Monthly Archive: October 2010

Oct 13 2010

Nobel Conference: Paul B. Thompson

“What Is Good Food? An Argument with My Wife” Paul B. Thompson, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University, East Lansing Paul Thompson is a philosopher who spoke on on the topic of food ethics. His talk was an examination of how the framework through which we view agriculture …

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Oct 12 2010

Nobel Conference: Linda Bartoshuk

“Variation in sensation and affect: We live in ‘different taste worlds’” Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D., Presidential Endowed Professor of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, University of Florida, Gainesville Linda Bartoshuk’s lecture was all about supertasters, and it started with a short (optional) questionnaire and a test to find out whether we were supertasters, nontasters or somewhere …

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Oct 11 2010

Coming Out

No, not me. I am, from what the data says, unusually heterosexual, and any queerness I might choose to share doesn’t involve just my information. So, no, I’m not talking about me. It is National Coming Out Day, however, and a couple of people are doing it up right. Jen is, at Blag Hag: Oh, …

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Oct 11 2010

Nobel Conference: Bina Agarwal

“Can We Make Food Good for All?” Bina Agarwal, Ph.D., professor of economics and director, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, India Bina Agarwal spoke to us about solving the problems of making food good for the world’s poorest. If you only watch one lecture, I recommend you make it this one. It is …

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Oct 10 2010

Nobel Conference: Jeffrey M. Friedman

“Leptin and the Biologic Basis of Obesity” Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and HHMI investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, and director, Starr Center for Human Genetics, The Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y. Jeffrey Friedman provided the third lecture, which was essentially and introduction to why our cultural thinking on obesity is …

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Oct 09 2010

Nobel Conference: Cary Fowler

“Food Security in a Frightening and Finite World.” Cary Fowler, Ph.D., executive director, Global Crop Diversity Trust, Rome, Italy Cary Fowler offered the second lecture of the conference, speaking to us about sustaining genetic diversity in crop plants as a means of providing some security against the challenges of a growing population and changing climate …

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Oct 07 2010

Nobel Conference: Marion Nestle

“Food Politics: Personal Responsibility vs. Social Responsibility.” Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and professor of sociology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University (blog: Food Politics, Twitter) Marion Nestle (not Nestlé) provided the first lecture of the conference, focusing on the forces …

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Oct 06 2010

Tweeting the Nobel Conference

Life is still busy. Yesterday and today are the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. This is an annual event, coinciding with the announcement of the winners of the year’s Nobel Prizes, pulling together a number of scientists to talk about a particular topic. This year is “Making Food Good.” Next …

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