June 10, 2008

June 24 Science Café – ‘Chocolate: Food of the Gods’

LITTLE ROCK – The Science Café Little Rock, cosponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will hold its next public forum, Chocolate: Food of the Gods on June 24 with an internationally known guest speaker.


 


The topic presented by Howard Peters, Ph.D., a chemist, attorney, member of the American Chemical Society and elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) will cover:


 


·        The high and low points of chocolate history from the Mayan, Olmec and Aztec cultures of Central America to the present


·        Chemistry and biochemistry of chocolate processing


·        The health aspects of chocolate


 


Because Peters is expected to draw a larger than usual audience, this month’s program will be held at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock. Held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts.


 


Peters’ appearance is sponsored by the Central Arkansas Section of the American Chemical Society.


Dorothy Miles, Ph.D., UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute research associate and KUAR FM89 public radio news anchor/reporter, will facilitate the discussion.


 


Science Café was created in partnership with UAMS, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Southwestern Energy, Laughing Moon Café, Central Arkansas Section of the American Chemical Society, Arkansas Biosciences Institute and the Arkansas Academy of Sciences.


 


Science Café forums are held the fourth Tuesday of the month except for July, August and December. Future topics include: Human Behavior: What Makes You Tick? Ecotourism; Alternative Medicine; and What’s the Big Deal about Nanotechnology? Admission is free and no reservations are needed. Check out the Web site for information on monthly speakers and topics at www.sciencecafelr.com.


 


For more information on future Science Café events, contact Linda Williams at 501-686-7418 or send an e-mail with “subscribe” in the subject field to sciencecafelr@gmail.com.


 


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit www.uams.edu.