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2014 Joan Wood Lecture - Rachel Dutton, Harvard University. "Food for Thought: Combining the Right Ingredients for an Exciting Career in Science"

About the Joan Wood Lecture Series:

The Joan Wood Lecture Series provides a forum for undergraduates to interact with women in science-related careers. Designed to encourage undergraduate women to pursue advanced degrees in science, the series showcases the many career opportunities available to science majors.

Before her death in 1990, Dr. Wood was a strong advocate of women in the sciences and remained active in educational programs within the IU Department of Biology. Memorial contributions made in her honor helped establish this lecture series.

About Rachel Dutton and her presentation:

After receiving her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Harvard Medical School, Rachel Dutton was awarded a Bauer fellowship at Harvard University to start an independent research group. She combined her passions of microbiology and food into a research program that has the goal of using cheese as a way to understand microbial ecosystems.

Cheese is home to a fascinating assortment of microbes—from bacteria, yeasts, and molds to microscopic mites. These microbes all play an important role in making cheese a delicious and diverse food. Her lab is studying cheeses from around the world and looking at how cheese microbes interact with each other to form communities. In addition, the lab is collaborating with chefs (David Chang, Momofuku) and cheesemakers (Jasper Hill Farm, VT) to develop fermented foods using native microbes.

Working at the intersection of food and science has also allowed Dutton to pursue her interests in science communication and outreach. She has been a speaker at events such as the World Science Festival, and she regularly presents classes to the general public on the science of cheese and other fermented foods. Research from the Dutton lab has been featured in Lucky Peach Magazine, the PBS television series The Mind of a Chef, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times as well as on National Public Radio.

IU news release: http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2014/03/rachel-dutton-microbiology-lecture.shtml

Dutton Lab website: https://sites.google.com/site/theduttonlab/

Other:  http://sysbio.harvard.edu/csb/research/dutton.html

Monday March 31, 2014 04:00 PM
Monday March 31, 2014 05:00 PM
Myers Hall 130
Department of Biology
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