In 1989, 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, established an 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.
The Virginia A. Beal Lectureship Fund is the only endowed lecture in the Department, and has become an anticipated annual tradition. The evening is a celebration of nutrition research, and an opportunity to acknowledge our finest students through the presentation of endowed scholarship awards, one of which bears Virginia 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.
Through the generosity of former students, friends, and the late Professor Beal, the Department continues to offer the annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture. The event occurs each spring, and attracts many alumni and friends to an evening of conversation and learning.
We invite you to attend the Lecture and to honor Professor Beal by making a gift to ensure this endowed lecture series continues to flourish.