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2015 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 2014 W.O. Atwater Lecture will be given on April 29, 2014 in San Diego at Experimental Biology 2014

2014 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecturer

David B. Allison, Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center; Associate Dean for Science, School of Public Health and Distinguished Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Energetics and Obesity: Epistemological, Evidentiary, and Social Challenges in Advancing Knowledge

The idea of energetics as an adaptive system is vital to our progress of dealing with the complex problem of obesity. There are challenges in the fundamental research strategies that could provide the knowledge we seek. There are also social challenges which lead to difficulties in advancing our knowledge. Some suggestions for overcoming these challenges will be offered.

Call for Nominations

2015 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 2015 in Boston.

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 14, 2014 (COB)

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

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