Conference Schedule

2017 Overview of events

Welcome Reception: Friday, April 7th, 2017, 4:30-6:00pm
Full-Day Conference Program: Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 8:30am-5:00pm
Networking Reception: Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm


2015 Saturday schedule (subject to change)

The 2017 conference schedule is coming soon.
Please see below for an example of a past schedule (SUBJECT TO CHANGE).

8:30 – 9:00: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 – 9:15: Conference Introduction and Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:15: Keynote lecture by Angie Tagtow, Executive Director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at USDA

10:15 – 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00: Panel Discussion with Dr. Miriam Nelson, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg and Skye Cornell; Moderated by Dr. Parke Wilde

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

12:30 – 1:30: Poster Session

1:30 – 2:30: Student Presentation Session 1

1A: Eating Better: Mechanisms for Expanding Access and Affordability (Moderated by Dr. Parke Wilde)

  • Socioeconomic factors associated with Nutrition Facts Label Comprehension among 2013 Health Information National Trend Survey Participants (Abbie Steiner, Tufts University)
  • Healthy Options in Food Pantries – A qualitative analysis of factors affecting the provision of healthy food items to pantry clients in St. Louis, Missouri (Melissa Chapnick, St. Louis University)
  • The 2009 WIC Food Package Revisions Impact on Dietary Intake, Healthy Food Access and Breastfeeding Initiation (Daniel Schultz, Montana State University)

1B: Farms, Fisheries and Food Safety: Decisions for a Sustainable Food System (Moderated by Dr. William Masters)

  • Sizing up when scaling down: comparing the performance and land requirements of niche and conventional pork production (Jamie Picardy, Tufts University)
  • Sustainable Fishing Practices and U.S. Policy Considerations (Melanie Heazel, Tufts University)
  • An innovative method for early detection of microbiological food contamination based on microvesicles (Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Harvard University)

2:30 – 3:30: Student Presentation Session 2

2A: From Schools to Communities: Policies and Predictors of Child Health and Nutrition (Moderated by Dr. Beatrice Rogers)

  • Do State Farm to School Related Laws Increase Participation in Farm to School Programs? (Ashley McCarthy & Abbie Steiner, Tufts University)
  • Can coupons get kids to buy healthier snacks? Initial findings from the CHOMPS Project (Megan Lehnerd, Tufts University)
  • Food Hub Development and Decision-Making (Joanna Hamilton, Tufts University)

2B: Nutrition for Healthy Aging: The Effects of Aging on Vitamin B, Metabolism, and Bone Health (Moderated by Dr. Ligi Paul)

  • Association between Transcobalamin II C776G Polymorphism and Neuropathy is Modified by Folate Intake in Vitamin B-12 Sufficient Elders (Hathairat Sawaengsri, Tufts University)
  • The Relationship between Visceral Adipose Tissue/Bone Marrow Adipose Tissue and Cortical Bone Area in Children and Adults (Sneha Aidasani, Jennifer Jeon & Devon Roeshot, Columbia University)  [This includes presentations on 3 inter-related projects]

3:30 – 3:45: Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:45: Student Presentation Session 3

3A: From Measurement to Program Evaluation: Improving Food Security Across Africa (Moderated by Dr. Steven Block)

  • Food Security and Monoculture: Effects of the LWH Program in Rwanda (Nathaniel Rosenblum & Janeen Madan, Tufts University)
  • Cheaper Ceebu Jen: Engineering Inland Food Prices and Supply Chains in Senegal (Mark Brennan, MIT)
  • Multidimensional Household Food Security Measurement in Rural Zambia (Ayala Wineman, Michigan State University)

3B: Analyzing Public Health Challenges: Factors Associated with Behavior Change (Moderated by Dr. Robert Houser)

  • Factors Associated with Community Health Worker’s Utilization of Mobile Health Technology (Nisha Mohamed & Reem Al Sukait, Tufts University)
  • Disordered eating and sports participation as predictors of weight misperception in adolescents (Cailin Kowalewski & Chelsea Clarke, Tufts University)
  • Predictors of Parental Adherence in Toddler Obesity Prevention Programs (Shariece Johnson, University of Maryland Baltimore County)

4:45 – 5:00: Closing Remarks

5:30 – 7:30: Post-Conference Networking Reception at Trade (540 Atlantic Ave, Boston)

Click here to view a past conference program.