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2020 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecturer

Richard MattesRichard D. Mattes, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Predictive Strength of Atwater Values at the Biology: Behavior Interface

The Atwater Lecture was to be presented at Nutrition 2020, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, May 30-June 2, 2020, which was not held due to the impacts of COVID-19. Dr. Mattes presented his lecture and was honored at Nutrition 2021 in Boston. 

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Recorded Lecture

Welcome to the 2021 W. O. Atwater Memorial Lecture
Chavonda Jacobs-Young, PhD, Administrator, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

W.O. Atwater Lecture - Atwater Factors at the Biology-Behavior Interface
Richard Mattes, MPH, PhD, R.D., Purdue University

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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