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Health writer Gary Taubes to discuss alternate theory on why people get fat

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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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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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