Distinguished Lecture Award

The Distinguished Lecture Award honors an Academy member who has been recognized as a notable and inspiring speaker. The member chosen to deliver the Distinguished Lecture Award, formerly known as the Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecture Award, is an experienced speaker with the ability to communicate expert knowledge to a broad audience, as well as a dedicated Academy member whose unique experiences and contributions to the profession make them a role model in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Qualifications

  1. A member of the Academy.
  2. Be a recognized speaker:
    1. Ability to relate area of expertise to a broad audience.
    2. Spoken to diverse professional groups within the last three (3) to five (5) years.
    3. Reputation as a speaker of note .
  3. Has professional recognition and conduct:
    1. Contribution to the profession through service at the national, state, dietetic practice or member interest (DPG/MIG) groups or district/local levels.
    2. Unique experiences which are of unusual interest to the profession.
    3. Source of inspiration and outstanding role model.
  4. Topic to be selected by the speaker should be of widespread interest to Academy members and one normally associated with the speaker's work.

Scoring Criteria

  1. A recognized speaker: (75 points)
    1. Expresses the ability to relate area of expertise to a broad audience.
    2. Spoken to diverse professional groups:
      1. Must include titles, topics, dates, organization and size of audience of five (5) major presentations with summary of attendee evaluations.
    3. Reputation as a speaker of note:
      1. Must include a list of five (5) diverse professional groups spoken to with dates, names of organizations, size of audience and topics within the last five years; these should be different from any already provided.
  2. Professional recognition and conduct: (25 points)
    1. Describes contributions to the profession through service at the national, state, dietetic practice and member interest (DPG/MIG) groups or district/local levels.
    2. Provides unique experiences which are of unusual interest to the profession.
    3. Describes sources of inspiration and outstanding role model.

Award Presentation

The Distinguished Lecture Award is selected one year prior to the presentation. The recipient of this year's award will present at next year's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.


Past Recipients

1962

Mary I. Barber

1963

Helen S. Mitchell

1964

E. Neige Todhunter

1965

Henderika J. Rynbergen


1966

Mary de Garmo Bryan

1967

Anna Boller Beach

1968

Cora Kusner

1969

Award not given


1970

Helen A. Hunscher

1971

Charlotte M. Young

1972

Grace A. Goldsmith

1973

Miriam E. Lowenberg


1974

Katharine E. Manchester

1975

Corinne H. Robinson

1976

Isabelle A. Hallahan

1977

Dorothy Rowe


1978

Beatrice Donaldson David

1979

Annie L. Galbraith

1980

Ruth L. Huenemann

1981

Loyal Horton


1982

Eleanor A. Young

1983

Doris A. Calloway

1984

Laura Jane Harper

1985

Jean Hankin


1986

Grace Ostenso

1987

James Rose

1988

Johanna Dwyer

1989

Anita L. Owen


1990

Burness Wenberg

1991

Elaine Ranker Monsen

1992

Mary Lou South

1993

Sarah Short


1994

Ronni Chernoff

1995

Darlene Dougherty

1996

Susan Finn

1997

Catherine E. Woteki


1998

Judith L. Dodd

1999

Doris Derelian

2000

Polly Fitz

2001

Sara C. Parks


2002

Marion J. Franz

2003

Wolf J. Rinke

2004

Nancy S. Wellman

2005

Jenny Taylor Bond


2006

Marion Taylor Bear

2007

Mary Kimbrough

2008

Sylvia Escott-Stump

2009

Marion F. Winkler


2010

Carolyn O’Neil

2011

David L. Katz

2012

Deborah D. Canter

2013

Ellie Krieger


2014

Jane Andrews

2015

Amy G. Myrdal Miller

2016

Kathleen M. Zelman

2017

Dayle M. Hayes


2018

Ann Louise Albright

2019

Brenda E. Richardson

2020

Mary Lee Chin

2021

Award not given