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(Jan. 30, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will present "Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity," a free lecture by health writer Gary Taubes from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the UTSA Main Campus. A book signing will follow from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

>> Watch the lecture via live videostream.

The talk will challenge the idea that people get fat because they eat more calories than they burn off. Rather, Taubes suggests that the carbohydrates people eat happen to be uniquely fattening.

A scientist by training, Taubes studied applied physics at Harvard University as an undergraduate and earned his M.S. degree in aerospace engineering at Stanford University. In 1981, he earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a year later, he became a staff reporter for the scientific publication Discover magazine.

The New York native is known for tackling scientific controversies. He has written several articles and books, including "Nobel Dreams, Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion" and "Good Calories, Bad Calories," also known as "The Diet Delusion in the UK." His most recent book, a New York Times best seller called "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About it," explores "bad nutritional science" from the last century.

Taubes is a three-time recipient of the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers and a past MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow.

The lecture is sponsored by the UTSA Libraries, College of Education and Human Development and College of Sciences.

To learn more, visit the UTSA Provost's Distinguished Lecture website or the Gary Taubes website.

 

 

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Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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