Shugart Lecture Series
The annual Shugart Lecture Series brings dietitians and food service and hospitality experts to Kansas State University for the enrichment of student curricula and to provide continuing education for practitioners in the field.
Established in 1975, the lecture series honors the late Grace M. Shugart, former department head in the College of Human Ecology and co-author of Food for Fifty and Food Service in Institutions.
Shugart helped build the profession of dietetics and institutional management throughout the United States, serving as president of the American Dietetic Association. She also was a Medallion Award winner and received the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' highest honor.
2017 Shugart Lecture: Martin Yadrick
With almost four decades of experience in nutrition and dietetics, Yadrick brings his passion for the field to every endeavor. His leadership roles include the presidency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and many elected and advisory positions in the former American Dietetic Association. He has given more than 200 media interviews and made more than 100 presentations to peers and professionals. He also has provided testimony to U.S. congressional committees and the Institute of Medicine. For the last 24 years, Yadrick has worked for Computrition Inc. in Los Angeles. Serving the last 10 years as director of nutrition informatics, he is the nutrition content expert for the company’s food and nutrition management software. Previously, Yadrick was an account manager, marketing manager, part of the training team and implementation manager. Throughout his time with Computrition, he has taken on an integral role in project management and implementation.
Early in Yadrick’s career, he worked as a clinical dietitian in a cardiac rehabilitation unit and then in academia as an instructor and administrator with the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His role with the medical center included financial management and human resources within the department, as well as serving as graduate course instructor and graduate student preceptor. Yadrick holds a Master of Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Science University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a Master of Science in dietetics and nutrition from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in food science and nutrition from Colorado State University.
Yadrick presented “Nutrition Informatics: More Than Just Using Technology” on April 12, 2017.