Co-Chairs

Stefani Engelstein Ph.D., co-chair of planning committee
Director, Life Sciences and Society Program; Associate Professor of German Studies
Research areas: literary and cultural studies in connection with the history of science.

Sara Gable Ph.D., co-chair of planning committee
Associate Professor of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology; State Extension Specialist
Research Areas: Child care provider workforce development, childhood overweight: etiology and outcomes, development during infancy and early childhood.

Planning Committee

Nina Furstenau B.J.
Adjunct Professor of Agricultural Journalism; Food Editor, Missouri Life Magazine
Research Areas: Regional flavors of Missouri; Understanding connections between producers, foods, and lands.

David Goldstein M.D.
Director of Pediatric Endocrinology, Professor (Emeritus)
Research Areas: Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Ingolf Gruen Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Food Science; Undergraduate Adviser Chair
Research Areas: Analytical chemistry with applications in food composition, flavor chemistry and the influence of food ingredients on quality attributes of foods.

Mary Hendrickson Ph.D.
Extension Associate Professor of Rural Sociology
Research Areas: Food and agriculture sociology.

Julie Kapp M.Ph., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Research Areas: cancer control, cancer epidemiology, epidemiologic research methods, screening, surveillance.

Carol Lazzaro-Weis Ph.D.
Professor of French and Italian
Research Areas: seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French novel, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian literature, contemporary Italian and French women writers, genre, and feminist literary theory

Marc Linit Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research & Extension, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Professor of Plant Sciences
Effects of insects on forest and plantation communities

Jill Lucht 
Research Associate, Agricultural Economics, MU Extension

LuAnne Roth Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor of English
Folkloristics (folk art and material culture, foodways, family folklore, popular culture, contemporary legend), film studies, and feminist, post-colonial, and critical race theories

Jon Stemmle M.A.
Associate Director, Health Communication Research Center
Research Areas: social marketing campaigns, agenda setting and building, and localized and tailored health communication, specifically determining the elements of a news story that help determine usage by both media and the public

Peter Stiepleman Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Columbia Public Schools, Principle, West Boulevard Elementary School
Interest Areas: Second Language Acquisition

Randall Westgren Ph.D.
Professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics
Research Areas: economics of entrepreneurship, strategic management in the agri-food sector and competitiveness

Matthew Will Ph.D.
Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Lab; Associate Professor of Psychology
Research Areas: Application of neuroscience to the study of drug and food addiction

Advisory Committee

Bill Allen M.A., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Science and Agricultural Journalism
Research Areas: Science, environment and medical journalism, narrative journalism (creative nonfiction), explanatory reporting, and investigative reporting

Martha Dragich J.D.
Professor of Law
Research Areas: Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts, Legislation, Law & Literature, and Remedies.

Mindy Ducan M.S.
Ph.D. Candidate, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs
Research Areas: how accepting federal government funds to provide a service can bring a host of challenges to organization, psychological components of organizational behavior

Eduardo Crespi B.S.N.
Director, Centro Latino de Salud
Interest Areas: Public Health, Diabetes and Obesity in the Latin American Community

Melinda Himmelgarn M.S., R.D.
Clinical Dietitian
Interest Areas: organic, sustainable diets, the connection between food, agriculture and health

Christopher Hardin Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Research Areas: The regulation and organization of glycolysis, metabolomics, diabetes and smooth muscle metabolism

Michael Holland 
University Archivist; Director of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books

Toni Kazic Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Research Areas: Understanding complex biological systems, deconvolution of complex phenotypes, maize disease lesion mimic mutants as a model system

Carol Lorenzen Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Meat Science
Research Areas: Red meat quality, consumer acceptance of beef and pork, and the development of a biosensor to detect calpastatin and ultimately predict beef tenderness

Vera Massey 
Nutrition and Health Education Specialist & County Program Director, Boone County, MU Extension Center

William McKelvey 
Coordinator Program/Project Support, Division of Applied Social Sciences

Rex Ricketts 
Program Coordinator, Commercial Agriculture; Professor of Dairy Science

Sandy Rikoon Ph.D.
Professor of Rural Sociology
Research Areas: environmental sociology, political ecology, food security, and ethnicity

Janet Saidi M.A.
News Director, KBIA; Assistant Professor of Radio and Television Journalism
Interests: Public Radio

Jack Schultz Ph.D.
Director, Bond Life Sciences Center; Professor of Plant Science
Research Areas: interactions between plant defensive chemistry and insect herbivores, dynamic "induced" responses by plants to attack by insects, how some insects mask their attack or even manipulate plant defenses, how plant responses to insect herbivores influences their responses to other stresses