Keiser Lecturer 2013: Dr. Sharon A. Norton
2013 Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences
Dr. Sharon A. Norton, Mathile Institute for Advancement of Human Nutrition
“Battling Hidden Hunger”
Dr. Sharon A. Norton, M.S., Ph.D., joined the Mathile Institute for Advancement of Human Nutrition as director of development in 2007. For more than 23 years, Norton has focused on nutrition delivery science, including the creation of methodologies to define strategy, develop programming, and launch successful products and projects in the packaged goods, agricultural and nonprofit sectors. Her work has implemented a number of programs to combat global childhood hunger and undernutrition and to advance a great social awareness in these issues domestically and internationally.
At the Mathile Institute, she oversees development of formative research programs to promote nutrition among infants, toddlers and preschool-age children in Guatemala and El Salvador, as well as educational support for their caregivers. Norton also was instrumental in creating the institute’s Revolution Hunger initiative in 2010, which builds awareness of global hunger issues among high school students.
Norton earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and her Ph.D. in monogastric nutrition from Oklahoma State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the USDA-ARS.