Food security, sugar topics of Patrick Lecture Series

Tobie Blanchard  |  4/14/2016 6:46:37 PM

(04/14/16) BATON ROUGE, La – Mary Schmidl, a researcher and adjunct professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota, is the guest speaker for the 14th annual LSU Patrick Lecture Series.


Schmidl will present “Healthy Food, Healthy Planet” on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast and Environmental Building on the LSU Campus. A reception at 5:30 p.m. will precede the talk, which will look at ways food security is linked to nutrition and health, as well as economic development, the environment and trade.

On April 20 at 11 a.m. she will present “Sugars: Science and Politics” in the Reilly Auditorium at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The focus of the lecture will be on sugar as one of the most contentious issues in nutrition and food science.

Schmidl has had a distinguished career as a scientist, research director, educator and leader in public and private agencies. She is the former vice president of science and technology for the Humanetics Corporation, where she was responsible for new drug discovery, innovative ingredient development and regulatory affairs. She was the director of research for the Clinical Division of Novartis. Schmidl also directed the Nutrition Research Department for AG Bayer.

Schmidl has commercialized more than 75 new products and authored or co-authored more than 100 refereed research papers, magazine articles, patents, book chapters and books.

The Patrick Lecture Series was established by Ruth Patrick and her late husband, Bill Patrick. The endowment fund sponsors a lecture each year that alternates between the fields of human nutrition/food science and wetland sciences/coastal studies – reflecting the professional interests of the donors. Bill Patrick was director of the LSU Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute, and Ruth Patrick was a food and nutrition specialist with the LSU AgCenter at the time they established the endowment.


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