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March 2018
The 2nd annual Battle of the Food Scientists was held at the Food Innovation Center on February 28th. Teams consisting of students and a faculty member competed against each other and the clock over the course of two rounds. The final victor was Team #1, consisting of Justin Tran, a Food Science junior and assistant professor Dr. Byron Chaves. The event was live-streamed over Facebook and received considerable media attention. Attendees viewed the live stream from the Conagra Room and enjoyed pizza, snacks, and prizes. A slideshow of the event is available here.
Graduate Support and Office Associate, Connie Gebhardt retired on March 2nd. Connie served the University for nearly thirty years and was part of the FST Administration Unit for almost ten years. Connie was honored with a gathering at The Mill and a certificate with a three jeweled pin for her years of service. We wish her well.
Chris Ebbers has joined the Department as the International Student Success Navigator. Chris' position will assist incoming 3+1 Program students from China and current UNL FST Students assimilate together next fall in Lincoln. Chris holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Business and Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
On February 15th, Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait presented a lecture on Individuality in Gut Microbiota Responses to Diet at the February Reseach Group Meeting of the Plant Science Innovation Group.
The 2018 Student Banquet will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 PM at the Wick Alumni Center. Dr. Curt Weller will welcome attendees to the event as the Department of Food Science and Technology recognizes student scholarship award winners, views highlights from the 2018 Battle of the Food Scientists contest, and hears a presentation from the Food Science Club. Admission for students is free, for parents and guests, it is $25 per person. Attendees can RSVP at
The Alliance for Advanced Sanitation is calling for research proposals. The purpose of this request for proposals is to encourage innovative research in the area of sanitation and assist investigators to initiate and/or develop concepts that will deliver improved technologies and methods to the food industry. Details and requirements for proposals can be found in this PDF.
A course providing participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals is now available  To register, please follow Space is limited to 25 participants. All participants must register by April 18, 2018. There are no refunds for canceled registrations. Please, direct course and registration inquiries to Byron Chaves at or call (402) 472 2196. More information is also available in this PDF.
Upcoming Events

Oct 18-25
Spring Vacation (UNL offices are open Monday through Friday)
Upcoming FDST 951 Seminars
Mar 5
Jan Peter van Pijkeren
Mar 12
Doug Britton
Mar 26
Sam Rao

Recent Publications

Jessica Kratchman, Bing Wang, George Gray. Which is most sensitive? Assessing responses of mice and rats in toxicity bioassays. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. 2018; DOI: 10.1080/15287394.2018.1423799

Nubiato, K. E., Mazon, M. R., Antonelo, D. S., Calkins, C. R., Naganathan, G. K., Subbiah, J., & Silva, S. D. (2018). A bench-top hyperspectral imaging system to classify beef from Nellore cattle based on tenderness. Infrared Physics & Technology, 89, 247-254. doi:10.1016/j.infrared.2018.01.005

Ubeyitogullari, A., Moreau, R., Rose, D., Zhang, J., Ciftci, O. (2017). Enhancing the bioaccessibility of phytosterols using nanoporous corn and wheat starch bioaerogels. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. In press, DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.201700229.

M Lu, Y Jin, B Ballmer-Weber, RE Goodman. 2018. A comparative study of endogenous allergenicity of a genetically modified (GM) soybean and six non-GM soybeans. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 112, 216-223.

Y Jin, RE Goodman, AO Tetteh, M Lu, L Tripathi. 2017. Bioinformatics analysis to assess potential risks of allergenicity and toxicity of HRAP and PFLP proteins in genetically modified bananas resistant to Xanthomonas wilt disease. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 109 (1), 81-89.

Recent Awards

Dr. Jennifer Clarke, ARD, Supercomputing and Life Sciences Symposium, $2,000, 

Dr. Bing Wang, NE Beef Council, Development and Evaluation of the RDM of a Mobile Genetic Element Conferring, $54,050

Dr. Changmou Xu, NE Craft Brewery Board, Evaluate the Composition Profile of Hop Varieties Grown in Nebraska and the Feasibility and Cost- Effect Study of Using Hop Fractions in Brewing, $25,000

Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait, NE Corn Board, Understanding Individualized Metabolic Responses to Corn-Derived Resistant Starches, $51,686

Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait, Global Probiotics Council, Danon & Yankult Honsha Co., Microbial Interactions for Control of Metabolic Health, $50,000

Internships and Jobs

Summer Interns - American Foods Group
American Foods Group is currently searching for highly motivated students to intern within our production plants and offices during the 2018 summer. Interested students can apply to our internships through our company website at Students are also encouraged to contact our Intern Coordinators with any questions and to send us their resumes. Matt Baumann – or Camron Loll –

See the complete job description.

Nebraska MEP Intern - Nebraska Manufacturing Extention Partnership
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.

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.

Assistant Professor of Practice (non-tenure leading),
Food Engineering/Processing Specialist
  - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Food Engineering/Processing Specialist will provide instruction in association with the 3+1 cooperative Food Science and Technology Program that is now established between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Northwest Agricultural & Forestry University (NWAFU) in Yangling, China

To view details of the position and make application, go to

Agricultural Operations Specialist 3 - Penn State University
The Penn State Department of Food Science is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Teaching Laboratory Support Specialist. The candidate will assist faculty members with the instruction of students performing exercises in the laboratory and pilot processing areas as part of undergraduate courses, as well as contribute to the instruction of laboratory or pilot plant components of outreach short courses and workshops. The candidate will develop protocols for the delivery of laboratory and processing exercises and train and supervise teaching assistants. The candidate will maintain an inventory of required chemicals, supplies, and laboratory equipment, and ensure the facilities required for instruction are well maintained and in good order.

Apply at:

Assistant Professor of Food Science  - University of Connecticut
The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut is soliciting applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Food Science. Candidates with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and research and teaching interests in food science are encouraged to apply. This is a 9-month, tenure-track position with 70% research and 30% teaching commitments at
the Assistant Professor level.

Please submit the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and teaching philosophy (maximum two pages), and at least five letters of recommendation. Only applications submitted via Academic Jobs Online ( will be accepted. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than March 23, 2018.
Associate Food Scientist -  Conagra Brands
Under direct supervision, researches and conducts experiments, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares written reports for the development of new products beginning at conception through successful commercialization. Follows established protocols and work plans and drafts for review technical proposals and reports.

To apply:
Food Science Research Assistants  - 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
R&D - OPUS International
OPUS International is an executive search company in the food science industry, and we have a client who has put together a Breakthrough Innovation team in R&D which will be working in the ‘fuzzy’ front end of new product development.  Our client is a $3.5 billion food manufacturer of bakery and dairy products with 26 manufacturing plants around the world.  This position would involve all innovation work, looking at industry trends, working with marketing, and creating new products that don’t currently exist in the marketplace. A BS or MS degree in Food Science is preferred with 3-7 years of industry experience, but more importantly, the background and passion for innovation in food products R&D are critical. The position is based in upstate New York, with a salary range of $85-$105k. If you know of someone who might want to join this team, or this might interest you, please give me a call. 954 428-3888.
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