- Appeal of the topic: 10/10. Who doesn't enjoy discussing how fat americans are.
- Analogies: 6/10. Definately pop-sci level analogies. Something about musical chairs. Usage of very bad puns. Somehow included pictures of his african safari into the talk.
- Powerpoint: 9/10. I was disapointed by the lack of animation, but he makes up for it by including videos of mice running on treadmills. Mystery western blot pops-out in the end.
- Delivery: 8/10. Mannaged a couple of jokes. His voice was soothing but he was animated enough to keep us interested. Purple stripped tie focused our attention on him.
- Cookies: 0/10. No coffee or cookies. Big mistake in the afternoon.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Every year we look forward to the Gairdner award lectures, since the laureates are usually top notch scientists, and it's a preview to the Nobels. Ronald Evans was no exception, and he came to talk to us about "Nuclear Receptors: Metabolic Engineering and the Dawn of Synthetic Physiology". Basically his research involved PPAR receptors, and their importance in fat metabolism. In it he suggested it might be possible by gene transfer or pharmacological means to change the muscle physiology and metabolism to fight the obesity epidemic. If the lecture is coming in your neck of the woods, here's the bayblab rating as a preview:
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