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SDSU Extension Welcomes New Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension is excited to welcome Graham (Geb) Bastian as a new Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist.  

Bastian will be based on the main SDSU campus in Brookings, where he will conduct applied research in nutrition education and behavior and provide evaluation support for Food and Families programming. 

In graduate school, Bastian was the curriculum coordinator for the New Jersey Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and is excited to be working with Extension once again while continuing his academic research. 

“I love Extension and I’m very excited to start my research program as a professor and still be able to support the Extension arm of the land grant mission,” Bastian said.  

Bastian obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University in New York and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and a Licensed Nutritionist by the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners.  

His professional experience includes contracting as a public health nutritionist for the New York State Department of Health and working as a registered dietitian at the LEND Clinic in the Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls.  

Kendra Kattelmann, Health and Nutritional Sciences Department Head, said Bastian has a track record of excellence, including the development of innovative education that is especially beneficial for adolescents. 

“We are excited for his passion for community nutrition education,” Kattelmann said. “We are fortunate to have him join us at South Dakota State University.” 

In his free time, Bastian enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing video games. He also hopes to dust off his trombone skills soon.  

For more information about SDSU Extension’s Food Families programming, contact Geb Bastian at 605-688-4046 or