Volume 9 March 1998 Number 4
IFT President Mary Wagner has organized a videoconference for 21st at 8 pm. The topic this time will be on US vs European regulations. Wagner has actively pursued her idea of making the President of IFT and well-known speakers available to all of IFT, no matter how small the section or how remote its location. We of the D.C. IFT can see the broadcast live and in-person (or at least we'll see our own section member and participant Peter Barton Hutt of Covington & Burling), Mary Wagner and Richard F. Kingham of Covington & Burling-UK. Check out this novel programming concept for yourself. But you'd better hurry because Program Chair Steve Ziller can only accommodate 25 registrants at the studio.
See the meeting annoucement for details.
The Terps of the University of Maryland had an excellent program on phytonutrients, and the ExCom and I thank Department Chair Patsy Brannon and her faculty, especially Elizabeth Boyle-Roden, for the invitation to campus. They even provided "good for you" snacks, fruits and vegetables noted during the presentations that are important in preventing disease.
March 21st was the date for many of the science fairs, and I hope those of you who volunteered to judge had as great a time as I did. I judged with veteran Jim Heimbach who noted the DC Fair was no where near as large as Fairfax. Jim and I were impressed with the work of these young people and enjoyed talking with them about: their projects. We were supposed to look only at the food-related exhibits, but I found it easy to get carried away with the enthusiasm the students had for their work. I had a great time talking to a baseball enthusiast whose project statistically examined the advantage left-handed hitters and pitchers may have over right-handed players. Baseball greats like Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Mickie Mantle were "lefties." The answer: lefty pitchers have no advantage and hitters do just as well swinging right as left. So again I learned that there is personal reward when you volunteer to do things for "the good of the order." Don't miss out next year. Volunteer to be a judge. You may come upon some unexpected knowledge.
Our Science Fair First Place winners are invited to our May 5th meeting at NASA titled "Managing Long Term Space Travel." This is a joint meeting with the Society for Nutrition Education. SNE and IFT member Kathryn McMurry has worked especially hard to get excellent speakers like Dr. Charles Bourland of NASA-Houston to talk about processing foods in zero gravity and Dr. Victor Schneider (NASA-Washington) to talk about the effects of long term space travel on the human body. Kathryn has also signed former astronaut Fred Gregory to speak at the program, and we will have a video on space foods. All this plus the Science Fair winning exhibits and afternoon tea provided by Fresh Start.
MORE KUDOS!!! Without Amy Kneipp of the International Dairy Foods Association, the Science Fair judging would never have come off so smoothly. Thanks, Amy, for a job well done!!
Our legislative program has been moved to June. Watch for details in the next newsletter.
Institute of Food Technologists
|HOW TO GET
Maximun attendees is 25: FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
|FAX or phone registration form by April 16 to Steve Ziller, FAX 202/337-4508/ phone 202-337-9400.|
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