W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture

Supported by USDA ARS, Beltsville
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Grand Ballroom East

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
12:45 PM–2:45 PM


Pamela Starke-Reed


Food is not a talisman: Reflections on the science and practice of nutrition. 

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Joanne L. Slavin, PhD
University of Minnesota

Current obsessions on nutritional bad guys – saturated fat, added sugar, sodium – have left the science arena and moved to the political arena.  Nutritional guidance must be based on strong science or we mislead the public with hollow promises of the magical properties of foods.

The W.O. Atwater Lectureship was established in 1968 to honor the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844-1907) and to recognize scientists who have made unique contributions toward improving the diet and nutrition of people around the world. Atwater, considered the father of modern nutrition research and education, was the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first chief of nutrition investigations.