Symposium Schedule
Matthew Middle School, Kirksville

Friday, December 1, 2017

  • 10 am to 3 pm - Nutrition Educators Training
  • 4 to 10 p.m. - Free trade show
  • 6 p.m. - Free co-sponsored beef supper. 

  • 7 p.m. - Evening program begins in the auditorium. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Nutrition Educators Training


Friday, December 1, 2017 -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.           Flyer and registration information (pdf)

Adair County Extension Center, Kirksville, MO                              Cost - $15.00


10 a.m. - ​How Mindfulness Impacts Stress and Eating Behavior


Dr. Lynn Rossy, Health Psychologist
​University of Missouri System

Author, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution

Columbia, Missouri








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11 a.m. - Nutrition Literacy: Building Capacity with Nutrition Information


Heather Gibbs, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas








12 p.m. - Courtesy Lunch


1 p.m. - Re-engineering Sedentary Work to Improve the Health of Workers


Lucas J. Carr, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Health and Human Physiology

University of Iowa









2 p.m. - Safety and Benefits of GMO Crops ​(will also speak at the Missouri Livestock Symposium on Saturday)


John Vicini, Ph.D.
Food and Feed Safety Lead for Scientific Affairs
        & Senior Research Fellow, Regulatory Sciences
Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO














3 p.m. - Program concludes - You're invited to attend the Missouri Livestock Symposium at the Matthew Middle School in Kirksville on Friday evening and Saturday. Check out our schedule to the right.

Dr. Carr received a PhD in Physiology from the University of Wyoming and completed postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioural Medicine at Brown University. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa.  Dr. Carr teaches courses on the topics of obesity and planning health interventions. His research focuses primarily on identifying and testing sustainable solutions for promoting healthy behaviors including physical activity. 

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Dr. Rossy has been teaching and researching mindfulness-based interventions targeting stress, pain, cancer, depression and eating since 1999. She has trained extensively at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society in Worcester, Mass. She received her doctorate and was trained as a health psychologist at the University ​of Missouri.  She founded the Mindfulness Practice Center on the MU campus in 2002 — an innovative program that offers mindfulness classes, workshops, and presentations to students, faculty and staff. She developed an empirically-validated ​10 week mindful eating program called, Eat for Life.

Missouri Livestock Symposium

Dr. Heather Gibbs is an Assistant Professor and registered dietitian at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Gibbs obtained her PhD at the University of Illinois where she began her work to develop a measurement tool for nutrition literacy. The Nutrition Literacy Assessment Instrument, now available in English and Spanish, is a validated tool for comprehensively measuring nutrition literacy. With this work recently completed, she is currently developing projects to improve nutrition literacy in at-risk populations. 

The premier educational event for livestock producers nationwide.

December 1 & 2, 2017

William Matthew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove,  Kirksville, Missouri

Dr. John Vicini is a Senior Research Fellow and the Lead of the Food & Feed Safety Team in Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs at Monsanto Company.  He earned a B.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in Animal Sciences from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Dairy Science from the University of Illinois. Dr. Vicini joined Monsanto in 1987 where he has conducted numerous studies with the objective of assessing safety of Monsanto’s products.  Throughout his scientific career he has worked primarily in Technology with teams that have developed products for improving productivity of farms to enhance animal and human nutrition.  He has authored 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 44 scientific meeting abstracts.  Apart from research papers, he has also written on articles on predatory publishing and use of natural language processing in biology.  

Lynn Rossy