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Low-Calorie, Longevity Link Explored

Low-Calorie Diet’s Effects on Longevity Next in UC Riverside Library Series

Professor Stephen Spindler to Speak on his Research Linking the Two

(March 5, 2004)

Stephen Spindler

Stephen Spindler

RIVERSIDE, Calif.— Stephen Spindler, professor of biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside, will speak about his research on the correlation between calorie restriction and longevity, and will answer questions from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday March 24, 2004. It is the sixth talk of the 2003-04 UCR Libraries’ Author Series, which will be Web cast live from the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library, 900 University Ave., Riverside.

For more information about the UCR Libraries’ Author Series, call or e-mail Melissa Conway, the head of Special Collections at (909) 787—3233.

According to Spindler’s research, the fewer calories an animal consumes — provided malnutrition is avoided — the slower an animal ages and the lower the death rate from cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Spindler has served on several advisory groups and committees for the National Institute on Aging, and National Institutes of Health.

Spindler has been probing the life-extending effects of calorie restriction using advanced gene chip technology. The major conclusions from this study are that many of the life extension effects of calorie restriction happen rapidly, and that these effects can be shown not only in young animals, but also in old animals not previously on calorie restriction. Calorie restriction not only slows aging and extends maximum life span, but it partially reverses some of the changes associated with aging as well.

The monthly Author Series, which began in September 2002, brings the riches of the campus libraries to the community. According to organizer Melissa Conway, who heads UC Riverside’s Special Collections, the authors are all affiliated with UC Riverside. All UC Riverside Libraries’ Author Series events are free and open to the public.

Parking on campus is $6 per vehicle for the day or may be purchased for shorter periods at $2 per hour. Parking permits are available at the information kiosks near the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrances.

Other authors scheduled in the series include:

  • April 14: Maurya Simon, chair and professor of creative writing, will read from her book of poetry, A Brief History of Punctuation (Sutton Hoo Press, 2002). Simon is also the author of The Enchanted Roo and Days of Awe (Copper Canyon Press, 1986, 1989), Speaking in Tongues (Gibbs Smith, 1990), and The Golden Labyrinth (Univ. of Missouri Press, 1995). Her sixth volume of poetry, Weavers, is forthcoming from Blackbird Press. Professor Simon’s poems have appeared in several publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New England Review, and in more than thirty anthologies.

  • May 19: Howard K. Wettstein, professor of philosophy, will speak on Diaspora and Exiles: Varieties of Jewish Identity (University of California Press, 2002), which he edited. Wettstein is also the author of Has Semantics Rested on a Mistake? and Other Essays (Stanford University Press, 1991), and The Magic Prism—An Essay in the Philosophy of Language (Oxford University Press, 2003), and numerous articles on the philosophy of language. Diaspora and Exiles considers the question of Jewish identity from the perspectives of anthropology, art history, comparative literature, history, philosophy, political theory, and sociology.

  • UC Riverside’s Libraries are the focal points for research and study on campus. Their collections include 2,081,146 volumes, 12,444 serial subscriptions and 1,672,042 microforms housed in five facilities: the Tomás Rivera Library (serving the humanities, arts and social sciences); the Science Library; the Music Library; Media Library; and Special Collections, housing rare books and manuscripts, and unique archival resources. For more about the UC Riverside Libraries, go to

    The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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