Asher Y. Rosinger
Asher Rosinger examines human response to changing nutritional and economic environments through water & dietary intake & the significance of mismatches in these relationships for short/long-term health, nutrition, and disease.
University Park, PA 16802
- Water and dietary intake and hydration status
- Water insecurity
- Environmental and lifestyle transitions
- Global health
Asher Rosinger is a human biologist. Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. Rosinger was selected as only one of two anthropologists to serve as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There, he led field projects related to Zika virus in Puerto Rico and published papers related to national surveillance on dietary water intake and sugar sweetened beverage consumption, obesity, and cholesterol. Dr. Rosinger examines how humans respond to changing nutritional and economic environments through water and dietary intake and the significance of mismatches in these relationships for short- and long-term health, nutrition, and disease. His overall research program is designed to understand the range of human variation in water intake and how this relates to perception, environmental resources, water insecurity, and health, hydration, and disease risk. In particular, he examines these issues in the Bolivian Amazon among indigenous Tsimane’ forager-horticulturalists, in Kenya among Daasanach agro-pastoralists, and in the US using complex survey data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). He explores the consequences of these strategies, states of health and behaviors, and of different diseases on hydration status using biomarker data. He is also a co-investigator in the Household Water Insecurity Experiences Scale (HWISE) consortium, which is working to cross-culturally validate a measure of water insecurity: http://sites.northwestern.edu/hwise/.
Water and dietary intake, water insecurity, hydration status, environmental and lifestyle transitions, anthropometrics, global health.
Asher Rosinger is accepting applications for PhD students. Please email him if interested or want more information.
Undergraduates: Asher Rosinger is accepting applications for research assistants to join his Water and Health lab. Please email CV/resume with GPA and major and any previous research experience if interested. Preference for Freshmen and Sophomores.
Media coverage of Dr. Rosinger's research:
- International Waters Network Webinar: Health Perspectives on Water Insecurity in the Global South. April 26, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM4SVxnQ-g0&feature=youtu.be&t=1267
- Circle of Blue “H20 Hotspots: Speaking of Water – Who Trusts the Tap” Podcast Interview March 27, 2018: http://www.circleofblue.org/2018/world/whats-up-with-water-speaking-of-water-who-trusts-the-tap-bonus-episode/
- Penn State News “Black, Hispanics less likely to drink tap water, more likely to buy bottled water” February 23, 2018: http://news.psu.edu/story/505759/2018/02/23/research/black-hispanics-less-likely-drink-tap-water-more-likely-buy-bottled
- Georgia Magazine “Disease Detective”, Alumni Profile in Fall 2017 edition, page 50: https://ugamagazine.uga.edu/issue/fall-2017
- Northwestern University Journalism “As half the world suffers from water shortages, researchers gather to meet the threat”, August 29, 2017: http://climatechange.medill.northwestern.edu/2017/08/29/as-half-the-world-suffers-from-water-shortages-global-researchers-gather-to-meet-the-threat/
- CNN “Study: 30% of kids have two or more sugary drinks a day” January 26, 2017: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/26/health/sugary-drinks-children-cdc-study/index.html
- Public News Service “Americans Need to Step Up Their Water Intake” Radio interview. April 26, 2016: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-04-26/health-issues/americans-need-to-step-up-their-water-intake/a51608-1
- National Geographic feature story “The Evolution of Diet” in September 2014 edition: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/evolution-of-diet/