Julie Caswell Appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food & Nutrition Board

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dr. Julie A. Caswell, Distinguished Professor of Resource Economics and SBS Associate Dean for Education & Student Development, has been appointed to the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Food and Nutrition Board is a part of the Academies’ Health and Medicine Division, and has a long history of examining the nation’s nutritional well-being and providing guidance to policy makers and the public about the application of nutrition and food sciences to improve human health. Caswell’s three-year appointment is effective as of November 2017.

With a joint PhD in agricultural economics and economics, Dr. Caswell joined the UMass community in 1984 as Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and has since received many accolades. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, has been named UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar, awarded the Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity Award, named Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer (2009), was the recipient of the Chancellor's Medal, and named a CFNR Outstanding Teacher.

The Food & Nutrition Board was established in 1940. Its mission is to:

  • provide visionary leadership in the effective application of the full range of nutrition and food sciences to improve human health;
  • contribute at national and global levels to the enhancement of child growth and development; the prevention of diet-related deficiencies and chronic diseases and the improvement of physical and cognitive function, health, and well-being;
  • decrease the incidence of foodborne disease to improve human health nationally and globally; and
  • apply scientific knowledge to advise on policies and approaches to eliminate, reduce, or control the natural, inadvertent, or intentional contamination of the food supply.

Dr. Caswell says, “It is an honor to serve on the Food and Nutrition Board and to bring the perspectives of the social sciences and applied economics to its work.” Given Dr. Caswell’s preeminence in the field of safety, labeling, certification, and regulation of food, it is no surprise that she was chosen to join this distinguished board. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has noted her influence on regulatory decisions, citing her reputation as a world-renowned expert in the field.

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