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Publication on the Gendered Benefits and Costs of Livestock Ownership in Kenya

Publication on the Gendered Benefits and Costs of Livestock Ownership in Kenya

Congrats to Dr. Sarah Dumas and team for their recent publication in Food & Nutrition Bulletin. In this paper, we used photo-elicitation methods to explore livestock practices and benefits in Kenya. Although increased livestock ownership was reported to improve long-term household resilience, women and children […]

Vicky Santoso wins a prize for her beautiful photos from Singida

Vicky Santoso wins a prize for her beautiful photos from Singida

Each year, the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University hosts a photo competition for graduate students who recently traveled abroad for their research. There were many great submissions, and Vicky’s photo of children threshing sorghum in Singida, Tanzania won second place. The photo […]

Visit from HWISE Collaborator Isabel Alvarez

Visit from HWISE Collaborator Isabel Alvarez

 

This week, we were happy to welcome Isabel Alvarez for a visit to Evanston, IL. Isabel, who works with Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez at McGill University, will be implementing the HWISE survey in Guatemala. During her visit, we talked about best practices for implementation and how to adapt questions for the local context. She also spoke to our research group about the great work that McGill University and their partners are doing in the field of food security. We look forward to a long fruitful collaboration!

Dr. Boateng Attends the 5th Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium

Dr. Boateng Attends the 5th Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium

Dr. Godfred Boateng was invited by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences to participate in the 5th Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium held in Morocco from 2-4 November. The symposium was supported by the National Science Foundation, United States Agency for International […]

Chicago Mayor Commends Collaborative Water Research Projects

Chicago Mayor Commends Collaborative Water Research Projects

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at the signing of an MOU that outlines ways to increase collaboration between Northwestern University and Ben-Gurion University’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at the at the Water Technology & Environment Control (WATEC) Conference in Israel. The mayor’s comments about interdisciplinary […]

Pica Among Hispanic Women Living in the US

Pica Among Hispanic Women Living in the US

Our article “Pica is prevalent and strongly associated with iron deficiency among Hispanic pregnant women living in the United States” recently published in the journal Appetite. Structured interviews (n=187) were conducted with pregnant Hispanic women living in Salinas Valley, California, during their antenatal care visits; hemoglobin, serum transferrin, and an acute phase protein (AGP) were measured alongside questions about sociodemographics, diet, and stress. Ultimately, the high prevalence of pica among this population (30.7% during the current pregnancy, 50.1% ever in life), in addition to its strong association with iron deficiency (aOR 2.58; 95% CI: 1.19, 5.60), indicates that clinicians should screen for pica during ANC visits. The paper can be accessed for free for the next couple of months here

Pica, Parrots, and People – An NPR Articles Discusses Clay Eating

Pica, Parrots, and People – An NPR Articles Discusses Clay Eating

NPR journalist Carolyn Beans recently interviewed Dr. Young about a recent scientific article that documents the geophagic behavior of Amazonian parrots. The authors set out to test the two leading hypotheses about geophagy: earth is consumed to protect against toxins in the diet (i.e. secondary […]

After Nearly a Year Away, Vicky is Back – And Ready to Write Her Dissertation!

After Nearly a Year Away, Vicky is Back – And Ready to Write Her Dissertation!

For 10 productive months, Vicky was in Singida, Tanzania doing work that will ultimately inform her PhD dissertation. As part of the Singida Nutrition and Agro-ecology Project (SNAP), Vicky helped implement two surveys and completed much of the qualitative data collection. She will use data […]

Welcome to the Team, Maggie!

Welcome to the Team, Maggie!

We offer a warm welcome to Margaret Butler, an incoming Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, focusing on biological anthropology and human biology. She is passionate about biocultural approaches to anthropological research concerning human health. Her undergraduate thesis was an exploration of the variables impacting women’s decision to breastfeed in Ithaca, NY. Margaret plans to focus her graduate research on explorations of the intersections of maternal-infant nutrition and health. She hopes to develop collaborative and interdisciplinary programs to provide support for low-income breastfeeding mothers in urban areas. She is excited to begin working with the Young Research Group, and has already begun to analyze qualitative data on infant feeding in the HWISE study.

Congrats to Katie – From Fellow to Faculty Member at Cornell!

Congrats to Katie – From Fellow to Faculty Member at Cornell!

Dr. Katie Fiorella, an Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University jointly hosted by our group and Chris Barrett’s, is completing her post-doc and moving into a new role. She will join the faculty in Population Medicine and in Cornell’s new Masters in Public Health program as […]