Department of Nutrition Hosts 26th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture and Dinner

March 7, 2014

The Department of Nutrition will host the 26th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture and Dinner on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union. This year’s program is titled “From Neighborhood to Nation: Changing Policies to Improve Nutrition and Food Security.”

Donald (Diego) Rose, PhD, MPH, RD, Professor and Head of the Nutrition Section in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University, will deliver the keynote lecture titled “The Food Policy Landscape: Improving Nutrition from Farm to Fork.” The program will also feature a panel discussion entitled “Policies to Promote Good Nutrition: Are We Doing Enough?” Panelists include Paula Serafino-Cross, MS, RD, LDN, a Staff Dietitian with Baystate Medical Center, who will address federal food and nutrition legislation and its implications for consumers and dietitians, and John Gerber, PhD, Professor of Sustainable Food and Farming with the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture, who will address local policies to support local foods.

The lectureship and dinner bear the name of the late Professor Emerita Virginia A. Beal, a pioneer in the field of nutrition and a longtime member of the Nutrition faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Beal established the endowment to provide students, faculty, dietetics professionals, and alumni and friends, with an opportunity to discuss the challenges and advances that are currently at the forefront in the Nutrition field.

An anticipated annual tradition, the Virginia A. Beal Lecture and Dinner is a celebration of nutrition research and an opportunity to acknowledge the department’s finest students through the presentation of endowed scholarship awards, one of which bears Virginia A. Beal’s name. Professor Beal presented the first lecture in 1989, and in the intervening years, nationally-renowned researchers in nutrition have spoken at this annual event.

Registration is available online through April 15th. For more information, contact Eileen Giard at or by phone at 413-545-0740.