Weekly Seminars in DNS

Tuesdays 11:45am-12:45pm (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

Spring 2024 SCHEDULE
LOCATION: 100 Savage HallTuesdays 11:45am-12:45pm (ET)  

Official class time 11:40am-12:55pm

January 30, 2024

Presenter: Dr. Shannon Reilly
Affiliation: Weill Cornell Medicine
Title: "Mitochondrial bioenergetics in lipolytic adipocytes"

February 13, 2024

Presenter: Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman
Affiliation: Illinois Institute of Technology
Title: "Unveiling berry bioactivity in cardio-metabolic health through acute and longer term studies"

February 27, 2024

Feb.Break - no seminar

March 5, 2024

Presenter: Dr. Michael Lowe (VIRTUAL)
Affiliation: Drexel University
Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 973 3695 3206
Passcode: 815082

Title: "The Toxic Food Environment, Over-matched Self-Regulation and Acquired Set Points: The Obesity Trifecta"

March 12, 2024

Presenter: Ms. Fiona Coleman
Affiliation: Cornell University
Title: "From Program to Plate: Within-Household Insights from a Social Protection and Agriculture Program Implemented in Bangladesh"

March 26, 2024
(MVR G155 at 4:30pm)

Presenter: Dr. Caree Cortwright , The Dorothy M. Proud Lectureship
Affiliation: University of Georgia/ USDA
Title: "USDA’s Actions on Nutrition Security"

April 2, 2024 Spring Break - no seminar
April 23, 2024

Presenter: Dr. John Blenis
Affiliation: Weill Cornell Medicine
Title: "Dietary and cellular metabolites that contribute to cancer growth and metastatic progression"

April 30, 2024

Presenter: Dr. Darcy Freedman, The Janet Clay White ’61 Lecture in Community Nutrition
Affiliation: Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
Title: "Realizing Nutrition Equity: Possibilities, Priorities, and Pitfalls"

May 7, 2024

Presenter: Dr. Bruce Hamaker
Affiliation: Purdue University
Title: "Food carbohydrates targeted for health-related outcomes"

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


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.

If you have any questions for the speakers in this series, please email them to pindirector@cornell.edu and we would love to include them.

NS 6980 International Nutrition Seminar | Spring 2024 Schedule
Thursdays at 11:30am – 12:30pm (unless otherwise noted)

Zoom link for all seminars will be the same this semester, unless otherwise noted.
Webinar ID: 946 8050 9885
Passcode: 752457

March 21, 2024 Speaker: Eva Monterrosa, PhD
Affiliation: gain
Title: TBD
April 11, 2024 Speaker: Cornelia Loechl, PhD
Affiliation: IAEA
Title: TBD

Special Seminars and Events

The Dale E Bauman Lecture
Date: October 16
Dr. Karen Nelson
Affiliation: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Special time: refreshments at 3:30pm – seminar begins at 4PM
Location: Pepsi Auditorium - Stocking Hall

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