In First in a Series, SLU Research Office Holds Summit on Food and Environment
How will we feed a growing population, in a changing climate, and an equitable and
sustainable way? Reconciling the need to produce food with the need to sustain healthy
ecosystems is a complex challenge that requires an interdisciplinary approach.
The Summit on Food and the Environment will highlight ongoing research at SLU aimed
at addressing the global challenge of balancing food security and ecosystem security,
all while building strong and healthy communities. The summit will be held on October
5, 2017 from 10:30-6pm in the Pere Marquette Gallery on the second floor of DuBourg
Faculty members representing diverse disciplines from across campus will share their
current work as well as thoughts for future research directions. This interactive
summit will begin at 10:30 a.m. with opening remarks from Frances Pestello, Ph.D.,
adjunct professor of sociology at SLU, followed by a keynote presentation by Gary
Nabhan, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair for Sustainable Food Systems at the University
of Arizona and a leading thinker in sustainable food systems.
SLU research talks will be presented by Ellen Barnidge, Ph.D., Douglas Williams, J.D.,
M.D., Damon Hall, Ph.D., Flannery Burke, Ph.D., Ivis Forrester, Ph.D., RDN, Lauren
Landfried, M.S., Michael, Milster, M.S., C.E.C., Wasit Wulamu, Ph.D., and Allison
Miller, Ph.D. Visit the summit web page to learn more about the talks the faculty members will deliver. Nutritious, local
and farm fresh lunch and refreshments will be provided by students from the SLU Department
of Nutrition and Dietetics.
"Focusing on issues of vital importance to the city, region and world, this symposium
will highlight the work of SLU researchers who are involved in solving one of the
world’s most pressing problems, as well as bring in outside experts to share their
perspectives," said Kenneth Olliff, D.Min, MBA, Vice President for Research.
The summit will be the first in a series of events in 2017-2018 that will highlight
areas of research excellence and growth at SLU.
“Saint Louis University's Five Year Research Growth Plan is an ambitious campaign
to position SLU as one of the world’s premier Jesuit research universities,” said
Read about some of SLU’s plans in a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch story.