October 7 - Dr. Pagni (University of Tennessee) Seminar: It’sAll Natural and Chemically Free. This seminar is intended for general audiences so please feel free to invite non-chemistry friends to attend.
Dr. Pagni’s summary of the talk follows:
“It is fair to say that the average person in the United States is chemophobic. Advertisers take advantage of this fact by portraying their products as being either "chemically free" or made up of "natural" materials. A chemically free product, of course, is an oxymoron because everything is made up of chemicals but implies to most people the fact that it isn't made synthetically in an industrial process. Natural is also presumed to be better than synthetic. Natural materials are presumed to be milder and more healthful than their synthetic counterparts. This talk will show that these suppositions are not true and that each material, be it synthetic or natural, must be assessed individually.”
Please join us at 6:00 for a social hour, with access to the Sci-Quest exhibits. The meeting will begin at 7:00. This event will be open to the public, so please feel free to spread the word! Pre-registration is available by visiting www.sci-quest.org