Stu­dents get chance to ques­tion sci­en­tist-au­thor,

CHHS Au­thor Vis­i­ta­tion Pro­gram hosts panel dis­cus­sion on healthy eat­ing

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COLO­NIAL HEIGHTS - Colo­nial Heights High School stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a panel dis­cus­sion with vis­it­ing au­thor Dr. Joe Sch­warcz on Thurs­day. Sch­warcz’s visit was a part of the Au­thor Vis­i­ta­tion Pro­gram, a part­ner­ship be­tween Colo­nial Heights Schools and Vir­ginia State Univer­sity.

Sch­warcz, sci­en­tist and

au­thor of the book Mon­keys, Myths, and Molecules: Separat­ing Fact from Fic­tion, and the Sci­ence of

Ev­ery­day Life, vis­ited the Colo­nial Heights High School Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter with a panel of ad­di­tional pro­fes­sion­als in the field, in­clud­ing CHHS teacher Dana Bare­foot, Richard Bland Col­lege pro­fes­sor Dr. Mary K. Gur­nick, and Colo­nial Heights Pub­lic Schools Di­rec­tor of Food Ser­vices Aaron Robert­son. Stu­dents who had read Sch­warcz’s book had the op­por­tu­nity to bring ques­tions and com­ments to the panel for dis­cus­sion.

The topic of dis­cus­sion be­tween stu­dents and the panel cen­tered around healthy eat­ing, as Sch­warcz’s book fo­cuses on de­bunk­ing the myths sur­round­ing canned food, ar­ti­fi­cial dyes, SPF, home­opa­thy, can­cer, chem­i­cals and much more.

Fol­low­ing au­di­ence

ques­tions and com­ments, stu­dents were able to have their books signed by Sch­warcz and en­joy a lun­cheon.

Sch­warcz is an au­thor and pro­fes­sor at McGill Univer­sity in Mon­treal. He is the di­rec­tor of

McGill’s Of­fice for Sci­ence & So­ci­ety, which is ded­i­cated to de­mys­ti­fy­ing sci­ence for the pub­lic. Sch­warcz has writ­ten many books in­clud­ing Radar, Hula Hoops and Play­ful Pigs, The Ge­nie in the

Bot­tle, The Right Chem­istry, An Ap­ple a Day and Is That a Fact?

Au­thors who have vis­ited CHHS as part of the Au­thor Vis­i­ta­tion Pro­gram in the past in­clude Dr. Rut­ger Van San­ten in 2011, Dr. Allen Buchanan in 2012, Sch­warcz in 2013, Sam Kean in 2014, Lisa San­ders in 2015 and Jef­fery Lock­wood in 2016.


Dr. Joe Sch­warcz, au­thor of the book “Mon­keys, Myths, and Molecules: Sep­a­rat­ing Fact from Fic­tion, and the Science of Ev­ery­day Life,” vis­ited Colo­nial Heights High School for a panel dis­cus­sion with stu­dents who had read his book on Thurs­day, Nov. 2.

Colo­nial Heights High School stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to ask renowned au­thor and sci­en­tist Dr. Joe Sch­warcz ques­tions about his book at a panel dis­cus­sion held at Colo­nial Heights High School Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter on Thurs­day, Nov. 2.

Aaron Robert­son, Di­rec­tor of Food Ser­vices at Colo­nial Heights Pub­lic Schools, served on the guest panel at the au­thor vis­i­ta­tion event at Colo­nial Heights High School Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter.

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