Published on 03/19/09

Coca-Cola executive to deliver UGA Woodroof Lecture

Rhona Applebaum, a food-industry leader with The Coca-Cola Company, will deliver the 2009 Woodroof Lecture April 2 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Her lecture on “Through the Looking Glass – Perspectives from a Career in Food Science: Past, Present and Future” will be at 2 p.m. in Masters Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The lecture is free and open to the public.

As chief regulatory officer, Applebaum leads the company’s scientific and regulatory affairs. The SRA department sponsors scientific research, communicates regulatory policy and provides system guidance on regulatory, safety, nutrition and health issues.

Prior to working with The Coca-Cola Company, she was executive vice-president and chief science officer for the National Food Processors Association, where she oversaw the direction of three laboratory centers and regulatory and international affairs.

Each year, a leader in food research, education, industry or policy is invited to lecture in honor of the late J.G. Woodroof, a pioneer in food science research.

Woodroof began his food science research work in 1929. He organized the food science department at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin around 1940. Today, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ food science department and the UGA Center for Food Safety are among the preeminent food science research centers in the country.

After the lecture, a reception will be in the Georgia Center Atrium. For more information, call (706) 542-2286.

April R. Sorrow is a science writer with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.