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Petri Dish: Super Foods or Super Frauds?

Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 6:00 pm8:00 pm

$8 – $10

Red wine is good! Red wine is bad! With an endless stream of seemingly conflicting findings about which foods are good for you, which are bad, how do we know what to believe? Coffee, chocolate, eggs — friends or foes?

Sorting out what’s true and not true in food-related research findings can be tricky. Our expert panel will explore this tricky terrain with eye to providing a baseline for distinguishing well-supported science, identifying outright misrepresentations and making sense of the flood of findings that fall somewhere between the two poles.

Join us this fall for a special Petri Dish series, exploring topics relating to food in conjunction with the museum’s Our Global Kitchen exhibit. Doors open at 6 pm—come early to explore the exhibit and grab a drink at the cash bar. Then get ready for trivia and lively discussion starting at 7 pm.


Petri Dish panelist photos (L to R): Mike Sadowsky, Mary Butler, Catherine Larson-Nath

Mike Sadowsky Microbial ecology

Mary Butler, Health Policy and Management

Catherine Larson-Nath, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition


$10 for general public
$8 for Bell Museum members

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Tickets include admission to the Our Global Kitchen exhibit. Note: the museum’s permanent galleries will not be open.

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This event with be presented with open captions. Assisted listening devices available on request. The Bell Museum strives to make its facility and events accessible to all. We are happy arrange other accommodations with a two-week notice. For additional information or to request an accommodation, please contact Caitlin at 612-624-4268 or bellaccess@umn.edu.

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About Petri Dish

Isn’t life fascinating? It gets even more interesting when you put three University of Minnesota experts with distinct perspectives together in the same room for an unscripted, free-flowing discussion. No Powerpoints. Just music, trivia and lots of lively, curiosity-driven conversations.

Petri Dish events are co-sponsored by the Bell Museum and the College of Biological Sciences.


Wednesday | October 10, 2018
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
$8 – $10
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