Annual FN Symposium

The 10th Annual Food and Nutrition Symposium will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Bowling Green State University.

This program has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 5 CPEUs. 


8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. Dr. Kevin Neves, Aquaculture and Sustainability: How it led to a novel, multi-trophic aquaponics system at BGSU
This presentation will cover the issues associated with traditional aquaculture (fish farming) and why changes need to be made in order to ensure sustainable levels. It will also cover emerging technologies such as Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) and how the combination of multiple types of organism can provide sustainable and healthy seafood to people anywhere in the country. The audience can expect to learn the pros and cons of aquaculture and why most (not all) aquaculture is ultimately good for the consumer and should be embraced as such.

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, From Sickness to Health, my Journey as a Nutrition Consultant
Ever wonder what it’s like to be your own boss? Join Lisa Andrews, owner of Sound Bites Nutrition and learn the pros and cons of being a small business owner from cooking on live TV to starting a T shirt business.

11:30 a.m. Awards 

11:45 a.m. Lunch and Poster Session

12:30 p.m. Christin Seher, MS, RDN, LD, Keep Calm and Journey On: Reflexive practice for cultural humility
This presentation will review prevailing models of cultural competence for the dietetics profession and discuss the importance of cultural sensitivity and cultural humility in contemporary dietetics practice while providing practical strategies for engaging in personal reflection around diverse dimensions of identity. Audience members will leave having considered their personal objectives for enhancing cultural reflexivity in practice.

1:30 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m.  Dr. Melissa Billing, Our Health is all Connected: How human, animal and environmental health go hand-in-hand . This presentation highlights how human, animal and environmental health go hand-in-hand, and how farmers focus on animal health to ensure food safety, animal well-being and environmental sustainability. Using pig farming as a case study, the presentation addresses growing concerns about how food animals are raised, including the use of antibiotics, by demonstrating how farmers work with their veterinarians to ensure responsible antibiotic use and protect these medicines for human and animal health.

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


Registration deadline for lunch: October 26, 2018

Full-Day and lunch                                   $50 per person

Full-Day no lunch                                     $35 per person

Half-Day and lunch                                   $30 per person

Students (non-BGSU and lunch)                  $20 per person

BGSU Students/Faculty and lunch                $15 per person

BGSU Student/Faculty/Community member   Free (no lunch)

Exhibitor Opportunity                                $50/table

Please click here to register:

If you would like to make a donation to the Food and Nutrition classroom/lab fund (Reference #302465/HHS515 Williford DM), please visit

Directions and Parking

Search Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Parking on Campus Map.
Parking in Lots 7 BC&D. Parking Permits will be available with online registration

For more information, contact Madeleine Drees at

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