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APRIL 2018
The Department and the Nebraska Food for Health Center (NFHC) were honored to have Joe Palca, the Science Correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), as the guest presenter at their weekly “gut group” seminar series on March 23. Joe led a discussion on a range of topics, including how to engage the public in science issues and the role of social media in conveying science communication.  After the presentation, Dr. Andy Benson, Dr. Bob Hutkins, and Ms.Sharon Czarnek led Joe on a tour of the Food Innovation Center and the Gut Biology labs.
Joe was at UNL as part of the SciComm 2018 conference. One of the goals of this conference was to train scientists, educators, journalists and the public in effective science communication. Joe presented a plenary lecture on Science Communication at the conference, and Dr. Rick Goodman, the Department GMO expert, presented a lecture on Food Safety and Risks.
On Sunday, Joe hosted “Afternoon Science with NET and Joe Palca” at the NET Auditorium. Joe described his new NPR series Joe's Big Idea and then interviewed Bob Hutkins and Ali Tamayol (from the College of Engineering). Bob described how microbes are responsible for fermentation and discussed the role of fermented foods on gut health.  He even got Joe to give natto (sticky fermented soybeans) a try!
Dr. Yulie Meneses presented at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia-Brazil, March 18-23. The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life.” Dr. Meneses' presentation was titled, Water for Food Processing: Waste Reduction, Optimization, and Reuse. More information about the 8th World Water forum can be found at
Dr. Changmou Xu attended a meeting of the American Chemists Society where he participated in a press conference regarding his research in reusing grape waste from winemaking. Dr. Xu's team identifies optimal technologies to extract, separate and identify nutrients from grape pomace, and use those nutrients in commercial products. You can view the press conference here
The Department would like to announce the addition of four new faculty members:

Dr. Jennifer Auchtung – Dr. Auchtung is joining as an Assistant Professor in Food Microbiology.  Jennifer will be coming from a non-tenure track research position at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and start on July 1.
Dr. Jooyeoun Jung – Dr. Jung is joining as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Food Product Development Specialist position.  Jooyeoun will be coming from a research associate position at Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University and start in early August.
Dr. Deniz Ciftci – Dr. Ciftci is joining as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Food Chemistry-Analysis Specialist position.  Deniz, after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, has been involved in some postdoctoral work within the Department and will start her duties no later than early August.

Dr. Theo Lioutus - Dr. Lioutas is shifting from Biological Systems Engineering within IANR. In spite of his relocation to the Food Innovation Center, Dr. Lioutas will still be focusing on leading engineering activities in the development of food manufacturing into a nationally recognized institute. He is also forming and leading a consortia to collectively address the manufacturing challenges for sustainable production of nutritious and safe food as well as garnering extramural support and participation in collaborative projects and the leadership of outreach activities.
The 2018 Student Banquet will be held on April 26th at 5:00 PM in the Wick Alumni Center. Students will be recognized for their accomplishments over the last school year. A meal will be provided free for students and $25.00 for guests and parents. Students, parents, and guests should all RSVP before April 12th at
Upcoming Events

April 26
2018 FST Student Banquet
April 28
Last Day of Class
May 4
Graduate Commencement
May 5
Undergraduate Commencement
Upcoming FDST 951 Seminars

April 2
Kaye Ivens/An Tien Nguyen
April 9
Lei Wang/Liyang Xie
April 16
CarlyRain Adams/Car Reen Kok
April 23
Amy Garrison/Rehab Mohammed

Recent Publications

Zhi Huang, Francesco Marra, Jeyamkondan Subbiah & Shaojin Wang (2018) Computer simulation for improving radio frequency (RF) heating uniformity of food products: A review, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 58:6, 1033-1057, DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2016.1253000

Lau, S. K., Subbiah, J. 2018. An automatic system for measuring dielectric properties of foods: Albumen, yolk, and shell of fresh eggs. Journal of Food Engineering, 223, 79 - 90.

Irmak, S., Meryemoglu, B., Sandip, A., Subbiah, J., Mitchell, R., Sarath, G.  2018. Microwave pretreatment effects on switchgrass and miscanthus solubilization in subcritical water and hydrolysate utilization for hydrogen production. Biomass & Bioenergy, 108, 48-54.

Delany, B., Goodman, R. E., & Ladics, G. S. (2017). Food and Feed Safety of Genetically Engineered Food Crops. Toxicological Sciences, 162(2), 361-371. Retrieved from

Yin Cao, Kana Wu, Raaj Mehta, David A. Drew, Mingyang Song, Paul Lochhead, Long H. Nguyen,
Jacques Izard, Charles S. Fuchs, Wendy S. Garrett, Curtis Huttenhower, Shuji Ogino, Edward L. Giovannucci, and Andrew T. Chan. Long-term use of antibiotics and risk of colorectal adenoma. Gut (2018) 67(4) p672-678 (doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2016-313413)

Recent Awards

Clarke, J., Strategic Funding Supercomputing and Life Sciences Symposium, ARD, $2,000.

Calkins, C. and Subbiah, J. The Science of Dry-Aged Beef. Nebraska Beef Council, $38,136. 

Jennifer Clarke, DHHS, Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication (CIBC), $2,250,619

Qiyue Chen, Comparing Three Methods of Papaya and Peach Juice Preservation – Pasteurization, High Pressure Processing (HPP) and Drying into Instant Juice Powder, Agricultural Research Division (ARD), $2,500

Changmou Xu, Development of Rapid Detection Methods for Simultaneously Characterizing Lipid Profile and Lipid Oxidation Using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), $10,000, Layman Award Project

Internships and Jobs


NCESR Summer Internship – The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research
NCESR offers an annual summer internship opportunity to undergraduate students. Find out more about the program and past projects here.

Intern - Nebraska MEP
The Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is searching for an enthusiastic, self-motivated undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in providing support services to the manufacturing industry in Nebraska. The intern will be involved in the development of a social media marketing plan, website creation/maintenance, updating databases, creating graphics and other communication visuals for reports, interviewing professionals and writing Success Stories, among other duties. For more information, view the announcement here.

Send cover letter, resume and list of three references to Suzanne Weeder Einspahr, Business Center Coordinator, Nebraska MEP, 3 Agricultural Communications Building, Lincoln, NE 68583-0727, or or (402) 472-5993

Food Science Research Associates  - Penn State University
The College of Agricultural Sciences department of Food Science is seeking students and non-students for the Fall 2018 semester. Duties to include: Conduct organized research in the area of food chemistry/food microbiology including Perform independent literature searches and prepare summaries of topics pertinent to ongoing and future research; prepare summaries of research projects conducted in the laboratory; conduct research under the direction of the PI leading to peer-reviewed publication; assist PI with grant preparation; perform analytical procedures and protocols as directed; Collect and analyze data from ongoing research projects; supervise undergraduate and graduate student researchers in the lab.

Apply at
Associate Product Development Specialist  - Orion Food Systems
This position will be responsible for all aspects of new product development and product improvement on pizzas and pizza components as well as creating new recipes for our convenience store franchises. This job may also entail some travel to participate in tradeshows or new customer presentations.

Please apply at
Environmental Specialist - Food Safety Specialist - State of Iowa
Incumbent must reside in Pottawattamie or Mills Counties. This position will be responsible for completing inspections and complaint investigations in food and lodging establishments including restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, temporary food stands, hotels/motels, and may be required to inspect food manufacturing facilities.

The position requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in natural science; an equivalent combination of experience and education substituting one year of full-time professional work in an environmental, radiation control, environmental health or food sanitation program for each year (30 semester hours) of the required education.

For additional information, please view the job description. (PDF 131 KB)
Quality Specialist - Henningsen Foods

The Quality Specialist is responsible for a variety of duties including but not limited to assisting in the development of the Food Safety and Quality systems within David City, NE This position requires an Associate’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry, biology, Microbiology or a related field preferred. Minimum 6 months previous in a manufacturing environment preferred.

More Information (PDF 178K)

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