April is research month at Friedman

Dear Sprout readers,

This month, we congratulate the students at Friedman for their accomplishments in social and laboratory science research. Support your colleagues and classmates as they present their work at the 7th annual Future of Food and Nutrition Conference here on campus. Kari Kempf gives us a preview of what to expect at this year’s student-led conference, which takes place on Saturday, April 6. Kate Hebel interviews alumni Chris Hillbruner, one of the co-founders of this now annual event during his time at Friedman.

With research on our minds, we write about studies and laboratory work that takes place around the corner at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. When is the best time of day to eat a big meal? What are the links between bone health and diet? And if you missed the Forum on Food Labeling while studying for mid-terms, Ashley Carter explores this important policy topic through the eyes and work of panelists at this year’s forum hosted by the Harvard Law School Food Law Society.

We had some fun, too. Amy Elvidge spent part of her March break taste-testing clam chowder all over town while Lisa D’Agrosa was perfecting an asparagus frittata recipe. Both share their secrets in this month’s issue. Mimi DelGizzi traveled to Washington, D.C., and passes along job-hunting and other advice gleaned from alumni working in the field of nutrition. Also this month, read about Friedman students who will combine fitness and charity endeavors, running the Boston Marathon and participating in the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.”

April promises to be a good stretch. The worst of Boston’s winter weather is behind us and final exams are still a month away. Enjoy!

Your editors,

Natalie Obermeyer and M.E. Malone

2013 Future of Food and Nutrition Conference, Everyone at the Table: Multi-Sectoral Approaches to Malnutrition, By Kari Kempf: Don’t miss this opportunity to see your classmates and colleagues present their latest research work.

Putting the Label on the Table, By Ashley Carter: Ever wonder about the claims companies put on their products? Do they ever seem bogus or unfounded? Find out what the experts had to say about food labeling, health claims and front-of-package labels at the Harvard Food Law Society 2013 Forum on Food Labeling.

Eating Earlier in the Day may Help You Lose Weight, By Natalie Obermeyer: A new study by the HNRCA at Tufts suggests that eating your main meal earlier in the day may help you lose weight more than eating your main meal later in the day.

Establishing the link: From lab work to the daily diet, By M.E. Malone: Establishing a link between healthy bone and muscle aging may take time, but early efforts show promise.

A short primer on the HNRCA: It’s hard to get to Friedman without passing by this acclaimed research center, but what goes on inside?

‘Golden rice’ study inquiry continues: The university is still working to determine if proper study procedures were followed in 2008 study in China.

Fighting for a World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays, By Sheryl Lynn Carvajal: The American Cancer Society has been making strides to fight cancer for 100 years!  Join the ACS and fellow Friedman-ers at Relay for Life to stand up to cancer.

Taking the “grueling” out of the Boston Marathon, By M.E. Malone: Tufts Marathon team members get ready for the 26.2 mile-race, Gummi Bears included.

Alumni Spotlight on FEWS NET Advisor Chris Hillbruner, By Kate Hebel: A Friedman alum talks about his work on early warning information and technical support for countries with acute food security issues.

Sixth Annual Alumni Networking Trip Draws 19 students, 32 Alumni, By Mimi DelGizzi: Friedman alums spent two days talking to students about the perks of being a Friedmanite in DC.

Best of Boston: Chowda Chowda Chowda, By Amy Elvidge: Reviews on the “best bowl of clam chowder in the city” for all the restaurants claiming the throne.

Whip up a springtime brunch frittata, By Lisa D’Agrosa, RD: Now that spring is finally here in New England, take advantage of asparagus season by baking up this simple and delicious frittata.

April Calendar of Events: There’s always something interesting going on at Friedman, from conferences to an annual brew-off.





The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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