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June/July 2021
Most of the functions of the Department and the Center continue while following University and local health department directed health measures. When on campus, all unvaccinated members of the university community — students, faculty, staff and visitors — are expected to wear facial coverings when indoors and when social distancing cannot be observed outside. For more information please visit  

Congratulations to all of our
Spring 2021 Dean's List students!

Chloe Calhoun
Xinyi Chen
Yi Chen
Lizhi Deng
Wensheng Ding
Yuhang Du
Shengyi Fei
Zitian Feng
Ting Gong
Xinyu Guo
Zengyue Han
Zhengnan He
Kaiyu He
Alisa Holst
Yunsheng Hu
April Johnson
Bijun Li
Yuntong Li
Xinyang Li
Fan Lin
Yuxi Liu
Chang Liu
Jacqueline Manchester
Zeqin Mei
Zihan Meng
Joel Parker
Kyle T. Raymond
Katja Roberts
Ruiwen Sun
Yuan Wang
Xin Wang
Zixuan Wang
Yufei Wang
Shiyao Wang
Yichen Wang
Xinyue Wu
Huaxin Xu
Fan Yang
Yushu Yang
Yanjing Yang
Yue Yin
Shanbo Zhang
Yanjie Zhang
Xinpeng Zhang
Yuanping Zhong
Tianyu Zhou
Jiaying Zhou
Dr. Yanbin Yin was featured in Nebraska Today. The article discussed his research developing, "...computational models and informatics tools to identify carbohydrate-active enzymes — CAZymes — in the gut microbiome that can build, modify and break down various complex carbohydrates." You can read the article at
On June 24th, the Department honored Dr. Randy Wehling for his 37 years of service during his retirement reception. The reception was held in the Kewpie Room. Dr. Wehling served numerous roles in the Department, including instructor, interim department head and undergraduate advisor. Dr. Wehling was presented with a certificate and pin. UNL Dairy Store ice cream was served.
Dr. Jennifer Clarke, FDST faculty member, was announced as one of three finalists for the next associate vice chancellor and dean of graduate education at University of Nebraska- Lincoln. The dean is responsible for the administration of academic support for more than 4,000 graduate students in approximately 170 graduate degree and certificate programs. 
Dr. Clarke is also the lead researcher for the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative which recently received an additional $960,000 from the  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture to expand it program. "The initiative, which also includes researchers from the University of Arizona and the University of Idaho, aims to increase understanding of how genetic code affects physical and behavioral traits — or phenotypes — in crops and livestock. Additionally, the initiative aims to standardize and streamline how phenomic information is collected and shared by agronomists, researchers and others."

You can read the complete article at:
Congratulations to Ph.D. graduate student Car Reen Kok on being named as a recipient of the 2021 Early Career Researcher award from the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP). You can read more at:
Upcoming Events

Jul 5
Student and Staff Holiday-UNL offices closed in observance of Independance Day
(Offices Closed)
Upcoming Workshops

Aug 11-12
Developing HACCP Plans Workshop

Aug 14
Recipe to Reality


Recent Publications

Arslain K, Gustafson CR, Rose DJ. 2021. The effect of health prompts on product consideration, attention to information, and choice in large, online product assortments: the case of fiber. Food Quality & Preference in press.

Rebecca M. Bruce, Griffiths G. Atungulu, Sammy Sadaka, and Deandrae Smith. Impact of specific energy input of a 915 MHz microwave dryer on quality, functional, and physicochemical properties of different rice cultivars. Cereal Chemistry: Vol 98, No 3 

FAO and WHO (Bing Wang as Drafting Member). 2021. Microbiological risk assessment - Guidance for food. Guidance. Microbiological Risk Assessment Series No. 36. Rome. 

FAO (Bing Wang as Core Working Group member). 2021. Risk profile - Group B Streptococcus (GBS) – Streptococcus agalactiae sequence type (ST) 283 in freshwater fish. Bangkok.

Wenjie Ma, Long H. Nguyen, Mingyang Song, Daniel D. Wang, Eric Franzosa, Yin Cao, Amit Joshi, David A. Drew, Raaj Mehta, Kerry L. Ivey, Lisa L. Strate, Edward L. Giovannucci, Jacques Izard, Wendy Garrett, Eric B. Rimm, Curtis Huttenhower, and Andrew T. Chan. Dietary fiber intake, the gut microbiome, and chronic systemic inflammation in a cohort of adult men. Genome Medicine (2021), vol. 13, article 102

Peterson D^, Li T^, Calvo AM, Yin Y# (2021) Categorization of orthologous gene clusters in 92 Ascomycota genomes reveals functions important for phytopathogenicity, Journal of Fungi, 2021, 7(5), 337;

Rose DJ, Poudel R, Van Haute MJ, Yang Q, Wang L, Singh M, Liu S. 2021. Pulse processing affects gas production by gut bacteria during in vitro fecal fermentation. Food Research International 147:110453.

Zachery Staley, Bryan Woodbury, Bobbi Stromer, Amy Schmidt, Daniel Snow, Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, Bing Wang, Xu Li. Comparison of stockpiling and composting on reducing antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistance genes in beef cattle manure. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2021.

Recent Awards

Mei Lu and Rossana Villa Rojas, Progressive development of scientific communication skills through activities embedded into theoretical and laboratory courses for international students, Center for Transformative Teaching (CTT) Incubation Fund Grant, $ 1,000

Yusong Li (PI), Bing Wang (PI) Lucia Fernandez Ballester, Mathias Schubert, Xiaoyue Cheng (UNK).Evaluating the release of silver nanoparticles from nano-food packaging: A systematic characterization, modeling, and exposure assessment. University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative. $150,000.

Amanda Ramer-Tait, (Angie Pannier (PI)), Outer Membrane Vesicles Derived from Gut Bacteria as Nanocarriers for Oral DNA Vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, UNMC-Univ of Ne-Medical Ctr-Grt Plns IDEA Ctr, $74,250  

Hyun-Seob Song, Hydrologic Exchange Flows on River Corridor and Watershed Biogeochemical Function, Battelle-Pacific NW National Laboratory, $35,000

Bing Wang, Terrance M. Arthur (USMARC), Dayna M. Harhay (USMARC), Annette O’Connor (MSU), Omar A. Oyarzabal (UVM), John W. Schmidt (USMARC), Xiang Yang (UC Davis). Evidence-based, quantitative risk assessment to control salmonellosis attributable to ground beef: Evaluating and mitigating the contribution of lymph nodes to Salmonella contamination. The Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education through its post-harvest beef safety research contract with the Beef Checkoff. $51,476.

Bing Wang, from Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education, Evidence-Based, Quantitative Risk Assessment to Control Salmonellosis Attributable to Ground Beef: Evaluating and Mitigating the Contribution of Lymph Nodes to Salmonella Contamination, $51,476

Yanbin Yin, 2021-2025 NIH R01 award, Carbohydrate enzyme gene clusters in human gut microbiome, $1,208,480

Yanbin Yin, DHHS-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Carbohydrate enzyme gene clusters in human gut microbiome, $302,120

Internships and Jobs

Assistant/Associate Professor - Extension Food Processing Specialist

University of Georgia, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Athens, GA

The individual will support and advance the food and beverage industries in Georgia through expertise in processing/preservation technologies. Complimentary areas beneficial for the position include packaging systems, ingredient technology, toxicology, regulatory guidance, or microbial-based manufacturing. 

Applications received by August 1, 2021, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue
until a suitable candidate is identified. The preferred start date is January 1, 2022.

To apply:

Food Scientist

Helania, New York, NY

In this role, you will work in our NYC lab to formulate our product. The successful candidate will be a hands-on, motivated selfstarter with a strong sense of initiative. You will be responsible for developing and performing various assays for product and process development and you will be required to work in the laboratory or pilot plant environment.

For more information, please contact Paola Delgado at or Laura Katz at

R&D Technician I

Baker Boy Dickinson, ND

The R&D Technician I reports to and is accountable to the R&D Manager. The R&D Technicican I will, Assist in development of new products, Aid in making bench samples (weighing, mixing, baking, shipping, etc.), Recording product specifications for mixing, make up, baking and final product, become familiar with ingredients and how they function in each formula, and complete and maintain records as applicable, including lot tracking program. 

Contact Amber Beld at  (701) 456-1520 for more information. Visit our website to apply and to view our R&D Technician I opening under Careers.

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