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The Department and the Center would like wish students, faculty, and staff a happy and safe holiday break! We have had a great year with lots of new developments and growth. We looking forward to those who are returning and wish the best of the luck for those who are moving on to new endeavors.
Faculty/Staff Holiday Lunch - December 13th, 2017
Faculty/Staff Holiday Lunch - December 13th, 2017
Dr. Curt Weller and Nancy Weller catered a holiday meal for faculty and staff on December 13th, 2017 in the Conagra Room.
Salute to Graduates - December 15th, 2017
Salute to Graduates - December 15th, 2017
Sara Roberts organized a Salute to Graduates, honoring students graduating in the Fall 2017 semester. The event was held in the 2nd-floor student lounge on December 15th, 2017.
The Department would like to congratulate all of the students who earned their degree in the Fall 2017 Semester. B.S.: Michael Donoghue, Melanie Heermann. Masters: Anamika Bagchi, Shimin Chen, Brandon Nguyen, Lisbeth Hoang, Vallecilla Yepez, Xinyao Wei. Ph.D.: Mohammed Aldawsari, Nabaraj Banjara, Sandrayee Brahma, Yuan Jin, Ahmad Salamatullah.
Esteban Bogantes receives his Widaman Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award from Dean Archie Clutter
Esteban Bogantes was a recipient of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Widaman Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award. The Widaman Trust was established in 1975 through a generous gift provided to the University of Nebraska Foundation by Ms. Blanche Widaman who asked that the income from the trust is used for basic research in agriculture and that the funds be used for scholarships or fellowships for graduate students conducting basic research in agriculture.
Dr. Jennifer Clarke was interviewed in the 2017 Strategic Discussions for Nebraska ( about big data's relationship to food production and the problems it can help solve. 
The Dairy Store attracted the attention of several news outlets with the announcement that it would start carrying rib eyes, T-bones, porterhouse, tenderloins and sirloin steaks all sourced from the university's Department of Animal Science. Dairy Store managers, LeRoy Braden was interviewed in The Daily Nebraskan you can read the entire article here
Upcoming Events

Dec 15
Fall Semester Graduate Commencement and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Dec 16
Fall Semester Undergraduate Commencement
Dec 25 - Jan 1
Holiday Closedown (UNL offices closed)

Recent Publications

Payne JB, Johnson PG, Kok CR, Gomes-Neto JC, Ramer-Tait AE, Schmid MJ, Hutkins RW. Subgingival microbiome colonization and cytokine production during early dental implant healing.  2017.  mSphere. 2(6): e00527-17.

Majumder, K., Fukuda, T., Zhang, H., Sakurai, T., Taniguchi, Y., Watanabe, H., Mitsuzumi, H., Matsui, T., Mine, Y. (2017). Intervention of isomaltodextrin mitigates intestinal inflammation in a dextran sodium sulfate-induced mouse model of colitis via inhibition of toll-like receptor-4. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65: 810-817.

Chee, MacKenzie., Majumder, K., Mine, Y. (2017). Intervention of dietary dipeptide gamma-L-glutamyl-L-valine (γ-EV) ameliorates inflammatory response in a mouse model of LPS-induced sepsis. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65: 5953–5960.

Li, Qingyong., Kang, X., Shi, C., Li, Y., Majumder, K., Ning, Z., Ren, J. Moderation of hyperuricemia in rats via consuming walnut protein hydrolysate diet and identification of new antihyperuricemic peptides. Food & Function, DOI:

Gupta, R. S., S. L. Taylor, J. L. Baumert, L. M. Kao, E. Schuster, and B. M. Smith.  2017.  Economic factors impacting food allergen management:  perspectives from the food industry.  J. Food Prot. 80:1719-1725.

Xie, L.; Wehling, R.; Ciftci, O.; Zhang, Y., Formation of complexes between tannic acid with bovine serum albumin, egg ovalbumin, and bovine beta-lactoglobulin. Food Research International,

Belayneh, H., Wehling, R., Cahoon, E., and Ciftci, O.N. (2017). Lipid composition and emulsifying properties of Camelina sativa seed lecithin. Food Chemistry, In press.

Yuan, B., Lu, M., Eskridge, K. M., Isom, L. D., & Hanna, M. A. (2018). Extraction, identification, and quantification of antioxidant phenolics from hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.) shells. Food Chemistry, 244(1), 7-15.

Li, L., G. Froning, V. Juneja, J. Subbiah, and H. Thippareddi. 2017.  Dynamic Predictive Model for Growth of Salmonella spp. in Scrambled Egg Mix. Journal of Food Science, 64: 39-46. Doi: 10.1016/

Lau, S.K., H. Thippareddi, J. Subbiah. 2017. Radiofrequency Heating for Enhancing Microbial Safety of Shell Eggs Immersed in Deionized Water. Journal of Food Science.  In Press.

Recent Funding

Jennifer Clarke, DHHS, Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication (CIBC), $2,250,619

Dr. Kaustav Majumder, Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD), Understanding the bioactivity of the dietary γ-glutamyl peptide (γ-EV) in the prevention of obesity and obesity-linked hypertension, $100,000

Dr. Stephen Taylor, Food Marketing Institute Foundation, Identification of Root-Cause Labeling Errors in Food Allergen Recalls and Identification of Best-Practice Procedures, $20,000

Dr. Yue Zhang, NDA, Production, and Utilization of High-Quality Protein Isolates from Dry Edible Beans, $39,943

Dr. Bo Yuan, USDA and NDA, Improvement of Safety, Quality, and Nutritional Value of Nebraska Grown Ariona Berry Products by High Pressure Processing, $37,799

Dr. Jeyam Subbiah, NE Beef Council, Advancing the Science of Dry-Aged Beef, $38,136

Dr. Andreia Bianchini, Dr. Jayne Stratton, Lincoln/Lancaster Co. Health, NE Food Protection Manager Training Series and Online Resources on Special Food Processes, $16,950

Internships and Jobs

Help - Huskers Helping Huskers (HHH)
The UNL Huskers Helping Huskers (HHH) Food Pantry provides food and non-perishable items to students, both undergraduate and graduate. Now with two locations: one on the 3rd floor of the Nebraska Union (room 348) and a new location in the lobby of Hardin Hall on East Campus. If you would like to learn more about this resource, or are interested in helping out, please visit
Lab Animal Care Assistant - Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility
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 2017 and possibly longer. Find more details here.

To apply, contact Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait ( Please send (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) schedule of available days/times to work, and (4) if you are eligible for work-study. All four items must be included in your application email.
NCSER Summer Internship - The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR)
The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) is taking applications for the summer undergraduate internship in energy sciences research. Award amounts are up to $5,000 per recipient for the summer of 2018. For more information on the internship and to view past internship projects, visit: 
Assistant or Associate Professor in Fermentation, Food or Wine Chemistry/Biochemistry  - University of British Columbia
The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada ( is seeking an outstanding candidate for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor within the Food, Nutrition and Health Program. If appropriate, the successful candidate may join the Wine Research Centre and/or receive the Blythe and Violet Eagles Chair in Food Biotechnology. Successful applicants are expected to establish synergistic research relationships within and between the research groups in the Food, Nutrition and Health Program and the British Columbia food and wine industries. Information on current research areas and facilities in the Faculty can be found at

Applications must be made through the University of British Columbia’s Human Resources online careers page:
Associate Professor in Food Safety (Leung Family Professorship) -  Ontario Agricultural College
The Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in food risk analysis at the Associate Professor rank. The position is sponsored by the Leung Family Foundation and will be known as the Leung Family Professorship in Food Safety.  Research interests may include any area of food risk analysis with preferred foci on methodologies and strategies for risk assessment and mitigation of foodborne microbial (including viruses) hazards. The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Risk Analysis, Microbiology or related discipline.  He/she will have substantial research experience, demonstrated evidence of research capacity, a strong record of teaching, excellent communication skills, and recognized ability to support industry stakeholders. 

Consideration of applications will begin on February 1, 2018, and will continue only if the position is not filled. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2018. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, and the names of three persons who will serve as references to:

Dr. Arthur Hill, Chair
Department of Food Science
Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1

Alternatively, an electronic application may be submitted to
Associate Food Scientist (New Technology - Product Science)   - Conagra Brands
Under partial supervision drive technical projects across all ConAgra Brands business platforms to contribute to the attainment of business results through the generation and application of specialized knowledge of food science and technology.

To apply:
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