04/18/17 - Sounding Series: No Guts, No Glory with Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler

Soundings Series: No Guts, No Glory with Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler
04/18/2017, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
April 18
2017/04/18 15:00
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
03:00 PM
04:30 PM
Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler

The Office of Research Administration invites all faculty members to attend the upcoming Soundings Series event featuring Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, associate professor of Exercise Science at Oakland University. Dr. Hew-Butler will talk about her research work on the potential dangers of over hydration and about how she has taken her message out of the lab and brought it to the public through a wide range of media outlets and approaches. Following Dr. Hew-Butler’s talk, Dr. David Stone will lead a didactic session and open discussion on strategies and tactics you can use to engage the media around your work.

Short Bio of Dr. Hew-Butler:

Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler is an associate professor of Exercise Science at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She obtained her: BS in Kinesiology at the University of California at Los Angeles, CA; Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA; and Philosophy Doctor (PhD) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Hew-Butler is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and specializes in both sports medicine and exercise physiology. Her expertise is in exercise-associated hyponatremia and the endocrine regulation of water and sodium balance.

Dr. Hew-Butler as a Publicly Engaged Scholar:

Dr. Hew-Butler’s commitment as an engaged scholar is demonstrated by her many ongoing research projects with OU students, peer-reviewed publications, local and international conference presentations, and collaborations with individuals at OU as well as around the world. Her scientific work on water balance and hyponatremia has been highlighted on radio shows (Science Friday, National Public Radio), podcasts (CJSM), newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post), a comic strip (xkcd) and reality television show (Adam Ruins Everything). Public translation of her research directly challenges the myth that everyone needs to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration. This marketing illusion – driven by industry – has created the opposite, deadly, health problem: fluid overload hyponatremia. Dr. Hew-Butler continues to fight dangerous hydration advice.

About the Soundings Series:

The Soundings Series showcases the work of OU's engaged researchers and public intellectuals and provides information about how you too can become a publicly engaged scholar. It features great examples of faculty successfully taking their work out of the lab, the field, the archive, or the studio and using it to make a positive difference in the world. Each Soundings Series event will include a talk by a successful, publicly engaged faculty member, describing his or her work. In addition, each session will include an exploration and guided discussion of the skills, tools, and strategies required to become a publicly engaged scholar. These events will provide the speaker with a number of other means of advancing their work and also allow faculty to share their expertise, explore collaboration opportunities, and learn from each other. Attendees will be part of the discussion of best practices in becoming a community engaged scholar and learn how to enhance their ability to take their work out into the world.

The Soundings Series events will continue in the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 semesters.


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