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Alltech lectures focus on biofuels, nutrition

Biofuels and nutrition were the subjects of two presentations in Haggin Auditorium in February and March that were part of the Alltech Lecture Series at Transylvania University.

Czarena Crofcheck, associate professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering at the University of Kentucky, gave a lecture titled “Green Viability: Is the Use of Biofuels Sustainable in Kentucky?” She discussed what effect the diversion of crops to biofuel production is having on food prices.

Three Transylvania faculty members—economics professor Alan Bartley, chemistry professor Eva Csuhai, and biology professor James Wagner—joined her for a follow-up discussion and an audience question-and-answer session.

Frank Edens, professor of poultry science at North Carolina State University, gave a lecture titled “Sustainability of Human Health: How Will Management of the Food Chain and Nutrition Influence Human Health?” He discussed the problems consumers face in evaluating food that comes from a global marketplace, as opposed to local sources of the past.

Edens was joined by two Transy faculty members—Kathleen Jagger, professor of biology and associate dean of the college, and Sharon Brown, physical education and exercise science professor—and University of Kentucky professor emeritus James Drummond (oral pathology) for a further discussion of nutritional habits of children, other cultures, and additional topics.

The lectures were sponsored by Alltech, a global animal health bioscience and animal feed company headquartered in Nicholasville, Ky.

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