Program

Note: An additional session will be held on Monday March 1st from 4:00-5:00pm for conference participants needing assistance installing R software on their computers before evening workshops. Information on this session will be emailed to participants registering for the conference.

March 1st, 2021 Schedule

Keynote Address: Dr. Linda Frizzell (12:00-1:00pm)

For more information on Dr. Frizzell, see her personal webpage here.

Moderator: Andrea Strauss

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.

Panel: Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics, and Precision Nutrition (3:00-4:00pm)

Presenters: Dr. Paola Sebastiani (Boston University), Dr. Jose Ordovas (Tufts University), Dr. Milena Jorge (InsideTracker)

Moderator: Kenny Westerman

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.

Presentations: Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science Research (4:00-5:00pm)

All research presentations in this session will be related to topics of nutrition epidemiology and data sciences (NEDS).

Maria Hershey, PhD ‘21, Universidad de Navarra
Combined Effect of Diet and Physical Activity on Mortality: Relevance of Additive Interactions between Lifestyle Factors for Public Health

Yanlin Ren, MS ‘21, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 
Worsening Household Food Insecurity is Associated with Poorer Nutritional Status among Children Aged 6-23 Months in Agago District, Uganda

Hyomin Lee, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Identifying wasted children: Do MUAC and WHZ identify the same children? Exploratory data analysis from Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso

Siena Mitman, Fogarty Global Health Equity Scholar '20-'21, University of California, Berkeley and la Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Risk factors for carriage of antimicrobial resistant Escherichia coli in domestic animals of semi-rural parishes of Quito, Ecuador

Presentations: Nutrition Information and Communications Research (4:00-5:00pm)

All research presentations in this session will be related to topics of nutrition information, communications, and behavior change (NICBC).

Leah Galitzdorfer, MS '20, RD, Dietitian/Consultant at Head Start Programs
Understanding facilitators and barriers to dietary management among hispanic men with type II diabetes: perceptions of health professionals

Holly Paden, PhD ‘23, Ohio State University
Assessing food safety attitudes of current dietetic students in the United States, United Kingdom, and Lebanon

Kelly Kogan, PhD ‘22, George Mason University
Measuring Food Preparation Equipment in the Home: Developing and Field Testing an Instrument for Use in a Pediatric Obesity Intervention

Naveen Sunder, Assistant Professor, Bentley University
Women’s Education and Diet Diversity

 

Presenter: Kyle Monahan, Senior Data Science Specialist

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

Before Arriving: We encourage all participants to download and review the conference presentation materials ahead of time. This is not required to attend, but helps ensure that R software (with RStudio) and a general understanding of presentation key concepts are seen ahead of time.
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Step-By-Step Download Guide!

Workshop: Statistics Software and Professional Development (5:00-6:00pm)

Presenter: Kyle Monahan, Senior Data Science Specialist

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.

Before Arriving: We encourage all participants to download and review the conference presentation materials ahead of time. This is not required to attend, but helps ensure that R software (with RStudio) and a general understanding of presentation key concepts are seen ahead of time.
Presentation Download Here!
Additional Helpful Resources!

Workshop: Comparisons Across R (w/RStudio), Stata, and SAS - Part I (6:00-7:00pm)

Presenters: Emily Sanchez (PhD '23), Kees Schipper (MS '21), Bree Langlois (PhD '23), Ryan Simpson (PhD '22), and Kyle Monahan (Senior Data Science Specialist)

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.

Before Arriving: We encourage all participants to download and review the conference presentation materials ahead of time. This is not required to attend, but helps ensure that R software (with RStudio) and a general understanding of presentation key concepts are seen ahead of time.
Presentation Download Here!
Additional Helpful Resources!

Workshop: Data Quality for Nutrition Data Dashboards (6:00-7:00pm)

Presenters: Bingjie Zhou (Data Scientist) & Shiwei Liang (MS '22)

Description: In this workshop, we discuss important considerations to take when managing and cleaning data. This includes key principles of data quality when examining the integrity, precision, and trustworthiness of publicly available data. Presenters demonstrate their decision-making protocol for handling missing data, proper reporting of data manipulation, and creating a data codebook using Global Nutrition and Health Atlas as an example.

March 2nd, 2021 Schedule

Panel: Careers in Food Policy and Community Nutrition (12:00-1:00pm)

Presenters: 

Moderator: Melissa Palmer (Director of Career Services, Tufts University Friedman School)

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.

Panel: Careers in Food Business and Innovation (3:00-4:00pm)

Presenters: 

Moderator: Melissa Palmer (Director of Career Services, Tufts University Friedman School)

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.

Presentations: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition Research (4:00-5:00pm)

All research presentations in this session will be related to topics of biochemical and molecular nutrition (BMN).

Danielle Cahoon, PhD ‘22, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 
Effects of Blueberry Administered Before and/or After Stressor-induced Neuroinflammation and Oxidative Stress in vitro

Lauren Louck, MS ‘21, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 
Food-Based Compounds with Potential Drug-Like Activity to Mitigate Hedonic Overeating Using An Exploratory Machine Learning Approach

Jack Rockhold, BS ‘22, Merrimack College 
Mitochondria-Targeted Curcuminoid Alleviates Aging-Associated Inflammation

Julie Gervis, PhD ‘21, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 
Taste Perception Profiles are Associated with Patterns but Not Degree of Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet Among Older Adults with Metabolic Syndrome

 

Presentations: Food Policy and Programming Research (4:00-5:00pm)

All research presentations in this session will be related to topics of food and nutrition policies and programs (FANPP).

Nick Rose, PhD ‘22, University of Vermont 
How does the public define “healthy” food?

Tung-Lin LiuPhD ‘23, University of Vermont
How does the public define “healthy” food?

Kayla Halvey, MS '20, RD, CUNY Brooklyn College
Exploring the Relationship between the Restaurant Nutrition Environment & Menu Pricing at NYC Hispanic-Caribbean Restaurants: A Cross-Sectional Quantitative Analysis

Charuta Parkhi, PhD ‘21, Michigan State University
The role of time preferences in the demand for safer food products: Evidence from Nigeria

Workshop: Comparisons Across R (w/RStudio), Stata, and SAS - Part II (5:00-7:00pm)

Presenters: Emily Sanchez (PhD '23), Kees Schipper (MS '21), Bree Langlois (PhD '23), Ryan Simpson (PhD '22), and Kyle Monahan (Senior Data Science Specialist)

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.

Before Arriving: We encourage all participants to download and review the conference presentation materials ahead of time. This is not required to attend, but helps ensure that R software (with RStudio) and a general understanding of presentation key concepts are seen ahead of time.
Presentation Download Here!
Additional Helpful Resources!

Workshop: Sustainability Metrics to Assess Diet Quality (5:00-6:00pm)

Presenter: Dr. Naglaa El-Abbadi, Adjunct Lecturer at Tufts Friedman School

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.

Workshop: Data Visuals: Past, Present, and Future (6:00-7:00pm)

Presenters: Dr. Elena N. Naumova, Chair of Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science Division at Tufts Friedman School

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 teaches 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.

Social Hour: Cheers to Nutrition and Data! (7:00-8:00pm)

Come spend time with other conference participants to relax and have fun! An hour of informal networking and socializing for attendees in interested in domestic nutrition, international nutrition, and agricultural policy and economics

March 3rd, 2021 Schedule

Panel: Mitigating Disparities in Nutrition and Public Health (12:00-1:00pm)

Presenters: Dr. Maria Carlota Dao (University of New Hampshire), Dr. Sara Folta (Tufts University), Dr. Pablo Mendez Lazaro (University of Puerto Rico), Dr. Josiemer Mattei (Harvard University), Dr. Jenny Zhen-Duan (Massachusetts General Hospital)

Moderator: Angelica Valdes Valderrama

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.

Panel: Using Food as Medicine (3:00-4:00pm)

Presenters: Carmen George and Kymie Thomas (Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment), Dr. Chris Esguerra (Chief Medical Officer, DME Consulting Group), Dr. Preyanka Makadia (Indian Health Services), Sarah Downer (Harvard Law School)

Moderator: Kurt Hager

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.

Presentations: Food Access and Security Research (4:00-5:00pm)

All research presentations in this session will be related to topics of food access and food security.

Cara Santino, MS ‘21, Syracuse University 
The Interrelationship between Food Insecurity, Race, and Past Incarceration: A Community Needs Assessment in New Haven, Connecticut

Allison Wainer, MS ‘21, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 
Developing testable models to improve access to healthy food among transit-dependent residents: A multidisciplinary investigation of Somerville, Massachusetts

Jessica Wallingford, PhD ‘24, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 
Retail food price levels across the world during the COVID-19 pandemic

Abiodun AtoloyePostdoctoral Research Associate, University of Connecticut 
Developing an Audit Tool for Food Swamp Environments Audit (FS-EAT) Tool: Pilot Test and Spatial Pattern of Food Swamp Environment

Workshop: Effective Data Visualizations (5:00-6:00pm)

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

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

Workshop: How to Construct Data Visualizations in R Using ggplot (6:00-7:00pm)

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

Description: Dr. Hartwick provides an introduction to constructing data visualizations in R using ggplot. This workshop is appropriate for beginner and intermediate R users. The session reviews the basics of creating visualizations and ways to manipulate plot properties in R. Accompanying files are available here: https://github.com/meghartwick/ggplot2-Workshop.

Social Hour: Cheers to Nutrition and Data! (7:00-8:00pm)

Come spend time with other conference participants to relax and have some fun! An hour of informal networking and socializing for attendees in interested in data science, nutritional epidemiology, biomolecular nutrition, and dietetics

March 4th, 2021 Schedule

Keynote Address: Dr. Kim Nguyen (12:00-1:00pm)

For more information on Dr. Nguyen, see her personal webpage here.

Moderator: Ryan Simpson

Description:COVID-19 vaccines are currently being distributed to groups prioritized for early vaccination. Once the vaccine supply has increased, having high vaccination coverage across all populations may prevent the spread of COVID-19 and eventually lead to the end of the pandemic. However, national polls suggest many people are hesitant to get receive COVID-19 vaccination. The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) conducted household panel surveys to examine perceptions toward the COVID-19 vaccine and intentions to be vaccinated. This presentation will examine COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and coverage, and how data can be used to help bring an end to the global pandemic.

Panel: Mitigating the Effects of Weight Bias in Nutrition and Public Health (3:00-4:00pm)

Presenters: Kelsey Rose (Boston Children's Hospital), Hannah Cory, Dr. Amy Farrell, Dr. Lesley Williams

Moderator: Bree Wilhite

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.

Presentations: Agriculture, Food, and Environment Research (4:00-5:00pm)

All research presentations in this session will be related to topics of agriculture, food, and the environment (AFE).

Caitlin Herrington, PhD ‘23, Michigan State University 
Bangladeshi Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Rice with Improved Nutrition via Biofortified Zinc Rice and Decreased Milling Practices

Ashley McCarthy, PhD ‘20, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 
A geospatial approach to identifying biophysically suitable areas for fruit and vegetable production in the United States

Nicole Kling, MS ‘21, Iowa State University 
Protein foods in Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) accordant diets are associated with lower environmental impacts

Sarah Hamilton, BS ‘21, Carnegie Mellon University 
Carbon Footprint and Energy Needs of a Metropolitan Food System: A Comparison of National and Local Food Consumption Data Sources

Schuchen Cong, PhD ‘23, Carnegie Mellon University
Carbon Footprint and Energy Needs of a Metropolitan Food System: A Comparison of National and Local Food Consumption Data Sources

Workshop: Effective Oral Communication in Data-Driven Research (5:00-6:00pm)

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Webb, Professor at Tufts Friedman School

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.

Workshop: Effective Writing for Scientific and Media Audiences (6:00-7:00pm)

Presenters: Corby Kummer, Senior Lecturer at Tufts Friedman School

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.

All conference proceedings are in accordance with the Tufts University Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Failure to abide by the policies and procedures outlined by the university will result in participants’ removal from the conference.

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