Rhona Applebaum, a food- industry leader with The Coca-Cola Co., will deliver the 2009 Woodroof Lecture April 2 at 2 p.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. Her lecture, entitled “Through the Looking Glass—Perspectives from a Career in Food Science: Past, Present and Future, ” is open free 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 Coca-Cola, 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. After the lecture, a reception will be in the atrium of the Georgia Center.