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2022 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecturer

Alice LichtensteinAlice H. Lichtenstein, Director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, and Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School, at Tufts University

Nutrition Information/Misinformation: Who's Right? Who decides?

"Food and nutrition information comes at the public from many sources and in many forms. Frequent discordance within this plethora of information has undermined people’s trust in the scientific community and this in turn has impeded public health efforts to improve diet quality. Our challenge is to come together to engage in productive discussions on how best to communicate the most accurate and timely food and nutrition information available, that will ultimately lead to improved overall diet quality for all."

The Atwater Lecture was presented at Nutrition 2022, June 15, 2022, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.

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2022 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture

The Agricultural Research Service, USDA's chief scientific agency, is seeking nominations for the 2022 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition. 

The lecture is a forum for a presentation on a scientific topic, trend, issue, or policy of the lecturer's choice. An honorarium of $2,000, a medallion, and expenses to present the lecture are part of the award.

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

To nominate someone, please send a letter explaining the nominee’s contributions to horticulture and the nominee’s current curriculum vitae to

Nominations have now closed.

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