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Lectures and Seminars

EAM Distinguished Lecturers and Professors

EAM Distinguished Lecturers*

*Videos for most lectures are available upon request 


Martin Bloem, Distinguished Lecturer


Martin Bloem, Robert S. Lawrence Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in December 2017, after relocating to Baltimore from Rome, Italy. In Rome, he spent 12 years as a senior nutrition adviser at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and as the WFP’s Global Coordinator for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Martin has more than three decades of experience in research and policy in the areas of public health and nutrition. From 1985-2005, he worked and lived in Thailand, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Singapore before he worked at the United Nations. Martin received his medical degree from the University of Utrecht and his Doctorate from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. He visited on April 1, 2019 to deliver the lecture “How Do We Fight Malnutrition in a Sustainable Way?”


"Dr. Menachem Miodovnik"


Menachem Miodovnik, M.D. is an an obstetrician-gynecologist and Program Scientist for the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH. He visited on April 16, 2018 to deliver his talk, "Maternal Mortality - A Global Crisis". 

Dr. Miodovnik was also a guest of a South Dakota Public Radio segment, which can be listened to here.





Dr. Martin Runge

Martin Runge, M.D., is a Specialist in Geriatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine in Esslingen, Germany. His talk was "Keep Strong, Keep on Your Feet - A Key to Successful Aging". 


Dr. Runge demonstrates with an audience member
Dr. Runge and an audience member


Dr. Scott Smith


Scott Smith, PhD leads the Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Smith delivered his lecture entitled "Space Flight Nutrition:  Implications for Earth, the International Space Station and Beyond".




Dr. Jon-Vanderhoof


Jon A. Vanderhoof, M.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vanderhoof was the EA Martin Distinguished Lecturer for 2014 and presented "Allergy and the Microbiome". Dr. Vanderhoof's lecture. Dr. Vanderhoof also gave a talk titled "GI Allergy in Infants and Children" at the Brookings Health System noon conference.




Dr. Jeff-Murray


Jeff Murray, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. Dr. Murray was the EA Martin Distinguished Lecturer for the 30th Annual Nutrition Seminar and presented "Nutrigenomics – the Intersection of Personalized Health and Tasty Food".





Dr. Kimberly Ward


Katherine Ward, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist in Nutrition and Bone Health at MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge. Dr. Ward was the EA Martin Distinguished Lecturer for the 29th Annual Nutrition Seminar and presented "The Role of Nutrition in Muscle Bone Relationships throughout Life". 




Dr. Laurie Moyer-Mileur


Laurie Moyer-Mileur, Ph.D., RD, is a Research Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Pediatric Nutrition Research at the University of Utah. Dr. Moyer-Mileur, the Martin Distinguished Lecturer of the 28th Annual Nutrition Seminar, presented "Stress Relief for Preemies: How Massage Therapy Benefits Growth, Development and Metabolism" on March 14, 2011.




Dr. Frank Greer


Frank Greer, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Nutritional Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Dr. Greer, the Martin Distinguished Lecturer of the 27th Annual Nutrition Seminar, presented "Controversies in Pediatric Nutrition Including Vitamin D and Iron Requirements."





Dr. Pat McGovern


Pat McGovern, PhD, Professor, Division of Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. McGovern, the Martin Distinguished Lecturer of the 26th Annual Nutrition Seminar, presented "Maternal Employment and Breastfeeding: Findings from the Minnesota Postpartum Health Study."




Dr. Frank Rauch


Frank Rauch, MD, Shriners Hospital for Children, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Rauch, the Martin Distinguished Lecturer of the 25th Annual Nutrition Seminar, presented "Importance of Diet and Activity in Bone Growth."






Dr. Joan McGowan


Joan McGowan, Director of the Musculoskeletal Diseases Branch at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), leads a program of research on orthopaedics, osteoarthritis, bioengineering, basic bone and muscle biology and related diseases. Dr. McGowan was the EA Martin Distinguished Lecturer for the 24th Annual Nutrition Seminar in March. She presented "Trials and Tribulations: Lessons Learned from the NIH Women's Health Initiative" and "Calcium and Vitamins: Do we have enough evidence for action?".



2006: Dr. Tom Baranowski, a professor of pediatrics(behavioral nutrition) from Baylor College of Medicine, was the EA Martin Distinguished Lecturer for the 23rd Annual Nutrition Seminar in March 2006 and presented "Interactive Multimedia for Diet and Physical Activity Change Among Children." Dr. Baranowski's research is directed toward understanding why children eat the foods and engage in the physical activities they do, as well as designing and evaluating programs to help change these dietary and physical activity behaviors.

2005Theresa A. Nicklas, DrPH, LN, Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine: "Navigating New Government Dietary Guidance".

2004Dr. Zulf Mughal, MBBS, Consultant Pediatrician and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Child Health, Saint Mary's Hospital for Women and Children, University of Manchester, Manchester England: "Type 2 Diabetes in Children- an Evolving Epidemic?"

2003: William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Center for Disease Control: "A Comprehensive Approach to Reduce Obesity in the United States"

2002Ekhard Ziegler, M.D., Fomon Infant Nutrition Unit, University of Iowa: "Iron in the Young: Deficiency Not Yet Conquered"

2001Reginald Tsang, M.D., University of Cincinnati: "Vitamin D Deficiency Rickets – Is it a New Epidemic?"

2000: Robert Heaney, M.D., Creighton University: "Why We Need Calcium" 

1999Barbara Schneeman, Ph.D., University of California at Davis: "Linking Science and Politics: Developing Dietary Guidelines"

1998Frederick H. Wolfe, Ph.D., University of Arizona at Tucson: "21st Century Technology Today: Changing the Way America Eats"

1997Joanne Ikeda, M.A., R.D., University of California at Berkeley: "Health at Every Size: A New Paradigm for Weight Management"

1996Jacqueline R. Berning, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs: "Nutrition for Sport and Exercise - Eat to Compete"

1995Robert M. Russell, Ph.D., Human Nutrition Research Center, Tufts University: "Nutritional Requirements in Aging"

1993Elwood W. Speckermann, Ph.D., Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children, Tampa, Florida: "Putting Nutrition in Perspective"

1992Jackie Barber, Pharm.D., University of Minnesota: "Nutrition in Action - Collaborative Concerns Among Health Professionals"

1991Myron Winick, M.D., University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School:  "The Central Role of Nutrition in the Health Sciences - Focus on Mother and Child"

1990: Jerry Gaff, Ph.D., University of Minnesota: "Beyond the Academic Disciplines:

1989Wayne Callaway, M.D., George Washington University: Nutrition and Health - The Next Era"

1988: Merrill S. Read, Ph.D., University of Maryland: Nutrition and Behavior Revisited"

1987: Philip L. White, Ph.D., American Medical Association: "Crucial Concerns in Nutrition and Health"

1986: Fergus M. Clydesdale, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst"  "Nutrition" Crucial Concerns in Diet and Disease"


2015 EAM Symposium: Rural Food Environment in South Dakota - Experiences, Challenges and Proposed Solutions

Mike Wimberly, PhD, is a Professor of Natural Resource Management and Senior Scientist with the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University. His talk, entitled "From Food Deserts to Food Mountains: The Nutritional Landscape of Rural Communities", kicked off a series of lectures at the EAM Symposium in March 2015.
Fred Waldner is a German Teacher and Head Gardener at Orland Hutterian Brethren Colony near Montrose, SD. He spoke on "Garden Planning and Planting on Hutterite Colonies" during the EAM Symposium, March 2015.
Tim Glanzer is the former German Teacher and Head Gardener from Hillside Hutterian Brethen Colony near Doland, SD and also spoke during the EAM Symposium with his talk entitled "Garden Harvesting and Preservation on Hutterite Colonies", March 2015.
Three members participated as panelists during the EAM Symposium:
Julie Ross, Farm Owner of Good Roots Farm and Gardens in Brookings, SD spoke on "Sustainability and the CSA Farm Model".
Suzanne Stluka, MS, serves as the Food and Families Program Director at South Dakota State University and spoke on "SDSU Extension Healthy Food, Healthy Families and Healthy Communities Initiatives".
Holly Tilton Byrne is a Community Organizer with Dakota Rural Action in Brookings, SD and talked on "Local Food Systems in SD".  

EA Martin Guest Lecturers


Martin Bloem, Robert S. Lawrence Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Class Lecture: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Monday at 10:00 a.m. in Avera 382.  “What We Learned from the UNAIDS Joint Program to Support Strategies to Reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and peace and justice. 

UNAIDS, which is part of the United Nations, is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He also gave the following:

“How Do We Maintain Food Systems in a Sustainable Way?”4/2/19 at Sinte Gleske University, Mission, SD

“Food Access and Nutrition” 4/4/19 at Great Plains Tribal Chairman Health Board, Rapid City, SD


Dr. Martin Bloem


Martin Bloem, MD, PhD, Chief, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Policy World Food Program (WFP) Rome, Italy.  Dr. Bloem visited on April 13, 2010. He presented on "The Role of Food in Fighting Malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis." 





Dr. Alan Fleischman


Dr. Alan Fleischman, an internationally recognized ethicist, visited SDSU on January 25, 2007. Dr. Fleischman is Senior Advisor to The New York Academy of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He is also Chairman of the Federal Advisory Committee and Ethics Advisor to the National Children's Study at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Washington, D.C.  While here, Dr. Fleischman presented a lecture on "Regulating Research Involving Human Subjects--Is the System Broken?"


James Painter, PhD, Chair, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, "Food Psychology: Why we eat more than we think", SDSU 24th Annual Nutrition Seminar


Dr. Louis Grivetti, a food historian from the University of California, Davis, and a personal friend to Dr. Ethel Austin Martin, visited SDSU from October 24-29, 2006. During his stay, Dr. Grivetti participated in a local radio show, presented six lectures and attended the Hobo Day festivities including the parade, tailgating, the football game and a women's hockey game.

Jerry Combs, Jr., PhD, Center Director, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, ARS, USDA, "Selenium and Cancer", SDSU 23rd Annual Nutrition Seminar  Roger Clemens, PhD, Director, USC School of Pharmacy, Laboratory for Research and Services in Complementary Therapeutics, Los Angeles, CA, "Revealing and Diagnosing Food Allergies and Intolerances", SDSU 23rd Annual Nutrition Seminar

Roger Clemens, PhD, Director, USC School of Pharmacy, Laboratory for Research and Services in Complementary Therapeutics, Los Angeles, CA, "Revealing and Diagnosing Food Allergies and Intolerances", SDSU 23rd Annual Nutrition Seminar

Dr. Robert Rucker


Dr. Robert Rucker, professor and chair at UC Davis's Department of Nutrition and nutritionist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, visited SDSU from October 26-29, 2006. Like Dr. Grivetti, he also presented a lecture while on campus and attended SDSU's Hobo Day activities.





Martin Bloem, MD, PhD, Senior VP, Chief Medical Officer, Regional Director for Asia Pacific, "Micronutrient Deficiencies and Poverty", SDSU 22nd Annual Nutrition Seminar

Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD, Senior Nutrition Scientist, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, "Dietary Supplement Use in the Elderly: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" and "Wonderful World of Flavonoids", SDSU 22nd Annual Nutrition Seminar


Roger Clemens, Dr.PH,Director, USC School of Pharmacy, Laboratory for Research and Services in Complementary Therapeutics, "Assessing the Safety of Functional Foods Used in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes", SDSU 21st Annual Nutrition Seminar


Connie Weaver, PhD, Chair, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, "Dairy Products and Weight- Research Determinants of Calcium Retention" SDSU 20th Annual Nutrition Seminar

Buford Nichols, M.D., Director Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, USDA/CNRC, Baylor School of Medicine, "The Art and Science of Infant Feeding" and "Maize, Mice and Men: The Evolution of Starch Digestion", SDSU 20th Annual Nutrition Seminar

Stephanie Atkinson, PhD, Member of the Standing Committee for the Dietary Reference Intakes, National Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Pediatrics, McMaster University "The new DRI's for Macronutrients", SDSU 20th Annual Nutrition Seminar 

Sandra Bartholmey, PhD, Quaker Oats, "Fiber/Grains and Obesity", SDSU 20th Annual Nutrition Seminar 2002 Michelle Dexter, Doctoral candidate, Temple University, "Bone Response to Lactation in Different Populations", October


Michael Mahaney, Ph.D., Scientist, Department of Genetics, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, San Antonio, TX, "Genotype by Diet Interactions in the Regulation of Serum Lipoprotein Levels in a Pedigreed Baboon Model for Atherosclerosis", SDSU Annual Nutrition Seminar

Scott Smith, Ph.D., Director, Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, "Space Flight Nutrition: Implications for Earth, the International Space Station, and Beyond", SDSU Annual Nutrition Seminar 

Bonny Specker, Ph.D., Director, Martin Chair in Human Nutrition, "South Dakota Children's Health Study: The Results," SDSU Annual Nutrition Seminar

Karen Wosje, M.S., doctoral candidate at SDSU, "South Dakota Rural Bone Health Study:  Background and Design," SDSU Annual Nutrition Seminar


Buford Nichols, M.D., Director Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, USDA/CNRC, Baylor School of Medicine, "The Art and Science of Infant Feeding" keynote lecture at SDSU 2001 Research Appreciation Days; "Of Maize and Men" lecture in NFSH 660 - Maternal and Child Nutrition


Scott Smith, Ph.D., NASA, Houston, TX "Nutritional Requirements during Space Flight" keynote lecture at SDSU Research Appreciation Days, "Nutrition in Space" at Brookings High School, "Food Production in Outer Space" at local Hutterite colony, September                   

Zulf Mughal, M.B.B.S., Director, Department of Pediatrics, St. Mary's Hospital in Manchester, England, "The Maltreated Child" and "Asthma: An Outreach Program," Presented lectures of the SDSU College of Nursing, May Lawrence Kushi, D.Sc., Columbia University, "Diet and Cancer." Presented at SDSU and open to the public, April

John Erdman, Ph.D., Professor, Public Health Nutrition, University of Illinois, "Tomatoes and Cancer: What Are We Learning About Lycopene" and "The Soy and Cholesterol Connection," SDSU Annual Nutrition Seminar, March

Vernon Young, M.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, "Nutrient Requirements: From Cells to People," SDSU Annual Nutrition Seminar, March.