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December 2020
The Department of Food Science and Technology and The Food Processing Center would like to wish everyone warm holiday greetings. This has been an extraordinary year, to say the least, and everyone involved stepped up to the challenge of making 2020 a success. Hopefully, we can now take a short rest before we move into 2021.  Happy Holidays!
Congratulations to our Fall 2020 Graduating Students!


(All receiving B.S. in Food Science and Technology)

Casey Engelbart

Zhou Fang

Chase Grove

Emily Jundt

Nathan Mai

Han Yu

Graduate Students

Madhurima Bandyopadhyay, M.S., advised by Dr. Majumder

Jenna Krager, M.S.,
advised by Dr. Downs and Dr. Baumert

Armando Lerma, M.S.,
advised by Dr. J. Auchtung

Karen Nieto Flores, M.S.,
advised by Dr. Bianchini and Dr. Stratton

Ana Arciniega Castillo, Ph.D.,
advised by Dr. Bianchini and Dr. Stratton

Jose (Rodrigo) Mendoza Jimenez, Ph.D., advised by Dr. Bianchini and Dr. Stratton

Isaac Rukundo, Ph.D.,
advised by Dr. Danao and Dr. Weller

Congratulations to Faculty and Staff who were Nominated for an IANR Award.

 A virtual event to honor them was held on December 9th (

IANR Omtvedt Innovation Award

Recipient - The FPC Hand Sanitizer Team (Terry Howell, Julie Reiling, Russell Parde, Sarah Herzinger and numerous more across campus and Nebraska)

Nomination – The IANR Food Safety Team (Andreia Bianchini and Byron Chaves)


IANR Outstanding Employee Award

Nomination – Julie McManamey

Nomination – Allie Claypool

“The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations' new State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2020 publication features data and contributions from Drs. Yulie Meneses and Bing Wang, together with other members of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute. The report addresses issues in unsustainability and inequality of water use in agriculture and food supply chain. In particular, Drs. Meneses and Wang contributed to sections focusing on water use in food processing. The report can be found at
Dr. Ozan Ciftci is the recipient of the LIAB Award (LIST International Award in Bioinnovation), which honors the world-leading researchers in the fields of biology, ecology, circular economy, health sciences, and food sciences by rewarding the most outstanding research work in the domains of bioavailability of nutrients, nutrient transport or nutrient effectiveness on a cellular level. This year, the award ceremony in Luxembourg took place as an online event. Dr. Ciftci was interviewed by press in Luxembourg. In January, Dr. Ciftci will give a talk to the scientists in Luxembourg, and later he will travel there to meet with the scientists from the academy and industry. For more information, visit:
Dr.Jennifer Clarke announces the funding of the Agriculture Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) Project. The overall goal of this project is to assemble transdisciplinary communities to better understand how the environment and genotype influence phenotype for the complex traits of crops and livestock that are of economic importance to agriculture. You can learn about the Initiative at
Slips, Trips & Falls in Winter
According to the National Safety Council, more than 25,000 slips, trips, and falls happen every day in the United States – one every 17 minutes.  Winter poses a unique challenge to preventing slips, trips, and falls. Areas to consider are:
  • Building entrances, inside and out
  • Parking lots
  • Sidewalks
We think of snow as being a potential slip/trip/fall hazard, but frost or even rain can lead to slippery conditions.  Start a hazard mitigation strategy by evaluating any uneven area or hard-to-see curbs or steps. Check illumination in parking lots and on sidewalks since days are shorter. Being able to see well is important for navigating areas prone to ice. Sufficient walk-off matting should be installed inside building entrances to reduce tracked-in water/snow and debris. 

Removing snow and ice from all exterior walking areas helps avoid potentially hazardous situations.  Notice where water tends to puddle up or snow tends to drift and tend to these areas to prevent slippery surfaces. Remember loading docks where workers and perhaps carts need to traverse.  Staircases outdoors should be visible with reflective tape to mark hard-to-see surfaces and ideally have an anti-slip tread or strip.

 Complete a safety walk around your facility and parking lot weekly or in adverse weather, paying attention to any changes since the last inspection, seasonal changes, spills or stray objects that have appeared to minimize the chance of an injury slip, trip or fall.

 Finally, prepare yourself:

Wear proper footwear, ideally with good rubber treads.
Take short steps and walk at a slower pace
Upcoming Events

Dec 18
Fall Semester Graduate Commencement

Dec 19
Fall Semester Undergraduate Commencement

Dec 24 - Jan 3 
Holiday Closedown
(UNL offices closed)
Upcoming Workshops

Jan 23, 2021
Recipe to Reality Seminar

Recent Publications

Mohamed Abdelmoteleb, Zhi Zhang, Brian Furey, Mark Kozubal, Hywel Griffiths, Marion Champeaud and Richard E Goodman 2 Dec 2020.  Evaluating potential risks of food allergy of novel food sources based on comparison of proteins predicted from genomes and compared to .  Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Chen L., Subbiah J., Jones D., Zhao Y., Jung J. (2020). Development of effective drying strategy with a combination of radio frequency (RF) and convective hot-air drying for inshell hazelnuts and enhancement of nut quality. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies,

Chen L., Wei X., Chaves B.D., Jones D., Ponder M.A., Subbiah J., (2020). Inactivation of Salmonella enterica and Enterococcus faecium NRRL B-2354 in cumin seeds using gaseous ethylene oxide. Food Microbiology,  
Guha, S.; Majumder, K. Obesity and related metabolic diseases- Role of chronic inflammation. Diabesity; Vol 6, No 3 2020. 

Nolasco, E.; Yang, J.; Ciftci, O.; Vu, D. C.; Alvarez, S.; Purdum, S.; Majumder, K. Evaluating the effect of cooking and gastrointestinal digestion in modulating the bio-accessibility of different bioactive compounds of eggs. Food Chem. 2020, 128623. 

Rao, P. S.; Nolasco, E.; Handa, A.; Naldrett, M. J.; Alvarez, S.; Majumder, K. Effect of pH and Heat Treatment on the Antioxidant Activity of Egg White Protein-Derived Peptides after Simulated In-Vitro Gastrointestinal Digestion. Antioxidants 2020, 9 (11), 1114. 

Samah Ramadan, Justin Marsh, Ghada El-Sherbeny, El Sayed El-Halawany, Fulei Luan, Joseph L. Baumert, Philip Johnson, Yehia Osman and Richard E Goodman. Purification of soybean cupins and comparison of IgE binding with peanut allergens in a population of allergic subjects. Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Open Access Government.  2021 African and Asian Agriculture. Fall armyworm management recommendations. Richard E Goodman and Joseph E. Huesing.  25 Nov 2020.

Recent Awards

Byron Chaves (Lead), North Carolina State Univ, COVID: A Collaborative Approach to Managing SARS-CoV-2 Within the Food Industry: Filling Data Gaps and Impacting Behaviors, $100,821.

Chaves, B.D. and Vu, H. A Collaborative Approach to Managing SARS-CoV-2 within the Food Industry: Filling Data Gaps and Impacting Behaviors. USDA-NIFA-AFRI (Total: $1,000,000; UNL Subaward: $199,924).

Ozan Ciftci (Lead), Deniz Ciftci, Bob Hutkins, USDA-NIFA-AFRI, An innovative green platform technology to manufacture novel multifunctional hollow solid lipid micro-and nanoparticles, $481,960.

Ozan Ciftci (Lead), Ed Cahoon, Kaustav Majumder, NCESR, Developing a green biorefinery approach for rural processing of high-value camelina and sorghum co-products, $85,000.

Devin Rose, David Holding (Lead), Dept of Agriculture-NIFA, Advancing CRISPR Generated High-Digestibility High-Lysine Sorghum from Proof of Concept to Large-Scale Production, $500,000

Internships and Jobs

Lab Animal Care Assistant 
Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Responsibilities for this position include preparing sterile food, water and bedding for the mice, entering the sterile supplies into isolators in an aseptic manner, performing periodic microbiological quality-control checks to ensure sterile isolator environments and assisting lab personnel with various mouse-related tasks.. Rate of pay is $9.00/hour. Applicants must be able to commit to working a minimum of 10 hrs/week Mon – Fri; weekend hours may be possible. No prior experience required; training will be provided. This position is available for Fall 2020 and possibly Spring 2021.

To apply Interested individuals should contact Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait ( directly to apply. Please send: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) schedule of days/times available to work and (4) indicate work study eligibility. Applications not containing all 4 items may not be reviewed.

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Texas A&M, College Station, TX

Seeking a hands-on Postdoctoral Research Associate experienced in quantitative and qualitative analysis of phytonutrients in foods. The ideal candidate should have experience in handling analytical instruments including LC, LC-MS, NMR and GC-MS. Must possess high attention to detail, strong organization skills, and excellent communication. They will need to operate in a startup environment and be flexible to take on new and added responsibilities according to research need. Provide advice and assistance to other laboratory members and act as a mentor to students.

Please apply through R-132357 and/or R-034298 and e-mail Bhimu Patil ( with any questions.

Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Food Science and Technology

Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College

Successful candidates are expected to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English, conduct active and high-quality research, serve the academic community at UIC. 

Candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Biology, Nutrition, Food Science, Food Toxicology, Molecular Biology, and Global Health are welcome. Candidates should have a PhD. Post-doctoral experience is highly recommended. Strong English language skill including speaking and writing is mandatory. Preference will be given to candidates who can undertake independent research leading to outstanding outcomes, including publications in high-quality international-refereed journals.

Please kindly email the following application documents to
(i) a completed “Job Application Form” (which can be downloaded from;
(ii) a cover letter;
(iii) an up-to-date CV with up to three representative papers;
(iv) a statement of research interests and a statement of teaching philosophy;
(v) three professional reference letters.

Food Scientist

Wheat Marketing Center, Portland, OR

The Food Scientist is a key part of the technical team that delivers the wheat research and technical education program at the Wheat Marketing Center. They are responsible for organizing and planning research activities (in cooperation with the Technical Director), conducting laboratory work for research projects, communicating with team members and customers as needed, and assisting in the delivery of course curriculum. S/he works closely with the Technical Director to develop and design research projects to meet the needs of customers and address market needs and/or opportunities.

For more information and to apply visit

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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