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Genes, Food and Cultural Diversity: Why Some Like It Hot

This lecture is hosted by Science, Medicine and Technology in Culture, and is co-sponsored by Penn State Institutes of the Environment presented by Gary Nabhan, Director, Center for Sustainable Environments, Northern Arizona University.
When Mar 29, 2005
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library,
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Gary Nabhan Gary Nabhan

Director, Center for Sustainable Environments, Northern Arizona University

Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., an alumnus of the University of Arizona, is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, where he also teaches as a Professor in Environmental Sciences, Applied Indigenous Studies and Masters of Liberal Studies. Dr. Nabhan is widely recognized as being among the leading voices in ethnobiology and conservation biology in the Americas, having worked with more than a dozen indigenous communities on cross-cultural initiatives to protect plants, habitats and agricultural traditions. For this work and his related writings, he has received a MacArthur “Genius” award, a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Conservation Biology, and the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. He has served as a member of the congressionally-appointed National Parks Advisory Board, and is an Advisory Board member of the Orion Society. Author of nineteen books and well over 200 articles and essays in publications such as Nature, American Anthropologist, Ecological Applications, Conservation Biology, Economic Botany, Conservation Genetics, Applied Geography, Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Plant Science, Journal of Gastronomy, Etno-ecologia, Journal of Ethnobiology and Human Ecology, in addition to op-eds, poems, and reviews. Dr. Nabhan’s work moves from policy to practice, as his founding of the Canyon Country Fresh Network of farmers and ranchers demonstrates. He and wife Laurie Monti raise Navajo-Churro sheep and native crops in the pygmy woodlands near Winona, Arizona. His most recent book is Why Some Like It Hot: Genes, Food and Cultural Diversity.

Center for Sustainable Environments

Genes, Food and Cultural Diversity: Why Some Like It Hot

With growing interest in food as medicine, scientists should endeavor to inform those from diverse cultures of the "ghosts of evolution" embedded in gene-food-environment interactions. Genetic diversity among humans is not medically insignificant, nor is there a “one size fits all” paleodiet that will equally serve all our health needs. Examples from adult-onset diabetes, favism and responses to pungent foods will be highlighted.

March 29, 2005
3:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library