Forum Speaker Series to Feature Penn State Professor of Nutrition

November 5, 2009

The 2009-10 Penn State Forum Speaker Series continues on Monday, Nov. 16 with a presentation by Dr. Barbara J. Rolls, professor of nutrition at Penn State. The talk, titled "Feeling Full on Fewer Calories," will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the President's Hall at The Penn Stater conference center.

Rolls is professor of nutritional sciences and the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at Penn State. Rolls also holds positions at Penn State as professor in biobehavioral health, professor of neural and behavioral sciences in the College of Medicine, and is a faculty member in the Intercollege Graduate Program in physiology. Rolls received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in physiology from the University of Cambridge, England. After spending her early research career at the University of Oxford, England, Rolls joined the faculty of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine as professor of psychiatry. In 1992, she became a faculty member at Penn State, where she currently teaches and conducts research as the director of the Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior.

Rolls is past-president of both the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and The Obesity Society. She has been a member of the advisory council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). In 1995, she was the recipient of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences Award in Human Nutrition. In 1996, she received the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from Penn State's College of Health and Human Development. In 1997, she was the recipient of a MERIT award from the NIDDK for her outstanding research performance. She was the 2001 recipient of the International Award for Modern Nutrition. In 2003, she was awarded Honorary Membership in the American Dietetic Association. In 2006, she was elected a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and received the Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, also from Penn State's College of Health and Human Development. She was selected as the 2007 W.O. Atwater Lecturer at Experimental Biology, sponsored by USDA’s 2007 Agricultural Research Service and the American Society for Nutrition, Washington, D.C. In 2008, Rolls received the Centrum Center for Nutrition Science Award.

She is the author of five books including Thirst, The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan, Feel Full on Fewer Calories, and The Volumetrics Eating Plan.

Co-sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore and the offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business, the Penn State Forum Speaker Series is open to the general public. Tickets for the Penn State Forum are $15. To purchase tickets for any or all of these events, contact the ID+ Office, located at 103 HUB-Robeson Building, University Park, call 814-865-7590, or visit for more information.

To suggest future Penn State Forum speakers, contact Gail Hurley, chair of the forum committee, at, or coordinator Carol Griffin at

The following speakers are scheduled to appear as a part of this year's Forum Speaker Series. For the complete list of speakers and their bios, visit


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