2015 Morris Lecture

Photograph of Dr. Olav Oftedal

Dr. Olav Oftedal

Date: April 13, 2015 CANCELLED
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: UC Davis campus, Gladys Valley Hall, Room 1030
CE credit available: 1 hour
Webinar: available.  If you have never attended an Adobe Connect webinar test your connection.  The webinar is only available live, and it will not be recorded.  Webinar attendees will receive full CE credit since it is live and interactive.

The annual Morris Lecture is supported by the Morris Lecture Fund and is free to all who attend on-site.  This year's speaker, Dr. Olav Oftedal, will discuss Neonatal Nutrition and Its Importance in Mammalian Evolution.

Dr. Olav Oftedal achieved his academic degrees from Harvard (B.A. in biology, 1971) and Cornell (Ph.D. in nutrition, 1981).  He joined the Smithsonian Institution - National Zoo as an animal nutritionist in 1978.  At the National Zoo he developed a nutrition research program to improve zoo animal diets and to understand the nutritional ecology of animals in the wild, culminating in studies in Antarctica in 2006-2007.  In 2008 he moved to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland as emeritus scientist.  Much of his ongoing research focuses on nutritional analysis of milk and other animal foods, and on assessing lactation strategies in a variety of mammals.  He is investigating the paleobiological origin and early evolution of mammary glands and their secretions, including milk proteins and oligosaccharides.  When not involved in research, Olav enjoys walking on Chesapeake Bay beaches with Alex, his 100 pound Doberman rescue.