Expo: GW Research & Education in Food & Nutrition

‘Expo: GW Research & Education in Food & Nutrition’ is an event designed to showcase the many ways in which our university community is engaging in food- and nutrition-related issues. Organized by the GW Urban Food Task Force, this free expo will feature poster presentations and interactive panels.  


12:30pm - Welcome Remarks by Diane Robinson Knapp, MS (Continental Ballroom)

12:35pm - Introduction to GWU-Founding Farmers Partnership by Valerie Zweig, VSAG (Continental Ballroom)

12:45pm - The Birds and the Bees: Urban Apiaries and Edible Gardens (Room 310)
Adele Ashkar, ASLA
Hartmut Doebel, Ph.D.
Katherine Berry, CCAS ‘13, Undergraduate Researcher, Biology Department
Moderator:   Valerie Zweig, Founding Farmers & Director of Conceptual Projects, VSAG

1:30pm - Student-Produced Documentary Screening: The Capital Buzz (Room 310)

1:45pm - Chocolate:  The Good, the Bad & the Yummy (Room 311)
Marcy Norton, Ph.D.
Kim Robien, Ph.D., RD, CSO
Bill Guyton, President, World Cocoa Foundation
Moderator: John Forrer, Ph.D.

1:45pm - What is Food Security, Really? (Room 308)
Tony Castleman, Ph.D.
Michael T. Compton, MD, M.P.H.
Charles Teller, Ph.D.
Moderator: Uriyoan Colon-Ramos, Sc.D.

2:00pm - Special Entertainment (Continental Ballroom)

2:45pm - Toward a More Sustainable Food Paradigm: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Food in Health and Disease (Room 311)
Zhiyong Han, Ph.D.
Melissa Perry, Sc.D., M.H.S.
Thomas Maynard, Ph.D.
Moderator:  Jean Gutierrez, Ph.D.

2:45pm - Integrated Food Project: Innovative approach to addressing one of America’s growing problems (Room 308)
Diane Robinson Knapp, MS
Lauren Adamo, Internship Coordinator, School Without Walls Senior High School
Student, School Without Walls Senior High School
Moderator: Maxine Freund, Associate Dean for Research & External Relations, GSEHD

3:00pm - Cooking Demo by Paul Yeck, Head Chef, Jaleo, ThinkFoodGroup (Room 310) 

3:30pm - Keynote Speech by Neal Barnard, M.D., SMHS ‘80 (Continental Ballroom)

3:55pm - Presentation of Student Research Prizes by Diane Robinson Knapp, MS (Continental Ballroom)

3:55pm - Closing Remarks by University President Steven Knapp, Ph.D. (Continental Ballroom)

4:00pm-5:30pm - Reception (Room 309)


Eddie Richard

Richard’s Fruit Market

Eddie Richard of Richard’s Fruit Market sets up the apple display to prepare for students as they line up for apple day.

 Diane Robinson Knapp

Diane Robinson Knapp

 Diane Robinson Knapp, co-chair of the Urban Food Task Force with granddaughter Claire to celebrate Food Day.

 VP Aristide Collins and Chief of Staff Barbara Porter

VP Aristide Collins and Chief of Staff Barbara Porter

VP Aristide Collins and Chief of Staff Barbara Porter show their support for Apple day/Food Day with the George statue.

University Events team

University Events team

Ociola Newby and The University Events team working and having fun in support of GW’s annual Apple Day tradition.

Chef Rob

Chef Rob Demonstration

Chef Rob’s healthy cooking demonstration at the Deanwood Recreation Center for the UFTF/Rodham pop up produce/health screening event.

Chef Rob Donis with Jennifer Hamilton

Chef Rob Donis with Jennifer Hamilton

 University Chef Rob Donis with Jennifer Hamilton, the Seniors Coordinator at DC Parks & Recreation Department display some of the beautiful produce donated to residents for pop-up event.

Urban Food Task Force

Urban Food Task Force

DC Council Member Yvette Alexander(D-7) with GW student volunteers from Food Justice Alliance, Medical Health Sciences, GW Hospital, Center for Civic Engagement, Rodham Institute and the Urban Food Task Force.