LEXINGTON, Ky.—Marion Nestle, one of the nation’s top experts on nutrition, will give the fall 2012 Kenan Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center. The presentation, titled “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health,” is free and open to the public.
Nestle, a specialist in the politics of food and dietary choice, is the Paulette Goddard Professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, where she researches the connection between scientific and societal influences on dietary advice and practices.
Her book "Food Politics" has won awards from the Association of American Publishers, the James Beard Foundation and World Hunger Year, and "What to Eat" was named one of Amazon’s top 10 books of 2006 and called a “must read” by "Eating Well" magazine.
Nestle has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the 2011 National Public Health Hero award. In addition to her tenure at NYU, she is the visiting professor in the Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences.
She was senior nutrition policy adviser for the Department of Health and Human Services and a managing editor for the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. She has been a member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee and Science Board, the United States Department of Agriculture/Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the American Cancer Society.
Transylvania’s Kenan Lecture Series is funded by a grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.