DINE-WITH-A-PROF: Dr. P.K. Newby (on Food Policy)
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 7:50 PM to 9:50 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Harvard Extension International Relations Club
Come Dine-with-a-Prof this semester and interact in an intimate setting with professors teaching on a range of topics related to international relations.
The honorary dinner guest for this dinner is Dr. P.K. Newby who currently teaches “From Farm to Fork: Why What You Eat Matters” at the Harvard Extension School. The dinner menu will be as follows:
- Steamed Pork Dumplings
- Vegetarian Bean Curd Rolls
- Kan Shue String Beans
- Seasonal Greens Sautéed
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Yu Hsiang Jumbo Shrimp
- Shredded Beef, Szechuan Style
- Sizzling Tofu
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY!!!
Tickets are limited! The maximum number of dinner guests is 10 people.
Reserve your seat now for only $20.00
ABOUT DR. P.K. NEWBY
Overview and Expertise. A Harvard-trained nutrition scientist and serious foodie, P. K. Newby has more than fifteen years of experience researching diet, obesity, and chronic diseases; studying how people eat; and educating students and the public about a wide range of food-related issues. Weaving together nutrition, behavioral, and environmental sciences, she teaches using a nutrition ecology paradigm covering food production and public health “from farm to fork,” the subject of her current classes at Harvard and Boston Universities and her second book. Her major research expertise is on the role of diet in obesity and chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. She speaks on a broad array of topics including diet and disease prevention, weight loss, eating behavior, and food technologies such as genetic engineering. She has appeared on television and radio to discuss various matters, whether her latest research findings or to comment on current nutrition news. She has held faculty appointments at the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University (Associate Professor) and Tufts University (Assistant Professor).
Food, Nutrition, Cooking, and Science Communication. P. K. Newby began cooking and baking at an early age and grew up working in restaurants and catering, gaining an appreciation for fine dining after a decade in the business while putting herself through college and graduate school. She held a job as one of the main cooks in a local vegetarian restaurant for two years and in the past twenty has honed her culinary skills, with an eye toward healthy, sustainable eating featuring global flavors and plant-based diets. An actor and singer by avocation, she grew up onstage and founded a nonprofit community theater company in Boston, now in its sixteenth year. To bring together her passions for art and science, cooking and performing, she began her blog The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen: Where Science is Sexy and Healthy Eating is Spectacular in 2011 to reach larger audiences about why what we eat matters through writing and cooking videos. Her mission is to bring sound science and fabulous cooking to people’s plates through television and other media to help consumers answer the perennial question: What should I make for dinner? Her ultimate career goal is to host her own cooking show, doing for plant-based cooking what Julia Child did for French cuisine.
Educational Background. P. K. Newby earned her doctoral degree in nutrition (ScD) at Harvard School of Public Health. Her dissertation focused on diet and childhood obesity. She studied plant-based diets and disease prevention during her postdoctoral training at Tufts University, where she also worked as a Research Scientist before moving to Boston University. Additional training includes master’s degrees in public health (MPH) and human nutrition (MS) from Columbia University, where she created an interdisciplinary program in public health nutrition centered on sociological, psychological, and environmental factors influencing eating behavior. She received her bachelor’s degree (BS) in social welfare from the State University of New York at Albany, with minors in psychology and sociology. Her multidisciplinary training, which spans the biological, social, environmental, and public health sciences, provides her with a unique perspective when thinking about today’s nutrition problems and their potential solutions.
P. K. Newby was born in Montréal, Canada and grew up on Long Island in Port Washington, New York. In her spare time, she runs marathons, travels, and leads one of Boston’s preeminent nonprofit theater companies.