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Brandy Phipps, Ph.D., Central State University Assistant Professor and Project Leader for a recent historic $10 Million grant, joined notable leaders such as Senators Cory Booker and John Cornyn to discuss the need to invest in Sustainable Nutrition Science!

WILBERFORCE, OH –Our Health, Our Planet, Our Future: The Urgent Need to Invest in Sustainable Nutrition Science congressional briefing, hosted by the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), was held via a live virtual teleconference on January 26, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The briefing, which explored findings from a recent UCS report titled, From Silos to Systems, found that federal investments in sustainable nutrition science—research and education at the intersection of food production, climate, environment, and nutrition—are insufficient to address national burdens of diet-related disease, climate change, and environmental degradation.

The panel brought the perspectives of leading scientists, farmers, and public health professionals from around the country, who spoke to the critical importance of sustainable nutrition science in their research and practice, and who offered recommendations that can help support healthy communities across the country.

Speakers included Senator Cory Booker-Chair, Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research; Senator John Cornyn, Chair, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness; and Central State University (CSU) College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture(CESTA), Assistant Professor of Research Brandy E. Phipps, Ph.D.

Among Dr. Phipps’ many notable accomplishments at CSU was a recent $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund the Sustainable Agriculture Systems (SAS) project.  The historic project partners the expertise and efforts of all three types of Land-Grant Institutions – including College of Menominee Nation (1994 Land-Grant), Kentucky State University (1890 Land-Grant), and University of Delaware, University of Kentucky, and Mississippi State University (1862 Land-Grants).

“I was invited to participate in the Briefing because of my recent funding of our USDA-NIFA-SAS grant, which targets the intersection of food production, climate change, and nutrition/health equity. I was honored to participate and emphasized the importance of integrating research, education, and outreach – particularly to historically disadvantaged and excluded communities – in this type of work.”

Dr. Phipps’ research at CSU focuses on holistic interactions of biomolecules in plant extracts and foods; mechanisms of biomolecules in the prevention/alleviation of disease; and evaluation of nutrition and wellness needs and development of strategies to mitigate chronic health conditions in underserved and historically disadvantaged populations.  Dr. Phipps has 20+ years of higher education teaching experience in the Biological and Life Sciences. She is particularly passionate about providing educational equity, advanced experiential Agri-STEM learning opportunities, and personalized mentoring to students who have been socially and economically disadvantaged.

“We are so proud of Dr. Phipps,” said Central State University President Dr. Jack Thomas.    Innovation is in our DNA here at CSU and Dr. Phipps is one of the many fantastic researchers who is leading the charge and she provided great representation for Central State at this important congressional briefing.”

“We in CESTA/1890 Land Grant Programs are proud of Dr. Phipps,” said Michelle Corley, Ph.D., and Dean/Director of CESTA/1890 Land-Grant programs at CSU. “She represented us well, has put our Nutrition based research programs in the limelight, and primed our students' aspirations in the field. I look forward to her continued contribution to our quest for Agriculture Innovation here in CESTA at CSU.”

Other notable panelist speakers included:

  • Sarah Reinhardt, Senior Analyst, Food Systems & Health Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean and Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy (Moderator)
  • Tambra Raye Stevenson, Founder and CEO Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA)
  • Don Bustos Organic Farmer, Santa Cruz Farm, New Mexico

Congressional BriefingAdditional coverage of the briefing can be found at:


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