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MARCH 2019
Dr. Ozan Ciftci of Food Science and Technology and Dr. Yufeng Ge of Biological Systems Engineering were honored with Junior Faculty Recognition for Excellence in Research Awards. This award recognizes outstanding trajectories of junior faculty and aids in building strong portfolios for promotion and tenure. Read more at
Sharisa Heier started in her position on March 1st as the departmental Administrative Associate.  She is housed in 232 FIC and will support Dr. Weller in hissupport and handling of departmental teaching, research and Extension programs.  Sharisa comes to UNL from American Life and Security Corp., and its parent organization, Midwest Holdings, Inc. where she most recently served as Senior Executive Assistant, Travel Coordinator, Assistant Secretary for Corporate Board and Shareholder Services Manager.  During her approximately 18 years with Midwest Holding, she served in a number of roles.  Please stop in and greet her.
With Sharisa’s arrival, Julie Reiling will transition into new (and back to some old) responsibilities.  Julie will remain involved with sensory, labeling and product development projects with the FPC.  Due to Julie’s experience and institutional knowledge, she will remain the point person for all things related to the FIC building, room and building access and the liaison with the landlord.  Additionally, Julie will assist in tracking and recording FPC agreement and financial paperwork in concert with the NIC Business Center.
Dr. Andrew Benson was elected as new Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Election is through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. Dr. Benson was among 108 other new elected Fellows for 2019.
Dr. Jeyam Subbiah, and other professors and students at UNL are developing a video game called “AgPocalypse: 2050.” The game will put players in farming roles, where they focus on the four main aspects of the Nebraskan agroecosystem: corn, water, ethanol and beef. The research-based models behind the game look at multiple factors, such as economics, weather, climate and animal science. You can read more about AgPocalypse: 2050 and its development at
Junsi Yang, a Ph.D. student, has been selected to receive the 2019 American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) Honored Student Award. The award consists of a certificate, a $500 travel allowance, and complimentary lodging and registration for the recipient to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where she will present an award lecture. Junsi is advised by Dr. Ozan Ciftci.
From cow to cone: the 15 students in Dr. Robert Hutkins’ Dairy Technology class have gone on two recent field trips. First, they paid a visit to the Prairieland Dairy farm, where they observed a large 1,400 cow milking operation.  It was a frigid day, but the cows did not seem to mind.
Later in February, they went to the Blue Bunny ice cream manufacturing plant in Iowa. This is one of the largest ice cream facilities in the world. The VIP tour was a great opportunity for students to view the manufacture of ice cream and novelty products. All of the super-fast production lines were automated, and several even used robotics. Despite the cold (almost as cold outside as the blast freezers inside!), it was a great educational experience.

Written by Dr. Robert Huktins
Congratulations to our Fall 2018 Dean's List students!

Alexis Rienks
Arena Ezzati See
Benjamin Stephen Sidner
Cade James Svoboda
Chloe Marie Christensen
Danyan Gu
Elizabeth Katherine Drey
Emmalea Joanne Rice
Erica Jo Lewis
Jenna Krager
Jessica R. Humphrey
Jing Shao

Justin Quang-Trieu Tran
Katerina Marie Roberts
Kelsey Jean Bignell
Qiyue Chen
Rajendra Panth
Siyu Yao
Sue Mae Lee
Tang Li
Xingfa Ma
Yafan Yu
Zhuowen Ma
Zijin Qin
RSVPs are now open for the 2019 Student Banquet. The banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at the Wick Alumni Center 2520 R Street Lincoln, NE 68508. There will be a social hour beginning at 5:00 PM, with dinner and presentations to follow. The event is free for students and $25 for guests. Please visit for more information and to register. Please contact Sara Roberts at if you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring.

Lab Safety Update: Biosafety Safe Operating Procedures

Recently, 17 Biosafety Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) for microlabs and chemlabs have been revised. Notification of the SOPs updated and a brief description of the change(s) have been published in the EHS website under the Biosafety Category of Safe Operating Procedures you can see the revision date in parentheses after the SOP name. Lab managers and workers should please carefully review all the Biosafety SOPs with the (12/18) or (1/19) revision date that do or may apply to your research. Resources: EHS Biosafety SOPs
Upcoming Events

Mar 4
Open Registrations for Summer Sessions
Mar 17-24
Spring Break
FDST 951 Advanced Food Science Seminar
Mondays 4:00PM FIC 277

Mar 4
Esteban Valverde
Ashley Cunningham

Student Presentations

Mar 11
Dr. Michael Adamowicz
UNL Forensic Science Program

Mar 18
Spring Break

Mar 25
Dr. Andreia Bianchini
UNL Food Science & Technology

Recent Publications

Travis Burger, Yue Zhang, Recent Progress in the Utilization of Pea Protein as an Emulsifier for Food Applications, Trends in Food Science & Technology, 2019, 86, 25-33

Entwistle S, Li X, Yin Y. 2019. Orphan genes shared by pathogenic genomes are more associated with bacterial pathogenicity. mSystems 4:e00290-18

Recent Awards

Devin Rose, Stephen Baenziger, Kaustav Majumder, Melanie Downs, “Characterizing Protein Digestibility and Celiac Antigenicity of Historical and Modern Wheats.” The Andersons Research Grant Program. $150,000

Internships and Jobs

Assistant Director

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Will have shared responsibility with the current Program Manager for management and supervision of all supportive services and outreach functions of FARRP (Food Allergy Research and Resource Program). The Co-Directors of FAARP travel extensively, including international trips, so the incumbent will be responsible for independently managing FARRP operations when they are not in the office. The position includes responsibility for outreach and communications, the overall program budget as well as project budgets, and liaison functions with the FARRP Board of Directors and growth of program membership. Requires a Bachelor’s degree in business or related field plus five years of any combination of management, accounting, financial or business/information management experience; equivalent education/experience considered. Supervisory experience within a team approach. Demonstrated expertise in the areas of grants/contracts and budgeting in an academic setting.

To apply please visit:

Lab Animal Care Assistant

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility (located on East Campus behind the Vet Sciences building in the Life Sciences Annex) The gnotobiotic mouse facility is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual to help care for our mouse colony. Responsibilities include 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 2018 and possibly longer.

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

Technical Project Manager

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Project Manager reports to the Executive Director of the Nebraska Food for Health Center (NFHC). This position will serve as primary project coordinator and will manage the research output/product development lifecycle to meet the mission and goals of NFHC and help develop the UNL Maize Genetics Program (MGP). Works multi-campus with various teams of subject matter experts across the NFHC pipeline and MGP infrastructure to ensure effective communication for discovery, translational animal models, and human clinical trials. Provide guidance to the NFHC Director and MGP Director for developing and implementing a strategy for external communications and outreach. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, business, or related field plus five years of experience managing large portfolio of research projects.

To apply visit:

Assistant Professor

North Carolina State University

As an Assistant Professor, this position is expected to develop both research and teaching programs. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program with fundamental or applied research in areas that will assist the Food Industry with short and long term; current and anticipated food chemistry needs.

To apply visit:

Food Safety Quality Technician

Three Point Solutions Inc.

The Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) Technician position is responsible for timely completion of analytical testing in support of the quality management and operational teams. Analytical testing may be performed for routine analysis of in-process and final product testing, Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) calibration development and maintenance, and support of trials and experiments. The FSQ Technician is responsible for checking and monitoring analytical instrumentation performance. The FSQ Technician is responsible for entering data into databases and communication of results verbally and/or in writing. This positions is located in Blair, NE.

To apply visit:


Food Science Leader


This senior role will see you being engaged to drive innovation in food science and technology with a focus on food structure and chemistry, bioprocessing and value addition, whilst playing a key role in leading a multidisciplinary science research group of 15-20 staff.  Your expertise and that of CSIRO will be applied to the Australian and global food value chain using its broad range of industrial know-how and scientific capability. The role is located at the CSIRO Food Innovation Centre, Werribee (near Melbourne) in Victoria, Australia.  There will be a requirement to travel interstate on a frequent basis for research project delivery and/or meetings, seminars or conferences.

To apply visit:


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