Well hello there nerds.  I hope you didn’t fry up in this soupy muggy weekend.  Sorry we had to bail on you in June- speakers backing out, personal lives with stuff to do, actual work to pay the bills…you know.  BUT if you can withstand melting until Wednesday, we’re BACK with studies into human nature and metabolism:

Food, Physiology, and Eating Like a Pig.  Would it surprise you to know that we know more about how to feed a pig than we know how to feed humans?  We can learn a lot from pigs because pig physiology, growth, and development are very similar to humans. We can utilize the pig as a model for humans to study impact of food and food combinations on skin, muscle, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases.  Pigs are omnivores with a simple stomach similar to humans, so food impacts hormone release, metabolism, and subsequent disease progression (or not).

Eric Berg is an over-educated butcher.  He received his PhD from Purdue University in Meat Science in 1996, took a post-doctoral fellowship at Texas A&M University conducting research in collaboration with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, spent 8 years in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri, and has been a Professor at NDSU for the past 13 years.  His research focus involves using swine as a biomedical model for humans to study how food combinations impact obesity-related metabolic disorders.

Nature or Nurture? Why do girls like dolls and boys like trucks?  There is evidence to suggest that the types of gender-typical toys children prefer can be explained by biological factors, such as hormones, that predispose children to prefer those types of toys. However, countless studies demonstrate that many of the differences between the sexes once thought to be biologically determined originate from societally-constructed environmental differences. Can the same be said about toy preferences? Studies investigating the emergence of these preferences in infancy and toddlerhood can help answer this question.

Rebecca Woods, Babyologist.  Rebecca has spent nearly 20 years studying what babies know, and how they learn about toys and other objects in their environment. Although her own three babies are all grown up, she’s still fascinated by the rapid changes that occur in infancy and how parents influence babies’ attention and learning. There is a lot more to babies than bottles, diapers, and drool.

AND, since there are only two speakers, as you know, we make up the time with TRIVIA!!  Binge if you gotta to make sure you’re up to date on our favorite underage nerds fighting evil, because this month it’s all about STRANGER THINGS.

That’s what I know!  See you this Wednesday July 17th, 7PM, (doors at 6:30) at Fargo Billiards and Gastropub.  Be there and be square.

🙂 T

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