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Pre-Valentines Day guest talks on science of chocolate and business

Feb. 7, 2012

Kutztown University's Department of Physical Sciences hosts the first Interdisciplinary Science Seminar of 2012 on Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in Boehm Room 261. This seminar features Dr. Selina Man presenting a talk - The Sweet Science of Chocolate for Life: Making a Difference with a Sustainable Business.

Man is the Chief Chocolate Officer (CCO) and Owner of Café Chocolate in Lititz, Pa. her restaurant, Café Chocolate of Lititz, specializes in organic, dark and fairly traded chocolates, coffees and teas. Her menu also includes dishes featuring fresh, organic, all-natural ingredients.

In her talk, she addresses the greater good of indulging in chocolate. "Most of world's chocolate is produced by some of the poorest countries in Africa," she explains. "Our mission statement reflects our commitment to them: Chocolate for life! For the life of the people who grow it, the life of the rainforest that sustains it and the life of us who eat the real thing!"

With her doctorate in Asian economics from Princeton University, Man originally administered a government program for Vietnamese refugee women, serving as a hospital chief financial officer and also spent a decade as head of international operations for a Wall Street firm.

The Interdisciplinary Science Seminar brings leaders from across the fields of science, academics, business, and government to the Kutztown University campus.  The discussions focus on the integration of science across all fields.  The seminar series is sponsored by the Department of Physical Sciences.

For further information please contact, Dr. Erin Kraal at