The Nutritional Sciences Council of Iowa State University (NSC) was established in 1949 by the
Dean of the Graduate College to coordinate research and teaching of nutritional sciences across
several academic departments. Initial objectives were to facilitate communication among
researchers and coordination of graduate curricula leading to degrees in nutritional sciences.
These efforts have led to the creation of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional
Sciences (IGPNS). Aside from the activities of the IGPNS, current activities under the guidance
of the NSC include the following:
1. Annual sponsorship of a Modern Views of Nutrition seminar series during fall semester
that is a degree requirement for IGPNS students.
2. Sponsorship of timely international and regional/national symposia.
3. Promotion of graduate education in nutritional sciences via the IGPNS.
4. Sponsorship of an annual Lectureship that is a degree requirement for IGPNS graduate
5. Sponsorship of an annual David R. Griffith Research Excellence Award for outstanding
nutritional sciences graduate students.
6. Administration of the W.S. Martin Endowment for funding of small, innovative research
projects related to nutritional sciences.
7. Coordination of the Norman Borlaug Lecture and its associated poster competition each
The Council is composed of members of the Iowa State University faculty and staff whose
primary interests are research and graduate education in nutritional sciences. Departments
represented are: Food Science and Human Nutrition, Animal Science, Kinesiology,
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Economics, Agronomy, Genetics,
Development and Cell Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Human Development and
Family Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Pathology, and
Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine. The interdepartmental nature of the
Council affords an opportunity for exchange of ideas and development of common interests.
The Wise and Helen Burroughs Lectureship fund provides partial support for the Modern Views
of Nutrition seminar series and the Summer Lectureship, which includes travel expenses and
honoraria for invited scientists. The D.R. Griffith Research Excellence Award fund provides
support for the graduate student research award. An endowment provided by W. S. Martin (Iowa
State University alumnus) is used to provide support for the small research grants program. The
James A. Olson Memorial Fund provides funds for support of the Summer Lectureship.
Additional financial support for the Modern Views of Nutrition seminar, Borlaug Lecture and
poster competition, and other Council activities is provided by the President’s Office,
participating departments, the Graduate College, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
College of Human Sciences, USDA National Animal Disease Center, and outside agencies.