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Last year, our conference amassed to 950 participants spanning 30+ countries and US continental states. We are proud to circulate our 2021 Conference Summary Report with more information on the academic institutions and professional organizations in attendance. Below, please find recordings from many of our sessions last year in our attempt to disseminate the knowledge, skills, and diverse perspectives presented here to the greater nutrition and public health science community!

Keynote Addresses

Opening Remarks: Dr. Linda Frizzell


Citation:
Frizzell L (2021). American Indian and Alaska Native Nutrition. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Description: This keynote focuses on the legal background and federal government responsibilities for American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/ANs), as well as examining nutrition issues facing AI/AN communities, reviewing historical health implications, providing a brief analysis of health legislation and the unique AI/AN public health and wellness system.

Speaker: Dr. Linda Frizzell, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Moderator: Andrea Strauss, MS'22, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy


Panel Discussions

Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics, and Precision Nutrition


Citation:
Westerman K, Sebastiani P, Ordovas J, Jorge, M (2021). Nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, and precision nutrition: the role of big data and advancing technologies. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Description: This panel discusses the role of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, and precision nutrition in health outcomes and how they may be used to predict responses to specific diets, foods, or nutrients. Where is the research currently? Where is it headed? The conversation focuses on the use of big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence in advancing technologies like genetic and microbiome testing and wearable devices and apps. The panel also discusses the pros and cons of precision nutrition approaches versus public health, planetary health, and/or sustainable nutrition approaches.

Moderator: Kenny Westerman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital

Speakers:
Dr. Paola Sebastiani, Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Center, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Dr. Jose Ordovas, Senior Scientist, Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Dr. Milena Jorge, Vice President of Science, InsideTracker (Segterra)

Mitigating Disparities in Nutrition and Public Health


Citation: 
Valderrama AV, Dao MC, Folta S, Mendez-Lazaro P, Mattei J, Zhen-Duan J (2021). Mitigating disparities in nutrition and public health. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Description: This panel discusses health disparities affecting racial minority groups and how data can help mitigate such disparities. The panelists discuss why disparities arise, the problems they create, and how to address them.

Moderator: Angelica Valdes Valderrama, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Presenters: 
Dr. Maria Carlota Dao, Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

Dr. Sara Folta, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Dr. Pablo Mendez Lazaro, Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health

Dr. Josiemer Mattei, Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Jenny Zhen-Duan, Instructor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Using Food as Medicine


Citation: 
Hager K, George C, Thomas K, Esguerra C, Makadia P, Downer S (2021). A discussion on food is medicine interventions. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Description: “Food Is Medicine” interventions are of rapidly growing interest to health care systems, payers, patients, and policy makers. Such programs integrate payment for or direct provision of healthy food to patients in a health care intervention to improve diet-related health outcomes. Major examples include produce prescriptions and medically tailored meals. This panel discusses innovative Food is Medicine policies and programs across the United States that are guided by and/or contributing to public health nutrition research. The conversation focuses on the intersection of government programs, implementation efforts in healthcare and community-based organizations, evaluation processes, and emerging Food is Medicine legislative and policy proposals.

Moderator: Kurt Hager, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Presenters:
Carmen George, MEQ Manager, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE)

Kymie Thomas, FVRx Specialist, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE)

Dr. Chris Esguerra, Chief Medical Officer, DME Consulting Group

Dr. Preyanka Makadia, Medical Officer, Indian Health Services

Sarah Downer, Associate Professor of Whole Person Care, Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Mitigating the Effects of Weight Bias in Nutrition and Public Health


Citation:
Wilhite B, Rose K, Cory H, Farrell A, Williams L (2021). Sociocultural influences on body size ideals: Mitigating the effects of weight bias in nutrition and public health. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Description: Beginning with an overview of the racial and gender origins of fat phobia, fat shaming, and weight stigma in American mainstream society, this panel discussion unpacks the impact that these origins have on contemporary views of the body leading to the coined phrase, “obesity epidemic” that pervades modern media’s description of body image and what it means to be ‘healthy.’ Examined through both a micro (i.e., the individual) and a macro (i.e., society) lens, this panel discusses and debates not only how we got to where we are but where we - as nutritional advocates, policy makers, and researchers – may go from here.

Moderator: Breanne Wilhite, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Presenters:
Kelsey Rose, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health, Boston Children's Hospital

Hannah Cory, PhD '23, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Amy Farrell, Ann and John Curley Chair of Liberal Arts, Dickinson College 

Dr. Lesley Williams, Family Medicine Physician and Eating Disorder Specialist


Technical Workshops

How to Install R and RStudio


Citation:
Monahan K (2021). How to Install R and RStudio Software. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Download Guides for Various Software

Description: In this session, Kyle Monahan discusses how to install R software on your computer.

Presenter: Kyle Monahan, Senior Data Science Specialist, Tufts University

Statistics Software and Professional Development


Citation:
Monahan K (2021). Choosing a statistical software for your profession. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Description: In this workshop, Kyle Monahan discusses how to choose your statistical software toolkit when planning professional development, including which software is commonly used in specific professions, benefits and limitations of software, and an introduction to the basic interface of each software.

Presenter: Kyle Monahan, Senior Data Science Specialist, Tufts University

Comparisons Across R (w/RStudio), Stata, and SAS - Part I


Citation:
Sanchez E, Schipper K, Langlois B, Simpson RB, Monahan K (2021). Comparisons across R/RStudio, Stata, and SAS - Part I. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Description: This workshop provides a side-by-side comparison of three commonly used statistical software: Stata, SAS, R, and RStudio. This introductory workshop provides information on what types of professional organizations use each type of software, how the coding software operates, and differences in the quality of statistical output such as tables and visualizations. Additional topics include how to load data and how to operate in each of the software's interfaces.

Workshop Materials:

Presenters: 
Emily Sanchez, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Kees Schipper, MS '21, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Bree Langlois, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Ryan Simpson, PhD '22, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Kyle Monahan, Senior Data Science Specialist, Tufts University

Comparisons Across R (w/RStudio), Stata, and SAS - Part II


Citation:
Sanchez E, Schipper K, Langlois B, Simpson RB, Monahan K (2021). Comparisons across R/RStudio, Stata, and SAS - Part II. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Description: This workshop provides a side-by-side comparison of commands used in Stata, SAS, R, and RStudio to learn multiple languages simultaneously. Topics include how to load data, create new variables, perform descriptive statistics, perform tests of comparisons and associations, create basic visual aids (histograms, bar plots), and run simple regressions in each software.

Workshop Materials:

Presenters: 
Emily Sanchez, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Kees Schipper, MS '21, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Bree Langlois, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Ryan Simpson, PhD '22, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Kyle Monahan, Senior Data Science Specialist, Tufts University

Data Visuals: Past, Present, and Future


Citation:
Naumova EN (2021). Data visualization: Past, present, and future. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Description: This talk is a brief journey into a world of data visualization: from the first depiction a wind rose by medieval sailors to modern dynamic maps of infectious outbreaks – an evolution from a simple notion of a graph to an interdisciplinary research field.  Graphical presentations are now broadly accepted as a powerful tool for communicating science; they could be simple and complex, attractive and misleading, intuitive, disturbing and fascinating. What attracts us the most in graphical depictions? Is it their content, clarity, abstraction, imagination, ability to tell a story or condense lots of data points? The history of graphical presentations is teaching us the value of critical thinking and creativity. The future of data visualizations is in expanding our abilities to use this powerful language of science wisely.

Presenter: Dr. Elena N. Naumova, Chair of Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science Division, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

How to Construct Data Visualizations in R Using ggplot


Citation:
Hartwick MA (2021). Constructing visuals in R using ggplot. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Description: This workshop reviews the technical side of creating data visualizations within GGPLOT and Rshiny. Participants do not have to be experienced with R to attend the workshop - this session will review the basics of creating data visualizations and ways to manipulate plot properties in R.

Presenter: Dr. Meghan Hartwick, Data Science Fellow, The National Institutes of Health

Effective Data Visualizations


Citation:
Alarcon-Falconi TM (2021). Effective data visuals. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Description: This workshop aims to provide tools and techniques to analyze, critique, and create data visualizations. We will discuss key concepts, critically evaluate graphical displays, and identify best practices for creating effective visualizations.

Presenter: Dr. Tania M. Alarcon-Falconi, Senior Scientist, Environmental Health and Engineering

Effective Oral Communication in Data-Driven Research


Citation:
Webb P (2021). Effective oral presentation of data-driven research. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Description: Dr. Webb outlines techniques for effectively communicating scientific research orally and shares high experiences presenting to a variety of audiences, including the scientific community and policymakers. He discusses different presentation formats, how to keep an audience’s attention, and how to use visuals to complement your oral presentation.

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Webb, Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Effective Writing for Scientific and Media Audiences


Citation:
Kummer C (2021). Effective writing for scientific and media audiences. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Description: In this workshop, Corby Kummer outlines techniques for effectively communicating research for scientific audiences and the general public. The workshop highlights key elements and areas of focus for different audiences, how to cater writing to your audience, and how to maintain your voice in your work.

Presenter: Corby Kummer, Senior Lecturer, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Sustainability Metrics to Assess Diet Quality


Citation:
El-Abbadi N (2021). Metrics of diet sustainability. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Workshop Materials:

Description: In this workshop, Dr. El-Abbadi discusses sustainability metrics used for assessing nutrition diet quality in research studies. Her presentation focuses on how to define diet metrics, challenges in selecting reference groups to assess quality, and ethical considerations.

Presenter: Dr. Naglaa El-Abbadi, Adjunct Lecturer, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy


Career Conversations

Careers in Food Policy and Community Nutrition


Citation: 
Palmer M, Brown A, Carroll L, Obadia J, Patterson B (2021). Career conversation in food policy and community nutrition. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Description: In this panel, graduates of the Tufts Friedman School who work in food policy and community nutrition discuss their current jobs and career trajectories and provide advice for graduate students looking to pursue careers in their field. Panelists include professionals working in government, lobbying, and non-profit organizations.

Moderator: Melissa Palmer, Director of Career Services, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Presenters:

Dr. Alison Brown, Program Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Laura Carroll, Nutrition Policy Analyst, US Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Jennifer Obadia, Director of Healthcare Partnerships, Project Bread

Barbara Patterson, Vice President, Michael Torrey Associates

Careers in Food Business and Innovation


Citation: 
Palmer M, Cheatham R, Curle C, Jaidka R, Schaffner K (2021). Career conversation in food business and innovation. 2021 Research and Data Symposium for Food and Nutrition. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University (Virtual).

Description: In this panel, graduates of the Tufts Friedman School who work in food business and innovation discuss their current jobs and career trajectories and provide advice for graduate students looking to pursue careers in their field. Panelists include professionals working in food business who focus on sustainability, supply chains, communications, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Moderator: Melissa Palmer, Director of Career Services, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Presenters:

Dr. Rachel Cheatham, Founder and CEO, Foodscape Group

Carla Curle, Account Executive, FoodMinds

Ravdeep Jaidka, Vice President and Sourcing Manager, Equal Exchange

Kate Schaffner, Manager of Global Sustainability, Kellogg

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