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NYU nutrition expert to give fall Kenan Lecture

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health and professor of sociology at New York University, will deliver the fall Kenan Lecture on Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium.

Nestle’s research focuses on how science and society influence dietary advice and practice. More specifically, she studies food and nutrition policy (domestic and international) with an emphasis on dietary guidance, social and environmental influences on food choice, the politics of food safety, and the effects of food industry marketing on children’s diets and health.

Nestle, who is also visiting professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University, was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1986-88 and managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. She is the author of the award-winning Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), which is also the title of her Kenan Lecture. She earned a B.A. in bacteriology, a Ph.D. in molecular biology, and a master of public health in public health nutrition, all from the University of California, Berkeley.

Transylvania’s Kenan Lecture series is funded by a grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.

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