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

Fall 2023 SCHEDULE
LOCATION: 100 Savage HallTuesdays 11:45am-12:45pm (ET)  

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

August 29, 2023

Presenter: Dr.Sharon Donovan Pritchard Seminar (Endowed Seminar)
Affiliation: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Title: "Opportunities for precision nutrition in the first 1,000 days: Nurturing the holobiont"

September 5, 2023

No Seminar

September 12, 2023

No seminar due to Cornell Inter-Campus Symposium "Metabolic Health: From Molecules to Populations"

September 19, 2023

Presenter: Ilana Brito
Affiliation: Cornell University
Title: "Lessons on Prevptella copri, one of the most dominant gut microbial species worldwide"

September 26, 2023

Presenter: Glenn Simmons, Jr.
Affiliation: Cornell University
Title: HMGB1 localization and its effect on the immune response in the lung tumor microenvironment: “How fat can fight lung cancer”

October 3, 2023

Special joint seminar with Program in International Nutrition
Presenter: Dr.Sara Bleich (Virtual Only)
Affiliation: Harvard University
Title: “Reflections on federal service and an overview of Harvard’s Legacy of Slavery initiative”
Location: (virtual) Zoom
Meeting ID: 921 0153 1029
Passcode: 417130

October 10, 2023

Fall break - No Seminar

October 16, 2023
(Endowed seminar)

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 24, 2023

Presenter: Dr. Moore
Affiliation: Department of Cell Biology, New York University
Title: "Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease: Cross-disease Communication"

November 7, 2023

Presenter: Elizabeth Johnson
Affiliation: Cornell University
Title: "Feeding Babies and their Microbiomes
How the Johnson Lab is defining diet-microbe interactions that impact infant health"

November 21, 2023

Presenter: Erica Phillips
Affiliation: Weill Cornell Medical College
Title: "Social Capital and Its influence on Health"

November 28, 2023

Presenter: Dr. Katsu Funai
Affiliation: University of Utah
Title: “Mitochondrial membrane lipids and respiratory efficiency”

December 18, 2023

CVM's Yarnell Lecture Hall 4 (S1-210 Schurman Hall)

Presenter: Dr. Ana Domingos
Affiliation: University of Oxford
Title: “Neuroimmunometabolism: immune regulation of neural circuits controlling metabolism”

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 | Fall 2023 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

September 7, 2023 Speaker: Tahmeed Ahmed, MBBS
Affiliation: icddr,b
Title: "Innovations for taking care of children with malnutrition"
September 14, 2023 Speaker: Jacquelyn Bedsaul-Fryer, PhD
Affiliation: National cancer Institute
Title: "Precision Nutrition: Applications and Opportunities for Low- and Middle-Income Countries to Help Mitigate Nutrition and Health Challenges"
September 21, 2023 Speaker: Francesca Celletti, MD, PhD
Affiliation: World Health Organization
Title: "TBD"
October 26, 2023 Speaker: Omar Dary, PhD
Affiliation: USAID
Title: "TBD"
December 18, 2023

CVM's Yarnell Lecture Hall 4 (S1-210 Schurman Hall)

Presenter: Dr. Ana Domingos
Affiliation: University of Oxford
Title: “Neuroimmunometabolism: immune regulation of neural circuits controlling metabolism”

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