Education & Training for Professional Advancement

Leadership and Professional Skills

135. Beer, Hollywood and Nutrition Research: It’s All the Same Story

Monday, October 22
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

People love stories. They are entertained by them. They learn from them. And they repeat them. But the true power of a story lies in its underlying structure…the narrative. We will examine the elements of a powerful narrative, showing how it has proven effective from the earliest tales centuries ago to the most powerful scientific papers and presentations. We’ll look briefly at how our brains are structured to process narrative and open up a new world of effective communication.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1130 - Verbal communication skills, presentations
  • 9050 - Publication, communications of research outcomes
  • 6030 - Education theories and techniques for adults

M. Katherine Hoy, EdD, RDN

M. Katherine Hoy, EdD, RD is a Nutritionist with the Food Surveys Research Group at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, USDA. Prior to joining USDA, she was Nutrition Research Manager at the Produce for Better Health Foundation, was both Assistant National Coordinator and National Coordinator for the Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS), an NCI funded national study on fat intake and breast cancer recurrence, and Research Coordinator at the Obesity Research Center in New York. She received her Ed.D. in Nutrition and a M.Ed. in Applied Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Dayton. She completed a dietetic internship at St. Louis University, and is currently a registered dietitian in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been an Evidence Analyst and a Lead Evidence Analyst with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library since 2005.

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Michael Strauss, PhD

Mike Strauss earned his Ph.D. in developmental biology at the University of California, Irvine studying floral physiology. He went on to study the biology taro, Colocasia esculenta, and its relatives in Hawaii and the South Pacific on the faculty of Northeastern University, Boston. But in 1986 he departed academia for a new career in science and policy in Washington, D.C. First with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and later at the National Academy of Sciences and still later at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. But it was not until after joining USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in the Office of Scientific Quality Review that he began to develop training for researchers in clear scientific communication. Working under direction from Dr. Randy Olson he introduced the use of narrative structure in scientific communication to USDA scientists. His work with Dr. Olson continues to bring the skills of clear, concise communication to a broad community.

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