Seminars 2020-2021

The Institute for Global Nutrition weekly seminar is a forum to discuss new research and topics related to global nutrition. Seminars are held Wednesdays from 12:10-1:00 pm in the Foster Room (1138 Meyer Hall) both in person and virtually on Zoom. They are open to the UC Davis community and to the public.
Students may register for academic credit (NUT 291 section 1). Members of the public and students who do not need academic credit can request access by emailing Maureen Phelan at

Videos of seminars will be posted after the event as they become available. Seminars from previous academic years are available via the menu on the right. This page will contain the current academic year of seminars (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021).

Spring 2021


Invited Speaker: Thomas Reardon
Professor, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Rapid food system transformations in Africa & Asia: reflections on food system resilience & coping with COVID-19


Invited Speaker: Lora Iannotti
Associate Professor, Institute of Public Health, Brown School, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Maternal nutrition and fetal brain development: a feasibility study of ultrasound imaging in Ecuador


Invited Speaker: Alice Guan
PhD Candidate, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco
Effects of the revised WIC food package on maternal and child health and development


Invited Speakers:
Travis Lybbert
Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Steve Vosti
Adjunct Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Reina Engle-Stone
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis
A critical (constructive) review of GAIN's Nutritious Food Financing Facility


Invited Speaker: Kendra Byrd
Nutrition Scientist, World Fish
Fish in the food system: An update on nutrition-sensitive fisheries and aquaculture research


Invited Speaker: Muzi Na
Assistant Professor, Penn State University

Complementary feeding practices in the West and Central Africa Region: A mixed methods regional analysis of 24 countries


Invited Speakers:
Taryn Smith
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Global Nutrition, UC Davis
Indi Trehan
Adjunct Professor in Global Health and Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington

A case definition for thiamine responsive disorder


Invited Speaker: Christine Stewart
Professor, Institute for Global Nutrition, UC Davis
Effect of eggs on nutrient biomarkers among 6-15 mo old Malawian children


Last Seminar
Picnic in the park

Winter 2021

Paper discussion: The processed food revolution in African food systems and the double burden of malnutrition
Reardon et al., Global Food Security 2021.


Webinar Discussion: Understanding how and why people make food choices in LMIC for promotion of sustainable healthy diets
IMMANA Research Webinar (You Tube)


Invited Speaker: Sigrun Henjum, PhD, Professor
Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
The benefit-risk assessment of iodization of household salt and salt used in bread and bakery products in Norway


Paper discussion: Race, ethnicity, and racism in the nutrition literature: an update for 2020
Duggan et al., AJCN, 2020.


Paper discussion: The potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on maternal and child undernutrition in low and middle income countries
Osendarp et al., In Review, nature portfolio, 2021.


Invited Speaker: David Killilea, PhD
Staff Scientist, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Effects of blood processing choices on the assessment of anemia and micronutrient status


Invited Speaker: Susana Matias, PhD
Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley
Maternal pre-pregnancy weight and gestational weight gain and autism and other developmental disorders in offspring


Invited Speaker: Sara Wuehler, PhD
Senior Technical Advisor, Nutrition International
Collecting the right data to optimize programs


Invited Speaker: Catherine Oldenburg, ScD
Assistant Professor, UC San Francisco
Azithromycin and severe acute malnutrition

Fall 2020
Webinar Discussions
10/7/20 and 10/21/20

USDA 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: Draft Report Meeting Chapters 1-7


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) /Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Food Systems Dashboard

11/18/20 and 12/9/20

Micronutrient Forum Sessions