Tuesday 18 June 2019 5:45 PM - Tuesday 18 June 2019 7:00 PM


University of Waikato
Knighton Road
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Chemistry and chemicals are often regarded as antithetical to food and to be avoided in the diet at all costs. From a research career in carbohydrate (sugar) chemistry, Merilyn will offer examples of how in fact the chemicals that comprise food can be both beneficial to human health and a selling point for the food industry. A lifetime of teaching in five countries and four continents and all ages from seven to seventy, enables Merilyn to unpack a conceptually difficult subject and make it accessible and fun for non-scientists.

Members of the public are invited to attend a free public lecture being held at the University of Waikato on Tuesday, 18 June, entitled La dolce vita: Sugar Chemistry Research.

About the Presenter - Merilyn’s career in teaching commenced in England and then moved to Malta GC, where she taught biology to the children of service personnel and SCUBA diving to Royal Marines. After relocating to Australia, Merilyn completed a BSc Hons in chemistry at James Cook University specializing in carbohydrate chemistry and then taught senior chemistry at the Townsville Grammar School. At the age of forty-five she completed her doctorate at the University of Montana (USA) specializing in carbohydrate chemistry while also working as an Assistant Professor (Research and Teaching).

On relocating to New Zealand, Merilyn took up a joint appointment at the University of Waikato and Forest Research (now SCION) in Rotorua, before becoming full time at this university. Merilyn’s research interests are not restricted to carbohydrate chemistry. Her extensive research collaborations within the university and with New Zealand and international CRIs and businesses have resulted in research papers on subjects as diverse as determining the geographical origin of possums from their dental enamel, the toxic components of karaka berries, the fundamental structure of biochar, production of biodegradable polymers, seagrass restoration and retention of antibiotics in soils.

This 35 minute public lecture will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, starting at 5.45pm. Complimentary drinks and nibbles served from 5.15pm. Free parking is available on campus via Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton.

Please register your attendance at Eventbrite and bring your ticket along with you on the evening.