Kristine Madsen, Professor

Closed (1) Reducing obesity and sugary drink consumption: Policy, community, and economic based approaches

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

Reducing consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages has become a national public health priority due to strong causal evidence that these products increase risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and dental caries. Dr. Kristine Madsen and Dr. Jennifer Falbe are at the forefront of evaluating public health approaches to reduce consumption of these beverages in the Bay Area. This particular project aims to examine the role of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages in decreasing sugar consumption and improving health outcomes in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Previous literature has shown promising results in Berkeley, but more work is needed to determine whether this effect is sustained across cities.

We are looking for several committed and passionate students for the current academic year to engage with the following research tasks:

- Work in teams to collect dietary data in diverse communities in the Bay Area, including interviewing community residents about their diets through intercept surveys. We will reimburse for transportation costs for field work.
- Collect beverage prices from grocery stores and corner stores in various cities in the Bay Area and interview store owners. (Beginning in April)
- Data entry and cleaning

Students will gain the following competencies as a result of their work:

- First-hand experience conducting field research in the community, troubleshooting survey procedures, and collecting economic data.
- Direct experience in managing research data 
- Contributing to public health and scientific knowledge on strategies for preventing obesity



Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Matthew Lee, MS Epidemiology Candidate, Graduate Student

Qualifications: Qualifications: (1) Must be available for at least two 4-hour weekday shifts between the times of 10am-6pm (required) (2) Comfortable traveling to and speaking with residents in diverse communities (required) (3) Ability to work independently and as part of a team (required) (4) Reliability in completing assigned workload tasks on time (required) (5) Desirable but NOT required: Driver's License, Weekly Hours: 10-15 hrs

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Off-Campus Research Site: Research will be conducted both on and off campus (San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose). On-campus locations are in 2115 Milvia St and at University Hall.

Related website: http://sph.berkeley.edu/kristine-madsen
Related website: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/08/23/sodadrinking/

Closed (2) Technology and Design Innovation to Support 21st Century School Nutrition SFUSD and UC Berkeley

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

Improving dietary intake among low-income youth is critical to reducing obesity and improving student health, and schools are arguably the most important system in which to intervene. During Spring semester of 2018, we will evaluate the Future Dining Experience, an innovative, student-centered school meal redesign plan aimed to improve dietary intake among low-income middle and high school students in SFUSD.


We are looking for students who are seeking an immersive research experience to join our team during Spring 2018 to help us examine students’ participation in the school lunch program, students’ dietary habits (specifically intake of fruits and vegetables), and food waste during school meals.

Tasks:
• Data collection – work in teams to collect data during school lunch periods in SFUSD middle and high schools. Transportation will be provided and any travel related costs will be reimbursed.
• Data processing – clean and prepare student and teacher surveys on school lunch participation and dietary habits for analysis.

Learning outcomes:
• First-hand experience conducting data collection in dynamic school environments
• Data processing, including data entry and cleaning
• Contributing to public health and scientific knowledge on strategies to prevent youth obesity and improve school lunches for public school students


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Ana Ibarra-Castro, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Qualifications: • Must be available for at least two data collection shifts a week between 9:30 am – 2:00 pm on school days during March and April 2018 (number of shifts dependent on units taken, please confirm with supervisor). • Must be available for at least 5 data processing shifts during April and May 2018 (number of shifts dependent on units taken, please confirm with supervisor). • Must be comfortable traveling to and from San Francisco and interacting with middle and high school students. • Must be detail-oriented, able to follow strict research protocol • Must be comfortable working in teams. • Must be punctual and have the ability to communicate well with supervisors.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Research will be conducted both on and off campus (various middle schools and high schools in Francisco ). On-campus locations are in 2115 Milvia St and at University Hall.

Related website: http://sph.berkeley.edu/kristine-madsen