Agricultural Research Service 2020 WO Atwater Memorial Speaker: USDA ARS

Richard Mattes is the 2020 ARS WO Atwater Memorial Speaker

2020 Agricultural Research Service WO Atwater Memorial Lecturer

By Kim Kaplan
May 26, 2020

Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Purdue University, is honored as a 2020 WO Atwater Memorial Lecturer by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

The Atwater lecture was scheduled to be presented at Nutrition 2020, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, May 30-June 2, 2020, which will not take place this year due to the impacts of COVID-19. Instead, Mattes will present his talk and be honored at Nutrition 2021 in Boston.

His lecture is entitled “Predictive force of Atwater values ​​to biology: behavioral interface”.

At Purdue, Mattes is also head of the public health department and director of the Center for Ingestive Behavior Research. Additionally, Mattes is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and an Affiliate Scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. He is also the current president of the American Society of Nutrition as well as a member of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

His research focuses on hunger and satiety, food preferences, the regulation of food intake in people, and the chemistry of taste and smell as they interact with hunger and satiety. He is the author of more than 280 publications.

The WO Atwater Memorial Lecture was established by ARS in 1968 to honor the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844-1907) and to recognize scientists who have made unique contributions to improving food and nutrition people from all over the world. Atwater, considered the father of modern nutrition research and education, was the first head of nutrition surveys for the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the WO Atwater lecture, visit

The Agricultural Research Service is the principal internal scientific research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Every dollar invested in agricultural research translates into $20 of economic impact.

Lana T. Arthur