Tag: NIU Stem
Event Description We know that diets rich in plant-based foods, such as the Planetary Health diet and the Plant Forward diet, are good for us and the planet.
As we face a growing world population and increases in nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, how can we change our eating habits to benefit our health and the environment? And how can we make healthy choices in our busy lives when we rely on eating out and ordering in?
Find out at this STEM Café! Learn the latest information about the relationship between the foods we eat, our health and the environment. Get sensible solutions for healthy, nutritious meals that will fit your lifestyle. By identifying simple solutions to weave into our everyday lives, we can collectively make a difference for our bodies and the planet.
• Julie Ann Patterson, NIU Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics
• Nancy Prange, Registered Dietitian and Dietetic Internship Director at NIU
• Lisa Brandt, Registered Dietitian, Hy-Vee
Join NIU’s STEM Read for a conversation, audience Q&A and book signing with Neal Shusterman. Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows.
At this public talk, Shusterman will discuss his work, his writing process and the ways he incorporates real science and technology concepts into his chilling visions of the future. Books will be available for purchase.
The event is free and open to the public.
If you put a used plastic bottle, food carton or cereal box in your recycling bin, what happens to it? You might be surprised to hear that many of the recyclable products we use actually end up in incinerators or landfills, instead of being recycled. As international recycling markets break down and environmental crises overwhelm us, how can we rethink recycling, reducing and reusing?
Courtney Gallaher, Associate Professor in the NIU Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, will lead us in a lively discussion about the ways in which we consume products, types of materials they are made from, and the environmental and social justice implications of our recycling industry.
Dr. Gallaher will be joined by Meghann Maves, Total Recycling Program Manager at Waste Management Recycling Services, who will describe the recycling process and share examples of what happens when we don’t prepare our recyclable items properly.
Join us for a little “trash talk.”