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W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture
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2016 Call for Nominations

The W.O. Atwater Lectureship was established in 1968 to honor the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844-1907) and to recognize scientists who have made unique contributions toward improving the diet and nutrition of people around the world. Atwater, considered the father of modern nutrition research and education, was the U.S. Department of Agriculture's first chief of nutrition investigations.

The Lecture is on a scientific trend or policy issue of the Lecturer's choice. An honorarium of $2,000, a medallion, and expenses to attend the meeting to present the Lecture are part of the award.

The 2015 W.O. Atwater Lecture will be given on March 31, 2015 in Boston at Experimental Biology 2015

2015 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecturer

Joanne L. Slavin, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota

Food is not a talisman: Reflections on the science and practice of nutrition.

Current obsessions on nutritional bad guys — saturated fat, added sugar, sodium — have left the science arena and moved to the political arena. Nutritional guidance must be based on strong science or we mislead the public with hollow promises of the magical properties of foods.

Call for Nominations

2016 W.O. ATWATER MEMORIAL LECTURE

The Agricultural Research Service, USDA's chief scientific agency, is seeking nominations for the 2015 W.O. ATWATER MEMORIAL LECTURE, co-sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition. The Lecture will be presented at Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego.

The Lectureship was established in 1968 to honor the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844-1907) and to recognize scientists who have made unique contributions toward improving the diet and nutrition of people around the world. Atwater, considered the father of modern nutrition research and education, was the U.S. Department of Agriculture's first chief of nutrition investigations.

The Lecture is on a scientific trend or policy issue of the Lecturer's choice. An honorarium of $2,000, a medallion, and expenses to present the Lecture are part of the award.


Nomination Process

Nominations for the Agricultural Research Service W.O. Atwater Memorial Lectureship are accepted in October. Please send:

  1. A letter explaining the nominee's contributions to nutrition
  2. Nominee's current curriculum vitae

To: Kim Kaplan, Lecture Coordinator
ARS Information Staff, Room 1-2253
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705, 301-504-1637

(It is strongly suggested nominations be sent by private mail service rather than USPS. Nominations may not be faxed or emailed)

Deadline for nominations — November 4, 2015 (COB)

Nominees may be outstanding senior contributors in industry, universities, or government positions. Current ARS employees are not eligible.

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