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2022 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecturer

Dr. Alice 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
Curriculum Vitae

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.

About the W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture

Established in 1968, the W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844-1907) by recognizing 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 W.O. Atwater Lecture is a forum for a presentation on a scientific topic, trend, issue, or policy of the lecturer's choice. The awardee will receive a $5,000 honorarium, an engraved plaque and medal. They also, become part of a prestigious cohort of ARS Memorial lecturers, and are featured on the ARS website and social media platforms.


To nominate someone for the 2023 W. O. Atwater Memorial lecture see Memorial Lecture Nominations

Deadline for nominations extended to February 3, 2023