The Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC) at Purdue University teaches a special topics course every other year on a current controversial issue. In 2006 and 2008 focused on thermogenesis (a component of energy expenditure) and brain reward systems, respectively. Currently, the topic is eating patterns. The course entails inviting 4 scholars on the topic to campus at approximately monthly intervals (one scholar at a time) to lead a seminar with our graduate students and to give a broader lecture to the University community. We ask the visiting scholar to provide a reading list of their work and relevant others that the students will read and discuss with a faculty member in IBRC for several weeks prior to the visiting scholars arrival. That way, the students are able to interact with the scholar on a high level.
The course is divided into sections on cross-cultural, dietary, circadian and infradian patterns. On January 14-February 4, special lecturer Susan B. Racette, Associate Professor from the Washington Univ. School of Medicine spoke on Infradian Eating Patterns. On February 11-25 and on March 11th, Jill Reedy, PhD, MPH, RD, Nutritionist with the Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch in the Applied Research Program at the National Cancer Institute spoke about dietary patterns. This week, Lauren Lissner, PhD, Professor of Public Heath and Community Medicine from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden is speaking on Circadian Eating Patterns. The final visiting scholar is Andrea Wiley, PhD, Professor of Anthropology from Indiana University who will speak on cross-cultural eating patterns from April 8 – 29th. For more information about the IBRC Special Topics Courses, contact Dr. Rick Mattes or Dr. Megan McCrory iin the Department of Foods and Nutrition at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.