Food for thought: Discovery Café examines eating environment

March 1, 2012

Is the choice between eating French fries or fresh fruit simply a matter of willpower? Christopher Wharton, a nutrition researcher at Arizona State University, says that our food environment actually encourages us to overeat foods that are bad for our health. Wharton will talk about factors that influence our dining decisions and discuss ways we can all contribute to a healthier food environment at the inaugural “Discovery Café” on March 29.

The Discovery Café series provides an opportunity for the public to meet working scientists and scholars and discuss issues that affect all of our lives. Each event will feature an informal talk followed by questions, comments and discussion from the audience. Discovery Café is sponsored by ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED). Discovery Cafe logo Download Full Image

“Discovery Café provides another way for us to share the research that we do with the community,” says Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president of OKED. “Along with our Research Matters website and social media, it will help us to inform the public about what ASU researchers are learning and provide an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.”

Discovery Café was inspired by the popular science café movement, which hosts events all over the United States and even overseas (through Cafés Scientifique). The goal of these events is to present science in an easy-to-understand format and to make all audiences feel welcome. Discussion is encouraged and having fun is highly recommended!

ASU’s Discovery Café will take place at 6:30 p.m., March 29, in Wrigley Hall 481, on the Tempe campus. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Visitor parking is available for a fee in the ASU Foundation parking structure on College Avenue just north of University Drive, or in the Tempe Center visitor lot on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive.

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Tsosie's article published in Lewis and Clark Law Review

March 2, 2012

Professor Rebecca Tsosie, a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, recently had an article published in the Lewis and Clark Law Review, titled “Reconceptualizing Tribal Rights: Can Self-Determination be Actualized Within the U.S.?”

The issue also contained an article by professor Jacinta Ruru, of New Zealand, a Maori scholar who works on property and indigenous rights issues, and will be a Fulbright Scholar in residence at ASU in the fall. Download Full Image

Read the paper here.

Tsosie teaches in the areas of Indian law, Property, Bioethics and Critical Race Theory, as well as seminars in International Indigenous Rights and in the Master of Laws in Tribal Policy, Law, and Government program. She has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy and cultural rights, and is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism. Tsosie also is the co-author of a federal Indian law casebook. Her current research deals with Native rights to genetic resources.