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November 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 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  

Sophomore Caleb Durheim, a student in Science of Food 131, attended the 94th annual National FFA Convention where he competed in the Food Science and Technology contest. At the contest he was named the National Champion individual (first place) and his team was named as National Champions as well. The National FFA Food Science and Technology CDE is designed to test a student's basic knowledge of food science as well as the student's ability to apply this knowledge to practical situations. Each team participated in a timed team product development project, and each individual participated in practicums involving food sensory evaluation and food safety and sanitation as well as a written exam.

Graduate student, Leslie Pearl Cancio is a winner of the the 2021 Food Safety Auditing Scholarship. The Food Industry Association (FMI) Foundation in partnership with The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI, awarded 15 outstanding food safety scholars with the 2021 Food Safety Auditing Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship is accompanied by an educational travel grant to the SQF Unites Global Conference, an interactive event for the global food safety and quality communities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed the University of Nebraska Lincoln Department of Food Science and Technology's Bing Wang to serve a two-year term on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF).

Drs. Andreia Bianchini and Byron Chaves and were both awarded Food Safety Team awards though the Nebraska Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS). Each received recognition for Food Safety and for the Social Media Education Team. Both certificates were for “Reaching Consumers with Food Safety Information During the Pandemic.”
Department Head Dr. Curt Weller was among the featured academics in Diversity in Action's article Achievements in Higher Education. Dr. Weller discusses his research in grain sorghum lipids as nutraceuticals and administrative role in the department, "The thing I've always enjoyed is the students - getting to know the students and seeing them graduate and go off and contribute in the food industry." You can read the article at
Upcoming Events

Nov 24
Student Holiday (UNL offices open)
Nov 25-28
Thanksgiving Vacation (UNL offices closed)
Upcoming Workshops

Nov 30
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)

Recent Publications

Cheng X, Yang B, Zheng J, Wei H, Feng X and Yin Y (2021) Cadmium stress triggers significant metabolic reprogramming in Enterococcus faecium CX 2-6, Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal,

Lisa A. Whisenhunt, Linda H. Xu, Fan Yang, and Jacques Izard 
Output consistency scale to standardize ostomate output description in clinical practice and studies. Academic Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (2021) vol. 3(1) AJGH.MS.ID.000554

Zhao, H., Zhan, Y., Xu, Z., John Nduwamungu, J., Zhou, Y., Powers, R., & Xu, C. (2021). The Application of Machine-Learning and Raman Spectroscopy for the Rapid Detection of Edible Oils Type and Adulteration. Food Chemistry, 131471.

Recent Awards

Changmou Xu. Develop a Standard Grape Quality Evaluation Program to Improve the Sustainability of Nebraska Grape and Wine Industry. USDA/Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). $69,431.

Yanbin Yin
Developing Genomics Resources for Tropical Perennial Crops Economically Important to the United States, USDA-ARS, $130,000.

Internships and Jobs

Assistant Professor - Meat Science

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The Assistant Professor - Meat Science is responsible for developing a recognized research program in meat science and post-harvest technology with emphasis on, but not limited to, pork and beef quality, value-added processing, food safety, and product palatability/consumer acceptance; collaborating with scientists in allied disciplines and specialties as appropriate; developing an aggressive extramural grant support program; supervising personnel in the meat science group and serving as a liaison with Arkansas segments of the meat processing and production industry.

Applications received by September 17, 2021, will be assured full consideration.

To apply:

Staff Fellow Biologist/Microbiologist

Center for Veterinary Medicine, Rockville, MD

CVM's Office of Surveillance and Compliance (OS&C), Division of Animal Feeds (DAF) is seeking qualified applicants for an Interdisciplinary Scientist Staff Fellow Biologist and Microbiologist position. The Office monitors the safety and effectiveness of marketed animal drugs after they enter the market.

For more information and to apply visit:

Process Engineer

Kerry, Rochester, MN

Optimizes existing processes and clean-in-place systems using continuous improvement tools.  Writes, troubleshoots, and debugs process control software that controls various plant operations.  Analyzes and evaluates project designs and ensures compliance with engineering principles, company standards and QSHE standards.  Oversees all phases of assigned projects from inception to final operation. Responsibilities include project planning, estimating, organizing project staff, coordinating, scheduling, installation, commissioning, and financial control.  May require temporary relocation to complete projects at other Kerry locations with the potential for permanent relocation.

For more information please contact Saurabh Kumar at

Research, Development & Applications Principal Scientist

Kerry, Rochester, MN

The RD&A Principal Scientist collaborates with Business Development, Operations, Regulatory, Finance, Sales and other RD&A experts to develop multi-functional, clean label food ingredients to maintain freshness of food products. They will be the subject matter expert in product advancement/commercialization from lab to commercial scale. They will be responsible for developing RDA product advancement/commercialization roadmap for the innovation strategy.

For more information please contact Saurabh Kumar at 


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