First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chef Sam Kass (center, pictured) show students from the Bancroft Elementary how to plant a garden, April 9, 2009. Photo by Samantha Appleton, originally published on

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will hold a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) symposium to include a Todd Lecture presentation by former senior White House policy advisor for nutrition Sam Kass on Monday, Oct. 29, among other presenters throughout the day.

Free and open to the public, “Health and Humans—Shaping the Environment, Treating Disease and Changing Culture through Science, Technology and Communications,” is a day-long symposium that includes three lectures to be held in Mack Hall Auditorium:

2 p.m.: Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M.Arch, RSPH (UK), MCABE, Taylor Healthcare Commissioning, Inc. presents: “The Building Will See You Now: the Healing Power of Indoor Environments.”

3 p.m.: William Thoet, former chairman, National ALS Association and supporter of the Ice Bucket Challenge presents: “Treating Brain Disease Using Technology.”

7 p.m.: Todd Lecture Series presents Sam Kass, former senior White House policy advisor for nutrition, and executive director of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood nutrition program, Let’s Move! He is also the founder of Trove, a partner in Acre Venture Partners, and author of the book, “Eat A Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World.”

This STEAM symposium is the third academic symposium of the bicentennial countdown. Hosted by the College of Science and Mathematics, STEAM aims to integrate art and humanities into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, i.e. adding the “A” to STEM. As Norwich University embarks on a third century of educating tomorrow’s leaders, the principles of experiential and interdisciplinary teaching and learning are vital to the success of graduates in a global society. STEAM inherently shares these principles and calls us to action to promote discovery and entrepreneurship through the STEAM disciplines. The integration of interdisciplinary disciplines is part of a key academic plan moving forward, and it is a hope that this symposium will spark a lasting conversation.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot F on Central Street off Route 12. Accessible parking is available in front of Mack Hall off I.D. White Avenue. For more information and to live stream all the lectures, visit

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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