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Pecans, a Super Food: What the Chemistry Shows

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

  The Southwest Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society invites you to attend the seminar:

“Pecans, a Super Food: What the Chemistry Shows”

On Thursday, November 8, 2012

Valdosta State University Ballroom C / Student Center (Student Union) Valdosta, GA

Social Period, Dinner ($11/$5 students)

Talk by our guest speaker: Dr. Ronald B. Pegg, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Georgia at Athens, Athens, GA RSVP by November 2nd to: Melissa Nolley, mdmoore@valdosta.edu (229) 333-5798

Ronald B. Pegg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, GA. Dr. Pegg holds a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto and earned a Ph.D. in Food Chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland under the tutelage of Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi. He has developed and taught undergraduate/graduate courses at UGA in Instrumental Methods of Food Analysis, Introduction to Food Science & Technology, and Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals. Furthermore, he instructs a study-abroad program each Thanksgiving Break dealing with coffee production, chemistry, and processing at the UGA Costa Rica campus in San Luis de Monteverde; the course is entitled Coffee (El Grano de Oro): From Bean to Cup. Since coming to UGA over six years ago, Dr. Pegg has been studying the nutrients and bioactive compounds of Georgia commodities including peanuts, blackberries, and pecans. His research has mostly involved examining the antioxidant-, anti-inflammatory, and anti-glycation activities of phenolic constituents by gas chromatography, HPLC, cell culture studies, and animal models. Recently Dr. Pegg and his team was awarded a four-year multi-state, multi-institution USDA- Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant entitled Systems approach at improving the long-term competitiveness of U.S. pecans based on their nutritional and health-promoting components. The grant involves the efforts of pecan horticulturalists, production and marketing economists, food scientists, and a pharmacologist. Dr. Pegg has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and having delivered over 165 oral + poster presentations at various international, national, and regional scientific meetings. Since 1998 Dr. Pegg has been a member of the American Chemical Society (Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division) and since 1993 a member of Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT). Currently, he serves in the capacity as a conference program reviewer on IFT’s Food, Health & Nutrition Subpanel. Dr. Pegg is one of the founding members of the International Society for Nutraceuticals & Functional Foods (ISNFF), which has been established as a disciplinary group of the International Union of Food Science & Technology (IUFoST); the ISNFF will host their 5th Annual Conference and Exhibition this December in Kailau-Kona, Hawaii. He also serves as an editorial board member for Elsevier’s Food Chemistry and the Polish Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences as well as being language editor for the latter journal.

Directions to Valdosta State University Interstate 75 Follow Interstate 75 to Exit 18 and travel east into Valdosta. Turn left at the second traffic signal onto Gornto Rd. At the next traffic signal, turn right onto Baytree Rd. Follow Baytree Rd. until it dead ends into the VSU campus then turn left onto Oak St. (stay in right lane). At the first traffic signal, turn right onto Georgia Avenue. Parking lots are on your left. Walk across Georgia Ave through the campus to Student Center (Student Union). From Waycross on U.S. 84 (from east) When entering Valdosta, U.S. 84 becomes Hill Ave. Follow Hill Ave. to the center of downtown (courthouse) and turn right onto Ashley St. (one-way north). Stay in extreme left lane, which will become a left-turn-only lane after two blocks. The turning lane will lead to Magnolia St., and at the next intersection take a right onto Patterson St. Follow Patterson St. for 5 traffic lights. Turn left on the 6th light (Georgia Ave). The parking lots are on your right. Walk across Georgia Ave through the campus to Student Center (Student Union). From Thomasville on U.S. 84 (from west) Take U.S. 84 from Thomasville to downtown Valdosta. When entering Valdosta, U.S. 84 becomes Hill Ave. Follow Hill Ave. to the center of downtown (courthouse) and turn left onto Ashley St. (one-way north). Stay in extreme left lane, which will become a left-turn-only lane after two blocks. The turning lane will lead to Magnolia St., and at the next intersection take a right onto Patterson St. Follow Patterson St. for 5 traffic lights. Turn left on the 6th light (Georgia Ave). The parking lots are on your right. Walk across Georgia Ave through the campus to Student Center (Student Union). From Douglas on Highway 221 When approaching Valdosta, Hwy 221 becomes Park Ave. Continue on Park Ave. (west) until you reach the intersection of Patterson St. Turn left on S. Patterson St and continue for approximately .5 mile. Turn right onto Georgia Avenue. The parking lots are on your right. Walk across Georgia Ave through the campus to Student Center (Student Union). From Moultrie on Highway 133 Follow Hwy 133 east into Valdosta. Pass over Interstate 75 (Exit 18). Turn left at the second traffic signal onto Gornto Rd. At the next traffic signal turn right onto Baytree Rd. Follow Baytree Rd. until it dead ends into the VSU campus then turn left onto Oak St. (stay in right lane). At the first traffic signal, turn right onto Georgia Avenue. The parking lots are on your left. Walk across Georgia Ave through the campus to Student Center (Student Union).


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