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Welcome back to the 2019 Spring Semester. The University of Nebraska was chartered on February 15, 1869 and charged with its land-grant mission of public education and service to Nebraska. In 2019, we mark a 150-year legacy of improving the quality of life for Nebraska and beyond.  Please join us in celebrating the historic past of your University and helping us chart a bold new future.
The Department would like to welcome new faculty member, Dr. Yanbin Yin. Dr. Yin joins as an associate professor. His research looks to develop new computational tools for genomics research and characterize important genetic elements in genomes and metagenomes to enhance their biotechnological and biomedical applications and understand genome biology/evolution. Dr. Yin's office is located in FIC 253, and he can be contacted at 402-472-4303 and
Dr. Yulie Meneses and her research into acclimating micro-algae for use in wastewater treatments was featured in Nebraska Today's 'Pocket Science' series, which gives a short easily digestible overview of important research being done by Nebraska scientists. You can read the article at Nebraska Today:
A CDC-funded research project headed by Dr. Jennifer Auchtung was featured in an extensive article in Nebraska Today. Her project will look at how antibiotics can affect beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal microbiome. This will be a year-long study to measure the impact of 12 commonly used antibiotics on the gut health of children, adults, and the elderly. This research is part of the recently formed Nebraska Food for Health Center. You can read the full article at
Communications Support Associate Justin Lewis has been selected be part of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities (CCSGSI). The general purpose of the Commission is to enhance the status of LGBTQA+ identified people at the University by advising the Chancellor on issues pertaining to specific concerns of faculty, staff, and students. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like brought up, Justin is located in FIC 230 and their email is
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.

Four Psychological Factors that Can Get You Injured.

Everyone has blind spots, even when it comes to being safe. A “blind spot” is something that exists but we intentionally or unintentionally discount. Blind spots that increase the risk of injury to an employee/their co-workers can be due to a number of factors such as how the employee views risk or general safety attitudes.

Blind spots can be aggregated into four categories summarized below:
  • Stays in Control. The basic worker viewpoint that some things are outside one’s control. This is a belief injuries are unavoidable so there’s no point in taking precautions against future injury incidents.
  • Aware of Surroundings. When the workplace gets busy details get forgotten as worker attention is divided/wavers.
  • Follows Rules. A basic disregard of rules due to a sense that the rules don’t apply to them, only to other workers.
  • Exhibits Caution. Lack of worker patience can lead to unnecessary risk-taking.

People generally are unaware of their own blind spots without introspection. Every worker should strive for insight into their personal “blind spots.” This will lead to a decrease in overall workplace exposure to risk and injury. These four factors combine to create the S.A.F.E Model: Stay in control, Aware of surroundings; Follow rules, Exhibit Caution.

Esteban Tristan . “Blind Spots: Four Psychological Factors That Can Get You Injured.” EHS Today, 20 Aug. 2018,
Upcoming Events

Feb 15
University of Nebraska 150th Anniversary
Mar 4
Open Registrations for Summer Sessions
Mar 17-24
Spring Break
FDST 951 Advanced Food Science Seminar
Mondays 4:00PM FIC 277

Feb 4
Dr. Zhiyou Wen
Iowa State University

Feb 11
Dr. Eric Newgard
Nature's Variety

Feb 18
Dr. Yi Zheng
Kansas State University

Feb 25
Dr. Ozan Ciftci
UNL Food Science & Technology

Recent Publications

Chen, L. (2019, February). Radio-Frequency Pasteurization of Low-Moisture Foods: Critical Process Control Parameters. Food Safety Magazine, 13-15.

Jayasena, S., S. S. K. Wijeratne, S. L. Taylor, and J. L. Baumert.  2019.  Improved extraction of peanut residues from a wheat flour matrix for immunochemical detection.  Food Chem. 278:832-840.

de Jong, G. A., S. Jayasena, P. Johnson, J. Marsh, D. Apostolovic, M. van Hage, J. Nordlee, J. Baumert, S. L. Taylor, C. Roucairol, H. de Jongh, and S. Koppelman.  2018. Purification and characterization of naturally occurring post-translationally cleaved Ara h 6, an allergen that contributes substantially to the allergenic potency of peanut.  J. Agr. Food Chem. 66:10855-10863.

Piepenbrink KH. DNA Uptake by Type IV Filaments Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, section Molecular Recognition 2019 (in press). 

Poudel R, Finnie S, Rose DJ. 2019. Effects of wheat kernel germination time and drying temperature on compositional and end-use properties of the resulting whole wheat flour. Journal of Cereal Science 86:33-40.

Ronish LA, Lillehoj E, Fields JK, Sundberg EJ, Piepenbrink KH. The structure of PilA from Acinetobacter baumannii AB5075 suggests a mechanism for functional specialization in Acinetobacter type IV pili. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2019 Jan 4;294(1):218-230. Epub 2018 Nov 9. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.005814. PMID: 3041353.

Sheehan, W. J., S. L. Taylor, W. Phitatanakul, and H. A. Brough.  2018.  Environmental food exposure: what is the risk of clinical reactivity from cross-contact and what is the risk of sensitization.  J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. In Practice 6:1825-1832.

Wang, L.; Zhang, Y., Heat-induced self-assembly of zein nanoparticles: fabrication, stabilization and potential application as oral drug delivery. Food Hydrocolloids 2019, 90, 403-412.

Wang, L., Xue, J., Zhang, Y., Preparation and characterization of curcumin loaded caseinate/zein nanocomposite film using pH-driven method. Industrial Crops and Products 2019, 130, 71-80.

Ziara, R. M., Miller, D. N., Subbiah, J., & Dvorak, B. I. (2019). Lactate wastewater dark fermentation: The effect of temperature and initial pH on biohydrogen production and microbial community. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44(2), 661-673. doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.11.045

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:

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician- 3rd Shift


The Quality Assurance (QA) Technician performs quality assurance duties as needed to support plant operations. Examines Company facilities to ensure standards are maintained and product integrity is preserved. Monitors cleaning and sanitation procedures and performs product testing. Directly reports to the Quality Assurance Manager for proper direction, interpretation, and evaluation. Maintains and guarantees SensoryEffects Cereal Systems quality and safety standards. A Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, microbiology, or food science is desirable.

To apply visit:

R&D Project/Sr. Project Leader

Inner Mongolia Mengniu Dairy (Group) Co. Ltd.

The R&D Project Leader will plan and execute multiple technical projects by designing and conducting experiments, recording of experimental data and communicating of results to supervisor by means of project update, product and process demonstrations and laboratory reports.0-5 years of experience in dairy and/or food industry and an MS/Ph.D. Food Science, Dairy Science or equivalent is required. 

If interested in applying for these positions, please e-mail resume to:
 Dr. Juan Menjivar
Sr. Advisor, Mengniu Dairy Group
e-mail address:

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