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July 6, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Piltch, who received her doctoral degree from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in 2018. While studying at Tufts, she also was a student member of the EFSNE Production Team for four years, working with Drs. Tim Griffin and Christian Peters.

July 6, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Graham Jeffries, who received his doctoral degree in Agriculture, Food and Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University earlier this year. While pursuing his master’s degree at Tufts, Jeffries was a student member of the EFSNE project, working with Tim Griffin who co-leads the Production Team.

Ryan Lee (third from left) after successfully defending his dissertation.
July 6, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Lee, who received his doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2017. While conducting his dissertation research, he also was a student member of the EFSNE Consumption Team.

November 18, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. John Eshleman, who received his doctoral degree from Penn State earlier this year. While conducting his dissertation research, Eshleman also was a student member of the EFSNE project’s Consumption team for more than three years and served as a member of its administrative team as well.

November 17, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Tichenor, who received her doctoral degree from Tufts University earlier this year. While conducting her dissertation research, she also was a student member of the Production Team.

EFSNE Project interns Hayly Hoch, left, and Alyssa Gurklis.
November 15, 2016

Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of the EFSNE project, so it’s fitting that the project’s most recent interns—two Penn State students from very different majors—found learning from each other to be an important part of the internship experience.

Elaine Hill. Photo courtesy of University of Rochester
November 12, 2015

On a five-year project, turnover is a fact of life. The best kind of turnover happens when students working on the project receive their degrees and advance in their careers. One of these “project alumni” is Elaine Hill. Now an assistant professor of public health sciences and health economist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Hill worked with the EFSNE project from 2011-2014 as a graduate student at Cornell University. We caught up with Hill over the summer to reflect on her time with the project and to learn more about what she’s up to now.

Zach Conrad. Image provided.
October 17, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Zach Conrad, who received his doctoral degree from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in August. While conducting his dissertation research, Conrad also was a student member of the EFSNE project’s Production Team for more than four years, serving as a research assistant to Drs. Tim Griffin and Christian Peters at Tufts University.

May 1, 2015

From undergraduate interns conducting intercept surveys to graduate students analyzing land-use data to postdoctoral scholars performing spatial analyses with crop models, the EFSNE project has engaged with dozens of students and trainees. Members of the Education Team are working to document some of this student engagement by administering a survey to all of the students who have been involved with the project to date.

Penn State undergraduates Shannon McCullough (left) and Jillian Gordon interned with the EFSNE project during the summer of 2014.
February 5, 2015

Jillian Gordon and Shannon McCullough are two Penn State undergraduate students who were both drawn to a Pittsburgh-based EFSNE internship for the same reason: the chance to work in a city. But Pittsburgh beckoned them in different ways.

October 25, 2014

A new course launched this spring at Tufts University offered students a first-hand look at the suite of sophisticated tools that scientists use to study food systems. Titled "Food Systems Modeling and Analysis," the course was designed to equip students with an understanding of the methods and data sources used to conduct various food systems models and analyses. Students also became acquainted with the major research findings that have resulted from the use of food system models to date.

July 10, 2014

If the Education Team needed an ambassador, it could be Lauren Chenarides. A doctoral candidate in Agricultural Economics at Penn State, she is one of a number of students benefiting from the team’s efforts to train future food system scientists. But she’s also done some of that training herself, teaching a course that immersed 40 Penn State undergraduate students in the concepts of food access, food security, and regional food systems.

Olivia Lindsey (center) helped organize community events to help get the word out about the project. Pictured with her are Chelsea Holmes of Women for a Healthy Environment, and Chef Bill Fuller of big Burrito Restaurant Group. Credit: Heather Mikulas
March 22, 2014

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Penn State Senior Olivia Lindsey spent six months interning with the EFSNE project. From conducting site-based research to organizing community events, her internship activities bolstered her appetite for a career in food systems work.

December 4, 2013

As part of the EFSNE project’s education objectives, team members at Tufts University launched a new course aimed at giving students the opportunity to conduct food system research on topics that complement the project.