Barbara O. Schneeman - (Chair)
Barbara O. Schneeman, Ph.D., is professor emerita of the University of California, Davis. From 2004 to 2013 she was the director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In that position, she oversaw the development of policy and regulations for dietary supplements, labeling, food standards, infant formula, and medical foods and served as U.S. delegate to two Codex committees (Food Labeling and Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses). From 1976-2004, she was a member of the nutrition and food science faculty at UC Davis where she served in several administrative roles, including chair of the Department of Nutrition, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and associate vice provost for University Outreach. She has been a visiting scientist at UC San Francisco, and assistant administrator for Nutrition in the Agricultural Research Service of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Professional activities include higher education coordinator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, participation in Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), NASEM committees, USDA, Food and Agricultural Organization, World Health Organization, the American Society for Nutrition, and the Institute of Food Technologists. She has been associate editor for the Journal of Nutrition and on several editorial boards including Nutrition Reviews, Journal of Nutrition, and Journal of Food Science. Her professional honors include National Associate of NASEM, fellow of the American Society of Nutrition, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Carl Fellers award from the Institute of Food Technology, the FDA commissioner’s special citation and the Harvey W. Wiley Medal, the FDA merit award, the Samuel Cate Prescott award for research, future leader award, and several honorary lectureships. She is recognized for her work on dietary fiber, gastro-intestinal function, development and use of food-based dietary guidelines, and policy development in food and nutrition. She received her B.S. degree in food science from UC Davis, Ph.D. in nutrition from UC Berkeley, and postdoctoral training in gastro-intestinal physiology at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California.
Cait Lamberton, Ph.D., is professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Her research focuses on consumer behavior, with particular focus in topics related to self-control, the reduction of waste in retail and policy settings, scarcity, and online consumer experience. In addition to participating as an affiliated researcher in the first year of the White House’s social and behavioral science team and currently a team scientist at the University of Pennsylvania’s behavior change for good initiative, Dr. Lamberton has been retained as a consultant by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as well as by major food manufacturers and financial services firms. She has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing and Journal of Consumer Psychology, as well as on the editorial review board of the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, co-editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Psychology, and has been identified as one of the 25 most productive marketing scholars in the world by the American Marketing Association. For her research, Dr. Lamberton was named a Marketing Science Institute young scholar, received the Association for Consumer Research’s early career contribution award, the American Marketing Association’s Erin Anderson award and the Journal of Marketing’s Hunt/Maynard award and the Lazaridis prize for her work on digital and social media. Dr. Lamberton holds a B.A. in English literature from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in business administration and marketing from the University of South Carolina.
Laura C. Moreno
Laura C. Moreno, B.S., is a Ph.D. candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Moreno worked as an environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency focusing on reducing organic waste materials, including food waste, from reaching landfills. Her research centers around food wasted in households in the United States with a focus on measurement and behavior. Using her interdisciplinary background in environmental science, human factors, urban planning, sociology, and nutrition, she looks at how food becomes “waste” within the broader contexts of the food system, health, and everyday life. With a combination of direct measurement, statistical modeling, and open-ended interviews, she focuses on identifying determinants of wasted food in households that can be used for evidence-based prevention interventions. During her Ph.D., Ms. Moreno worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council, leading the first-of-its-kind household level measurement in the United States, based on data collected in Denver, Nashville, and New York. She also worked with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on their wasted food study of urban and rural Oregon households. Ms. Moreno has been recognized for her work as a University of California Nutrition Policy Institute fellow, National Science Foundation graduate research fellow, Berkeley Food Institute community engagement fellow, and as one of the University of California global food initiative’s 30 under 30. She is also a member of the United Nations expert group on measuring progress towards sustainable development goal 12.3.1.b, which aims to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. Ms. Moreno will receive her Ph.D. in energy and resources in August 2019. She earned a B.S. in conservation and resources studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Roni Neff, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the Departments of Environmental Health & Engineering and Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also directs the food system sustainability and public health program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, an academic center focused on food systems and public health. Her research, policy and practice efforts focus on wasted food, urban food system resilience, and sustainable diets. Her team has an active portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects addressing waste of food, including focus on consumers, policy and interventions, quantification, seafood waste, and food distribution and donation. She is also developing a 2019 conference to identify research needs related to urban waste of food, with support from the National Science Foundation. She is on the board of the Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society and previously led the American Public Health Association’s Food & Environment Working Group. Dr. Neff is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food Forum. She received her A.B. from Brown University, M.S. from the Harvard School of Public Health, and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Richard E. Nisbett
Richard E. Nisbett, Ph.D., (NAS), is the Theodore M. Newcomb distinguished university professor of psychology emeritus and research professor emeritus at Michigan's Institute for Social Research. He is former director of the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Michigan and former co-director of the University's Culture and Cognition Program. He is a recipient of the distinguished scientific contribution award of the American Psychological Association, the William James fellow award of the American Psychological Society, and the distinguished senior scientist award of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His book The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and Why won the William James Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Nisbett's research interests focus on reasoning and basic cognitive processes, especially induction, statistical reasoning, causal attribution, cost-benefit analysis and logical vs. dialectical approaches to problem-solving. He has studied the degree to which cognitive processes can be trained and has demonstrated that there are marked differences in East Asian and Western reasoning styles. His book Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count showed that, contrary to the general opinion that intelligence is largely genetically determined, the environment has massive effects on intellectual skills. His book Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking showed how 100 different scientific and philosophical concepts are enormously useful for business, professional and personal problems. His book Culture of Honor: The Psychology of Violence in the South showed that, for members of some cultures, an insult is an act that must be responded to with violence, and this fact lies behind a host of differences in attitudes and behavior between the South and North of the United States. He is on the editorial board of the journals Cognition, Psychological Review, Personality and Social Psychological Review and Evolution and Human Behavior. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University.