Conference Schedule

2018 Overview of Events

Welcome Reception: Friday, April 6th, 2018, 4:30-6:00pm
Sackler 114 (145 Harrison Ave, on the Tufts Boston Campus) 

Full-Day Conference Schedule: Saturday, April 7th, 2018, 8:30am-5:00pm
Jaharis Family Center (150 Harrison Ave, on the Tufts Boston Campus)

8:30-9:00am       Breakfast and Registration Check-in 

9:00-10:15am     Keynote Address by Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield

10:15-10:30am  Coffee break 

10:30-11:30am  Presentation Session I

11:30-12:30pm  Poster session 

11:30-12:30pm  Lunch

12:30-1:30pm     Q&A with Doug Rauch, Founder and President of Daily Table

1:30-2:30pm       Presentation session II 

2:30-2:45pm       Snack break

2:45-3:45pm       Presentation session III

3:45-4:00pm       Closing remarks 

4:00-5:00pm       Networking Reception

Presentation Sessions

Session 1A: Addressing Food Insecurity

Moderator: Dr. Parke Wilde

The Effects of Rising Staple Prices on Food Insecurity: The Case of Tortilla in Mexico

Camilo Bohorquez-Penuela, University of Minnesota

Modeling Demand for Food Pantry Services

Anne Byrne, Cornell University

Employing Evaluation Research to Inform Campus Food Pantry Policy

Jamie Paola, University of South Florida


Session 1B: Child Health and Nutrition Outcomes

Moderator: Dr. Beatrice Rogers

Comparative Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Four Supplementary Foods in the Prevention of Stunting and Wasting in children 6-23 months in Burkina Faso

Ilana Cliffer, Tufts University

Adolescent health behaviors associated with academic performance and concentration: data from the 2015 YRBS survey

Alejandra Cabrera and Erin Child, Tufts University

Parent reported factors that influence foods and beverages served to young children outside of the child care setting

Noereem Mena, University of Rhode Island


Session 2A: Sustainable Agriculture: Incorporating Dietary Patterns and Change

Moderator: Dr. Will Masters

Mapping US Local Food Systems: the impact of diet of US Foodsheds

Julie Kurtz, Tufts University

Sustainable diets in Mexico: Using systems thinking to identify barriers, opportunities, and policy routes forward

Theresa Lieb, University of Oxford

Country-specific dietary shifts to mitigate climate and water crises

Raychel Santo, John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future


Session 2B: Nutrition and Health Implications

Moderator: Dr. Virginia Chomitz

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of 1.5-ounce Almond Consumption in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention via LDL Change in the U.S. Population

Jifan Wang, Tufts University 

Almond consumption and risk factors for CVD: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Michelle Lee Bravatti, Tufts University

Highly-processed food intake is associated with epigenetic aging rate

Silvia Berciano, Tufts University


Session 3A: Influencing Agricultural Productivity

Moderator: Dr. Hugh Joseph

Addressing barriers to low agricultural productivity among farmers in Nicaragua: successful development approaches from public-private partnership

Maria Hinson, CARE USA

“I’m not a chocolate farmer, I’m just a housewife”: Gendered divisions of labor for small-scale cacao production in Lampung and South-Sulawesi Indonesia

Sarah Eissler, Penn State University


Session 3B: Consumer Food Access and Choice

Moderator: Dr. Ellen Messer

Promoting healthy eating habits among school-aged children in Kuwait – “My Healthy Habits Summer Camp”

Ghanima Alabdullah, Florida International University

Utilizing electronic medical records to refer food-insecure patients to community assistance

Kurt Hager, Tufts University

Do consumers value and trust health and nutritional claims? A case study in the European fishery and aquaculture sector

Giovanni Sogari, University of Parma