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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

September 14, 2021

Joeva Barrow, Ph.D., R.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell
Title: "Harnessing High-Throughput Screening Approaches to Treat Metabolic and Mitochondrial Disease"

October 5, 2021
Dale E. Bauman Lecture
NOTE: Time is 4:00PM

A. Catharine Ross, Ph.D, Professor of Nutrition and Physiology at Pennsylvania State University
Title: "Nutrition and Immunity Against Infectious Diseases-Through the Lens of Vitamin A"
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November 2, 2021

Angela Poole, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genome Sciences in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell
Title: "Precision nutrition protocol development: Assessing genotype and gut microbes to choose the best dietary fiber for you"
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November 23, 2021

Elad Tako, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CALS & Courtesy Associate Professor, DNS at Cornell University
Title: TBD
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November 30, 2021
Janet Clay White ’61 Lecture in Community Nutrition

Josiemer Mattei, PhD, MPH, FAHA, Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Title: "Food, culture, and health in Hispanics/Latinxs: from evidence to action"
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December 7, 2021

Yatrik Shah, Ph.D., Horace W. Davenport Collegiate Professor of Physiology
Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology Professor, Internal Medicine at University of Michigan 
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 2021 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

September 23, 2021

Yadurshini Raveendran, MScGH, Duke Decolonizing Working Group & FHI Clinical Inc.
Title: “Decolonizing global health: if not now, when? “
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October 7, 2021

Andrea Spray, MPH, PhDc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Title: “Assessing maternal and child dietary diversity and women’s time use using automated wearable cameras in Uganda
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October 21, 2021

Bharati Kulkarni, MBBS, DCH, MPH, PhD, National Institute of Nutrition, India 
Title: “Iron nutrition and anemia in India : insights from the national nutrition surveys
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October 28, 2021

Mandana Arabi, MD, PhD, Nutrition International 
Title: “COVID-response adaptations in nutrition supplementation programs- experiences from Nutrition International” 
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November 4, 2021

Luz Maria, World Health Organization
Title: “Food Safety and Food Systems
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November 11, 2021

Sarah Cusick, PhD, University of Minnesota 
Title: “Addressing pediatric iron deficiency in areas where infection is common
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November 18, 2021

John Hoddinott, MA, PhD, Cornell University 
Title: "Food Security in the time of COVID-19, with special reference to Bangladesh"
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December 2, 2021

Jenna Golan, PhD Candidate, Cornell University 
Title: TBD (Dissertation Seminar)
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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