Winters to discuss ‘The Magic Bean’ during Soybean Festival week

The UT Martin Research Series returns with a timely presentation about soybean research during the Tennessee Soybean Festival. Dr. Todd Winters, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, will review his career-long research into soybeans with his presentation titled “The Magic Bean: Utilization of Soybeans and Effects on Mammalian Physiology.”

The presentation is free and open to the public and will start at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the north reading room of the library. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch for the event. The presentation will be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/wWnJDuKnoAQ and archived for later viewing. The monthly research series highlights the research of campus faculty, staff and students and is co-sponsored by the university’s Division of Academic Affairs and the Paul Meek Library.

Moving beyond farm production of soybeans, Winters’ work has focused on the physiological effects of soybean consumption. Soybeans and their products, including tofu, miso, and animal feed, deliver high levels of isoflavone proteins that impact glucose and lipid levels in humans and other mammals.

Winters joined UT Martin in 2013 following 19 years at Southern Illinois University.  A native of Washington state, Winters’ research has been published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food, the “Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology” and “FASEB,” the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. In June 2022, Winters took office as president of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). An active participant in UTM’s Study-Abroad Program, he has served as an instructor in Japan and Italy and is planning a student travel-study trip in 2023 to Kenya.

Parking for the reception will be in the Paul Meek Library parking lot on Wayne Fisher Drive off Mt. Pelia Road. Parking permits are available online at www.utm.edu/departments/publicsafety by selecting the “Online Visitor Parking Permit” link.

For more information, contact Dr. Erik Nordberg, library dean, at 731-881-7070.

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