Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Dale A. Schoeller, PhD, FTOS, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin.
Q: Can you tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
A: I direct an isotope ratio mass spectrometry analysis lab that aids investigators in the measurement of energy expenditure and body composition. I also am a member of the executive committee for a university committee working to prevent pediatric obesity in the state of Wisconsin through public health initiatives that promote healthy living.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: An ability to remember and link basic ideas and findings from disparate disciplines as they apply to the research problem at hand and, when this is absent, to admit lack of knowledge and seek out experts in the field to fill in the gaps.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Understand the principles behind the tools and instruments used in your research. Ask yourself what are their strengths and weaknesses and thus are they the instruments that will answer, rather than confound, your research.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: The cross-disciplinary work that leads to an understanding of the central regulation of energy balance.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Get outdoors in the summer to forage for wild food, garden, or play golf. Work on my photography and participate in choir in the winter.