Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dr. Rudy Nayga Speaking on Nutrition, Obesity & Health

Dr. Rudy Nayga, Professor and Tyson Chair in Food Policy Economics, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences will be speaking to the Emerging Issues in Food Law class October 2, 2009. Dr. Nayga will be discussing his article, Nutrition, Obesity and Health: Policies and Economic Research Challenges, published last year in the European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Dr. Nayga's research interests are focused on the economics of food policy and quality and on obtaining an understanding of how emerging consumer issues affect food and nutrient consumption/demand and public policies. Current and recent topics include product and program valuation related to GMOs, irradiated foods, health claims, nutritional label use and diet quality, obesity, intra-household time/resource allocation and children's dietary behavior.

Dr. Nayga received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas last year, he was a professor at Texas A&M University for 11 years. He also was a faculty member at Rutgers University for 4 years and at Massey University, New Zealand for about a year. He was a visiting professor and Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Marketing and Consumer Behavior department of Wageningen University, The Netherlands in Spring 2001 and Taiwan National Science Council Fellow at the National Taiwan University in April 2008. He has published more than 140 refereed articles and is a frequent speaker both in the U.S. and Europe.

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