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With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the research of Drs. Ted Hartung, Burt Maxcy, and Lloyd Bullerman, to develop a method to irradiate bread for use in NASA spaceflight missions, was featured on several news outlets and on social media.The Department was also featured in several news outlets during the month July, including articles in Nebraska Today, The Lincoln Journal Star, and an interview with Dr. Hartung on KETV.
On July 25th, a group of high school seniors from across the state visited the FIC. They were part of the week-long Dream Big camp, a college prep program sponsored by the College of Business. During their visit to FIC, the students heard a presentation from NuTek Food Science’s Scott Keys and Jadyn Schlamann. Both Scott and Jadyn graduated from UNL’s Culinology program with minors in Food Science & Technology. Along with sampling some potato chips, the students learned about the history of NuTek Food Science, the research involved, and career opportunities with degrees in Food Science and Technology, and Culinology.
July was National Ice Cream Month, and Nebraska Today ran article giving a detailed rundown of the most popular flavors that are served. 
In no particular order:
  • Scarlet and Cream
  • Mocha Madness
  • Caramel Cashew
  • Butter Brickle
  • 4-H Clover Mint
You can read the entire article at: Nebraska Today.
Dr. Bing Wang has been offered an appointment as an Adjunct Researcher within the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, at the University of Tasmania effective from June 1 2019 to January 31 2022, for the collaboration on a risk assessment project focusing on the safety of cheese products.
Upcoming Events
Aug 8
International Potluck
Aug 26
2019 Fall Semester Begins
Upcoming Workshops
Aug 5
Good Housekeeping = Safe Science

Recent Publications

Meneses, Y. E., Martinez, B., & Hu, X. (2019). Water reconditioning in the food industry. Sustainable Water and Wastewater Processing, 329-365. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-816170-8.00010-7

Ubeyitogullari, A., Moreau, R., Rose, D. J., & Ciftci, O. N. (2019). In Vitro Bioaccessibility of Low-Crystallinity Phytosterol Nanoparticles Generated Using Nanoporous Starch Bioaerogels. Journal of Food Science, 84(7), 1812-1819. doi:10.1111/1750-3841.14673


Recent Awards

Dr. Andreia Bianchini, Midwest Dairy Association, Evaluation of Farm Interventions to Reduce Sporeformers in Fluid Milk through a Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA), $19,069

Dr. Joseph Baumert, Neogen Corporation, Assessment, Development and Improvement of Methods for the Detection of Allergen Residues in Foods - Proj 1, $99,976

Dr. Phil Johnson, Department of Agriculture-NIFA, Robust Methods for Food Allergen Detection and Quantitative Risk Assessment, $424,742

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.

Manager, Food Safety Program

Sysco, Lincoln, NE

American Laboratories is seeking a qualified Food Safety Coordinator to add to their growing team. Strategically manage, lead, and coordinate continuous improvement efforts and programs related to food safety and quality processes and systems for American Laboratories. Use technical expertise to educate members on food safety and quality applications and systems.

For more information and to apply please contact  

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dalhousie University

Dr. Bandara’s research group at Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie University (Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada) seeks highly motivated and exceptional postdoctoral researcher in the area of renewable biopolymer based wound healing material applications with an anticipated start date of 1st September 2019. Initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal for another year upon the performance of the candidate.

Interested individuals should send CV along with a statement of interests and contact information for three references to:
Dr. Nandika Bandara - Assistant Professor
Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences,
Dalhousie University
Email: / Phone: 780-863-1114

QA Lab Analyst

Mars, Aurora, NE

This position is responsible for developing and implementing innovative solutions to site based quality and food safety systems to ensure operational conformance to consumer and customer expectations. 

As a site based R&D resource, this position requires working closely with supply, maintenance, engineering, logistics, central and global quality, food safety & distribution systems specialists and regulatory affairs to identify opportunities to improve product quality, systems and safety. 

This position is also responsible for acquiring and understanding the advancement of global petfood processes and auditing techniques to drive appropriate innovations for the site. 

To apply visit the Mars application page.

Research and Development Scientist

Streck, La Vista, NE

Streck is recruiting for a talented and professional research and development scientist to join our immunology and biomarkers team. This position is responsible for working on research and development projects that are focused on product and process improvements to current commercial product applications and new product development projects. 

Primary responsibilities:

  • Execute research and development in accordance with FDA mandated design control requirements on projects that include process and product development, validation and verifications, and improvement opportunities for new and existing products
  • Collect, record, analyze and interpret experimental data and report results and interpretation of data
  • Design and execute experiments
To apply visit the Streck employment page.

Research Manager II - Lab

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

The Laboratory Manager will be responsible for the daily operations of the Ramer-Tait Laboratory (, which studies how gut microbes and diet interact to influence health and disease. Responsibilities will include:
• Planning, directing, assigning and performing complex laboratory procedures (in microbiology, immunology, gut health, germ-free mice)
• Oversight of laboratory activities, safe operating procedures, and all compliance with institutional animal care and use regulations and environmental health and safety regulations for a biosafety level II laboratory (and similar);
• Providing technical support to faculty, staff, and students;

To apply visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln employment site.

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