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March 2020
On February 12, 2020, the Department held its annual Battle of the Food Scientists which was live-streamed on Facebook. Seven teams competed over two rounds. The first was dedicated to making peanut butter, the goal was to make a peanut butter product that met the USDA’s Standard of Identity while also cleaning the workspace to pass an allergen test. The second round was a test of ingenuity, teams had to incorporate coffee (in liquid or ground form) into their dishes. The final winner was Team #6 which consisted of Cyril Ayuk, Emerson David Nolasco, and Alisha Kar
Congratulations to all of our Dean's List students for the fall semester of the 2019-2020 academic year!

Andre Chavez
April Elizabeth
Arena Ezzati See
Benjamin Stephen Sidner
Cade James Svoboda
Chase Grove
Chloe Marie Christensen
Joel David Parker
Julia Ann Hernandez
Justin Tran
Liqing Huang
Rajendra Panth
Trace Micheal Chrisman
Vanessa Whitmore
Xu Shi
Xueyan Hu
Yih Chyuan Looi
Ziqi Qi
Ziting Cai
Congratulations to Drs. Bob Hutkins and Randy Wehling who both received a Certificate of Recognition for Contribution to Students at the 2019-2020 Parent's Recognition Awards. Beginning in December, the UNL Parents Association solicited parents of university students to consult with their student(s), and to nominate a faculty or staff member who "has made a significant contribution to their lives while at the University". The reception will be held March 6, 2020, in the Willa Cather Dining Complex. This is Dr. Hutkins' 3rd year nominated and Dr. Wehling's 7th year.
Keeping your office environment safe

Fire safety.  Routine inspections around the office can help reduce the likelihood of fire.
  • Maintain cords in good repair.  Damaged and ungrounded power cords pose a serious fire hazard.  Remove any from service with frayed cords/exposed wires.  Make sure cords are not overloading circuits.  Do not use extension cords as permanent wiring.
  • Do not use space heaters.
  • Never block fire sprinkler heads.  Never place anything higher than 18 inches below sprinkler heads to allow full range of coverage.
  • Do not block escape routes or prop open fire doors.  Never store items in an emergency exit route.
  • Do not use “power strips” to energize high amperage devices (e.g., refrigerators, coffee pots, microwaves, etc.).
  • Avoid excessive accumulation of ordinary combustibles (e.g., paper, cardboard, etc.).
Upcoming Events
Mar 2
FDST 951 Adv. Food Science Seminar
Student Presentations
Kristina Arslain and
Yangjunna Zhang.
4 PM
Mar 9
FDST 951 Adv. Food Science Seminar
Mr. John Goldrich, LMHP
4 PM

Recent Publications

Chen, L., Irmak, S., Chaves, B. D., & Subbiah, J. (2020). Microbial challenge study and quality evaluation of cumin seeds pasteurized by continuous radio frequency processing. Food Control111, 107052. doi: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2019.107052

Onay B. Dogan, Yulie E. Meneses, Rolando A. Flores, Bing Wang. Risk-based assessment and criteria specification of the microbial safety of wastewater reuse in food processing: Managing Listeria monocytogenes contamination in pasteurized fluid milk. Water Research. 2020; 171:115466.

Hu, X., Meneses, Y.E., Hassan, A.A., 2020. Integration of sodium hypochlorite pretreatment with co-immobilized microalgae/bacteria treatment of meat processing wastewater. Bioresource Technology, 122953.

Annette O’Connor, Dapeng Hu, Sarah Totton, Nicole Scott, Charlotte Winder, Bing Wang, Chong Wang, Julie Glanville, Hannah Wood, Brad White, Robert Larson, Cheryl Waldner, Jan Sargeant. A systematic review and network meta-analysis of injectable antibiotic options for the control of bovine respiratory disease in the first 45 days post arrival at the feedlot. Animal Health Research Reviews. 2019; 20(2): 163-181. 

Annette O’Connor, Dapeng Hu, Sarah Totton, Nicole Scott, Charlotte Winder, Bing Wang, Chong Wang, Julie Glanville, Hannah Wood, Brad White, Robert Larson, Cheryl Waldner, Jan Sargeant. A systematic review and network meta-analysis of bacterial and viral vaccines, administered at or near arrival at the feedlot, for control of bovine respiratory disease in beef cattle. Animal Health Research Reviews. 2019; 20(2): 143-162.

Juan E. Ortúzar, Onay B. Dogan, Gustavo Sotomayor, Constanza Jiménez, Jennifer Clarke, Rolando A. Flores, George M. Gray, John H. Rupnow, Bing Wang. Quantitative assessment of microbial quality and safety risk: A preliminary case study of strengthening raspberry supply system in Chile. Food Control. 2020; 113: 107166.

Rukundo, I. R., & Danao, M.-G. C. (2020). Identifying turmeric powder by source and metanil yellow adulteration levels using near infrared spectra and PCA-SIMCA modeling. Journal of Food Protection.

Rukundo, I. R., Danao, M. C., Weller, C. L., Wehling, R. L., & Eskridge, K. M. (2020). Use of a handheld near infrared spectrometer and partial least squares regression to quantify metanil yellow adulteration in turmeric powder. Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, 28(1), 096703351989888.

Zhao, H.; Shen, C.; Wu, Z.; Zhang, Z.; Xu, C. Comparison of Wheat, Soybean, Rice, and Pea Protein Properties for Effective Applications in Food Products. J. Food Biochem. 2020, n/a (n/a), e13157.    

Recent Awards

Dr. Jennifer Clarke (Lead: Dr. Ema Graham), Dept of Justice-Natl Inst of Justice, Development of a Human Virome Based Microarray as a Forensic Tool, $146,805

Dr. Yulie Meneses (Lead: Dr. Christopher Neale), United Nations Food & Agriculture Organi, High performance cellulose based materials for structural and biomedical applications, $65,999

Hefei Zhao, Larrick Whitmore Student Travel Grant Award


Scholarships and Fellowships

Milton E. Mohr Biotechnology Fellowship

Deadline: March 13, 2020
•    $1,000 award
•    Graduation date no sooner than May 2021
•    Accumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater
•    Fall 2020-2021 UNL full-time junior, senior, graduate student
For application process and more information go to
Milton Mohr Fellowship (Teaching)

Deadline: April 17, 2020
•    $3,000 award
•    Teaching experience at UNL
•    Currently have teaching or research assistantship
For application process and more information go to
Food Science & Technology Department Awards:

Application Deadline for the following scholarships and awards is 8:00 a.m. on March 16, 2020. Please contact Sara Roberts at for more information.
  • Food Science & Technology Department’s Undergraduate Scholarships Applications are available in a PDF form or online form. GPA 3.0 or above and FDST/FTCA majors only.
  • UNL Food Science Club Scholarship – The Food Science Club will be awarding one $500 scholarship to a returning club member for the 2020-21 academic year. Current and active members of the Club are encouraged to apply. It is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Click here for the application.
  • FDST Student Ambassador –We are currently accepting applications for to fill the next 2-year term (2020-2022 academic years). Click here for the application and requirements.

Internships and Jobs

Lab Animal Care Assistant 

Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Working with mice in sterile environments; preparing the food, water, and bedding for the mice and maintaining the sterile conditions of the isolators using aseptic techniques. Performing periodic microbiological quality-control checks and assisting lab personnel with various mouse-related tasks. The position is for Fall 2017 and possibly longer. Find more details here.

To apply, contact Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait ( Please send (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) schedule of available days/times to work, and (4) if you are eligible for work study. All four items must be included in your application email.

Student Research Project

Dr. Bryon Chaves, a faculty member in the Food Science & Technology Department, has a project for a student to complete through the IANR ARD Undergraduate Research Program (see above). He is seeking a student with at least one more full year left, so someone who plans to graduate in spring or summer 2021. If you are interested in this project and meet the qualifications, please email Dr. Chaves at

Assistant/Associate Professor
University of Maryland

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an independent, innovative, and competitively funded research program in food systems innovation as applied to improve food safety and sustainability. We seek outstanding scientists engaged in emerging areas of food research including but not limited to microbial and chemical food safety, application of omics to improve food safety, emergence of antimicrobial resistance in food system, development of innovative technologies to detect and control foodborne pathogens, mitigation of food loss and food-waste, utilization of food processing waste, food biotechnology, and fermentation.

Applicants are to send a cover letter, current and signed curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contact information for three professional references (include mailing address, telephone number, and email address) to: (Position #: 103734).

Bioprocessing Laboratory Specialist
University of Illinois

Supervise and perform the day-to-day research, operations, and safety oversight of the IBRL-PPP and
laboratory. Schedule and prepare for research trials by students, faculty, and outside researchers. Serve as primary research specialist for operating and maintaining extrusion research equipment in facility.
Ensure equipment is available and ready for use. Provide expertise to faculty, students, and outside users performing research to ensure safe and successful use of facility equipment, including coordinating without outside contractors as necessary.

Questions can be directed to Ronda Sullivan via e-mail ( or phone 217-244-9528.

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