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Melinda Manore Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

November 30, 2015


“At the Forefront of Nutrition and Exercise Research”  November 30, 2015  Location: Valley Library, Oregon State University.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Manore describes her upbringing on a farm in rural western Montana, her experience of school growing up, and her decision to move to Seattle to pursue her undergraduate studies. From there, she comments on her education in Home Economics at Seattle Pacific University, her move into public school teaching, and her decision to enroll in the University of Oregon's graduate program in Health. In reflecting on her time in Eugene, Manore notes her first experience of conducting research and her involvement in the community running culture of that era.

Manore next recounts her pursuit of a Ph.D. at Oregon State University, describing her collaboration with OSU faculty member Jim Leklem, and detailing the in-depth research project that she led on Vitamin B6 metabolism in human subjects. She then discusses her move to Arizona State University, the progression of her research while there, her mentorship of graduate students, and the authoring of her first book, Sport Nutrition for Health Performance.

The remainder of the session is devoted to Manore's return to OSU and the work that she has conducted as a faculty member at Oregon State. In this, she describes the changes that she observed as the College of Home Economics transformed into what is now the College of Public Health and Human Sciences; details her work on military nutrition; and shares the story behind three additional books that she wrote in 2007 and 2008. She likewise shares her memories of collaborating with the OSU Extension Service, and then provides an overview of work that she has conducted on rural obesity in children, nutrition and exercise for women, and healthy eating for athletes.

The interview concludes with insight into a new project that Manore is leading on obesity prevention in active youth; thoughts on the impact that the introduction of an accredited School of Public Health will make on its parent college; and Manore's sense of OSU's direction as it looks toward its sesquicentennial anniversary.