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2018 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 research topic, 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 2018 W.O. Atwater Lecture will be given will be given on June 9-12, 2018 in Boston at Nutrition 2018.

2017 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecturer

Dennis M. Bier, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine

Traveling the Road From Precision to Imprecision—Have I Gone in the Wrong Direction?

Much of mainstream human nutrition science is moving away from experimentation, a direction that is clearly the wrong one in my estimation. Dr. Bier emphasizes registration of nutrition research projects, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, of which he is editor in chief, requires registration of clinical studies for acceptance of papers. But he holds that registration should be required for all study types along with the data analysis plan, and all endpoints should be a defined and explicit. The original protocol and reporting requirements need to be widely available. Making original data accessible is critical to transparency and reliability.

Call for Nominations

2018 W.O. ATWATER MEMORIAL LECTURE

The Agricultural Research Service, USDA's chief scientific agency, is seeking nominations for the 20178 W.O. ATWATER MEMORIAL LECTURE, co-sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition. The Lecture will be presented at Nutrition 2018 in Boston, June 9-12, 2018.

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 and November. Please include:

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

To: Kim Kaplan, Lecture Coordinator
ARS Office of Communications, Room 1-2253
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705, 301-504-1637
Kim.Kaplan@ars.usda.gov

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

Deadline for nominations — November 28, 2017 (COB)

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

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