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Experimental psychologist David Levitsky earned all four of his degrees—BA, MS, MPhil, and PhD—from Rutgers University. He arrived at Cornell in 1968 as a post-doc and became an assistant professor two years later. Throughout his professional life he has studied the control of food intake and the regulation of body weight.
"I love teaching nutrition," writes David. "For any given nutritional problem, one must have an understanding not only of the biology of the human body (biochemistry, physiology, physics, anatomy), but also the social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science)—particularly if the goal of teaching is to prepare minds that will seek solutions to these problems. It is wonderful to witness the results of opening these bright Cornell undergraduates to this global perspective of issues that relate to common behaviors such as eating and exercise. I have been teaching introductory nutrition for at least 20 years, and I never tire of the excitement and enthusiasm my lectures elicit in my students when I explain how these overlapping systems work together to produce their results."
Levitsky is a recipient of the American Society for Nutrition's Excellence in Nutrition Education Award, and he is a member of the American Psychological Society, the American Association of University Professors, and the American Society for Nutritional Sciences.