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Turning that frown upside down

I just made a grumpy faculty dude a bit enthusiastic. Go me!

Since Bossman FINALLY gave me the go ahead to pester a laundry list of people about renewing their projects, I sent an email today. One faculty guy from Nutritional Science said he wasn't going to renew. Uh...unless you're retiring, what I'm sending isn't a request but more of a polite demand. He grumbled via email that he guesses he could spit something out but then mentioned there was something he'd been wanting to do a couple of years ago but it was shelved.

My interest was piqued and since I'm not one for being all that formal, my response to him was literally this "OOOO – I like new stuff! What have you got brewing?"

I think that interested him since he probably expected me to just spit out "you're required to do our bidding!" kinds of language. His brainworm that he wants to test sounds super cool to me (because I'm a NERRRRRD). He wants to do test mothers for their genetic sensitivity to bitter foods (called a PROP test) and then assess their infant's acceptance of vegetables. I've done the PROP test for a study - you put a little piece of paper in your mouth and they check your genes. I'm not a "super taster" evidently. Hmph.

He actually thanked me for the pep talk so hopefully I'll have his proposal to send out for review soon. I really do dig the projects from the nutritional and food science departments. 


( 12 comments — Something to say? )
Mar. 28th, 2019 08:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a cool study.
Mar. 28th, 2019 10:02 pm (UTC)
Doesn’t it? If I’d known that all it takes to get people to do cool research is to show an interest, former boss lady’s job wouldn’t have been so hard. I swear, he was probably cranky because he was so used to her being a pain in the ass.
Mar. 28th, 2019 09:30 pm (UTC)
And that's the way you do it. :D
Mar. 28th, 2019 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading the details and really looking forward to his results!
Mar. 29th, 2019 11:52 am (UTC)
I hope he finds great success!
Mar. 28th, 2019 09:33 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting! Am I understanding that his hypothesis is that mothers who are more sensitive to the taste of bitter foods will be more likely to have babies who don't like vegetables?

That could be a valuable genetic adaptation in some environments. Also a great excuse for not eating your vegetables: "You made vegetables taste like poison to me, Mom!"

Mar. 28th, 2019 10:05 pm (UTC)
I think that’s what he’s going for, yes. But I won’t know until I get his proposal and read his full hypothesis. But it sounds really cool.

In that same department, I am waiting for USDA to approve another test with PROP activity. They are going to test cranberries and see if they can make them appeal more to people that normally wouldn’t like them, as well as possibly even market mouthwash and other oral health products because evidently cranberries are good for oral health. It’s a beneficial area of research for us as well, because we have the blueberry and cranberry research center in the south of the state.
Mar. 29th, 2019 05:13 am (UTC)
I am ON BOARD with more cranberry flavoured things!

Mar. 29th, 2019 03:02 pm (UTC)
It's the best when one of the researchers comes up to our administrative building with some of the fresh crop. Rutgers cranberries are THE BEST. They are as huge as cherries and so flavorful.

Heck, Ocean Spray pays us royalty fees. Woot!
Mar. 29th, 2019 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'll volunteer to test the cranberry flavored mouthwash. Anything except mint; I hate mint.
Mar. 29th, 2019 05:44 pm (UTC)
I’d love cranberry flavored oral care products.
Mar. 29th, 2019 05:48 pm (UTC)
My SIL is a super taster. She actually participated in some study somewhere a few years back about it. From her experience, it has not been a trait passed on to her daughter. It’s kind of funny. My SIL has a very limited, pretty bland, diet. When my niece was born she specifically went out of her way to feed her foods that she herself wouldn’t eat. All kinds of vegetables, fruit, etc. So my niece ends up loving broccoli which is one of my SIL’s most hated foods, but she cooks it and pretends to eat it so my niece doesn’t know she doesn’t like it.
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