Dr. Jo Anne Shatkin will deliver the 2017 Woodroof Lecture entitled "Establishing the Safety of Novel Materials for Food Related Applications". Dr. Shatkin is President of Vireo Advisors, LLC in Boston, Massachusetts, and is focused on regulatory and safety strategies for novel bio-based and nanoscale technology development and innovation. In this capacity, she has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs to guide responsible, safe, and sustainable product development and commercialization. Dr. Shatkin is an environmental health scientist and recognized expert in environmental science and policy, human health risk assessment, emerging contaminants policy, and environmental aspects of nanotechnology. Dr. Shatkin received an Individually Designed Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science and Policy and a M.A. in Risk Management and Technology Assessment from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. In addition, she possesses a B.S. degree from Worcester Polytechnic University in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The Woodroof Lecture is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, a reception will be in the Georgia Center Atrium.