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Best Selling Author to Speak on ‘Why We Get Fat’ Feb. 8
Jan 24, 2012
By Stephanie Sanchez, Communications Specialist
The UTSA Libraries welcomes Gary Taubes, the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, as the speaker for the 2012 Provost’s Distinguished Lecture.
Taubes’ talk, “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Retama Auditorium, University Center on the UTSA Main Campus. A book signing will follow.
Taubes, who was born in Rochester, N.Y., studied applied physics at Harvard University, aerospace engineering at Stanford University and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1981. He then became a reporter for Discover magazine, a science publication, in 1982.
He has written several articles and books, including Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit and the Ultimate Experiment, Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion and Good Calories, Bad Calories (also titled The Diet Delusion in the UK).
A New York Times best seller, his most recent book, Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About it, explores the “bad nutritional science” of the last century. His lecture will discuss his hypothesis that people “get fat not because we consume more calories than we expend, but because the carbohydrates that we eat happen to be uniquely fattening.”
UTSA Libraries, College of Sciences and College of Education and Human Development are co-sponsoring the event. This is the second Provost’s Distinguished Lecture. Francisco J. Ayala, the National Medal of Science laureate and University of California, Irvine endowed professor, discussed “Darwin’s Gift to Sciences and Religion” at the first event.