Department Head

Connie M. Weaver, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Department Head

Stone Hall, Room 210
700 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059
(765) 494-8237

Dr. Weaver was named professor and head of the Department of Nutrition Science in August 1991. In 2000, she became a Distinguished Professor in the department. Also in 2000, she was appointed director of a National Institutes of Health-funded Botanical Research Center to study dietary supplements containing polyphenolics for age-related diseases. In 2008 she became Deputy Director of The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. In 2010, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.  In 2010, she was appointed to the Food and Nutrition Board.

Her research interests include mineral bioavailability, calcium metabolism, and bone health. Dr. Weaver was appointed to the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and she served on the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board Panel to develop new recommendations for requirements for calcium and related minerals. She has published over 300 original research articles and 100 book chapters and reviews.

For her contributions in teaching, Dr. Weaver was awarded Purdue University's Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1993, she was honored with the Purdue University Health Promotion Award for Women, and in 1997, she received the Institute of Food Technologists Babcock Hart Award. In April 2003, she received the USDA A.O. Atwater Lecturership Award at the annual Experimental Biology meeting. Other honors include the NAMS/Glaxo Smith Kline Consumer Healthcare Calcium Research Award (2006), the Purdue University Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award (2006), the American Society for Nutrition Robert H. Herman Award (2009), the Natural Products Association's Burton Kallman Scientific Award (2010), Member IOM, NAS (2010), and the Linus Pauling Research Award (2011).

Dr. Weaver is past-president of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences and is on the Board of Trustees of the International Life Sciences Institute. Dr. Weaver received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in food science and human nutrition from Oregon State University. She received a PhD in food science and human nutrition from Florida State University and holds minors in chemistry and plant physiology.

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