Conference Schedule

2017 Overview of Events

Welcome Reception & Poster Slam: Friday, April 7th, 2017, 4:30-6:00pm
Sackler 114 (145 Harrison Ave, on the Tufts Boston Campus) 

Full-Day Conference Schedule: Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 8:30am-5:00pm
Jaharis Family Center (150 Harrison Ave, on the Tufts Boston Campus)

Networking Reception: Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm
Trade (540 Atlantic Ave, Boston)

2017 Saturday Schedule

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8:30 – 9:00: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 – 9:15: Conference Introduction and Opening Remarks (Jaharis Behrakis Auditorium)

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

9:15 – 10:15: Keynote Lecture by Ms. Helena Bottemiller Evich, Senior Food and Agriculture Reporter at POLITICO (Jaharis Behrakis Auditorium)

10:15 – 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30: Student Presentation Session 1

Session 1A – Child Health Policy in the US (Jaharis Behrakis Auditorium)

  • Child and parent perspectives on healthier side dishes and beverages in restaurant kids’ meals: results from a national survey in the United States (Eleanor Shonkoff, Tufts University)
  • Exploring Food Waste at a Residential Youth Summer Camp (Susan Chen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
  • Processed and packed: how refined are the foods that children bring from home to school? (Rachel Bleiweiss-Sande & Reem AlSukait, Tufts University)

Session 1B – Nutritional Social Protection: Impact and Implications (Jaharis 118)

  • Healthy Meal Kits and Samples: A pilot study to increase preferences and convenience for healthy choices in a food pantry (Emma Stein, Yale School of Public Health)
  • Exploring Spillover Mechanisms of the WIC Infant Formula Rebate Program (Hongli Wei, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Making Neoliberal Consumer Subjects: A Critical Deconstruction of the Thrifty Food Plan (Angela Babb, Indiana University Bloomington)

11:30 – 12:30: Lunch

12:00 – 1:00: Poster Session

1:00 – 2:30: Panel Discussion with Dr. Julian Agyeman, Ms. Sylvia Rowe, Dr. Richard Black, and Ms. Anne McHugh; Moderated by Dr. Parke Wilde (Jaharis Behrakis Auditorium)

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

Session 2A – Perspectives on Food Security (Jaharis Behrakis Auditorium)

  • “If the money doesn’t go far enough for me, but that it be for [my daughters].” Food provisioning for food security among low-income, Mexican-origin mothers of young children. (Amanda McClain, Harvard University)
  • “I learned from surviving on the streets”: Food insecure residents and emergency food providers” perspectives on issues with accessing food in New Haven, CT (Grace Carroll, Yale School of Public Health)
  • Women’s Empowerment and Nutrition: Opportunities and Challenges in Rwanda (Heather Danton, SPRING)

Session 2B – Innovations in Agriculture (Jaharis 118)

  • Is All Nontraditional Irrigation Water Created Equal: Detecting Preferences through Cross-Regional Field Experiments (Sean Ellis, University of Delaware)
  • Promoting Food Safety through Mycotoxin Awareness: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial with Farmers in India (Pallavi Shukla, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Ag2O: Quantifying environmental constraints for increased production of select plant-based food items (Laura Barley & Tessa Salzman, Tufts University)

3:30 – 3:45: Coffee Break

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

Session 3A – Measurement Challenges in Global Malnutrition (Jaharis Behrakis Auditorium)

  • Lost in Aggregation: The Geographic Distribution of Kwashiorkor in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (Merry Fitzpatrick, Tufts University)
  • Persistence and Catch-Up in Cognition Scores for Children in Ethiopia (Mohammad Ali, University of New Mexico)
  • Assessing the value of eating patterns as markers of diet quality in a resource-constrained setting (Corey O’Hara, Tufts University)

Session 3B – Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: Health Implications and Policy Levers  (Jaharis 118)

  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake as a Modulator of Genetic Associations for Chronic Inflammation Relevant to Cardiovascular Disease (Dianna Bartone, Tufts University)
  • Retail Coupons and Dietary Quality of Grocery Purchase (Xintong Guan, University of New Mexico)
  • Effect of a Soda Tax Proposition on Retail Soda Sales: A Case Study of Berkeley, California (Scott Kaplan, University of California, Berkeley)

4:45 – 5:00: Closing Remarks

5:30 – 7:30: Post-Conference Networking Reception at Trade (appetizers provided)