Calcium Metabolism for the 21st Century:
A Symposium to Honor Distinguished Professor Connie Weaver's induction into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
A symposium was held to honor Connie Weaver's induction into the Institute of Medicine on October 27 - 28, 2011 at Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
Videos from Symposium:
Dinner to Honor Dr. Connie Weaver
Connie M. Weaver, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University and member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine. Her early accomplishments were in the area of nutrition research and mineral bioavailability. Dr. Weaver’s unique approach to the study of calcium metabolism in teens uses stable non-radioactive isotope methodology. This approach along with Camp Calcium has provided insight into factors affecting development of peak bone mass during growth, which determines risk of osteoporosis in women. The results of these studies by her research team are being used to set recommendations for calcium for populations around the world. She was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board Panel to develop new recommendations for requirements for calcium and related minerals. The level of 1300 mg/day for teens was based on research done in Camp Calcium.
In 2000, she envisioned a Botanicals Center at Purdue University. It became a reality when the National Institutes of Health supported the center focusing on polyphenols and their effects on age-related diseases. In 2008, she became Deputy Director of the new Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Dr. Weaver is past-president of American Society for Nutritional Sciences and is on the Board of Trustees of the International Life Sciences Institute. 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 United States Department of Agriculture A.O. Atwater Lecture Award at the annual Experimental Biology meeting. Dr. Weaver served on the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. In 2005, she was honored with the Centennial Laureate Award, Florida State University and the American College of Nutrition Career Award. In 2006, she was the McGovern Award recipient from Ball State University and was the first woman to be awarded the Sigma Xi Outstanding Researcher Award at Purdue. She received Indiana’s Premier Health Award-the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in 2010. She received the American Society for Nutrition Robert H Herman Award in 2009 and the Gilbert A Leveille Lectureship Award in 2011. She is the Linus Pauling Prize winner for 2011.
Dr. Weaver serves on numerous advisory boards for industry, as well as numerous NIH study sections, including chair of the nutrition study section from 2001-2003. She is currently a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine. She has published over 300 research articles. Dr. Weaver received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in food science and human nutrition from Oregon State University. She received a Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition from Florida State University and holds minors in chemistry and plant physiology.
Under her direction the Department of Nutrition Science (formerly Foods and Nutrition) has grown its research support to multi-million dollars. Today, the department is ranked at Purdue as having the highest research dollars per faculty FTE. Dr. Weaver leads by example. She is a true scholar, having achieved outstanding recognition in learning, discovery, and engagement.