Farmer-led curriculum for East Africa well underway!

We had an absolutely astounding week in Ekwendeni, Malawi, working on developing an integrated curriculum that can be used by farmers to teach other farmers about agroecological techniques, nutrition, gender equality and climate change. Did I mention these messages will be tied together with a dramatic soap opera outline, and feature plenty of singing, dancing, and science? Faculty and students from several institutions (Cornell, Michigan State, Chancellor College, University of Manitoba, Action Aid Tanzania) joined with farmer scientists from the Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities project for curriculum development, farm visits, and even a little bit of soccer. Thanks again Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future for the support!



“Evaluative Ethnography” laid out in awesome new forthcoming text

9781138792227In a chapter in “Ethnographic Research in Maternal and Child Health” Gretel Pelto and I introduce the term “evaluative ethnography” to capture the multi-faceted roles of ethnography to inform and improve the translational process from discovery-oriented research to implementation research. The book, edited by Fiona Dykes and Renée Flacking will be out in 2016, and is definitely worth checking out.

The first UpToDate entry on pica is out

UptodateUpToDate is a handy-dandy online clinical reference tool that clinicians around the world use. I was delighted that they asked me to prepare their first entry on pica. And, I was lucky enough to have Jean Cox, MS, RD, who cares for many women with pica in New Mexico, as co-author. Thanks Jean!

Pith Moromo cohort enrollment concluded– with thanks to Pith Moromo team and Beyoncé

pop-live-beyonce-premieres-grown-woman-during-mrs-carter-world-tour-in-parisWe are delighted to have completed enrollment of all 371 pregnant women into our NIMH-funded observational cohort study in Nyanza, Kenya. Over 200 infants have already been born, including a baby Beyoncé*! None of this would be possible without the excellent enrollment and retainment efforts of the whole Pith Moromo 2 crew. Bravo! (*Actual photo not used.)

Congrats to Dr. Anne Williams

IMG_0779Congratulations to Anne Williams for the excellent work on her EB submission, for which she was recognized as a finalist for ASN’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition. Her submission is entitled “Breastmilk Vitamin B12 Concentration is Low among Women in Western Kenya and is Not Associated with Animal Source Food Intake or Food Insecurity” and co-authors include Caroline Chantry, me, Clair Null, and Christine Stewart. With this award, a new PhD, and visiting cheetahs, it’s been a big year for Anne!