If only I had I a picture of me in a lab coat poring over test tubes and looking evil, like Dr. Horrible*, or a photo of my lavish office! Well, I don’t have a recent picture of me in a lab coat, and to get a better feel for my office you can watch The Daily Show video below.
Where am I going with all this, you ask? I’ll elaborate on Monday, as my class prepares for a discussion of In Defense of Food written by popular food writer Michael Pollan. To get the conversation started, please check out my mission and watch the following entertaining video clips from recent showings of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
- “Interview with Michael Pollan,” as seen on The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert (November 2, 2011)
- “Science: What’s it up to?” with Aasif Mandvi, as see on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (October 26, 2011)
I find these clips rather thought provoking, especially when juxtaposed as I’ve done here. (Jon Stewart’s satire is, as always, spot on.) They’re also a great place to launch a discussion exploring the treatment of nutrition science in the media and popular press. It’s not a topic that will take over my blog, don’t worry – I love talking about food, cooking, science, and health way too much to get constantly distracted by bloviators in the media and debunk every diet myth out there. There’s not enough time in the world for all of that! (Until I get paid to do so, at least.) That said, this is an important issue: the voice of science is often drowned out by fiction, fear, anecdote, and misinformation, so occasionally I’ll weigh in on some issue or another to help you bring sound science to your plate.
I look forward to pursuing this discussion with you and my students next week and beyond. In the meantime, I have to get back to the lab to figure out how to make the world fatter, more diseased, more miserable, and then die. Mwahahaha!
* Dr. Horrible? No? Part 1 is below.
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Dr. P. K. Newby is a nutrition scientist and educator with expertise in the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases through diet and the relations between agriculture, food production, and public health. She brings together her passions for food, cooking, science, and sustainability through her writing and videos to help people eat their way towards better health, one delectable bite at a time.
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