Global Food+ 2018 Symposium

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Poster for the Global Food Plus Symposium 2018. All info on the poster can be found at the link below.

This is the second annual Global Food+ symposium, bringing leading researchers from Boston University, Harvard, MIT and Tufts together to share their most important new work towards healthier and more sustainable food systems. Our speed talk format allows participants to make new connections across Boston-area schools and types of research, in person and online with streaming and archived video. Faculty represented span key disciplines from archaeology to theology. Light refreshments will be available during the event and there will be a reception after the main event.

Event Program

Start End Speaker Topic Affilliation
12:30 12:40 Ed Saltzman, Bill Clark Opening remarks Saltzman:  Dean for Academic Affairs, Tufts Friedman School
        Clark:  Harvey Brooks Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
12:41 12:48 Y. Karen Zheng A data-driven approach to managing food safety in global supply chains Assoc. Professor of Operations Management, MIT
12:49 12:56 Sai K. Das Energy metabolism, calorie restriction and health Asst. Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University
12:57 1:04 Forest Reinhardt Changing institutions for water management John D. Black Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
1:05 1:12 Jenny Aker How technology is (not?) transforming rural Africa Assoc. Professor of Development Economics, Tufts University
1:13 1:20 Ken Strzepek People, water and food in the Nile basin and the Zambezi valley Research Scientist, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
1:21 1:28 Angela Rigden Climate and crop production Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
1:45 1:52 Benjamin E. Wolfe Fermented food microbiomes Asst. Professor of Biology, Tufts University
1:53 2:00 Erin Hennessy Digital Imaging for nutritional analysis of restaurant meals Research Asst. Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University
2:01 2:08 Mahesh Karra Long-term consequences of early life nutrition Asst. Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University
2:09 2:16 Karthish Manthiram Using solar electricity to make nitrogen fertilizer Asst. Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
2:17 2:24 Mark Brennan Innovations in food aid packaging PhD Candidate, Humanitarian Response Lab, MIT 
2:25 2:32 John P. Connors Diversity across scales and the sustainability of food systems Adj Rsch Asst Professor, Dept of Earth and Environment, Boston University
2:33 2:40 Missy Holbrook Plants that use less water Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry, Harvard University
2:41 2:48 Alicia Harley Social capital and sustainable development Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow and PhD candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
2:49 2:56 Rachael Garrett Scaling up sustainable intensification in South America Asst. Professor, Dept of Earth and Environment, Boston University
3:15 3:22 Colette Heald Air pollution and global crop yields Assoc. Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT
3:23 3:30 Rama Bansil Physics of gels in cooking & digestion Professor of Physics, Boston University
3:31 3:38 Sarah Fletcher Flexible water supply planning under uncertainty PhD Candidate, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, MIT
3:39 3:46 Radost Stanimirova Modeling and monitoring global rangeland dynamics NASA Fellow and PhD candidate in geography, Boston University
3:47 3:54 Alison Brown Diet and disease among U.S.-born and foreign-born non-Hispanic Blacks Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts Medical Center
3:55 4:02 Dan McKanan The spiritual roots of modern environmentalism Senior Lecturer in Divinity, Harvard University
4:03 4:10 Deborah Frank Why a pediatrician cares about food security Prof of Child Health and Well-Being, Boston University
4:11 4:18 William A. Masters The weird global market for baby foods Professor, School of Nutrition & Dept of Economics, Tufts University
4:19 4:30 Kelsey Jack Closing remarks J.L. Paddock Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University



Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:30 PM


Friday, February 16, 2018 at 4:30 PM


Behrakis Auditorium - Boston, MA


Name: Will Masters
Phone: (617) 636-3751


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