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2017 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 2016 W.O. Atwater Lecture will be given on April 6, 2016 in San Diego at Experimental Biology 2016

2016 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecturer

Susan B. Roberts, Senior Scientist and Director, Energy Metabolism Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University

How can nutrition scientists help reverse the obesity epidemic?

Obesity is the greatest threat to public health in our time, and has proved resistant to intensive research and public health initiatives aimed at helping individuals and communities manage their weight. This talk will examine theoretical principles and different approaches that can be brought to bear on the challenge of reversing rates of obesity in the U.S. and worldwide.

Call for Nominations

2017 W.O. ATWATER MEMORIAL LECTURE

The Agricultural Research Service, USDA's chief scientific agency, is seeking nominations for the 2017 W.O. ATWATER MEMORIAL LECTURE, co-sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition. The Lecture will be presented at Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago, April 22-26, 2017.

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, 2016 (COB)

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

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