October 11: World Obesity Day

World Obesity Day aims to promote practical solutions to the global obesity crisis. This year’s theme focuses on weight stigma, which they call one of the last socially accepted forms of discrimination. Obesity is a major health issue among adults in the United States. The prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of U.S. adults in 2015-2016.

Dr. Mark Northuis

At Hope, two professors can address these topics: one from a physiological perspective and one from a communication perspective.

Dr. Mark Northuis, professor of kinesiology, focuses his research on performance physiology and obesity. He also serves as the college’s men’s and women’s cross country coach.

Dr. Marissa Doshi

Dr. Marissa Doshi, assistant professor of communication, had her study recently published on how mobile phone applications (apps), marketed to women for health management, affect women’s conceptions of health and beauty.

October 1: International Coffee Day

Dr. Thomas Bultman, Professor of Biology, Hope College

It’s the second-leading commodity traded in the world after oil, with a worldwide consumption of 2.2 billion cups per day. And, the United States is its leading consumer at 400 million cups daily. Yet, few people are aware of the scientific, political, historical and cultural implications swirling inside their cup of morning joe.

But Dr. Tom Bultman, professor of biology, does.

Bultman teaches The Science and Culture of Coffee, just one of two courses of its kind taught at colleges and universities in the U.S. as far as he can tell (the other is offered at UC-Davis). The interdisciplinary class has been filled to the brim each semester Bultman has offered it.

Hope Expert Resources

Welcome to Hope Expert Resources, a blog that assists media in tapping into the broad range of faculty and staff expertise found at Hope College.

As active scholars and seasoned professionals, Hope employees are experts in their fields, offering research and experiences that are relevant to lives and communities across the globe. And they like to share! After all, the work of Hope is about passing on knowledge, feeding curiosity and inspiring further inquiry.

All individuals mentioned on this blog are ready to talk about their featured expertise. If you are a reporter interested in connecting with any of our experts, please contact the individual to arrange an interview. Other questions can be directed to Greg Olgers, director of news media services, (olgers@hope.edu).