Feta Cheese Serves as UNH Ambassador
By Nora Molloy, Speakers Bureau
February 7, 2007
Gale Carey, professor of nutritional science can tell you
all about intermediary metabolism and exercise and the origins
of extracellular adenosine in adipose tissue. She enjoys worldwide
recognition for her work and has been published in leading
journals. She has spoken in conferences from Chicago to Copenhagen
and has received the COLSA Outstanding Advisor Award and the
Jean Brierly Award for Excellence in Teaching. But her latest
achievement has taken her out of the lab and out of the classroom
to prove the theory that feta cheese can serve as an ambassador
to the university.
Carey, in recognition of outreach as an important part of
her role at UNH, is an active member of the Speakers Bureau.
Early last year, Carey was asked by a relative to provide a
presentation on nutrition to a senior center. After spending
time creating the presentation and seeing the effect that this
basic knowledge can have on the lives of individuals, she expanded
her impact by making the presentation available through the
Speakers Bureau. Her presentation “Nutritious Foods from
Cultures Around the World” is quickly becoming one of
the Bureau’s most requested.
In this presentation, Carey takes her audience through Bolivia,
Japan, the Middle East, Greece and Arizona discussing different
foods. Carey often provides samples for tasting and there is
surprise when the audience discovers that feta cheese can be
made not only from cow’s milk but also, goat or sheep’s
milk and it will taste slightly different each way. It’s
this unique illumination on a familiar item that gets people
“Invariably” state Carey, “the discussion
oscillates between food and nutrition and the research I do
at UNH. Particularly in smaller groups where conversation is
easier, I find that people who came to the presentation to
learn about nutrition are equally interested in the university,
in campus life and what my role is. Outreach becomes half education,
half ambassadorship and I enjoy the opportunity to provide
Carey is one of many faculty and staff who contribute to the
fulfillment of UNH’s outreach mission through participation
with the Speakers Bureau.
“It’s a terrific program and a great opportunity
to keep perspective on the impact of the teaching and research
we do on campus,” said Carey.
For more information on this program, or to find out more
about becoming member of the Speakers Bureau, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2-4401.
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