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Ethel Austin Martin Program

EAM Program in Human Nutrition

Dr. Ethel Austin Martin graduated from SDSU in 1916 and went on to do graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Chicago. She taught at several institutions before joining the National Dairy Council in 1929, where she served as Director of Nutrition Services until her retirement. A distinguished nutritionist, Dr. Martin was instrumental in developing research grant programs, instituting nutrition conferences, founding journals, and writing several nutrition textbooks.

Before her death in 1993 at age 100, she established an endowment at SDSU with the ultimate objective of providing for a permanent professorship to ensure continuing high-level instruction in the science of nutrition. Dr. Martin's goal was realized in 1997, when the Ethel Austin Martin Chair in Human Nutrition was established and subsequently filled by Dr. Bonny Specker.

The purpose of the E.A. Martin Program in Nutrition is to advance knowledge in the science of human nutrition through a multidisciplinary approach, including both research projects and educational programs; to encourage practical applications in improving human health; and to offer professional enrichment in nutrition for all students, faculty, and staff at SDSU.

The E.A. Martin Program advances nutrition knowledge with these campus activities:

  • Active research projects take place within and often extend beyond the program, collaborating with other investigators from SDSU and the region (see Research).
  • Educational programs involve offering formal courses and raising support for the annual nutrition seminar.  The E.A. Martin Distinguished Lecture is a long-standing tradition at SDSU, bringing in world-renowned speakers in the field of human nutrition (see Lectures and Seminars)
The E.A. Martin Program offices and laboratory are on the 3rd floor of Wecota Hall. Wecota Hall is located on Medary Avenue across from the SDSU campanile and also houses the GIS Center of Excellence. 
Ethel Austin Martin

EAM PROGRESS REPORTS provide detailed summaries of the program's activities by decade: