Weekly Seminars in DNS

The Division of Nutritional Sciences Seminar (NS6190) takes place on Mondays at 4:00 in 100 Savage Hall (unless otherwise indicated). No registration is required. 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

January 27, 2020

CANCELLED (we hope to reschedule at some point):  Federico E. Rey, PhD; Associate Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Exploring the causes and consequences of gut microbiome variation"

February 3, 2020 No Seminar
February 10, 2020

Robert A. Waterland, PhD; Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular & Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. "Early nutrition, developmental epigenetics, and human disease"

February 17, 2020

The Pritchard Lecture Series in Human Nutrition with guest speaker David, Eide, PhD; Professor and Department Chair in Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Meeting your quota: The cellular economy of zinc"

February 24, 2020 NO SEMINAR - February break
March 2, 2020 TBD

March 9, 2020

Hosted by the Nutrition Graduate Student Organization (NGSO)

Nancy F. Krebs, MD, MS; Professor of Pediatrics; Head, Section of Nutrition; Associate Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "Maternal & Infant Nutrition: Connections from Colorado to the Congo"

March 16, 2020

co-sponsored with the Program in International Nutrition

Rescheduled for October 19, 2020

Hanqi Luo, PhD; Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Nutrition and Institute for Global Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. A new statistical method for estimating usual intakes of nearly-daily consumed foods and nutrients through use of only one 24-hour dietary recall”

March 23, 2020 NO SEMINAR
March 30, 2020 NO SEMINAR


April 6, 2020 NO SEMINAR
April 13, 2020


Vimal Selvaraj, PhD; Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology at the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University.

Title: TBD

April 20, 2020

Rescheduled for September 21, 2020

Ömer Yilmaz, PhD; Eisen and Chang Career Development Professor, Associate Professor of Biology, David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. "Dietary control of stem cells in physiology and disease"

April 27, 2020 NO SEMINAR
May 4, 2020

Rescheduled for September 28, 2020

Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, Sc.D., M.P.A.; Associate Professor of Nutrition & Global Health, Department of Global Health (primary), Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

The NS7030 Seminar in Nutritional Sciences takes place on Tuesdays at 12:20 in 100 Savage Hall. No registration is required to attend this event.

In this class seminar, DNS graduate students read and learn how to critically analyze and interpret original articles published in a wide variety of journals. Students learn how to make professional presentations to a broad audience and how to critique the presentations given by others.

Visit our Graduate Studies page for more information on graduate studies in DNS.

spring 2020 schedule

January 28, 2020

Katy Merckel presents "Information Diffusion and Social Norms Are Associated with Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in Bangladesh", PH Nguyen, et al

February 4, 2020 Meghan Trumbull-Kennedy presents “Zinc Regulates the Acute Phase Response and Serum Amyloid A Production in Response to Sepsis through JAK- STAT3 Signaling”, Liu et al
February 11, 2020 Jamie Blum presents "Metabolite Exchange Between Mammalian Organs Quantified in Pigs", Jang et al
February 18, 2020 No seminar
February 25, 2020 No seminar
March 3, 2020 No seminar
March 10, 2020 Kara Beckman presents "Daily Cholecalciferol Supplementation During Pregnancy Alters Markers of Regulatory Immunity, Inflammation, and Clinical Outcomes in a Randomized Control Trial", Zerofsky et al
March 17, 2020 No Seminar
March 24, 2020 No Seminar
March 31, 2020 No Seminar - Spring Break
April 7, 2020 No Seminar
April 14, 2020 No Seminar
April 21, 2020 No Seminar
April 28, 2020 No Seminar
May 5, 2020 No Seminar

The Seminar in International Nutrition takes place on Thursdays at 12:20 in 200 Savage Hall (unless otherwise noted). No registration is required to attend this event.

Take a moment to learn more about the Program in International Nutrition or contact us at intl_nutrition@cornell.edu with any questions or suggestions.


January 23, 2020

no seminar

January 30, 2020

Harriet Okronipa, PhD; Postdoctoral Associate in the Fiorella Research Group at the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University. "Impact of exposure to a slightly sweetened lipid-based nutrient supplement during early life on sweet taste preference among 4- to 6-year-old Ghanaian children"

February 6, 2020 Panel: Jason Hecht, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; Elizabeth Lombardi, Cornell Atkinson Research Fellow; Colleen McLinn and Susi Varvayanis, Cornell Graduate School. Panel discussion:  opportunities and resources for graduate students, post-docs and researchers
February 13, 2020 Jenna Golan, doctoral candidate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. "Women's time use and the productive safety net program in rural highland Ethiopia"
February 20, 2020

Gretel Pelto, PhD, Graduate Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. "Assessing the implications of intra-cultural diversity in small sample-size ethnographic studies conducted to support nutrition interventions"

February 27, 2020

Joanna Upton, Ph.D., Research Associate, Applied Economics & Management at Cornell University. "Caveat utilitor: A comparative assessment of popular resilience measurement approaches" (Co-authors: Susana Constenla Villoslada, Chris Barrett)

March 5, 2020 Kate Dickin, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. "Mixed methods systematic review of behavioral interventions to increase family support for maternal and child nutrition"
March 12, 2020

Liza von Grafenstein, MPA doctoral student, Göttingen University, Germany. "Iron-fortified salt as driver of health and human capital outcomes of school children in rural Bihar"

note new date and time: March 16, 2020

100 Savage Hall

Rescheduled for October 19, 2020

Co-sponsored DNS seminar (in place of Mar 19th): Monday Mar 16, 4 pm, Savage 100:

Hanqi Luo, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition & Institute for Global Nutrition, University of California, Davis. "A new statistical method for estimating usual intakes of nearly-daily consumed foods and nutrients through use of only one 24-hour dietary recall”

March 26, 2020 NO SEMINAR
April 2, 2020 NO SEMINAR: spring break
April 9, 2020

Katie Merckel, doctoral candidate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell - dissertation seminar

April 16, 2020


Jean Humphrey, ScD, Professor, International Health, Johns Hopkins University

April 23, 2020


Grace Marquis, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University

April 30, 2020 Gargi Wable Grandner, doctoral candidate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell