New This Year
by Kelly Hensel
The 2011 Annual Meeting & Food Expo® offers some exciting new features for attendees.
Knowledge Center: An IFT resource that will be conveniently located in the lobby of the convention center. The Knowledge Center will feature information detailing IFT educational opportunities. Staff members will be on hand to provide guidance and tips for building a personalized Scientific Program education plan. In addition, the Knowledge Center will offer Scientific Program listings broken out by track and core science topic, information on IFT groups of special interest, and guides to the Trend & Solution Tours of Food Expo exhibitors.
Beacon Lectures: 2011 marks the debut of a new Scientific Program feature—the Beacon Lectures. These sessions will bring two high-profile presenters to the Annual Meeting: Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, and Patrick Wall, Associate Professor of Public Health in University College Dublin’s School of Public Health and Population Sciences. As “America’s doctor,” Benjamin is charged with providing the public with the best scientific information available on improving health and wellness. Wall’s research interests include foodborne diseases, lifestyle-related diseases, and consumer behaviors that are damaging to health. The Beacon Lecturer presentations are scheduled for Sunday and Monday from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.