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November/December 2022
On Nov. 14th, the Food Science & Technology Department provided two separate activities during the FEWS2 Immersion Days. FEWS2 ( Food, Energy, Water, and Societal Systems) is an Early College and Career STEM program developed for Lincoln Northeast High School in partnership with CASNR. About 80 students from Lincoln Northeast High School came out to NIC for four sessions of activities. Drs. Andreia Bianchini and Jayne Stratton discussed how food preservation reduces food waste, and then they had students make canned salsa. Dr. Villa Rojas shared about the benefits and challenges of making biodegradable utensils. Students observed three versions of homemade utensils including their own pizza crust version.
On Nov. 12, students from across the state attended the Pathways to Careers Conference in Kearney. This event is hosted by the Nebraska FFA and is open to middle and high school students. Sara Roberts and Alisa Holst provided two sessions on sensory science and food science careers. About 75 students attended the sessions.
Congratulations to Dr. Changmou Xu on winning the Emerging Innovator of the Year at NUtech Ventures' 2022 Innovator Awards. Dr. Xu’s research focuses on developing healthy beverages made from aronia berries.

In addition,
The NUtech Startup Company of the Year was awarded to Synbiotic Health, founded by Tim Brummels, CEO and president; Dr. Andy Benson, professor of food science and technology and director of the Nebraska Food for Health Center; Dr. Bob Hutkins, Khem Shahani Distinguished Professor of food science and technology; Dr. Tom Burkey, professor of animal science; and former Nebraska faculty member, Dr. Jens Walter.
Nate Korth, a doctoral student with Nebraska’s Department of Food Science and Technology was recently highlighted as a co-investigator in a research project to improve the healthy effects of popcorn developed through conventional breeding techniques to produce a beneficial fatty-acid called butyrate. Read more about it at

Phi Tau Sigma

On Aug. 3, 2022, Phi Tau Sigma-UNL Chapter hosted a luncheon for all of it's members who participated in a science slam activity at Lincoln Northwest High School.
During the luncheon, the president of Phi Tau Sigma-UNL Chapter, Emerson Nolasco, summarized the past activities of the Chapter and the achievements the Chapter made during 2021-2022.

Phi Tau Sigma-UNL Chapter disseminated food safety knowledge in the community of Nebraska City at the Apple Jack Festival, hosted a webinar to connect an expert in the food industry with our students, and hosted the science slam at  the Lincoln Northeast High School. Honorably, Phi Tau Sigma-UNL Chapter was recognized as a Chapter of Merit for the 2nd year by the national Phi Tau Sigma Society. All the winners in the science slam competition were recognized and awarded certificates.

(Pictured below clockwise) Emerson Nolasco, Dr. Curt Weller, Prabhashis Bose, Rui Huang, and Emily Jundt
Upcoming Events

Dec 12-16
Fall Semester Final Exams
Dec 23 - Jan 2
Holiday Closedown (UNL offices closed)

Recent Publications

Yang, Q., Van Haute, M., Korth, N. et al. Genetic analysis of seed traits in Sorghum bicolor that affect the human gut microbiome. Nat Commun 13, 5641 (2022).

Zhang S, Ahamed F, and Song HS (2022). Knowledge-informed data-driven modeling for sparse identification of governing equations for microbial inactivation processes in food, Frontiers in Food Science and Technology, 2, 996399.

Recent Awards

Devin Rose (Lead: Gustafson), Targeted Messaging Highlighting Human Health and Sustainability Benefits to Promote Pulse Consumption,  Dept of Agriculture-ARS, $91,250



Six research opportunities (ORISE Fellowships and Goldbelt) at FDA within CFSAN’s Division of Food Processing Science and Technology--- research center is located just outside of Chicago in Bedford Park, IL.   Opportunities are available at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degree levels as described in the postings below.

FDA Postgraduate Research Engineer Fellowship:
FDA Postgraduate Chemist Fellowship:
FDA Postdoctoral Research Chemist Fellowship (Allergens):
FDA Postdoctoral Research Microbiologist Fellowship:
FDA Postgraduate Microbiologist Fellowship:
Goldbelt- Food Chemist (Metal Toxins):
Assistant Professor, Translational Food Chemistry

Tenure-track Assistant Professor (9-month) position in Food Science with research and teaching appointment in an area related to food chemistry, material science, and processing. The successful candidate will join a 23-member faculty in the Department of Food Science housed in the Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science building on the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.  Candidates should have the ability to integrate a broad but basic food chemistry knowledge with formulation science (hence, "translational food chemistry").

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Associate Food Scientist

We are looking for an Associate Food Scientist to join our International Foods R&D team in Omaha, Nebraska!

This is a great opportunity to begin your career in Food Science! As an Associate Food Scientist, you are an essential contributor to product development. You will bring a food forward and culinary focused mindset to improve or bring new products to the table. With a curiosity for consumer demand and food trends, you'll bring your science background to life to create products that are an asset to Conagra's portfolio.

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INBRE Scholar's Program

Nebraska's Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) offers the opportunity to experience what research is all about and determine if this is the right career path for you; a true genuine research experience. Benefits include Competitive stipend, summer housing allowance, and funds for supplies provided for two years of full-time research.

UNL Contact: Dr. Brian Couch, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences

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