Azzeddine Azzam

Azzeddine Azzam is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Azzam has worked in the field for about 34 years, and his teaching and research interests include microeconomics and agricultural and natural resource economies.

The Washington Post reported about Azzam’s research on how Americans could lose weight by switching to diets common in other countries. He was also quoted by the Norfolk Daily News in 2018 on the Trump administration’s trade policies. He has written about topics such as how a greenhouse gas tax would affect the price of a burger for the industry publication Beef Magazine.

Azzam previously taught as a Fulbright scholar at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. He chaired the economics department at the University of Dubai, and served as senior economic adviser at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He founded the Center for Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, as well as the Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, where he is also an editor.

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Location: Lincoln, Neb. 

Expertise: Microeconomics, industrial organization, agriculture, livestock

Contact information: 

Phone: 402- 472-5326 (o)

Email: aazzam1@unl.edu

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Angela Anandappa

Angela Anandappa, Ph.D., is the founding executive director of the nonprofit Alliance for Advanced Sanitation, an organization focused on improving food safety. 

Anandappa has researched and worked in food industry safety and genomics for over 20 years. She helped establish the Food Systems Innovation Center at the University of Kentucky with the goal of providing resources for local food businesses. She is also board chair of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative.

Her research interests focus on improving sanitation in manufacturing plants to mitigate environmental and public health harm. She teaches online classes on food science and risk assessment at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. 

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Expertise: Food safety, sanitation, genomics, supply chains

Location: Chicago, Ill. 

Contact info: 

Phone: 847-778-0567

Email: angela@sanitationalliance.org

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Last updated: April 3, 2020

Rose Elizondo

Rose Elizondo is a restorative justice expert and advocate for peaceful prison reform. Her work focuses on indigenous peacemaking, community building and finding healing alternatives to the criminal justice system.

Elizondo has worked as a restorative justice organizer in the Northern California region for nearly 15 years. In 2005 she co-founded the San Quentin Prison Restorative Justice Interfaith Roundtable, which is now one of the largest grassroots prison restorative justice initiatives in the United States. As a 2017 Soros Fellow, she plans to continue to work with Navajo community leaders in creating alternatives to the justice system in through the use of cultural traditions and practices.

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2017 Soros Justice Fellow and Prison Reform Advocate

Areas of Expertise: Restorative Justice, Indigenous Peacemaking, Racial Equity and its intersections of Mass Incarceration, Restorative Economics and Food Justice.

Location: Crownpoint, NM and San Francisco, CA

Contact Info:

E-mail: Rose4peacemaking@gmail.com

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Farha Aslam

Farha Aslam leads Stephens Inc.’s food and agribusiness equity research coverage. She joined this private investment bank in December 2004. Prior to joining Stephens, Aslam was part of Merrill Lynch’s equity research effort, where she worked on companies such as Kellogg, Kraft Foods, and the J.M.Smucker Company. She is an expert on the food and agriculture business.

Aslam received her B.A. from the University of California and an MBA from Columbia University.

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Managing Director at Stephens Inc.

Areas of expertise: Food and Agribusiness

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Chenoa Taitt, EVP of Marketing and Communications
Email: chenoa.taitt@stephens.com
Phone: (212) 891-1742

Laura Stephens, Marketing and Media Specialist
Email: laura.stephens@stephens.com
Phone: (212) 891-1717

Heard On The Street: Dive Into Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson and Hormel Shares

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Hussein Amery

Dr. Hussein A. Amery teaches at the Colorado School of Mines and has served as associate provost of the university as well as director of the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies. His research is centered on water and food security in the Arab World and the Middle East.

He has co-edited a book on the hydropolitics along the Jordan River basin, and published numerous papers on themes such as the potential for water war, Islamic perspectives on the natural environment, water management in Lebanon, and on conflict resolution along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Currently, Amery is expanding his research into potential threats to the critical infrastructure in the Arab Gulf States. He has consulted on water and political geography issues for U.S. government agencies, Canada’s International Development and Research Center, and American engineering firms.

Amery’s most recent book is “Arab Water Security: Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf States,” published by Cambridge University Press.

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Associate Professor of International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines

Areas of Expertise: Water and Food Security, Human and Environmental Security, Transboundary Water Conflicts; Identifying and Analyzing Threats to Critical Infrastructure in the Arab Gulf States and the Wider Middle East

Location: Golden, CO

Contact Information:

Email: hamery@mines.edu
Phone: (303) 273 3339

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Dr. Amery Discusses The Relationship Between The Energy Industry and Water Security In Arab Gulf States

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Last Verified: August 2015

Frederick Douglass Opie

Frederick Douglass Opie is Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College and a blogger at Food As A Lens. His work focuses on the history of food traditions, cultures and systems, and how and why they have changed. His expertise has been cited in the Harvard Gazette and NPR, among other news outlets.

Opie is a frequent guest on the popular American Public Media show The Splendid Table, the television series Appetite City and in the documentary Soul Food Junkie. He is also the author of “Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America,” “Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala and 1882-1923“ and the forthcoming book “Black and Latino Relation in New York 1959 to 1989.”

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Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College

Areas of Expertise: Foodways, Campaigns, Food Movements

Location: Babson Park, MA

Contact Info:

Phone: (781) 239-5611
Email: fdopie@gmail.com
Twitter: @DrFredDOpie

Heard on NPR News and Notes: A Soul Food Journey From Africa To America

Janet Tomiyama

Dr. Janet Tomiyama is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Tomiyama’s research focuses on eating behavior, psychological stress, and cellular aging with focus on macro factors like socioeconomic status to micro factors like telomere shortening (a biomarker of age.)

Dr.Tomiyama’s expertise also lies in dieting and the potential negative psychological and biological consequences. Her research tests questions such as: Is “comfort food” really comforting? Is dieting stressful? Does stress age our immune system and, if so, how? Can calorie restriction reverse this type of aging? Who are our society’s most successful dieters, and what can we learn from them? Is stress to blame for racial disparities in obesity? What are the negative health consequences of experiencing weight stigma? 

Dr. Tomiyama has been featured in publications such as USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and BBC News, where she discussed stress hormones and their effects on dietingstress eating and African American girls and the relationship between dieting and longevity.

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Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise: Eating Behavior, Obesity, Dieting and Stress, Eating and Cellular Aging, Weight Stigma, Health Disparities in Stress and Weight, Behavioral Economics and Healthier Eating

Location: Los Angeles, CA


Contact Info:

*Best time to contact: Late morning or early afternoon, PST

Phone: (310) 206-6875

Email: tomiyama@psych.ucla.edu

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The CRONA Study: How Calorie Restriction Affects Aging and Health

Evette Rios

Evette Rios is a DIY design expert and host of “Recipe Rehab,” which airs every Sunday morning on CBC.  She blogs about cooking and crafts on RachaelRay.com and on her own website and also contributes to Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine, Siempre Mujer magazines, and “Al Despertar” on Univision. Evette was previously the co-host and designer for “Freestyle” on HGTV and for “In A Fix,” a TLC home repair show.

According to her bio, the December/January 2012 issue of Latina Magazine named Ríos one of the 50 reasons to love being Latina and the “Mobile Martha Stewart”.


Host of “Recipe Rehab” every Sunday morning on CBS

Areas of Expertise: Food & Food Trends, DIY Home Décor and Design, Interior Design, Budget-Friendly Crafts, Entertaining at Home

Location: New York City

Contact Information:
Email:
evette@evetterios.com
Phone: (212) 960-3026
Twitter: @evrios

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