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DECEMBER 2019
The Department and Center would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. It has been an exciting 2019 filled with challenges and successes. The Department saw its 1st Cohort graduate and its 2nd Cohort of 3+1 Students arrive. The UNL Dairy Store opened in its newly renovated location in October. The Center offered 11 workshops, served 196 clients, and is working in partnership with the Kewpie Corporation in support of room 111 in the Food Innovation Center. We look forward to seeing what 2020 will bring!
The Department would like to recognize all of our December 2019 graduating students:

Bachelor of Science
Alec Alvarez (FDST/FTCA)
Brandon Burris (FDST)
Sydney Bushhousen (FDST)
Yue Yan (FDST)

Masters of Science Degree
Joshua Gudeman
Emerson Nolasco
Caroline Smith

Doctoral Degree
Wanying Cao
Sviatoslav Navrotskyi
Lei Wang

Drs. Bob Hutkins and Andrew Benson were featured in Nebraska today regarding their spin-off company, Synbiotic Health. The company's purpose is  to develop beneficial gut bacteria and beneficial ingredients for use in beverages. The complete article can be read here https://go.unl.edu/b7ji.

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Bullerman passed away on November 25th. Dr. Bullerman served for 40 years as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work on campus focused on teaching food science, microbiology, and food safety courses. He was also one of three Nebraska researchers who developed a technique to irradiate bread that was used in NASA lunar missions. He was a North American representative to the International Association for Food Protection, where he earned numerous awards. Bullerman also served as scientific editor for the Journal of Food Protection and was recognized with the International Association for Food Protection’s Honorary Life Membership in 1995.

Dr. Yulie Meneses recently presented a talk on the Environmental Challenges in Cheese Making to the American Dairy Products Institute at the Global Cheese Technology Forum, held November 5-7, 2019 in Reno, Nevada.

Bill Luhman, Research Technologist II in the FARRP labs, developed a beer recipe that is being scaled up to a commercial batch at the Farnman House Brewing Company. The recipe, White Dog Rye Double IPA, was the winner of the 5th Anniversary homebrew competition. 

Winter Walking  
Just like winter driving, winter walking requires anticipation. Follow these guidelines to help avoid injury:
  • Use appropriate footwear for the surface/conditions.  Avoid slick-soled shoes. Wear boots/shoes/overshoes with grip soles such as rubber or neoprene composite.
  • Plan ahead to give yourself sufficient time to reach your destination.
  • Plan your route and watch where you walk.  Avoid routes that have not been cleared or appear glazed over. 
  • Use special care in parking lots.  Try to park in areas free of ice.  When entering/exiting your vehicle, use your vehicle for support.
  • Use caution when entering a building as any snow left on your footwear will thaw with the building heat. Notice if the floor is wet from previous entrants.  Avoid such indoor wet areas and if they cannot be avoided, traverse them the same as you would walk on ice. Contact Julie Reiling (jreiling2@unl.edu) to inquire about Tetrad equipping areas prone to track-in with walk-off mats.
  • Pay complete attention to your walking.  Don’t talk on the phone or text, search for items in your purse/briefcase, get distracted by greetings/conversation, thinking ahead to events of the upcoming day, etc.
Upcoming Events
Dec 16 - 20
Fall Semester Final Exams
Dec 20
Fall Semester Graduate Commencement
Dec 21
Fall Semester Undergraduate Commencement
Dec 23 - Jan 1
Holiday Closedown (UNL Offices Closed)

Recent Publications

Jooyeoyn, J. Value-added Utilization of Fruit and Vegetable Pomace in Food Packaging, 2019, Food Packaging: Innovations and Shelf-Life, Editor: Rui M. S. da Cruz, CRC Press.

Konda, A. R., Nazarenus, T., Nguyen, H., Yang, J., Gelli, M., Swenson, S., Shipp, J., Schmidt, M., Cahoon, R., Ciftci, O.N., Zhang, C., Clemente, T., and Cahoon, E. (2020). Metabolic engineering of soybean seeds for enhanced vitamin E tocochromanol content and effects on oil antioxidant properties in polyunsaturated fatty acid-rich germplasm. Metabolic Engineering, 57, 63-73. 

Liu, L., Ramirez. I. S. A., Yang, J., and Ciftci, O.N. (2020). Evaluation of oil-gelling properties and crystallization behavior of sorghum wax in fish oil. Food Chemistry, 309, 125567.

Ubeyitogullari, A. and Ciftci, O.N. (2019). A novel and green nanoparticle formation approach to forming low-crystallinity curcumin nanoparticles to improve curcumin’s bioaccessibility. Scientific Reports, In press.

Xu J, Zhang H, Zheng J, Dovoedo P, Yin Y. eCAMI: simultaneous classification and motif identification for enzyme annotation. Bioinformatics. 2019 Dec 3. pii: btz908. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics.

Yang, J., and Ciftci, O.N. (2019). Effect of chemical structure of solid lipid matrix on its melting behavior and volumetric expansion in pressurized carbon dioxide. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, doi 10.1002/aocs.12305.

Recent Awards

Dr. Kaustav Majumder (Lead: Dr. Toshihiro Obata), NE Soybean Board, Evaluating Anti-inflammatory Effects of Bioactive Compounds in Soybean Sprout through a Mouse Model of Chronic Inflammation, $24,648

Internships and Jobs


Lab Animal Care Assistant 

Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

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 (aramer-tait2@unl.edu). 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.

Peer Career Coaches

CASNR Career Center is recruiting for its first team of Peer Career Coaches to support CASNR students in their career development. CASNR students who are a natural mentor or coach should check out the opportunity at https://go.unl.edu/5m7r.

Questions? Contact Julie Obermeyer at jobermeyer@unl.edu. Want to apply? Send her your resume and cover letter!


Senior Extension Associate Institute for Food Safety

As the Director, the incumbent will lead a dynamic team to continue to build and strengthen the IFS@CU extension, research, and outreach program. He/she will be responsible for setting priorities for IFS@CU activities with input from an internal Steering Committee of Cornell University faculty and an Advisory Council composed of internal and external stakeholders from academia, industry, and local, state, and federal government agencies.

To apply: Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15167.


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