Interdepartmental Nutrition Program (INP) and Fuqua Graduate Student Seminar Series

Fall 2023

All Seminars are Fridays, 10:30 am, BRNG 2290 (unless otherwise noted)

Interdepartmental Nutrition Program Seminar

The Interdepartmental Nutrition Program (INP) is structured to offer excellent educational opportunities to qualified graduate students through an integrated approach involving faculty from a variety of departments at Purdue University and other institutions.  This seminar series is supported by funds from Interdepartmental Nutrition Program affiliated departments.

Fuqua Graduate Student Seminar

The Fuqua Graduate Student Seminar Series in Nutrition Science is named in memory of the life and career of Dr. Mary Fuqua. Dr. Fuqua served as a faculty member in Nutrition Science (formerly the Department of Foods and Nutrition) at Purdue University from 1963 to 1987. During her tenure, she held positions as Department Head, Associate Dean of Home Economics Extension, and Associate Dean of (the former) School of Consumer and Family Sciences. Naming this seminar series in memory of Dr. Fuqua is fitting as she was passionate about giving high-quality presentations and teaching this important skill to her students and colleagues.

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Fall 2023 Seminars 

September 8

Consumer responses to rebranding to address racism: The case of Aunt Jemima
Brenna Ellison, PhD
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

September 15

Gut microbial metabolism of dietary polyphenols in health and disease
Jan Claesen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiovacular and Metabolic Sciences, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

September 22-Virtual

Achieving nutrition equity and justice: Implications for research, practice and training
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD
The Nancy Schlegal Meining Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

September 29 Exercise and diet, independent of weight loss, improve cardiometabolic risk profile
Glenn Gaesser, PhD
Professor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
October 6

Targeted prebiotics for precision nutrition and health-related outcomes
Bruce Hamaker, PhD
Professor, Director of Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research, Department of Food Science, Purdue University

October 13 The impact of dietary fiber in chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder
Annabel Biruete, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University
October 20

Impacts of nutrition on the microbiomes of pregnancy and infancy: Work from longitudinal cohorts
Sarah Comstock, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

October 27

Kirksey Lecture: Determinants and prevention of infant and toddler obesity: A 20 year perspective
Peggy Bentley, PhD, MA
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

November 3*

Effects of almonds on glycemia in adults with elevated risk for diabetes
Jasmine Huang, PhD Candidate
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Richard Mattes

November 10

Scalable manufacturing of low-cost wireless sensors for intelligent food packaging 
Rahim Rahimi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, Purdue University

November 17*

Free fatty acid transport interruption through albumin deficiency may improve metabolic health
Afsoun Abdollahi, PhD Candidate
Graduate Advisor:  Dr. Greg Henderson

December 1

Dietary interventions to reduce risk factors for colon cancer
Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD, MS, RD
Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

December 8* Gut microbial interplay with sex hormone homeostasis: Implications for precision nutrition
Anna Clapp Organski, PhD Candidate
Graduate Mentor: Dr. Tzu-Wen Cross

*Fuqua Graduate Seminar

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