The seminar is sponsored by the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and co-sponsored by the Department of Nutrition Sciences.

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January 6 A. Catharine Ross, PhD, Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA "Vitamin A in early life—Why does it matter?" Watch Video
January 13 Chantelle Hart, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Health, Center for Obesity Research & Education, Department of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA "A Novel Approach in Pediatric Weight Regulation: Enhancing Sleep Duration"  
January 20 Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Translational Science, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC "Increasing Healthspan in Obese Older Adults" Watch Video
January 27 Colleen McBride, Ph.D., Professor/Chair, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department, Emory University, Atlanta, GA "Cracking the nut of behavior change: Can Genomics Bring Innovation to Behavior Change Interventions?" Watch Video
January 30 Marissa Gowey, Psychology Resident, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio "Pediatric Obesity: Correlates, Comorbidities, and Barriers to Intervention"  
February 3   NORC/DNS Noon Seminar has been canceled  
February 10 Roger Cone, Ph.D., Professor, Chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN "The MC4R: Conversion of a Threshold Sensor to a Rheostat on Energy Storage" Watch Video
February 17 David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D., Professor & Chairman, Department of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX "Neuro Endocrine Regulation of Metabolism by FGP"  
February 24 Jason Riis, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Marketing Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA "Field Studies of Healthy Eating Interventions in Retail Settings"  
March 3 Kenneth J. McLeod, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Science, and Engineering Research Center, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY "The Role of Heat Balance in body Mass Maintenance" Watch Video
March 10 Caroline Alexander, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Oncology University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI "Skin Insulation and Staying Warm" Watch Video
March 17 D. Enette Larson-Meyer, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor, Human Nutrition and Food Program Area, Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Division of Kinesiology and Health, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY "Human Milk, Exercise and Honey: Exploring the Obesoprotective Effect of gut peptides" Watch Video
March 24 Daniel Bessesen, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO "Dietary Fat and Body Weight Regulation" Watch Video
April 7 Michael P. Czech, PhD, Professor, Chair, Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA "Adipose mechanisms in control of systemic metabolism" Watch Video
April 14 Carl (Chip) Lavie, MD, Cardiologist, Ochsner Hospital Cardiology, New Orleans, LA "Untangling the “Heavy” Cardiovascular Burden of Obesity and the “Obesity Paradox" Watch Video
*April 15 David Raubenheimer, Ph.D., Professor/Chair Nutritional Ecology and Nutrition Theme Leader, School of Biological Sciences The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia "New Insight from Nutritional Ecology: Captive Insects, Wild Primates and the Causes of Human Obesity" Watch Video
April 21 Rebecca E. Hasson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI "Environmental strategies to reduce pediatric obesity disparities" Watch Video
April 28 NORC Pilot Feasibility Projects
Li Li, MD, Assistant Professor, Department Psyc-Behavioral Neurobiology, UAB "Psychosocial stem links mind with body"  
Paula C. Chandler-Laney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB "The use of a jaw motion sensor to characterize infant feeding behavior"  
Kasturi Mitra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics Research Division, UAB "Interactions between dietary components driven insulin signaling and mitochondrial fission machinery in Drosophila ovaries: a novel approach to understand insulin-related metabolic disease"  
Peggy Biga, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, UAB "Amino acid regulation of myogenesis via epigenetic mechanisms"  
*May 14 Shannon "Kapuaola" Gellert, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NCY "Changes in Burden of Cardiovascular Disease following a Hypothetical Population Shift in Adiposity"  
*August 4 Amber Kinsey, Ph.D., Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine, Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, Florida State University Tallahassee, FL "Nighttime eating: what do we Know about eating before bed"  
*August 18 Christine Wegner, Sports Industry Research Center (SIRC) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Temple University, Philadelphia, PA "Organizations, Identity Creation, and Social Change"  
September 1 Richard Feinman, Ph.D., Professor, Suny Downstate Medical Center, Department of Cell Biology, Brooklyn, NY "The World Turned Upside Down. The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution" Watch Video
September 8 L. Ashley Cowart, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC "Sphingolipid metabolism and signaling in the cardiomyocyte response to lipid stress" Watch Video
September 15 Jessica Jones-Smith, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD "Increased economic resources stemming from Native American Casinos and the risk of overweight among Native American women and children" Watch Video
September 22 Charles Courtemanche, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA "Revisiting the Effect of Smoking on Obesity: Evidence from a Randomized Trial" Watch Video
September 29 Harris R. Lieberman, Ph.D. U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, USARIEM, Natick, MA "Caffeine Consumption and Its Effect on Cognitive Performance"  
October 6 Dominic P. Agostino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL "Nutritional Ketosis: Effects on Metabolic Regulation and Signaling" Watch Video
October 13 Ayman I. Sayegh, DVM, Ph.D., FTOS. Professor and Head, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL "A Possible Role For The Gastrointestinal Tract in The Short Term Control of Food Intake by Cholecystokinin and Gastrin Releasing Peptide" Watch Video
October 20 Robert Hickner, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC "Microvascular Blood Flow, Lipolysis and ROS in Obesity" Watch Video
October 27 Frank A.J.L. Scheer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA "The Circadian System and Its Disruption Impact Metabolic and Cardiovascular Function in Humans."  
November 10 Tracy Anthony, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ "Amino Acid Sensing and Signaling in health and Disease"  
November 17 Andrew T. Gewirtz, Ph.D., University Center Professor, Center for Inflammation, Immunity & Infection Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA "Gut Microbiota, Chronic Inflammation, And Metabolic Syndrome" Watch Video
November 20 Tanya M. Halliday, RD, Postdoctoral Candidate, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA "Are the Initiation and Maintenance of a Resistance Training Program Associated with Changes to Dietary Intake and Non-Resistance Training Physical Activity in Adults with Prediabetes?"  
November 24 Michael Rendall, Ph.D., Professor, Director, Maryland Population Research Center, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD "Cohort Projection of The Emergence and Growth of National Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Obesity From Childhood Through Adulthood"  
December 1 James Kirkland, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MA "Aging, Adipose Tissue Function And Cellular Senescence"  
December 8 Sean Davies, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN "Genetic engineering of gut microbiota as a treatment for cardiometabolic disease"  
December 15 Tom Baranowski, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX "Best Little eButton In Texas: Overview of Technology-Based Dietary Assessment Methods" Watch Video

* Special NORC Seminar