Seminars 2021-2022

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 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022).

Spring 2022


Invited Speaker: Michael Carter, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Bundling Genetic and Financial Technologies to Build Resilience & Food Security for Small-scale Farmers: Evidence from Tanzania and Mozambique
Paper attached: NBER Working Paper Series: Bundling Genetic and Financial Technologies for More Resilient and Productive Small-Scale Agriculture


Invited Speaker: Carrie Waterman, PhD
Assistant Researcher, Nutrition Department, UC Davis
UC Global Health Institute's Pilot Center on Food Justice and Health Equity


Invited Speaker: Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS
Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco
Policies to Support Food Security


Invited Speaker: Bess Caswell, PhD
Research Scientist, USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center
Implementing a Dietary Impact Evaluation in Rural Sri Lanka Under COVID


Invited Speaker: Thaddaeus May, MD
Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics and Gastroenterology, Baylor College of Medicine
One Carbon Metabolism Disturbances in Kwashiorkor and Acute Wasting
Slide presentation: One-carbon Nutrition in Marasmus & Kwashiorkor. 4.27.22.pdf


Invited Speakers:
Kevin Tang
PhD Candidate, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Katie Adams, PhD
Associate Project Scientist, Nutrition Department, UC Davis
Improving Diets Through Food Fortification: Modeling Micronutrient Contributions and Cost-Effectiveness in Malawi
Paper attached: Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. Modeling LSFF Contributions in Micronutrient Requirements in Malawi


Invited Speakers:
Marly Augusto Cardoso, PhD
Fulbright Chair Brazil, Nutrition Department, UC Davis; Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Guilherme L. Werneck, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology
Institute of Studies in Public Health, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Department of Epidemiology, Social Medicine Institute, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Leisure-Time Physical Activity in Amazonian Pregnant Women and Offspring Birth Weight: A Prospective Cohort Study 
Paper attached: Leisure Time Physical Activity in Amazonian Pregnant Women and Offspring Birth Weight, A Prospective Cohort Study.pdf


Invited Speaker: Marjorie Haskell, PhD
Research Nutritionist, Nutrition Department, UC Davis
Usual Vitamin A Intake and Vitamin A Status of Filipino Children Exposed to Multiple Sources of Vitamin A – The GloViTAS Project


Invited Speaker: Harriet Okronipa, PhD
Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
COVID-19 Impacts on Small-Scale Fishing Households in Kenya


IGN Picnic in Central Park

Winter 2022


Invited Speaker: Lauren Au, PhD
Associate Professor,
Department of Nutrition, UC Davis
Meeting WIC Families Where They Are: Removing Barriers to WIC Participation During COVID-19


Invited Speakers:
Kay Dewey, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emerita,
Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Katie Adams, PhD
Associate Project Scientist,
Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Steve Vosti, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics, UC Davis
The Cost-Effectiveness of Small-Quantity Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements for Prevention of Child Death and Malnutrition and Promotion of Healthy Development: Modeling Results for Uganda


Paper Discussion:  Lancet Adolescent Nutrition Series Paper 1: Nutrition in Adolescent Growth and Development
Paper attached: Lancet Series Adolescent Nutrition Paper 1.pdf


Invited Speaker: Harold Alderman, MNutr, PhD, Economics
Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI (International Food Policy Institute), Washington DC
Lancet Adolescent Nutrition Series Paper 3: Strategies and Interventions for Healthy Adolescent Growth, Nutrition, and Development
Paper attached: Lancet Series Adolescent Nutrition Paper 3.pdf


Invited Speaker: Beth Mitcham, PhD
Director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, and Postharvest Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Impacts Through Horticulture for Development and the Horticulture Innovation Lab


Invited Speaker: Sera Young, PhD
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Global Health Studies, Northwestern University
Water Insecurity Experiences and Their Importance for Ensuring Food, Nutrition, and Well-Being


Invited Speaker: Elizabeth Prado, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis
Maternal Depression is the Predominant Persistent Risk for Child Cognitive and Social-Emotional Problems From Early Childhood to Pre-Adolescence: A Longitudinal Cohort Study
Paper attached: Lancet Series Adolescent Nutrition Paper 2.pdf


Invited Speaker: Ty Beal, PhD
Research Advisor, Knowledge Leadership team at GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)
Lancet Adolescent Nutrition Series Paper 2: Food Choice in Transition: Adolescent Autonomy, Agency, and the Food Environment
Paper attached: Lancet Adolescent Nutrition Series Paper 2, Food Choice in Transition


Invited Speaker: Maria-Jose Ramirez-Luzuriaga, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH /Phoenix
Diabetes Epidemiology and Clinical Research Section
Influence of Enhanced Nutrition and Psychosocial Stimulation in Early Childhood on Cognitive Functioning and Psychological Well-Being in Guatemalan Adults
Link to article


Invited Speaker: Leila Larson, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina
Effects of Supplementation With Iron Syrup or Multiple Micronutrient Powders on Neural Indices of Habituation in Bangladeshi Children
Link to article


Fall 2021


Invited Speakers:
Elizabeth Prado, PhD
Associate Professor,
Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Lindsay Allen, PhD
Research Scientist,
USDA ARS WHNRC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Reina Engle-Stone, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis
IGN Faculty Research Updates


Invited Speakers:
Christine McDonald, ScD
Assistant Professor,
UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and Assistant Visiting Researcher, Department of Nutrition,
UC Davis

Sonja Hess, PhD
Research Nutritionist, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Christine Stewart
Professor, Department of Nutrition, Director, Institute for Global Nutrition, UC Davis
IGN Faculty Research Updates


Invited Speaker: Noel Solomons, MD
Scientific Director, Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging, and Metabolism (CeSSIAM)
Stunting Etiology: Older and Newer Reflections on Diet and Stress


Invited Speaker: Steve Vosti, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Co-Located Nutrition Modeling in Cameroon: Objectives, Challenges, Benefits, and Lessons Learned


Invited Speaker: Kenneth Brown, MD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis
The MN Data Generation Initiative – Efforts by the Micronutrient Forum to Increase the Amount and Quality of Data Available Globally on Population MN Status


Invited Speaker: Felicia Wu, PhD
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Food Safety, Toxicology, and Risk Assessment, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Linking Food Safety and Nutrition Globally: Case Studies in Aflatoxin


Invited Speaker: Anne Williams, PhD
Lecturer, University of Otago, New Zealand
A Pilot Project to Assess Feasibility of Using Electronic Health Records for Iron and Anemia Among US Pregnant Women


Invited Speaker: Andrew Mertens, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor, University of California, Berkeley
Causes and Consequences of Child Growth Failure in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis


Invited Speakers:
Emily Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Limited Data Exist to Inform Our Basic Understanding of Micronutrient Requirements in Pregnancy


Invited Speaker: Subhashni Raj, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis
Community Food Networks: Same - Same but different


Invited Speaker: Brietta Oaks, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Food Sciences, University of Rhode Island
Oysters, Micronutrients, and Women's Nutrition: Current Challenges and Research in West Africa