CA Walnut Comm. to Present Nutrition, Disease Reduction-April 25th

Decades of epidemiologic investigation and clinical studies have transformed the way nutritional science is viewed and reviewed. This symposium, organized by the California Walnut Commission and American Society for Nutrition (ASN) will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:30 am – 12:00 pm at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Aqua 308.

The Symposium will define and provide translational techniques for various types of studies utilized for nutrition research.


Presenters will share:

  • How to best understand outcomes and give insight as to how consumers and health professionals view research publications.
  • Strategies to blend basic science research with clinical investigations to influence consumer behavior and public health initiatives will be provided.
  • Cell research, clinical trials and dietary patterns will be discussed emphasizing the relationships among human health, food and lifestyle.
  • Novel implementations for understanding human nutritional requirements and the regulation of human metabolism will be reviewed emphasizing specific whole food case studies.

ASN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 CPEUs.


At the end of the program participants will be able to:

  • Critically review and differentiate between various types of research studies;
  • Describe the strengths and limitations of peer-reviewed research focusing on recognition of emerging science vs. scientific consensus;
  • Identify means to accurately determine associations between specific foods or diet patterns and health in order to better assess the validity of conclusions; and
  • Translate dietary recommendations into practice with a sound understanding of how to effectively communicate relevant nutrition science issues.

Attendees can register online or download the registration form.


Help Innovate Agriculture!


Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh perspective to make a big jump in progress.


USDA is in cooperation with Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances to find the best new ideas for addressing the challenges in agriculture and food systems.


This competition, coordinated by the University of Wisconsin at Madison with support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, will award $215,000 in prizes to students with the most promising innovations in agriculture. The grand prize winner gets $100,000!


USDA is reaching out to its university partners to pass the word along to potential contestants and to its own agency scientists to serve as mentors to help teams take their idea to the next level.


If this challenge sounds fun and important, and you’re ready to sign up as a contestant, go to for more information about the scope, prizes, and timeline for the competition. You must submit your idea by February 28th, 2014, so get brainstorming! We, here at the USDA, can’t wait to see what you can do.


And if you want to be a judge or a mentor to student teams, head over to to get involved.