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February 2021
The Department of Food Science and Technology and The Food Processing Center welcome all of our new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the Spring 2021 semester. We still have big challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of us. However, if we remain vigilant in practicing our safety measures, we're ready to make this another successful year!
Most of the functions of the Department and the Center continue while following University and local health department directed health measures. Additionally, the University has implemented mandatory testing for anyone who will be on campus. For more information please visit If you are a visitor to the Food Innovation Center please contact us at 402-472-2831 prior to visiting.
Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait, Dr. Jeff Price, Kristin Beede, Jordan Goebel, Tamara May, Jing Shao, Robert Schmaltz, Stacey Wiles of the Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility were featured on IANR News. The article discusses the germ-free mouse facility, the research done there, and how it functions. The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the only food science program that has such a facility. You can read the article in its entirety at
Nebraska’s Drs. Christopher Gustafson and Devin Rose, and recent master’s graduate Kristina Arslain conducted an experiment on Point-of-decision prompts, messages that encourage shoppers to consider health when making a purchase. They have shown promise for convincing people to buy nutritious foods. The research was featured in Nebraska Today's Pocket Science series. You can read the article at
The Midwest Messenger featured the work of Dr. Changmou Xu and graduate students Yutong Liu and Rui Huang in developing plant-based yogurt. Xu’s bean yogurt experiments began this year, after receiving one of 12 total grants awarded to UNL by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, designed to increase demand for specialty crops. Within year one of the three-year project, he hopes to have an edible yogurt product completed. The article can be read at
Emergency Preparedness

To be ready for an emergency your department/facility/area should have an Emergency Action Plan to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies.  Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training, such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan, will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less collateral damage to ongoing research or facilities during emergencies.
All workers should be familiar with the emergency action plan, including how they will be notified of an emergency, at least two safe routes of escape from the building, and where they can shelter-in-place, if needed. In an emergency people tend to freeze, so they need to know what to do without having to think about it—that means training. If workers have additional roles to play in an emergency, such as shutting down equipment or assisting disabled co-workers, they must be trained in those duties as well. In addition to regular review/ /retraining, make sure that all new workers are trained on the emergency action plan.

Emergency plans for NIC can be found at
Upcoming Events

Feb 8
FDST 951 - Student Presentations
 ShuEn Leow & Walker Carson

Feb 15
FDST 951
Dr. D. Wad Abbott

Feb 22 
FDST 951 - Student Presentations
Onay Dogan & Yafan Yu
Upcoming Workshops

Mar 27, 2021
Recipe to Reality Seminar

Recent Publications

Engevik MA, Engevik AC, Engevik KA, Auchtung JM, Chang-Graham AL, Ruan W, Luna RA, Hyser JM, Spinler JK, Versalovic J. 2020. “Mucin-Degrading Microbes Release Monosaccharides That Chemoattract Clostridioides difficile and Facilitate Colonization of the Human Intestinal Mucus Layer.” ACS Infect Dis. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.0c00634. Epub ahead of print.

Engevik M, Danhof HA, Auchtung J, Endres BT, Ruan W, Bassères E, Engevik AC, Wu Q, Nicholson M, Luna RA, Garey KW, Crawford SE, Estes MK, Lux R, Yacyshyn MB, Yacyshyn B, Savidge T, Britton RA, Versalovic J. 2020. “Fusobacterium nucleatum adheres to Clostridioides difficile via the RadD adhesin to enhance biofilm formation in intestinal mucus.” Gastroenterology.  S0016-5085(20)35437-8.

Enakshy Dutta, J. Dustin Loy, Caitlyn A. Deal, Emily L. Wynn, Michael L. Clawson, Jennifer Clarke, Bing Wang. Development of a multiplex real-time PCR assay for predicting macrolide and tetracycline resistance associated with bacterial pathogens of bovine respiratory disease. Pathogens. 2021. 10(1), 64.

Liang, J., S. L. Taylor, J. L. Baumert, A. L. Lopata, and N. A. Lee.  2021.  Effect of thermal treatment on
the immunoreactivity and quantification of parvalbumin with two anti-parvalbumin antibodies.  Food Control 121:e107675, 8 pp.

Meima, M. Y., B. C. Remington, W. M. Blom, J. L. Baumert, S. L. Taylor, B. Jeffery, M.-C. Robert, G. F.
Houben, and N. B. Lucas Luijckx.  2021.  The behaviour of allergenic food particles in food production areas and their unintended presence in food products.  Food Control 124:107850.

Remington, B. C., J. Westerhout, A. E. J. Dubois, W. M. Blom, A. G. Kruizinga, S. L. Taylor, G. F.
Houben, and J. L. Baumert.  2021.  Suitability of low-dose open food challenge data to supplement double-blind, placebo-controlled data in generation of food allergen threshold dose distributions.  Clin. Exp. Allergy

Huang, Rui, and Changmou Xu. "An overview of the perception and mitigation of astringency associated with phenolic compounds." Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety (2020).

Dipon Sarkara, David A. Ratkowsky, Bing Wang, John P. Bowman, Mark L. Tamplin. Modelling viability of Listeria monocytogenes in paneer. Food Microbiology. 2021. 97: 103738.

Tushar Verma, Byron D.Chaves, Sibel Irmak, Jeyamkondan Subbiah. Pasteurization of dried basil leaves using radio frequency heating: A microbial challenge study and quality analysis. Food Control. 124:107932

Yangjunna Zhang, John W. Schmidt, Terrance M. Arthur, Tommy L. Wheeler, Bing Wang. A comparative quantitative assessment of human exposure to various antimicrobial-resistant bacteria among U.S. ground beef consumers. Journal of Food Protection. 2021.


Recent Awards

Jennifer Auchtung, Jiujiu Yiu (Lead), Dept of Agriculture-NIFA, Dietary Exosome-Like Nanoparticles and their Impact on the Gut Microbiome in Obesity, $500,000.

Jennifer Clarke, Jessica Corman (Lead), NSF-EPSCoR, RII Track-2 FEC: From Ecosystems to Evolution: Harnessing Elemental Data to Detect Stoichiometric Control-Points and their Consequences for Organismal Evolution, $1,498,667.

Robert Hutkins, Pharmavite, Evaluation of Synbiotics by In vitro Challenge, $34,000.

Hyun-Seob Song, Battelle-Pacific NW National Laboratory, Phenotypic Response of the Soil Microbiome to Environmental Perturbations, $20,000.

Bing Wang, Tan Tock Seng Hospital PTE Ltd, Service Contract for Preparing GBS/CC283 Risk Profile Report for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), $20,242.

Internships and Jobs


Web Development/Social Media Coordinator (Student Worker)

Nebraska Food for Health Center

The Nebraska Food for Health Center is looking to hire a Web Development/Social Media Coordinator for their upcoming virtual Agriculture & Health Summit occurring in October 2021. The coordinator will help create, manage, and track sponsorship levels and their social media ads during and leading up to the conference. This role will connect with other communications people at the different centers and organizations in order to promote the event.

The ideal candidate will be willing to learn a virtual platform system called Brella, know or be willing to learn the UNL content management system (CMS) and be familiar with HTML, graphic design, and posting to social media platforms such as Twitter.

Some work week daytime availability will be required.

10-15 hours per week. Pay is $11/hr.

To apply please visit: 

Assistant Professor

Michigan State University

The successful candidate is expected to attract externally funded competitive grants to support their sensory science program and will plan and execute the appropriate sensory tests for the food industry, provide analysis and written reports, and schedule and supervise sensory laboratory operations. Priority will be on Michigan plant materials for sensory and product development activities.

To apply, applicants must provide requested information at the MSU Human Resources site at and upload requested documentation. Please reference posting number 689396. Documentation should include: 1) a letter of application, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, 4) a research statement outlining current and future goals, 5) an extension statement outlining current and future goals, 6) a paragraph on commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and 7) the names and contact information of three references. For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Lisa Oliva, 517-353-3303, For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Perry K.W. Ng, 517-353-9605, To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by March 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

Assistant Professor

Purdue University

Tenure-track Assistant Professor (9-month) position at Purdue University with research and teaching responsibilities in an area related to biomanufacturing engineering of food, pharmaceutical, and biological-based products. The successful candidate will join the faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering on the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in the design of both upstream and downstream processing systems for the production of food, pharmaceutical, and/or biological products. The research may address biological product and process design; modeling, optimization, control, or simulation of batch and continuous microbial processes; or plant, mammalian and/or cell-based/free process systems using laboratory and computer-based methodologies.

Letter of interest, resume, official academic transcripts, statement of diversity, teaching, and research philosophies, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references. All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via: A background check is required for employment in this position. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Supervisory Research Plant Pathologist / Research Geneticist / Research Chemist Position

Agricultural Research Service

The USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit located at the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, ND is seeking a full-time, permanent Supervisory Research Plant Pathologist, Research Geneticist, or Research Chemist to serve in a leadership role as a Research Leader for the Unit, responsible for all fiscal, personnel, facilities, and programmatic aspects of the Unit. The primary mission of the Unit is to improve quality and disease resistance of small grains (barley, spring wheat, durum wheat, and oats) through research on genetics, genomics, pathology, and end-use quality.

To view additional details about this position and complete application instructions, go to the USA Jobs website: and refer to announcement number ARS-D21Y-11012990-CMH.  For specific questions regarding this vacancy, contact Michael A. Grusak, Director, Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center at 701-239-1371 or USDA is an equal opportunity employer.    


Cargill Global Scholars Program 2020-2021 Launch

  • Ten scholars will be chosen in the United States for the ninth cohort of the Cargill Global Scholars Program.
  • The scholars will receive:
  • Annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to two years
  • Participation in two fully-funded Leadership Development Seminars held during Summer 2021 and Summer 2022
  • Opportunities to network with fellow scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia
  • One-on-one mentorship from Cargill executives in the United States and abroad
  • Application deadline: March 4, 2021

For more information and to apply visit:

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