Dangerous Foods: From Farm to Fork
PHILADELPHIA--(April 20, 2012) – Does the five-second rule really count? How strict is the expiration date on milk? What could those little bacteria really do to us? Are our food fears irrational? Scientists Benjamin Pascal and Marcia Pelchat will address these topics and more at “From Farm to Fork- Dangerous Foods: Facts, Fears and Foibles,” Wednesday, April 25 at Rembrandts in Philadelphia. From Farm to Fork is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.
Benjamin Pascal, MBA is CEO and founding shareholder of Invisible Sentinel, a company located at the University City Science Center that develops rapid diagnostic devices that enable quick and accurate detection of foodborne pathogens. Invisible Sentinel hopes to become an industry leader for rapid, practical, and sensitive food diagnostics in the domestic marketplace and abroad. The company envisions that its Sentinels will become the standard in the industry while simultaneously benefitting mankind.
Monell Chemical Senses Center scientist Marcia Levin Pelchat’s major research interest is the development and modification of food preferences in humans. Recent investigations focus on improving rejection of novel foods, mechanisms of food cravings, and food preferences in the elderly. She speaks frequently to both scientific and gastronomic groups nationwide and is an Honorary Professor of Gastronomy at the Restaurant School in Philadelphia. Monell is also a resident of the Science Center.
Dangerous Foods will begin at 6:30 p.m. on April 25. There is no charge for the event which will be held at Rembrandt's at 741 North 23rd Street.
About the Science Center
The University City Science Center accelerates technology commercialization, regional economic development, and the market availability of life-enhancing scientific breakthroughs by bringing together innovations, scientists, entrepreneurs, funding, laboratory facilities, and business services. Established in 1963 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, the Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to www.sciencecenter.org.
About the Philadelphia Science Festival
The Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration April 20-29 showcasing the impact of science and technology past, present and future. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Festival builds on Philadelphia’s own rich history of innovation with dozens of lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibits and other informal learning experiences at museums, libraries and even street corners and concert halls. More than 105 institutions are collaborating to produce the Festival, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute. To learn more, visit PhilaScienceFestival.org or call 215-448-1128.
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