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Will Masters: Randomized Trials of Everyday Choices

Randomized trials of everyday choices: A micro-lecture on frontiers of research at the Friedman School, explaining how we have started using economic incentives and nudges to randomize behaviors that occur at home in daily life. These everyday choices cannot normally be tested in clinical trials, but include many of the most important actions people can take to improve nutrition and health. The example discussed here is weighing yourself at home every day. Does that help people lose weight? The answer: yes, for those who stick with it. But that's just a pilot result. This same research technique can be used for many future trials.

Parke Wilde: Food Security in the United States

Parke Wilde, associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, reviews modern survey-based household food security measurement in the United States. The survey-based approach is described as just one option in a spectrum of methods for understanding the prevalence and severity of food insecurity and hunger. The talk concludes by mentioning a useful role for both market-based and policy-based efforts to reduce food insecurity and hunger.

Rebecca Boehm

I am a PhD Candidate in the Agriculture Food and Environment Program (AFE) at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. I completed my M.S. in Nutrition in the AFE program with a specialization in economics in May 2012.

Grant Writing

Students will receive didactic training on the principles of the grant writing process.  Students will be required to write specific aims for a grant proposal on a topic of the instructor’s choosing.  A class on writing skills will help students form a clear and concise series of specific aims. A class on available citation databases and reference management techniques will guide students on effective literature searches and management of citations.  The entire class will critique each set of specific aims in an interactive session.

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