinar ID 980 9146 2693 Passcode:

Nov. 17

Dr. Pattanee Winichagoon
Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand
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Nov. 24 No seminar

Dec 1

Dr. Daniel Globisch |MVR 1157
Uppsala University / Sweden
DNS Seminar series co-sponsors


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