Associate Professor of Nutrition, Health and Human Performance Bill Landis will present the 2012 Faculty Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The lecture, titled “FROM ONE SEED: a Journey from Farm, to Plate, to You,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.
Landis’s talk will feature his original short film, “Seed.” Using on-location footage and featuring interviews with growers, scientists, Meredith students, and farmer’s market consumers, the film follows the development of a single organically-grown tomato plant from seed to market.
Landis is the program coordinator for the foods and nutrition program, and is the director of the M.S. program in nutrition. His interests and research background include local and organic foods, sustainable diets and methods of food production, vegetarianism and sports nutrition. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Guilford College, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in foods and nutrition from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Landis started The Meredith Organic Community Garden (also known as “Three Sisters Garden”) in 2005. The garden provides the Meredith community with an opportunity to explore and grow fresh healthy food. The garden is a demonstration of the concepts and methods used in producing plants and food in an environmentally sound and ecologically sustainable manner.
The first Faculty Distinguished Lecture was presented by Norma Rose in December 1964. According to “Faculty Distinguished Lectures 1964-1981,” the lecture series was designed to “represent a significant achievement of research by a faculty member.”
Landis’ Faculty Distinguished Lecture counts as an Academic/Cultural Event for General Education credit.
The Faculty Distinguished Lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Johnson Hall Rotunda. This event is sponsored by Meredith’s convocation committee.
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