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Carolyn de la Peña sweet talks UCOP at research talk

UC Davis Professor Carolyn de la Peña entertained a local UCOP audience and Ustream viewers last week, presenting the history of saccharin, Splenda and the other sugar substitutes that have transformed our relationship with food.

A professor of American studies and director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute, de la Peña is the author of Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda. Her talk was part of the UCOP Research Lunch Series, a monthly lecture given by scholars from across the UC system at the Franklin building, sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS).

If you missed de la Peña’s talk, you can view it on the Ustream video archive here:

Upcoming speakers include:

  • UCLA’s Lynn Zucker and Michael Darby on the impact of industry-university collaborations (March 18)
  • UCLA’s Laurence C. Smith on how global climate change will affect the world by 2050 (April 29)
  • UC San Diego’s Wayne Cornelius on U.S. immigration control policies and their unintended consequences (May 13)
  • UC San Diego’s V. “Ram” Ramanathan on his ongoing effort to push both science and society to solve global warming (June 10)

Lectures are open to all UCOP staff and presented as informal brown bag lunches from noon to 1 p.m. in room 5320 of the Franklin building, unless otherwise noted. You can also watch live via Ustream TV.

Check for upcoming events in the UC Link Calendar or join the Lectures-L Mailing List for event announcements and reminders.

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