College of Education, Health and Human Development Outstanding Faculty Lecture Series
- Friday, December 2, 2016 from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
- Herrick Hall - view map
HHD professors Selena Ahmed and Carmen Byker Shanks will present a lecture, "Not all Apples are the Same: Variation in the Montana Food Environment," as part of the College of EHHD's Outstanding Faculty Lecture Series. This is the first in a series of faculty lectures which features the College of EHHD's recipients of the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Awards.
Selena Ahmed, assistant professor in sustainable food and bioenergy systems, is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Researcher in the Department of Health and Human Development. Dr. Ahmed’s teaching and research interests are at the intersection of the ecological, cultural, and health aspects of food systems. Her research examines the effects of environmental and management variation on multiple dimensions of agro-ecosystems in the context of global change and links to livelihoods, dietary quality, and food security. Her research asks questions such as: How does environmental variation and agro-ecosystem management impact crop quality and farmer livelihoods? How do health outcomes of local food systems reflect the ecology, culture, and policy of a place? She leads the Agro-ecology and Phytochemistry Group of the Food and Health Lab (FAHL) at MSU in collaboration with Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks. She has published numerous articles on her research and has received several large grants.
Carmen Byker Shanks, an assistant professor of nutrition and the 2014 Outstanding Researcher in the Department of Health and Human Development, is a co-presenter. Dr. Byker Shanks’ teaching, research, and outreach expertise lies in behavioral and social sciences focused on food and nutrition. She teaches courses that explore community nutrition, culinary methods and management, research methods, human development, and sustainable food systems. She leads the Behavioral Nutrition Research Group of the Food and Health Lab (FAHL) at Montana State University (MSU). In her research, she addresses nutritional needs of communities through direct collaboration and the use of nutrient analysis tools, surveying, sensory testing, food environment instruments, food weighing and plate waste, mapping, inventories, and qualitative methodology.
Light refreshments provided.
- College of Education, Health and Human Development