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Whitworth Welcomes Human Energetics Researcher Herman Pontzer for Virtual Presentation Sept. 21

August 24, 2022

The Whitworth University Health Sciences Department in partnership with Whitworth Speakers & Artists and the office of alumni & parent relations is proud to host a virtual presentation by acclaimed researcher and author Herman Pontzer, Ph.D., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. 

Pontzer is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology and associate research professor of global health at the Duke Global Health Institute. He is an internationally recognized researcher in human energetics. 

Pontzer’s presentation, “What to Eat, When to Move: Lessons on Health from Hunter-Gatherers,” will discuss his vast research detailing the physiology of humans and other primates to understand how ecology, lifestyle, diet and evolutionary history affect metabolism and health. 

During more than two decades of research in the field and laboratory, Pontzer has conducted groundbreaking studies across a range of settings, including fieldwork with hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania, fieldwork on chimpanzee ecology in the rainforests of Uganda, and metabolic measurements of great apes in zoos and sanctuaries around the globe. 

Pontzer’s work has been featured in The New York Times, the BBC, PBS, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, NPR, Scientific American and more.

His latest book, Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight and Stay Healthy, has been called “science writing at its best” and a “fun, fast-paced, eye-opening, innovative book that will revolutionize how you think about the energy that fuels your body and everything you do.”

This virtual event is free and open to the public. To register click here

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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