Program

Thursday, 03 March 2022

Opening Keynote Remarks: Alison Brown (12:00-1:00pm EST)

Description: This address will serve to welcome participants to the 2022 Symposium. We will briefly discuss the sessions planned throughout the conference and discuss our theme: Diverse Perspectives in Emerging Topics for Nutrition Science Research. We welcome our opening speaker to share their thoughts on the importance of addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in nutrition science and public health.

Keynote Speaker: Alison Brown, MS, PhD, RDN, National Heart Lung Blood Institute
Alison Brown, MS, PhD, RDN is a public health nutrition researcher committed to addressing diet-related health disparities through research, community engagement and empowerment, and systems change. Dr. Brown serves as a Program Director at the National Heart Lung Blood Institute where her work centers on the social determinants of health and nutrition health disparities. She is the Past Chair of the National Organization of Blacks in Dietetic and Nutrition and a former AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity Leader, and American Society of Nutrition Science Policy Fellow.

Moderator: Jessie Lan, RD, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Jessie is a second year Master’s student in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is a Registered Dietitian by training and holds a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from University of California-Berkeley. She is interested in the role of diet patterns in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases.

Panel: Precision Nutrition, Personalized Health (1:00-2:00pm EST)

Description: Rapid technological advancement and data collection in the fields of genetics, epigenetics, and the gut microbiome have pushed new opportunities for individualized precision nutrition. In this panel, we discuss emerging research in these fields, outstanding challenges of research efforts, and potential solutions to these challenges. We also explore how each field defines “precision nutrition” and the role of research in the future of individualized healthcare treatments.

Presenters:
Silvia Berciano Benitez, PhD, Tufts Friedman Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute
Silvia is a nutrition researcher passionate about food and creating pragmatic solutions to complex problems. Her research focuses on precision nutrition and the study of interactions between factors that influence human behavior and health outcomes. Prior to joining Tufts University and the Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute, she investigated the role of the gut microbiota and epigenetic mechanisms in metabolic responses to diet; helped develop Serenist, a multi-omic integration platform to optimize prenatal nutrition and reduce the risk of pregnancy complications, and co-founded Baravena Foods to bring to market better products that promote a more nutritious, sustainable and equitable future.

Sheldon Rowan, PhD, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Dr. Sheldon Rowan is a Scientist II in the Nutrition and Vision Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University. He researches the role of dietary carbohydrates in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its relationship to aging, metabolism, and the gut microbiome; novel biomarkers for AMD; and the developmental and biochemical bases of cataract formation. Dr. Rowan is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Tufts University School of Medicine and in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Tristin Brisbois, MBS, PhD, PepsiCo Life Sciences
Dr. Brisboisis the Director of the Advanced Personalization Ideation (API) Center for PepsiCo Life Sciences in Global R&D in New York. The API center functions similar to a start-up, with the mission to deliver personalized nutrition solutions to improve the wellness of our consumers. Prior to working for PepsiCo, shewas the Manager of Nutrition and Scientific Affairs at a trade association (2010-2013), where she led the scientific affairs andnutrition communications program. Tristin completed her PhD and BSc at the University Alberta, Canada. Her PhD investigated food intake behavior in cancer focusingon appetite stimulation and improvement of taste and smell perception using marijuana therapy. Tristin recently completed her Master’s in Business and Science at Rutgers.

Maura Walker, MS, PhD, Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Dr. Walker is a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Health Sciences at the Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Medicine, and a Junior Investigator of the Framingham Heart Study. Her primary research focuses on using traditional and systems-level epidemiological methods to better understand the role of diet as a modifiable factor in shaping and amending the life-course progression of cardiometabolic diseases.

Jose Ordovas, PhD, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Dr. José Ordovásis Senior Scientist and Leader of the Nutrition and Genomics Team at the HNRCA. His research focuses on the genetic factors that predispose individuals to heart disease and obesity as well as the interaction of these genetic factors with the environment and behavioral factors. In particular, Dr. Ordovás examines the impact of diet on genetic factors. He has published well over 780 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written numerous reviews and books on these topics. In this regard, Dr. Ordovás is considered one of the founders of nutrigenomics.

Moderators:
Emily Yeo, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Emily is a 2nd year masters student in the Biomolecular and Chemical Nutrition program at the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy. Her recent master’s research has utilized bioinformatic tools to better understand how dietary carbohydrate consumption alters the to the gut microbiome. Her previous work focused on adipocyte insulin signaling pathways in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Going forward, Emily will be working on the integration of multiple biomarkers to better understand metabolic health.

Workshop: Spatial Statistics: A Theoretical Overview (1:00-2:00pm EST)

Description: As more severe natural disasters have begun to occur with increasing frequency, spatial statistics using GIS and Remote Sensing will become even more imperative for understanding spatiotemporal patterns. In this workshop, we provide an overview of how spatial statistics are conducted and outline trends for conducting such analyses with respect to next generation data warehousing and data democratization. We conclude by demonstrating applications of spatial statistics in nutrition science, climate, and public health research.

Presenters:
Aishwarya Venkat, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Aishwarya Venkat is a doctoral student at the Friedman School with a specialization in Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Her research applies geospatial techniques to study the intersection of extreme weather events, food prices, and nutrition.

Sumeeta Srinivasan, PhD, Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Sumeeta Srinivasan's research interests are at the intersection of sustainable development and spatial inequities of access. She applies spatial analytic methods to issues related to public health, transportation, land use and infrastructure. Before coming to Tufts she was a Preceptor for Geospatial Methods at Harvard University where she has taught courses on spatial models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She is affiliated with the Center for Geographic Analysis and the China Project at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard where she was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate. The methodological lens that she uses in her research is spatial analysis: the use of GIS, remote sensing, statistical and spatiotemporal models. She has studied cities in India, China and the US. She has a PhD from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT specializing in Transportation and Information systems.

Moderators:
Breanne Langlois, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Current doctoral candidate in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science. Research interests are in how climate changes are impacting global food security and nutrition, spatial and epidemiological data linkages, and the application of dynamic mapping. Over 10 years of research and analytic experience including work on large-scale field trials in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone as part of the Food Aid Quality Review project. Former Tufts Institute of the Environment fellow focusing on developing a flood vulnerability metric. Current NSF and NIFA fellow focusing on addressing data gaps to study recurring flooding and impacts on household food access in Indonesia.

Ryan Simpson, PhD '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Ryan is a second year PhD candidate at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy pursuing a degree in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science (May 2022). His published works focus on infectious disease time series modeling and applications for real-time outbreak surveillance and forecasting, particularly for enteric and respiratory illnesses. Recent works center on techniques for assessing publicly reported surveillance data quality, analytic methods for modeling seasonal outbreak features, and techniques for modeling signatures of emerging outbreak threats such as SARS-CoV-2.

Student Oral Presentations: Session 1 (2:00-3:00pm EST)

Presenters:
Rachel Kinney, Tufts University Friedman School
Rachel Kinney is a graduate student at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University focusing on federal nutrition policy and program evaluation. She has experience conducting qualitative research with diverse groups on topics including school meals, dollar stores, and fruit and vegetable prescription programs, and is currently working with Feeding America’s evaluation team to create a framework of evaluation guidance for food banks across the country. Prior to graduate school, Rachel worked as a SNAP Advocate at Jewish Family & Children’s Service where she helped people with SNAP benefit issues and advocated for programmatic change.

Alexandra Stern, US Environmental Protection Agency
Alex is a fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. She recently completed a Ph.D. at Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in Agriculture, Food and Environment, where her researchfocused on assessing the environmental outcomes of federal food policy implementation. At EPA, she will be working on quantifying the environmental impacts of food waste and determining the benefits of different waste management pathways and opportunitiesfor source reduction. Her research interests include life cycle assessment, food system modeling, and behavioral interventions. Prior to completing a Ph.D., Alex worked as a community advocate in Washington, D.C. supporting food access, nutrition, and food waste recovery programs with D.C. Central Kitchen.

Nidhi Joshi, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
Nidhi Joshi is a doctoral student at the Department of Food and Nutrition, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar,Uttarakhand,India. She obtained her MSc in Food and Nutrition from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India. Her PhD research is on Sustainable diets and related behavior. She has also researched foodsecurity and unconventional leafy greens. She is an awardee of the Senior Research fellowship by the University Grants Commission. She was also awarded the Young Scientist Award by the Uttarakhand State Council of Science and Technology in 2020.

Maya Moore, University of Vermont
Maya Moore is a PhD candidate in Food Systems at the University of Vermont. Having spent the last decade working in the conservation and development field, mainly in Madagascar but also in southeast Asia and Central America, she is interested in seeking out interdisciplinary answers to the challenges of smallholder farmer food security as it relates to tropical biodiversity protection. Her current research questions pertain to the ways in which farmers are experiencing and perceiving climate change and other factors that impact land use decisions in tropical systems where agricultural pressure is the leading cause of deforestation.

Erin Jackson, Tufts University Friedman School
Erin Jackson is a graduate student in the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her research interests include food system sustainability, agroecology, and better understanding the socioecological drivers of a resilient and equitable food system for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her current research focuses on Malawian smallholder farmer innovations in legume diversification. Prior to attending Tufts, Erin worked as the Education Director for a farm to school organization in Montana focused on improving local food access and food and agricultural literacy in public schools.

Moderators:
Anna Leigh Bibliowicz, Tufts University Friedman School
Anna Leigh is a second year graduate student at Tufts university, obtaining her Master of Science in Food Policy and Programs. She is simultaneously obtaining her DPD certification as she prepares to become a registered dietitian. With experience in clinical, community, and foodservice settings, she is working toward a career at the intersection of dietetics and humanitarian assistance.

Panel: Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture: Next Steps After COP26 (3:00-4:00pm EST)

Description: The UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) shed light on the need to transition the world towards sustainable, climate-resilient food systems that accommodate for the impacts of climate change on agriculture. In the wake of this conference, our panel will discuss current agriculture and food systems research aimed at providing potential first steps at offering climate-conscious food production. Perhaps most importantly, we discuss possible metrics and benchmarks used to gauge progress towards sustainable food systems.

Presenters:
Lana Weidgenant, Climate Justice Activist
Lana Weidgenant is a youth climate activist who specializes in the intersection of food and diets with the climate crisis. Lana was the Youth Vice-Chair of Shifting to Sustainable Consumption for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and currently works as a Campaigns and Policy Manager for food awareness organization ProVeg International. Lana also coordinates food systems policy for youth climate organization Zero Hour and leads in top youth campaigns for healthy and sustainable food systems including as a Core Team member of Act4Food Act4Change, board member of Real Food Systems, and a co-founder of the Food at COP campaign.

Erin Coughlan de Perez, PhD, Feinstein International Center
Erin bridges science, policy, and practice in her research on climate risk management around the world. She focuses on extreme events, exploring how droughts, floods, heatwaves, and other climate shocks can be anticipated before they happen. Erin works with humanitarian teams on the development of early action protocols to avoid disaster impacts, and she researches the adoption and effectiveness of climate change adaptation measures. Erin comes to the Feinstein Center from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, where she built a global climate science team and led the first Forecast-based Financing pilots in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Erin retains a technical advisor position at the Climate Centre, to maintain links to humanitarian operations around the world. Erin was formerly an Associate at Columbia University.

Stephanie Goodwin, PhD, MD, RD, Danone North America
Stephanie Goodwin joined the Public and Government Affairs team at Danone North America in 2019. She has been with Danone for 7 years, first on the science team for the division of medical foods, and then on the regulatory affairs team. Prior to joining Danone, Stephanie worked within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Stephanie is a Registered Dietitian and earned a Master of Public Health in Health Education, as well as her Doctorate in Human Nutrition and Public Policy from Virginia Tech. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in metabolic science at the National Institutes of Health with the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disease. Stephanie is also a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences.

Karly Kelso, Environmental Defense Fund
Karly Kelso is a Director of Climate Resilient Food Systems at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where she builds partnerships to elevate and advocate for the recognition of blue foods in contributing to global nutrition security and in enhancing resiliency to climate change and other global disruptions, like the COVID-19 pandemic. She leads the Secretariat for the Blue/Aquatic Foods Action Coalition established at the 2021 UN Food System Summit. Karly holds a BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University and a Master in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment.

Moderators:
Suzannah Gerber, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Suzannah Gerber is a Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science PhD Student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Suzannah works in clinical research investigating the relationships between food, behavior, and chronic illness at the USDA-Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and the Beatty Liver and Obesity Research Program. Suzannah combines anthropology, psychology, and nutrition science into an identity-informed approach to support healthful diet adoption and maintenance. She hopes to help facilitate multi-sectoral collaborations incorporating nutrition science, media, behavioral theory, and economics. Suzannah is also a well-known chef and media personality-- her critically acclaimed cookbook Plant-Based Gourmet debuted in 2020.

Sadie Dix, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Sadie Dix is a current master’s student at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Before starting her master’s program, she worked within the non-profit sector, focusing on food equity programs. She holds a B.S from the University of Rochester in Brain and Cognitive Science and is passionate about how behavioral science can assist nutritional interventions and food system transformations.

Workshop: Leveraging Nutrition Data for Secondary Analyses (3:00-4:00pm EST)

Description: As the volume and velocity of nutrition and public health data grow exponentially, surveillance systems become even more critical in guiding timely and effective nutrition policies. In this workshop, we discuss strategies for identifying and selecting nutrition and public health data repositories for secondary data analyses. We conclude by presenting the Global Nutrition and Health Atlas (GHNA) interactive data dashboards and a description of metrics for evaluating data quality.

Presenters:
Laura Lara Castor, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Laura Lara-Castor is a doctoral candidate in Nutrition Epidemiology & Data Science at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Her current research focuses on characterizing the sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) intake globally, its association with cardiometabolic disease, and the influence of SSBs taxes on intake, under the mentorship of Dr. Renata Micha and Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. Before starting her doctoral studies, Laura completed a BS in Nutritional Sciences, a MSc in Nutrition and Metabolism, and worked at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico in projects of diet and non-communicable chronic diseases.

Shiwei Liang, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Shiwei (Echo) Liang is a second-year master’s student at Tufts Friedman School, majored in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science. Since 2019, Echo works as a Data Analyst for the Global Nutrition and Health Atlas project here in Friedman, mainly contributing to database management and visualization. Echo’s research interests are mainly about evaluating the cost-effectiveness of nutrition and health interventions from a data analysis perspective. Before she went to Tufts, Echo has worked in telehealth companies for 2 years. Echo also has a Master’s of Arts in Communication Management from Emerson College, focusing on Health Communication.

Yutong Chen, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Yutong is a recent graduate from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy with a master’s in nutrition Intervention, Communication, and Behavior Change. She is currently working as a data analyst in the Global Nutrition and Health Atlas (GNHA) team. She focuses on comparing the current food consumption with sustainable diets and recommended thresholds to understand the consistency between databases and identify the diet gaps. During her study at Tufts, she led a group in the US-China Health Summit, contributed to translating COVID-19 news to mandarin, and prepared self-care toolkits for the elderly population within the community.

Moderators:
Kelly Cara, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Tufts PhD candidate focused on Nutritional Epidemiology and Data Science. Conducting research related to dietary guidelines, healthy diets, popular diets, cognitive health outcomes, and improving nutritional outcomes through household-level food processing. Nutrition researcher, educator, and health-supportive chef passionate about promoting whole-person health and wellness through nutrition and lifestyle habits. Dedicated to environmentally responsible and humane living, sustainability, and volunteerism.

Ayane Ezaki, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Ayane is a second-year dual-degree master’s student at Tufts University, where she is pursuing an MS (Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs) and an MPH (Epidemiology/Biostatistics).  Prior to Tufts, she worked for several years in program management and coordination in the humanitarian sector, where she supported programming related to emergency response, food security, agriculture, nutrition and WASH in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.  Her main research interests are food insecurity and malnutrition in crisis contexts and she currently supports research at Friedman that explores a) community predictors of wasting; b) famine prevention; and c) nutrition intervention impact.  She has a Bachelor’s in Development Studies from Brown University.

Career Talks: Agriculture, Food, and Environment (4:00-5:00pm EST)

Description: This career talk invites researchers, health professionals, and Tufts Alumni from private and public sectors to discuss career opportunities related to Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (AFE). We encourage participants to come with questions for our esteemed guest speakers.

Presenters:
Adriel Hsu-Flanders, Indigo Ag
Adriel Hsu-Flanders is a Product Manager at Indigo Ag, working to develop a high-quality, registry-approved Carbon credit program based in regenerative agricultural practices. His background is in local and regional food systems including restaurants and organic vegetable farming. Adriel got a B.A. in Anthropology at Reed College, and an M.S. in AFE at Tufts Friedman. He grew up in Cambridge, MA and currently lives in Medford with his wife and two cats.

Natalie Kaner, Pure Strategies
Natalie Kaner is a Sustainability Advisor for Pure Strategies, a consulting firm, where she helps clients develop corporate sustainability strategies. Much of her work focuses on responsible sourcing and regenerative agriculture. Prior to this, Natalie worked in strategic sourcing for Stonyfield Farm and Lactalis. She also has experience in the non-profit sector at the IPM Institute of North America, and at a government agency as a Social Research Scientist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Natalie holds an M.S. in Agriculture, Food and Environment from the Friedman School, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Alyssa Melendez, Equal Exchange
Alyssa Melendez is the Avocado Category Manager for Oke USA/Equal Exchange. She joined Oke after earning an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment (AFE) at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in 2019. Before attending Tufts, she spent a year in Hood River, Oregon with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working on food access and outreach programs in collaboration with community leaders, migrant workers, and farmers. From this experience she developed a passion for food sovereignty and ecological justice. This work inspired her to pursue a masters in the AFE program, where she gained a deeper understanding of the food system and the injustices that occur across supply chains. These experiences continue to influence her work today as she navigates the dynamic supply chain of the beloved avocado. 

Christl Li, Ocean Spray Cranberries
Christl is a Regulatory Scientist at Ocean Spray Cranberries, where she looks at sustainability from a regulatory compliance perspective and provides regulatory support to facilitate business growth in Asia.  Christl previously worked on both domestic and international regulatory issues at the Ministry of Transport in Singapore, before her passion for food, agriculture and sustainability led her to pursue an M.S. in Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Tufts University Friedman School.  Christl double-majored in History and Political Science as an undergraduate at Columbia University.

Moderator:
Alexandra Stern, US Environmental Protection Agency
Alex is a fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. She recently completed a Ph.D. at Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in Agriculture, Food and Environment, where her researchfocused on assessing the environmental outcomes of federal food policy implementation. At EPA, she will be working on quantifying the environmental impacts of food waste and determining the benefits of different waste management pathways and opportunitiesfor source reduction. Her research interests include life cycle assessment, food system modeling, and behavioral interventions. Prior to completing a Ph.D., Alex worked as a community advocate in Washington, D.C. supporting food access, nutrition, and food waste recovery programs with D.C. Central Kitchen.

Friday, 04 March 2022

Keynote Address: Nathaniel Newlands (12:00-1:00pm EST)

Description: Agri-food systems face the complex challenge of providing sufficient, accessible, affordable, safe, and nutritious food to support healthy diets, alongside many other value-added products and services. Agriculture plays a major role in achieving global sustainable goals (SDGs) addressing complex, intertwined problems involving water security and quality, land deforestation and degradation, air pollution, pests and disease, and biodiversity loss. The interrelationship of agri-food systems across rural, peri-urban, and urban ecosystems is crucial in devising realistic, effective, and sustainable solutions.

The COVID-19 global emergency provides an opportunity for redesign and transformation in the agricultural sector to build greater resilience and sustainability. Urbanization, in particular, brings major changes in demand for agricultural products, from increasing urban populations, dietary changes, and increases in the demand for shared ecosystem resources. By 2030, 55 percent of the world’s population (projected to reach 8.5 billion) is estimated to reside in urban areas, consuming 70 percent of global food supply. In the next 30 years, a 50 percent increase in urban water demand is anticipated, effectively removing water available for agricultural use.

I will provide a general introduction (not too deep or technical) to data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and big data analytics. I will provide a broad perspective on the potential of AI in helping to solve complex, intertwined problems in agriculture, food, and nutrition science. I will also highlight key opportunities and challenges in achieving greater inclusion, diversity, and equity in how data science is being integrated into operational early warning systems, multi-hazard national disaster risk reduction strategies, and sustainable food policy decision-making.

Keynote Speaker: Nathaniel Newlands, PhD, Summerland Research and Development Centre
Nathaniel K. Newlands is a Research Scientist with the Government of Canada (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Statistics Canada) based at the Summerland Research and Development Centre in British Columbia, Canada. He is an Adjunct Professor in Geography with the University of Victoria, Canada. Nathaniel's research work addresses public-good food-water-energy nexus issues and tackles broad, integrated, complex global problems to help support and advance global sustainable development. He is currently conducting research in climate-smart agriculture and developing novel models and tools using artificial intelligence and satellite data to improve forecasting of agricultural crop yield, disease risk, and extreme event impacts.

Moderators:
Emily Sanchez, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CLC, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Captain Emily Sanchez, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CLC is a United States Army, Active-Duty Registered Dietitian with 8+ years of military service.  She has held a variety of leadership positions in clinical nutrition, community and outpatient nutrition and worked on multidisciplinary teams to support military patient populations that range from tactical Soldier athletes to wounded warriors.  In March 2020, she was mobilized with the 11th Field Hospital to New York City in response to COVID-19 and stood up Nutrition Operations at the Javits New York Medical Station. She is now in her second year at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in the Nutritional Epidemiology and Data Science doctoral program as part of the Army’s Long-term Health and Education Training program.

Ryan Simpson, PhD '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Ryan is a second year PhD candidate at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy pursuing a degree in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science (May 2022). His published works focus on infectious disease time series modeling and applications for real-time outbreak surveillance and forecasting, particularly for enteric and respiratory illnesses. Recent works center on techniques for assessing publicly reported surveillance data quality, analytic methods for modeling seasonal outbreak features, and techniques for modeling signatures of emerging outbreak threats such as SARS-CoV-2.

Panel: Nutrition Responses During the COVID-19 Pandemic (1:00-2:00pm EST)

Description: Within the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity doubled and 1 in 4 persons lacked access to sufficient food resources. Almost two years later, food insecurity concerns persist. In this panel, we discuss strategies for providing emergency nutrition services within and across public health sectors and agencies. We identify populations most impacted, disparities in nutrition services and food access, and ongoing efforts to improve food security nationwide.

Presenters:
Emily Sanchez, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CLC, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Captain Emily Sanchez, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CLC is a United States Army, Active-Duty Registered Dietitian with 8+ years of military service.  She has held a variety of leadership positions in clinical nutrition, community and outpatient nutrition and worked on multidisciplinary teams to support military patient populations that range from tactical Soldier athletes to wounded warriors.  In March 2020, she was mobilized with the 11th Field Hospital to New York City in response to COVID-19 and stood up Nutrition Operations at the Javits New York Medical Station. She is now in her second year at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in the Nutritional Epidemiology and Data Science doctoral program as part of the Army’s Long-term Health and Education Training program.

Meredith Niles, PhD, University of Vermont
Meredith Niles, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and the Food Systems Program at the University of Vermont and serves as the Associate Director of the University of Vermont’s Food Systems Research Center, a joint effort with the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.  She is a founding member and director of the National Food Access and COVID research Team (NFACT), a consortium of researchers from 18 study sites in 15 states examining the impact of COVID-19 on food security and access.  Her interdisciplinary research in food systems, health and environment examines how to achieve sustainable food security.

Adriene Worthington, MEd, RDN, LDN, The Greater Boston Food Bank
Adriene Worthington, MEd, RDN, LDN, Director of Nutrition Programs, joined GBFB in January 2010. Her responsibilities include overseeing activities such as nutrition analysis of inventory, the creation of public-facing materials, managing the food bank’s online recipe database and blog Click ‘N Cook, and ensuring internal compliance with the Food Bank’s formal Nutrition Policy. She oversees the SNAP team’s advocacy, outreach, and application assistance. She received her Master of Education from Framingham State University, her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Simmons University and has an Associate Degree in Culinary Science from Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Le Cordon Bleu.

Geraldine Henchy, MPH, Food Research and Action Center
Geraldine Henchy is the Director of Nutrition Policy at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). FRAC is a research, policy, public education, and advocacy center working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and improve the nutrition and health of low-income individuals and families. Ms. Henchy directs FRAC’s nutrition policy work. Ms. Henchy is the co-author of the recently released FRAC report, Hunger, Poverty, and Health Disparities During COVID-19 and the Federal Nutrition Programs’ Role in an Equitable Recovery, which examines the linkages between hunger, poverty, health, and equity during the pandemic. She is also the author of “Making WIC Work Better: Strategies to Reach More Women and Children and Strengthen Benefits Use” and other publications. Ms. Henchy was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review the Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Requirements. She is the current chair of the policy committee of the American Public Health Association’s Food and Nutrition Section and is a member of USDA’s Paperwork Reduction Work Group.

Moderator:
Caroline Andrews, MS '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Caroline Andrews is currently pursuing her MS in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tufts University. She received her BS in Food Science from Clemson University. For five years she worked in private-label product development, most recently with Whole Foods Market in Austin, TX. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Tufts Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute on a project in conjunction with the Seeding the Future Foundation. Her research interests focus on value-added food product development, crop loss reduction, and supply chain improvements.

Panel: Data Curation, Ethics, and Governance (1:00-2:00pm EST)

Description: As the volume and velocity of nutrition and public health data grow, techniques for timely, efficient, and reliable curation, storage, and dissemination of data become ever more important. This requires the improvement of techniques in curating spatiotemporally refined health records, storing records in ways conducive for long-term reuse by public health professionals, and clearly defining the governance of data with respect to ownership, maintenance, and growth. In this session, we will discuss the interrelationships between data curation, ethnics, and governance at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Presenters:
Elena Naumova, PhD, Tufts University Friedman School
Elena N. Naumova, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science Division at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. Her research focuses on the impacts of natural disasters, climate change, and extreme weather on health and nutrition of public vulnerable populations. She is the elected member of the International Statistical Institute and served on scientific panels for national and international governmental agencies. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health Policy and the advisory board member for International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Alexandra Kulinkina, PhD, MS, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Alexandra Kulinkina, PhD, MS, is a researcher and public health professional. She has worked in eHealth towards interconnected and interoperable data systems that support patient-centered care in various countries for the past 5 years. Alexandra currently coordinates a digital health project introducing a tablet-based clinical decision support system into nearly 100 primary health facilities. The project involves a large multidisciplinary team of software developers, clinicians, researchers, and field staff working in Switzerland, Rwanda and Tanzania. Alexandra previously led the M&E, research, and medical informatics initiatives at Partners in Health (PIH) in Malawi and Sierra Leone. This work was on electronic medical records across various health programs (e.g. HIV, NCDs) and mobile health applications for community health workers.

Eileen Kennedy, PhD, Tufts University Friedman School
Eileen Kennedy is a former dean of the Friedman School. Currently a professor at the School, Kennedy's research interests include assessing the health, nutrition, diet and food security impacts of policies and programs; nutrient density and diet diversity; and agriculture nutrition linkages. She is a member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the UN Committee on World Food Security. Formerly a member of the UN SCN Advisory Group on Nutrition. She founded and was the first Executive Director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. She created the Healthy Eating Index which is used as a single summary measure of diet quality. She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on Food Security and Nutrition.

Moderator:
Ryan Simpson, PhD '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Ryan is a second year PhD candidate at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy pursuing a degree in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science (May 2022). His published works focus on infectious disease time series modeling and applications for real-time outbreak surveillance and forecasting, particularly for enteric and respiratory illnesses. Recent works center on techniques for assessing publicly reported surveillance data quality, analytic methods for modeling seasonal outbreak features, and techniques for modeling signatures of emerging outbreak threats such as SARS-CoV-2.

Panel: Dietary Supplements: Benefits and Controversies (2:00-3:00pm EST)

Description: Approximately 60% of Americans consume vitamins or supplements daily yet only ~20% consume the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. In this panel, we discuss the benefits and controversies of dietary supplements including their regulation, labeling, and consumer interpretation of labeling. Panelists discuss common conditions for supplementation usage, potential dangers of supplement misuse, and expected trends in supplement regulation and consumer purchasing in coming years.

Presenters:
Johanna Dwyer, DSc, MSc, RD, Francis Stern Nutrition Center of Tufts Medical Center
Dr. Dwyer’s career has been devoted to expanding the scientific basis for clinical and public health interventions related to diet, especially in obesity, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease, and to ensuring that public policy fosters such efforts. She agrees with the view of her mentor, Jean Mayer, the late president of Tufts University, that nutrition is not only a discipline but an agenda of problems that must be solved.

Lucas Duppler, MS, RD, Nordic Naturals
Lucas Duppler, Product Development Manager at Nordic Naturals. Nordic is a vertically integrated supplement manufacturer & distributor known for our Omega-3 offerings. Previous to working at Nordic, Lucas worked for Whole Foods (w/ Caroline) as a Product Developer on their 365 & Whole Foods Market brand supplement products. He is a registered dietitian that has worked in the supplement industry for 10 years, working everywhere from college athletics to dairy manufacturing, & branded products on the shelf.

Mei Chung, MPH, PhD, Tufts University Friedman School
Dr. Mei Chung has more than a decade of experience conducting complex systematic reviews to support policy and guideline developments. Before her transition to Tufts University, Dr. Chung was Assistant Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality designated Evidence-based Practice Center at Tufts Medical Center. She is lead author or co-author of more than 40 evidence reports (i.e., large, complex systematic reviews). Throughout her work, her analyses have informed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s clinical guidelines; coverage decisions for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act; and nutrition recommendations, such as the Dietary Reference Intake values and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Taylor Wallace, PhD, Think Healthy Group
Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN, is Principal and CEO at the Think Healthy Group and a Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. His academic research interests are in the area of nutritional interventions to promote health and prevent health and the onset of chronic disease. Dr. Wallace has a PhD an MS in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University and a BS in Food Science from the University of Kentucky. He operates the popular food and nutrition blog, www.DrTaylorWallace.com, is a member of Forbes Health Advisory Board, and a regular guest commentator in the mainstream media, regularly seen on the Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and NBC4 Washington.

Paul Jacques, ScD, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)
Paul F. Jacques, ScD, is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader of the Nutritional Epidemiology Team at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University and Professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Since receiving his doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health more than 30 years ago, Dr. Jacques has applied his knowledge of epidemiology to the study of nutrition and aging at the HNRCA. His research interests include B vitamins, hydration, whole grains, diet patterns and diet quality, and their relation to maintenance of metabolic, cognitive and physical function with aging. Dr. Jacques has published more than 340 peer-reviewed manuscripts of original research. His current research projects includes studies of vitamin B vitamin status and incident dementia, cardiometabolic impact of low carbohydrate diets, and water intake and hydration and cardiometabolic health.

Moderators:
Haihan Zeng, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Haihan Zeng is a second-year Master’s student at Tufts University, pursuing MS in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition and MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Starting from Summer 2021, she works on an epigenomic project with Dr. Chao-Qiang Lai in the Nutrition and Genomics Lab of the HNRCA. She also has experience in the fields of global health and computational chemistry. Her primary research interests are molecular mechanisms of nutrients, inflammation, and cardiovascular diseases. She finished her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Otterbein University.

Xu Jiang, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Xu Jiang is a candidate for the master’s in science degree and public health degree at Tufts University. She is currently the research assistant at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and had experiences in systematic review with Dr. Mei Chung. During her journey at Tufts, she is seeking to better understand the relationships between food and nutrition intake and disease outcome. Her interest includes epidemiology, data analysis and interpretation, and the development of research tools.

Workshop: Visualizing Complexity: The Importance of Dynamic Maps (2:00-3:00pm EST)

Description: Dynamic maps condense spatial and temporal information into a single animated image and can be used to investigate complex global health crises. In this workshop, we describe the process of generating dynamic maps and important visual properties necessary to consider when producing such visuals. We conclude by presenting applications of dynamic maps in nutrition, public health, and global health disciplines.

Presenters:
Bingjie Zhou, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Bingjie is a first-year Ph.D. student at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy pursuing a degree in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science. She worked as a data analyst at Friedman school for two years before joining the Ph.D., where she contributed to launching the Global Nutrition and Health Atlas (GNHA) in 2021. She has expertise in collecting, cleaning, and analyzing publicly available nutrition and health data and creating interactive dashboards in Tableau. Her current research primarily focuses on precision nutrition at the population, individual and genetic levels.

Kyle Monahan, Tufts University
Kyle enjoys using data science, remote sensing, and spatial statistics to analyze big, messy data and complex environmental and social systems, and teach these techniques to all. He is currently the Senior Data Science Specialist at Tufts University, providing statistical consulting, data visualization and high-performance computing (HPC) support. He has co-taught various courses at Harvard Extension since 2014 and has been a Lecturer in Data Analytics at the Tufts Gordon Institute since 2019. You can learn more about his work at www.kylemonahan.info, and selected publications via Google Scholar.

Abigail Larson, BS '23, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences
Abigail Larson is a third-year undergraduate student at Tufts University studying Computer Science and Mathematics. She is particularly interested in the applications of data science to health-related fields, such as epidemiology and medicine. The summer of 2021 Abigail participated in the Diamonds T-Tripods Research Experience for Undergraduates, a research opportunity for undergraduates interested in data science. In this program, she focused primarily on synthesizing dynamic maps to better display spatial-temporal trends of COVID-19 infections.

Moderator:
Ryan Simpson, PhD '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Ryan is a second year PhD candidate at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy pursuing a degree in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science (May 2022). His published works focus on infectious disease time series modeling and applications for real-time outbreak surveillance and forecasting, particularly for enteric and respiratory illnesses. Recent works center on techniques for assessing publicly reported surveillance data quality, analytic methods for modeling seasonal outbreak features, and techniques for modeling signatures of emerging outbreak threats such as SARS-CoV-2.

Emily Sanchez, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CLC, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Captain Emily Sanchez, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CLC is a United States Army, Active-Duty Registered Dietitian with 8+ years of military service.  She has held a variety of leadership positions in clinical nutrition, community and outpatient nutrition and worked on multidisciplinary teams to support military patient populations that range from tactical Soldier athletes to wounded warriors.  In March 2020, she was mobilized with the 11th Field Hospital to New York City in response to COVID-19 and stood up Nutrition Operations at the Javits New York Medical Station. She is now in her second year at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in the Nutritional Epidemiology and Data Science doctoral program as part of the Army’s Long-term Health and Education Training program.

Student Oral Presentations: Session 2 (3:00-4:00pm EST)

Presenters:
Ric Bayly, Public Health Consultant
Ric Bayly is a Consultant in public health with expertise in epidemiology and GIS/spatial analysis in domains including nutrition, substance use disorder, Covid, and other public health issues. Bayly is currently consulting in North Carolina on spatial analysis and mapping of substance use related data. A 2022 MS graduate of the Friedman School and MPH graduate of the Tufts School of Medicine, Bayly is also Research Assistant in the GIS/Spatial Analysis lab of Dr. Thomas Stopka in the Tufts Public Health and Community Medicine Department and Program Coordinator for the Tufts Research for Equity in Health, Wealth, and Civic Engagement Cluster.

Johanna Marie C. dela Cruz, University of Santo Tomas
Johanna is a fourth-year student at University of Santo Tomas (Philippines) pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Aside from being a proactive student venturing into different activities inside and outside of the classroom, she is also a reliable student leader adored by many. Her interest in public health nutrition began when she initially volunteered in a community development program during her freshman year. From this experience, she learned the value of nutrition and the importance of delivering nutrition education, especially in a poverty-stricken community. Then on, she became active in participating and organizing outreach programs on nutrition. She also engages in different nutrition organizations in and out of the country including lectures/webinars, research conferences, and case study presentations. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she intends to apply to graduate school to further her knowledge in Public Health and Nutrition.

Vishruthi Palanivel, New York Institute of Technology
Vishruthi Palanivel is a first-year medical student at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated as an Honors Scholar from the University of Connecticut (UConn) in 2019 with a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology and Psychology, along with a minor in Neuroscience. Following her undergraduate studies, she worked as a medical scribe and for UConn Undergraduate Admissions. She volunteers at the UConn Connecticut Convergence Institute Community Outreach Project, where she helped build an indoor community vegetable garden and developed nutritional learning modules for community education during the pandemic (summer 2020). She also facilitated data collection for the current presentation.

Zhongqi Fan, Tufts University Friedman School
Zhongqi Fan is a second-year master's student in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science. After working as a registered dietitian for two years in Canada, she became interested in helping more people with her passion and skill. Without any previous experience in data, she can fluently conduct data analysis using R, SAS, and STATA. She also obtains data visualization skills with R and Tableau while studying at Tufts. When she's not in front of the screen, she enjoys doing yoga and cooking.

Tung-Lin Liu, University of Vermont
Tung-Lin is a Ph.D. student in food systems at the University of Vermont. He is interested in applying computational and data science to studying dietary patterns and food choices. His dissertation examines the co-evolution of food biodiversity by tracing what and where food is grown, sold, and eaten from three interrelated scales – global, regional and individual. His goal is to identify intervention points during different steps of the food system, balancing the trade-off between human, societal, and planetary health. Before joining UVM, he worked in education development in Southeast Asia.

Moderator:
Breanne Langlois, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Current doctoral candidate in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science. Research interests are in how climate changes are impacting global food security and nutrition, spatial and epidemiological data linkages, and the application of dynamic mapping. Over 10 years of research and analytic experience including work on large-scale field trials in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone as part of the Food Aid Quality Review project. Former Tufts Institute of the Environment fellow focusing on developing a flood vulnerability metric. Current NSF and NIFA fellow focusing on addressing data gaps to study recurring flooding and impacts on household food access in Indonesia.

Panel: Nutrition Resilience During International Humanitarian Crises (4:00-5:00pm EST)

Description: The Somali famine in 2017-18 called into question the ‘nutrition resilience’ of the poorest, most marginalized, and often crisis-prone populations worldwide. In this panel, we discuss the strategies for identifying, assessing, and responding to food insecurity, famine, and malnutrition with populations experiencing humanitarian emergencies. We also discuss outstanding concerns and future research needs for building improved nutrition resilience in the coming decade.

Presenters:
Nika Larian, PhD, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Dr. Nika Larian is a current AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and Food Systems Advisor in the Center for Nutrition within the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. Nika received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2019. Her doctoral research explored the effects of environment pollutants on human health. At USAID, Nika serves as Activity Manager for EatSafe, a program focused on improving access to safe and nutritious foods in traditional markets. Nika is the current Chair of the Interagency Food Safety Technical Working Group.

Anastasia Marshak, PhD, Feinstein International Center
Anastasia Marshak is a senior researcher at the Feinstein International Center. Her work focuses on programmatic impact and the causes of malnutrition in Africa’s drylands. Anastasia brings expertise in quantitative analysis, research design, and nutrition. Prior to joining Feinstein, Anastasia worked for the MIT Poverty Action Lab and the World Bank in Sierra Leone. She holds a B.S. in quantitative economics and international relations from Tufts University, an M.A. in economics from Boston University, and a Ph.D. from the Friedman School of Nutrition in the Food Policy and Nutrition program, with a focus on humanitarian assistance.

Maria Wrabel, Action Against Hunger USA
Maria Wrabel is a research project coordinator for Action Against Hunger USA, where she leads an upcoming study in Ethiopia on approaches to improve acute malnutrition treatment, funded by Power of Nutrition and UNICEF. Prior to this role, she worked with Action Against Hunger as a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow in South Sudan and the US, and as a cash and livelihoods assessment officer with the REACH Initiative in Iraq. She holds an MS in Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs from the Friedman School at Tufts University, and an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics.

Moderators:
Ayane Ezaki, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Ayane is a second-year dual-degree master’s student at Tufts University, where she is pursuing an MS (Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs) and an MPH (Epidemiology/Biostatistics).  Prior to Tufts, she worked for several years in program management and coordination in the humanitarian sector, where she supported programming related to emergency response, food security, agriculture, nutrition and WASH in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.  Her main research interests are food insecurity and malnutrition in crisis contexts and she currently supports research at Friedman that explores a) community predictors of wasting; b) famine prevention; and c) nutrition intervention impact.  She has a Bachelor’s in Development Studies from Brown University.

Lorna Harp, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Lorna is a second-year graduate student at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, pursuing a degree in Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs. Prior to graduate school, she worked for several years in project operations for a food security and famine early warning program which monitored agroclimatology, markets, and cropping seasons across sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and Central America. Her main interests include micronutrient supplementation and large-scale fortification efforts. She is currently working on the nutrition team at Results for Development to improve sustainable nutrition program financing, track donor funding flows, and integrate nutrition and current health systems.

Workshop: Time Series Analyses: Methods and Applications (4:00-5:00pm EST)

Description: Time series analyses are a collection of methods used to describe, explain, and predict temporal processes and can be used to assess spatiotemporal patterns of infections. In this workshop, we discuss basic principles of performing time series analyses with particular emphasis on their use for defining and quantifying features of seasonal outbreak signatures. We conclude by providing examples of how time series analyses can be applied in nutrition science research.

Presenters:
Ryan Simpson, PhD '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Ryan is a second year PhD candidate at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy pursuing a degree in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science (May 2022). His published works focus on infectious disease time series modeling and applications for real-time outbreak surveillance and forecasting, particularly for enteric and respiratory illnesses. Recent works center on techniques for assessing publicly reported surveillance data quality, analytic methods for modeling seasonal outbreak features, and techniques for modeling signatures of emerging outbreak threats such as SARS-CoV-2.

Elena Naumova, PhD, Tufts University Friedman School
Elena N. Naumova, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science Division at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. Her research focuses on the impacts of natural disasters, climate change, and extreme weather on health and nutrition of public vulnerable populations. She is the elected member of the International Statistical Institute and served on scientific panels for national and international governmental agencies. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health Policy and the advisory board member for International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Moderator: Maia Tarnas, PhD '25, University of California, Irvine
Maia is a Doctoral Student in Global Health at the University of California, Irvine. Her interests center on the effects of conflict on health with a focus on conflicts in the Middle East, infectious diseases, weaponization of health, and epidemiological trends. She previously coordinated a Massachusetts-wide tuberculosis medication access program through Community Research Initiative. Maia earned her BA from Tufts University in Community Health and Middle Eastern Studies.

Career Talks: Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science (5:00-6:00pm EST)

Description: This career talk invites researchers, health professionals, and Tufts Alumni from private and public sectors to discuss career opportunities related to Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science (NEDS) as well as Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (BMN). We encourage participants to come with questions for our esteemed guest speakers.

Presenters:
Kim Nguyen, PhD, Tufts University School of Medicine
I have worked for over 10 years in government and academia, on public health topics ranging from tobacco and asthma control to global health and immunizations. Currently, my research focus is on vaccine hesitancy, vaccination coverage, disparities, as well as survey design and methodology. I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, but have been living in Georgia for over ten years.

Lauren Sallade, MS, Motif FoodWorks, Inc.
Lauren Sallade is a Food Science Technologist at Motif FoodWorks: a plant-based food technology startup in Boston focused on rational food design to improve product nutrition and sensory experience. Her work incorporates materials science, fundamental physics, and analytical chemistry to research and understand food ingredient behavior and its relationship to consumer approval. She graduated with an MS in Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School (a fellow of the Tufts Initiative for Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases) and a BS in Biochemistry from Georgetown University.

Lee Margolis, PhD, RD, CSCS, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
Dr. Lee M Margolis began his nutrition research career as a uniformed dietitian in the US Army Medical Specialist Corps stationed in the Military Nutrition Division at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM).There heled field studies assessing the energy needs of Special Operations Forces during various training scenarios. After leaving the military, Dr. Margolis received his doctoral degree in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition from Tufts University, where he studied under Roger Fielding in the Nutrition, Exercise, Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory. Dr. Margolis is currently a Nutrition Physiologist in the Military Nutrition Division at the USARIEM. His research program aims at determining nutrition and pharmacological interventions to optimize carbohydrate metabolism to enhance physical performance of modern Warfighters during and in recovery from sustained dietary inadequacy, heavy physical activity, and environmental exposure. Dr. Margolis investigates nutritional needs of Warfighters through assessment of whole-body metabolism and skeletal muscle molecular metabolic responses to exercise, nutritional manipulation, and exposure to environmental extremes. He is the chair of the Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism Research Interest Section in the American Society for Nutrition, and a member of American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kees Schipper, MS, McMaster-Carr
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, and graduated with an M.S. in NEDS from Friedman. While at Friedman, I took part in research performing PCA, factor, and cluster analysis on dietary patterns, and spent the bulk of my time researching weekly cycles and seasonality of U.S. COVID-19 infection, vaccination, and death data. I currently work for McMaster-Carr as a Systems Engineer in cybersecurity. In the past I’ve enjoyed programming in SAS, R, and a little bit of Python, along with some tidbits in PowerShell. I also played soccer in undergrad and am trying to play as much as I can in frigid Chicago.

Moderators:
Kristin Leonberg, MS, RD, CSR, CDCES, Sanofi Genzyme
Kristin has been a registered dietitian for over 15 years and holds certifications as a specialist in renal nutrition and a certified diabetes care and education specialist. She has worked at Sanofi Genzyme for the past 10 years and is a PhD student in the NEDS program. Her research interests include dietary patterns among individuals with chronic kidney disease.

Saturday, 05 March 2022

Student Oral Presentations: Session 3 (9:00-10:00am EST)

Presenters:
Nick Rose, University of Vermont
Nick is a graduate student at the University of Vermont, pursuing a PhD in Food Systems, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Public Health. Nick’s research focuses on how food policy can help create healthier food environments, and he uses mixed methods to explore the “clean labeling” trend, and how food labels can help and hinder consumer food choices for personal and planetary health. After completing his PhD, Nick hopes to teach nutrition and food systems courses, and to continue advocating for a sustainable food system that that supports healthy eating patterns for all.

Cristina Gago, MPH, CHES, T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Cristina Gago is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Health Nutrition at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her dissertation examines the barriers that caregivers face to accessing resources and services for the promotion of healthy weight in young children from low-income households. Although many resources, such as those offered by WIC and Head Start, exist for family health promotion, underutilization is common. Through her work, she hopes to identify key opportunities to increase service uptake by improving intervention implementation.

Bahar Bakhshi, University of Arizona
Master's student in Nutritional Sciences at the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness, the University of Arizona. Collaborating as a Research Assistant at the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences in Tehran, Iran beginning in 2018. Within the framework of the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study (TLGS), a large prospective study aiming to identify and prevent non-communicable disease risk factors in the Iranian population. Contributed to conducting studies assessing the association between dietary food groups and patterns with metabolic syndrome risk, in addition to evaluating gene-diet interactions. Overarching research goal is applying nutritional epidemiological data to precision health concepts.

Oyedolapo Anyanwu, Tufts University Friedman School
Dolapo Anyanwuis a PhD candidate at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, in the Nutrition Interventions Communication & Behavior Change program, having obtained her MS from the same school and program track. Her research interests focusonmixed methods approachesto understanding the links between dietary behaviors and cardiovascular disease risk factors among adults in lower-middle income countries (LMICs),with a view to designing micro and macro-level prevention interventions that are informed and grounded in behavior change theories. Prior to her current studies at Tufts, Dolapo earned her BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) from Gordon College in 2015. She served as the presidential fellow to the Provost from 2014 to 2015. She currently lives in South-Hamilton, MA.

Zeinabalsadat Houshialsadat, Research Institute of Endocrine Science
Zeinab obtained a joint Bachelor of Nutrition Sciences from Northumbria University Newcastle, United Kingdom, and Shahid Beheshti Medical University, Iran in 2020. In 2021, she was awarded the European Union Excellence Scholarship and is currently undertaking a Master of Public Health at University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, and a Master of Epidemiology and Advanced Biostatistics at Ecole des hautes études en santé publique, Paris, France. Prior to embarking on her postgraduate studies, Zeinab served as a research assistant at the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences, Tehran, Iran, and collaborated with the NNFTRI WHO-Collaborative Center as an International Coordinator Assistant. 

Moderator:
Suzannah Gerber, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Suzannah Gerber is a Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science PhD Student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Suzannah works in clinical research investigating the relationships between food, behavior, and chronic illness at the USDA-Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and the Beatty Liver and Obesity Research Program. Suzannah combines anthropology, psychology, and nutrition science into an identity-informed approach to support healthful diet adoption and maintenance. She hopes to help facilitate multi-sectoral collaborations incorporating nutrition science, media, behavioral theory, and economics. Suzannah is also a well-known chef and media personality-- her critically acclaimed cookbook Plant-Based Gourmet debuted in 2020.

Career Talks: Dietetics and Nutrition Communications (10:00-11:00am EST)

Description: This career talk invites researchers, health professionals, and Tufts Alumni from private and public sectors to discuss career opportunities related to Nutrition Interventions, Communications, and Behavior Change (NICBC) and Dietetics. We encourage participants to come with questions for our esteemed guest speakers.

Presenters:
Ayten Salahi, GI-Specialized and Monash Certified FODMAP Dietitian
Ayten Salahi, MS, RDN is a GI-specialized and Monash-trained dietitian, culinary nutritionist, and intersectional food policy advocate. Through her practice, Aysa Nutrition, Ayten works with individuals following, or aspiring to follow, plant-based diets while managing chronic GI conditions using a sustainable and weight-inclusive lens. She also founded the Planetary Health Collective (PHC) in 2019 with the aim to leverage the powerful role of food and nutrition professionals in the fight for equitable food and climate action.

Julianna Jayne, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
Major Julianna Jayne is a Principal Investigator and the Military Deputy Chief of the Military Nutrition Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, MA. She has been a registered dietitian for 14 years and has been in a research role since 2018.Her research focuses on the eating behaviors of Soldiers and factors that influence body weight status, nutrition-related health outcomes, and military readiness. MAJ Jayne has multiple ongoing research studies and publications on these topics.

Joe Frost, US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Commander Joe Frost started his professional career as a dietetic intern with the U.S. Army. After completing assignments in Texas, Washington State, and Germany, he transferred to the U.S. Public Health Service where he served as a diabetes project manager in Alaska while finishing his master’s degree in Public Health. He later accepted a field investigator position with the FDA in Vermont where he focused on manufactured food inspections; eventually becoming a food specialist. In 2019, he joined FDA’s CFSAN where he directs compliance actions related to FDA’s Produce Safety Rule.

Agnes Kwon, MS, RD, LDN, NYC Health + Hospitals
Agnes is a Chicago-raised, East Coast-trained registered dietitian currently in New York City. She works with pediatric patients, from newborns to 21 years old, along with their families to help achieve their nutrition goals. She previously gained experience in working with families at Women Infants and Children (WIC) in Chicago. Agnes graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences and then moved on to complete the combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship at Friedman with the Tufts Medical Center’s Frances Stern Nutrition Center.

Moderator:
Mengxi Du, MS, MPH, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Mengxi is a PhD candidate enrolled in the Nutritional Epidemiology and Data Science program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Mengxi is passionate about investigating nutrition as a modifiable factor for promoting healthy eating and the wellbeing of cancer survivors and the general population. She actively participated in research that evaluated nutritional needs and barriers experienced by adult cancer survivors, the feasibility of nutrition intervention in pediatric cancer patients, and dietary intake or diet quality in association with cancer survival outcomes. Her current research focused on studying the impact of food intake, nutrition policies, and nutrition interventions on cancer and cardiometabolic diseases in the US. Prior to her doctoral training, Mengxi graduated from Tufts with a Master of Nutrition Science in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition and a Master of Public Health specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. After graduation, she received clinically focused dietetic training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and became a Registered Dietitian in 2018.

Student Oral Presentations: Session 4 (11:00am-12:00pm EST)

Presenters:
Elena Martinez, Tufts University Friedman School

I am a PhD Candidate at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. My research focuses on connections between agriculture, nutrition, and health. I am currently working with Dr. William Masters on the Innovative Methods and Metrics for Nutrition Actions(IMMANA) project and the Food Prices for Nutrition project. Before starting my doctorate, I worked as a research analyst for the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health(A4NH) at the International Food Policy Research Institute(IFPRI) in Washington, DC, where I focused on connections between agriculture, nutrition, and gender and developing measures of women's empowerment. I also worked as a senior research analyst at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy(CDDEP) in Washington, DC, where I focused on antimicrobial resistance.

Khawlah Kheshaifaty, Louisiana State University
Khawlah Kheshaifaty is a Graduate Research Assistant and a PhD Student in Human Nutrition at Louisiana State University (LSU) and LSU-Agricultural Center (LSUAgCenter). My research focus on improving policy system and environment (PSE) and promoting consumers' purchasing behaviors in food stores.

Salauddin Tauseef, University of Manchester
Salauddin Tauseef has over twelve years of experience undertaking applied economic research and analysis in Development Economics. He is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, UK funded by the School of Social Sciences Economics studentship. Tauseef is also currently a Consultant at the World Bank for the Gender and Adolescent: Global Evidence (GAGE) program in the South Asian Gender Innovation Lab. Motivated by his passion for evidence-based policymaking, his current research focuses on evaluation of anti-poverty programs with respect to its impact on poverty, education, health, and gender issues. Previously, he has worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) across a wide spectrum of policy areas. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics degree, specializing in Development Economics from the University of California-Riverside, USA.

Nila Pradhananga, Louisiana State University
My name is Nila Pradhananga (she/her). I am a third year PhD student at Louisiana State University and am a part of the Built Environments & Health Equity Lab(BEHE) research group working under Dr. Bailey Houghtaling at LSU. I completed my Bachelor’s in Nutrition from McNeese State University in Louisiana and worked as a clinical Nutrition staff at Baptist Health South Florida following graduation. My research interest focuses on food and physical activity environments related policies, and their impact in rural communities. My research interest lies on learning how national, local, or state policies shapes the community food and physical environment and explore the idea of development, sustainability, and maintenance of these policies. I believe that focus on systems, environment, and public policy change within organization at community and state level is very important as complex factors beyond personal decisions strongly influence dietary patterns and food choices.

Moderator:
Ayane Ezaki, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Ayane is a second-year dual-degree master’s student at Tufts University, where she is pursuing an MS (Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs) and an MPH (Epidemiology/Biostatistics).  Prior to Tufts, she worked for several years in program management and coordination in the humanitarian sector, where she supported programming related to emergency response, food security, agriculture, nutrition and WASH in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.  Her main research interests are food insecurity and malnutrition in crisis contexts and she currently supports research at Friedman that explores a) community predictors of wasting; b) famine prevention; and c) nutrition intervention impact.  She has a Bachelor’s in Development Studies from Brown University.

Student Oral Presentations: Session 5 (11:00am-12:00pm EST)

Presenters:
Inmaculada Aguilera Buenosvinos, University of Navarra

Inmaculada is currently a third year-PhD student in biomedicine and applied medicine at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Navarra, Pamplona. Her research focuses on exploring the association between diet and breast cancer development within the framework of the SUN Project (Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra cohort study) and the Lifebreast Clinical Trial (a nutritional intervention randomized trial with Mediterranean Diet for the prevention of relapses among women with early breast cancer). I am particularly interested in applying nutritional epidemiology and statistical methods to better understand the complex association between dietary factors and breast cancer risk and for implementing health strategies and policies at the public health level. Next year will be my doctoral dissertation.

Kenny Mendoza,  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Kenny Mendoza holds a BS degree in Nutritional Sciences and completed his Master of Nutritional Science at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health (INSP). He is currently a doctoral student in Nutritional Epidemiology in the Nutrition Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Recent Kenny’s research focuses on exploring the role of the intense multi-step industrialization involved in the production of ultra-processed foods and the consumption of these products, as well as of other eating behaviors in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in the Hispanic/Latino population and other major racial/ethnic groups in the US.

Limbikira Wasambo, RD, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Limbikira is currently pursuing master’s degree by research in Clinical Dietetics at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Bunda College in Malawi, Africa. Through his research, he hopes to bring new and reliable ways of determining total body energy expenditure and collecting anthropometric data without the use of sophisticated equipment. He is a Registered Dietitian and is currently working as Clinical Dietitian at Mzuzu Central Hospital in Malawi. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dietetics, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Food Science.

Mirjana Stevanovic, Dartmouth College
Mina is a PhD candidate in the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Program at Dartmouth. Her research in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Schultz at Geisel School of Medicine focuses on the dynamics of bacterial responses to antibiotics. She uses computational and experimental approaches to study the role of stochasticity in gene expression and cell survival in the context of antibiotic resistance. She also serves as a biostatistical consultant for clinical and translational researchers at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Carrie Standage-Beier, MPH, RDN, University of Arizona
Carrie Standage-Beier is a public health nutrition professional and Registered Dietitian with a background in developing and teaching population specific evidenced-based nutrition, fitness, and health curricula. Currently, Carrie is a first year Nutritional Sciences PhD student at the University of Arizona School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness. Her doctoral research is with El Banco por Salud (Wellness Biobank) and the Diabetes Prevention Program studying the association between nutrition/health literacy and metabolic syndrome/prediabetes while applying a precision nutrition profile.

Moderator:
Emily Yeo, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Emily is a 2nd year masters student in the Biomolecular and Chemical Nutrition program at the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy. Her recent master’s research has utilized bioinformatic tools to better understand how dietary carbohydrate consumption alters the to the gut microbiome. Her previous work focused on adipocyte insulin signaling pathways in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Going forward, Emily will be working on the integration of multiple biomarkers to better understand metabolic health.

Career Talks: Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs (12:00-1:00pm EST)

Description: This career talk invites researchers, health professionals, and Tufts Alumni from private and public sectors to discuss career opportunities related to Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs (FANPP). We encourage participants to come with questions for our esteemed guest speakers.

Presenters:
Laura Carroll, Food and Drug Administration
Laura Carroll is a Senior Policy Advisor in CFSAN’s Office of Executive Programs and is the Chief Implementation Manager for FDA’s nutrition work. She is responsible for managing and overseeing the development and execution of FDA’s high-priority nutrition policy efforts, including voluntary sodium reduction targets, updating labeling regulations such as the nutrient content claim “healthy,” and providing recommendations around the labeling of plant-based alternatives. Laura initially joined FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs in 2013 as a Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to returning to FDA in 2018, Laura was a Nutritionist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service where she led the development and revision of the nutrition policy requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and developed the Summer Food Service Program's Turnip the Beet Award Program. She received her B.A. in Sociology from St. Mary's College of Maryland and received an MS-Nutrition/MPH from Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Tufts' School of Medicine.

Sarah McClung, Helen Keller International
Sarah McClung is the nutrition technical advisor on the USAID Advancing Nutrition activity in Tanzania, led by Helen Keller International. Sarah's role directly supports the Prime Minister's Office in the implementation of the second National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP). Prior to joining the Tanzania team, Sarah supported the USAID Advancing Nutrition Food Systems team and other projects at John Snow Inc. Sarah holds an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a BS in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University.

Farah Ahmad, MS, MPH, Congressional Hunger Center
Farah Ahmad graduated from The Friedman School at Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine in 2020 with an MS/ MPH in Public Health Nutrition. For her Master’s of Science Internship, Farah joined the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) as a Tisch International Nutrition Fellow. While at the USDA Farah, collaborated with McGovern-Dole analysts and the FAS nutrition team to review Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Program (LRP) proposals. Prior to attending graduate school, Farah worked at Rise Against Hunger New England as a Community Engagement Coordinator. At Rise Against Hunger Farah trained and coached volunteers to package over 250,000 meals for international and emergency hunger relief. Prior to becoming a Leland Fellow, Farah volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA and worked with domestic non-profits that prioritize nutrition quality over caloric intake and Food is Medicine initiatives. Farah holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Dr. Joseph Llobrera, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Joseph Llobrera is the Director of Research for the Food Assistance team. As a research associate at the Center between 2002 and 2007, Llobrera supported the Food Assistance, State Fiscal, and Housing Policy teams. Before returning to the Center, he served as an Associate Director of Learning and Improvement at Insight Policy Research, providing technical assistance and training to federal, state, and local human service agencies that administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. He also worked as a researcher at IMPAQ International and the Urban Institute, focusing on food assistance policy, workforce development, and health policy. Llobrera holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, a master’s degree in Geography from the University of Washington (Seattle), and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Urban Studies from Brown University.

Moderator:
Angélica Valdés Valderrama, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Angélica Valdés Valderrama is a Ph.D. candidate in Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs at the Friedman School. Her research explores ways to apply social justice and equity to nutrition assistance policies and programs as well as food retail initiatives targeting consumers with low incomes. Prior to joining the Friedman School, Angélica received a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM). She is passionate about finding community-based, trans-disciplinary solutions to address inequities in our food systems through targeted policy solutions.

Panel: Economic Policies and Programs for Promoting Food Security (1:00-2:00pm EST)

Description: Economic policies and programming promote food security through numerous channels from incentivizing agriculture production to improving food access to taxing ‘unhealthy’ foods. In this panel, we describe the role of economics and finance in promoting food security throughout all stages of the supply chain. We further discuss the challenges of these policies and programs for ensuring both short-term and long-term food security using domestic and international examples.

Presenters:
Will Masters, PhD, Tufts University Friedman School
Will Masters is a Professor in the Friedman School, with a secondary appointment in Tufts University’s Department of Economics. From 2011 to 2014 he served as chair of the Friedman School’s Department of Food and Nutrition Policy, and before coming to Tufts was a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University (1991-2010), and also at the University of Zimbabwe (1989-90), Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2000) and Columbia University (2003-04). He is the co-author of an undergraduate textbook, Economics of Agricultural Development: World Food Systems and Resource Use  (Routledge, 4th ed. 2021), and former editor-in-chief of the journal Agricultural Economics (2006-2011). He was named an International Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (2010), been awarded the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis (2013), the Publication of Enduring Quality Award (2014) and the Quality of Research Discovery Award (2019) all from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), and is an elected Fellow of the AAEA (2020).

Sean Cash, PhD, Tufts University Friedman School
Dr. Sean B. Cash is the Bergstrom Foundation Professor in Global Nutrition and Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He is an applied economist who studies consumer behavior around food and nutrition and economic aspects of the food/environment interface. Ongoing and recent projects in this area include the efficacy of food label and price interventions as public health and environmental tools; children’s food choices in commercial and school environments; consumer interest in cellular agriculture; food labeling of ethical attributes of food production; online food retailing; and impacts of climate change on coffee and tea production.

Divya Saravana, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Divya Saravana works as a Research Associate in the Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative (IDEA) at The Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL South Asia), which aims to motivate the use of administrative data for economic research and policy. She currently works on the Health Insurance project in Tamil Nadu to understand the coverage and utilization of the scheme as well as the quality of the monitoring information system in place. Her larger objective within J-PAL is to inform policies with scientific evidence for more efficient targeting, outcomes and scale ups. Prior to J-PAL, Divya worked on research and data analytics for sustainability within companies like Olam and Google Food. She did her graduate assistantship on a study of household consumer behavior and nutrition outcomes with Tufts University and the US Department of Agriculture and is a co-author on the upcoming publication. Divya is an alum of the Friedman School.

Ujjayant Chakravorthy, PhD, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences
Ujjayant Chakravorty is Professor of Economics at Tufts University, Associate Scholar at the Harvard Environmental Economics Programs and Fellow at CESifo, Munich. He is former Co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and Associate Editor at Water Resources Research. His research focuses on the economics of water conservation and issues of energy access by poor people in developing countries. He has done field work in Bangladesh, Philippines and China. His work has been published in journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Moderator:
Bianca Braga, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Bianca Braga is a Ph.D. candidate in the Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs Division of Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy - Tufts University. She is a Friedman Nutrition and Citizenship Fellow and a consultant for the International Food Policy Research Institute. Her thesis is about the impact of online nudges and gamification in food choices and dietary quality in the United States and Vietnam.

Workshop: Networking Strategies to Leave School Employed (1:00-2:00pm EST)

Description: Professional networking increases your exposure, confidence, and creative intellect within the job market. In this workshop, we hear from current students, recent alumni, young professionals, and recruiters on strategies for professional networking while a student. We conclude by sharing resources and best practices for expanding your network from resume tips to interviewing strategies.

Presenters:
Eliza Hallett, MS, OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness
Eliza is a Policy Analyst at the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness where she works to coordinate the Center’s mixed-methods policy research projects, focused on state Medicaid program and public policy innovations. Her interests include public health program evaluations relating to food and nutrition, substance use disorders, and stable housing. She holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Eliza has also been involved in public health evaluation projects at the Rhode Island Public Health Institute and the University of Washington.

Amy Yang, MS, Covenant Care
I'm a Registered Dietitian with over 5 years of experience working in long-term care. I graduated from with my Bachelor's from McGill University in 2016 and just completed my Master's in Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts in December. I am currently working in long-term care but looking to transition into the data science/health-tech space. I would love to share how to navigate the cornucopia of Tufts resources and how they are helping me pivot into this path as a new graduate.

Alana Davidson, MS, Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
Alana Davidson serves as Communications Director for the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). Davidson has eight years of nonprofit and government experience promoting nutrition programs and policies in support of food and economic security. Previously, Davidson worked in DTA’s SNAP outreach unit, as well as at the Food Research and Action Center, Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, and End Hunger CT!. Davidson holds a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science in nutrition, dietetics from the University of New Hampshire.

Emily Steliotes, MS, University of California Davis
I received my master's degree in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition from the Friedman School in 2017. While conducting food science research at UC Davis, I started working part-time as a career development instructor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In that role, I received formal training in career development. After two years there, I started my own career coaching business. Currently, I am a professional development consultant for the GradPathways Institute at UC Davis and am building a personal and professional growth community, called Golden Acorn. I love helping professionals with networking and consider myself a LinkedIn guru.

Moderators:
Violeta Chacon, PhD '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Violeta is a PhD candidate in Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs at the Friedman School. Before coming to Tufts, Violeta worked as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit of Guatemala (UNICAR) and the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP). She is a Dietitian and holds a MS in Food and Nutrition from the University of Chile. Her research interests focus on the food environments and nutrition policies that shape children and adolescent’s diets, topics in which she has published peer-reviewed articles.

Caroline Andrews, MS '23, Tufts University Friedman School
Caroline Andrews is currently pursuing her MS in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tufts University. She received her BS in Food Science from Clemson University. For five years she worked in private-label product development, most recently with Whole Foods Market in Austin, TX. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Tufts Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute on a project in conjunction with the Seeding the Future Foundation. Her research interests focus on value-added food product development, crop loss reduction, and supply chain improvements.

Closing Remarks: Student Planning Committee (2:00-3:00pm EST)

Description: This address will serve to conclude our 2022 Symposium. We will discuss symposium highlights and key messages. We welcome our closing speaker to share their thoughts on efforts taken by Tufts University and the Friedman School to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our research.

Keynote Speaker: Sara Folta, PhD, Tufts University Friedman School
Sara C. Folta, PhD is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Her research interests focus on community-based strategies for improving dietary intake, physical activity, and body composition. She has particular expertise in behavioral psychology, communications, and qualitative methods. A major line of her research involves community-based interventions to improve heart health among women, with a focus on Black women. She serves as Director of Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research for the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Folta received a B.A. in biology from Middlebury College, an M.S. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in nutrition from Tufts University.

Moderator: Jessie Lan, RD, MS '22, Tufts University Friedman School
Jessie is a second year Master’s student in Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is a Registered Dietitian by training and holds a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from University of California-Berkeley. She is interested in the role of diet patterns in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases.

For general inquiries on the symposium program and/or registration, to provide feedback to the Student Planning Committee, or for those seeking sponsorship or collaboration, please contact us directly or email us at friedmanresearchsymposium@gmail.com!

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