(Posted September 27, 2004)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Health-conscious folks and those interested in the chemistry of food may want to attend a dinner meeting and lecture at Juniata College on "What You Always Wanted to Know About Chemicals in Food but Were Afraid to Eat" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27 in the Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science.

The lecture is part of the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society Central Pennsylvania Local Section. The talk portion of the evening is free and open to the public.

The evening meeting of the society starts with dinner in the Sill Board Room in the science center at 6 p.m., followed by the talk. Dinner costs $18.50 for nonmembers and $15 for members. Teachers and graduate students are charged $10 and students are charged $7. To RSVP, e-mail Richard Hark, associate professor of chemistry at Juniata at hark@juniata.edu.

The talk will be given by Robert Bates, professor of food science and human nutrition at Florida State University. Bates will talk about food as complex mixtures of chemicals. As science uncovers more about the interaction of foods with the human body, the consuming public is becoming more confused about the safety, value and nutritional value of what we eat.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.