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Weekly Seminars in DNS

The Division of Nutritional Sciences Seminar (NS 6190) takes place virtually on Mondays at 3:45 (unless otherwise indicated).

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

SPRING 2021 SCHEDULE | email DNSHelpdesk@cornell.edu for Zoom details
Date Speaker Faculty Host
March 8, 2021

Sander Kersten, Ph.D.; Professor in Nutrition, Metabolism, and Genomics / Chair, Division of Human Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University; Courtesy Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University

Title: Regulation of lipid metabolism during fasting

Pat Cassano, M.P.H., Ph.D.; Professor & Director of DNS
March 15, 2021

Stuart Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, FCAHS; Professor & Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Department of Kinesiology; Director, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE), McMaster University

Title: Dietary protein for the mass(es): not too much, not too little, but just right!

Martha Field, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor


March 22, 2021 No Seminar  
March 29, 2021

Jennifer Savage Williams, Ph.D.; Associate Professor; Director, Center for Childhood Obesity Research at the college of Health & Human Development at Penn State

Title: Effects of Responsive Parenting on Early Obesity Prevention

Lexi Macmillan Uribe, Ph.D., R.D.N.; Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Leak Lab
April 5, 2021

Vimal Selvaraj, Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Animal Science at Cornell University

Title: Mitochondrial regulation of tetrapyrroles and metabolic homeostasis

Martha Field, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
April 12, 2021

Federico Rey, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title: Exploring the causes and consequences of gut microbiome variation

Angela Poole, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
April 19, 2021

Carmen Samuel-Hodge, R.D., Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Title: Translation Intervention Research: a family-based approach to addressing diabetes and obesity in African American adults

Tashara Leak, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
April 26, 2021 NO SEMINAR - SPRING BREAK  
May 3, 2021 Xiaobin Wang, Sc.D.; Zanvyl Krieger Professor in Children's Health; Director, Center on the Early Life Origins of Disease Zhenglong Gu,Ph.D; Professor
May 10, 2021 Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University  


The Seminar in International Nutrition (NS 6980) takes place virtually on Thursdays at 12:25 (unless otherwise noted).

Registration via EventBrite is required to attend this event.

This weekly seminar is based in the Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) but is open to all and is attended by faculty and graduate students from various fields who have an interest in global food, nutrition, health, poverty and development, particularly in low-income countries.

The seminar features speakers from DNS and other parts of Cornell, as well as external speakers. Presentations cover a wide range of topics, reflecting the interdisciplinary scope of fields relevant to nutrition, health, food systems, and development in low-income settings. This is intended to expand graduate students’ perspectives to include diverse aspects of global research on nutrition and related fields, and to broaden the international nutrition network at Cornell.

Most presentations are research-oriented (including graduate student research) and others address policy, practice, or current issues in the field. Seminar topics vary each semester. Past topics have included infant and young child feeding, maternal mortality, technology in global health, infectious disease, policy and program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, biofortification, food systems, agricultural and soils research, obesity prevention, mycotoxins and stunting, and climate change implications for nutrition. A preliminary schedule of presentations for this semester appears below. Changes may occur in this schedule, depending on speaker availability, and will be shared through a listserve.

The seminar is informal and intended to generate discussion and bring together people with an array 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. 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 or contact us at DNSHelpdesk@cornell.edu with any questions or suggestions.

SPRING 2021 SCHEDULE | Register via EventBrite
March 4, 2021

Saskia dePee, Ph.D.; Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition, World Food Programme

Title: Systems Analysis in Nutrition: An approach to strengthen nutrition situation analysis and decision-making towards multi-sectoral policies and systems change

Relevant background materials are at Fill the Nutrient Gap.

March 11, 2021

Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.; Coordinator: Evidence and Programme Guidance (EPG), World Health Organization (WHO); Courtesy Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University

Title: Applying a Primary Healthcare Approach for the WHO Living Guidelines: Management of children and adolescents with obesity

March 18, 2021 NO SEMINAR
March 25, 2021

Purnima Menon, Ph.D.; Senior Research Fellow: Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division; Office of the Director, Nutrition and Food Safety at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Title: Looking back, Looking forward: supporting India's nutrition journey with data and evidence

April 1, 2021

Jeanne Moseley, Mia Haller, Talia Bailes, Diego Burga: the Leadership Team & Student Leaders (2019-2020) for the Global Health Program, Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University

Topic: Ripple Effects Mapping for Assessing the Impact of an Undergraduate Global and Public Health Program

April 8, 2021

Shawn Baker, M.P.H.; Chief Nutritionist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Title: COVID-19 and Nutrition: Crisis and Opportunity

April 15, 2021

Samantha Huey, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University

Title: Nutrition and Gut Microbiome in Children

April 22, 2021

Stella Nordhagen, Ph.D., Senior Technical Specialist and Elisabetta Lambertini, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition GAIN

Title: Addressing Food Safety and Nutrition in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

April 29, 2021 Jocelyn Boiteau, Ph.D. candidate and Tata-Cornell Institute Scholar in the field of international nutrition.
May 13, 2021 Andreas Bluethner, Ph.D.; Director of Nutrition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Special Seminars and Events

Any events listed here are those that are held for the benefit of the DNS faculty, staff and students. For a full calendar of university dates of importance and holidays, please view the Academic Calendar.

The final requirement in earning a PhD is the completion and defense of the doctoral dissertation, which involves the PhD 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 PhD 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.

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