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The Department hosted a seminar on Wednesday, September 12th, organized by the Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan to highlight and promote research and development projects between Shizuoka and Nebraska. The delegation was be led by the Vice Governor of the Prefecture, Akihito Yoshibayashi and included faculty representation from the University of Shizuoka. Dr. Terry Howell Jr., Executive Director of the Food Processing Center also spoke during the seminar.
Dr. Bob Hutkins writes a monthly article for the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper called 'Ask the Food Doc.' Dr. Hutkins answers questions pertaining to food science. The October 'Ask the Food Doc.' answers the loaded question: Why is Wisconsin's ice cream better than NU's? To find out the answer you can read Ask the Food Doc at this link
Several faculty and staff of the Department were honored for their work at the Celebration of Service, held on September 25th. During the ceremony led by Chancellor Ronnie Green, 961 faculty and staff were recognized for their dedication. Department  faculty and staff that were honored included, Jennifer Clarke (5 years), Lori Wentz (5 years), Brandon White (5 years), Richard Zbasnik (10 years), Connie Gebhardt (30 years), Randy Wehling (35 years), and Lynn Niemann (40 years).
October is Biosafety Month. The theme for this year is “Promoting a Culture of Biosafety and Responsibility.” Refresher training helps keep biosafety practices and concepts fresh so complacency does not develop and potential injury incidents in the lab are prevented. Refresher training takes 15 minutes or less and can be completed in one of 3 ways:
  1. Take the EHS online biosafety refresher module. This training only takes 15 minutes.
  2. Watch a short YouTube video with your lab, selecting from this curated list.
  3. Review an EHS Biosafety SOP in your lab meeting.
Remember to keep a record of your training for future reference.
Upcoming Events

Oct 15-16
Fall Semester Break
Upcoming FDST 951 Seminars
FIC 277 @ 4PM
Oct 8
Dr. Randy Wehling
Oct 15
Oct 22
Dr. Angela Brokman
Oct 29
Dr. Phil Kerr

Recent Publications

Koppelman, S. J., M. Smits, M. Tomassen, G. A. H. de Jong, J. Baumert, S. L. Taylor, R. Witkamp, R. J. Veldman, R. J. Pieters, and H. Wichers.  2018.  Release of major peanut allergens from their matrix under various pH and simulated saliva conditions; Ara h 2 and Ara h 6 are readily bio-accessible.  Nutrients 10 (9)(No. 1281): 13 pp.
Taylor, S. L., J. A. Nordlee, S. Jayasena, and J. L. Baumert.  2018.  Evaluation of a handheld gluten detection device.  J. Food Prot. 81:1723-1728.

Wegulo SN, Valverde-Bogantes E, Bolanos-Carriel C, Hallen-Adams H, Bianchini A, McMaster N, Schmale DG III (2018) First report of Fusarium boothii causing head blight of wheat in the United States. Plant Disease.

Luo H, Cai Q, Lüli Y, Li X, Sinha R, Hallen-Adams HE, Yang ZL (2018) The MSDIN family in amanitin-producing mushrooms and evolution of the prolyl oligopeptidase genes. IMA Fungus 9:225-242.

Hatami, T., Meireles, M.A.A, and Ciftci, O.N. (2018). Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of lycopene from tomato processing by-products: Mathematical modeling and optimization. Journal of Food Engineering, 241, 18-25.

Recent Awards

Dr. Jennifer Auchtung, Cross-validation of humanized microbiota mice and human fecal minibioreactor arrays as complementary pre-clinical models of the GI microbiome, Baylor College of Medicine, $62,467.
Dr. Jennifer Auchtung, Using complimentary in vitro and in vivo models of the human microbiome to study antibiotic-mediated disruption, Centers for Disease Control, $387,955.

Dr. Peter Baenzinger and Dr. Devin Rose, Improving Winter Wheat Varieties for Nebraska, NE Wheat Board, $120,000.

Dr. Byron Chaves,  Identifying FSMA Preventive Controls Training and Technical Assistance Needs of Food Manufacturers in Rural Nebraska, Dept. of Agriculture-NIFA, $70,245.

Dr. Robert Hutkins, Digestive Tract Microbiome in Healthy Term Infants receiving Mothers-Own Breast Milk or Cows Milk-Based Infant Formulas, Mead Johnson Nutrition, $30,000.

Dr. Robert Hutkins, Effect of Milk-Based Infant Formulas on the Microbiota of Infant, Mead Johnson Nutrition, $4,000.

Dr. Phil Johnson, BIR: Genetic/Genomic Technology to Improve Farmed Insects for Sustainable Nutrition, Health and Other Applications, All Things Bugs LLC , $76,277 .

Dr. Toshihiro Obata and Dr. Kaustav Majumder, Identification of the Chemical Components of Soybean Seed and Sprout Related to Anti-Inflammatory Activity, NE Soybean Board, $9,918. 

Dr. Devin Rose, The Effect of Food Processing on Fermentable Oligosaccharides in Human Colon and its Microbiota, Dept of Agriculture-ARS-NCAU, $55,146

Internships and Jobs

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.

Financial Specialist I

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Working both independently and as a member of the IANR Business Center Operations team, this position is responsible for the financial management of various funding sources associated with the areas that are supported by the Business Center. Work closely with administrators, faculty and staff to ensure proper accounting procedures and grant/contract regulations and deadlines are followed regarding each funding source.

To apply please visit

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Iowa State University

The position is based in Ames Iowa, with the expectation of frequent travel to Cedar Rapids Iowa. Cedar Rapids is the home of many grain and food processing industries. CCUR and FSHN have unique research and testing facilities and expertise that relate to these industries. The liaison will serve as a conduit between the industries in Cedar Rapids and ISU to enhance processes, facilitate product development, and improve waste management.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Food Science, Agricultural, Chemical, or Biological or Food Engineering. Related discipline and evidence of leadership is required. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated success in grant writing, work experience in food or grain manufacturing, experience with industry-university partnerships, and demonstrated success in collaborative projects.

To apply, go to vacancy number 800169. Applications will be accepted until position is filled, however, applications received by October 11, 2018 will be given full consideration. For further information, contact search chair Dr. Ruth MacDonald at (515) 294-5991 or For additional information please visit

Assistant/Associate Professor

Brigham Young University

The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science at Brigham Young University invites applications for a full-time, continuing-status track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Applicants must have an earned PhD in Food Science or a related field, or an equivalent doctoral degree.

To apply: Complete an online application found at: Send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Dr. Oscar Pike, search committee chair, at

Assistant Professor of Food Chemistry

University of Georgia

Specific responsibilities include: (1) teach and develop two to three undergraduate/graduate courses in the Food Science curriculum; (2) establish an extramurally funded research program; (3) direct PhD and MS degree students; and (4) advise undergraduates. The successful candidate will actively participate in the teaching, research, and service activities in the Department of Food Science and Technology including participation in global programs. 

A completed PhD in Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or equivalent program is required with demonstrated expertise in food chemistry.

Please apply through the University of Georgia:

Assistant Professor of Microbial Food Safety

Cornell University

This tenure-track position requires a balanced effort between research (50%) and teaching (50%) on a 9-month academic year basis. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and direct an innovative, externally funded research program in any areas relevant to food microbiology and food safety that will attract graduate students, post docs and strategic collaborators. Specific potential areas of focus for this position could include (but are not limited to) novel technologies to control microbial hazards; studies of the molecular biology or molecular ecology of microbial pathogens and other food associated microorganisms; pathogenesis of foodborne diseases, predictive microbiology and modeling of foodborne disease and spoilage organism transmission; scientific basis for risk management strategies. 

To apply please visit

Faculty Research Assistant

Oregon State University

The Department of Food Science & Technology at Oregon State University is excited to announce a search for a 12-month, fixed term Faculty Research Assistant position. 
Please see the attached position description for details and share with those that might be interested. Review of applicants will begin starting October 3.

This position oversees the operation of the research food pilot processing plant in Food Science. The incumbent is responsible for providing food processing and evaluation of standard cultivars and new selections of berry fruits and vegetables developed in the breeding programs at the USDA Northwest Center for Small Fruits.

To Apply: Visit posting P02443UF. For full consideration, applications must be received by 10/03/2018. Position closing date is 10/07/2018. For information regarding Food Science and Technology please visit

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate

Chapman University

Chapman University seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate in the Food Science Program’s Food Protection Laboratory ( The primary duty of this position will be to manage a project focused on the generation and analysis of whole-genome sequencing data for noroviruses.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to electronically submit:
• A cover letter detailing qualifications related to the position description
• Curriculum vitae
• Contact information for three references to: 
Rosalee Hellberg, Ph.D. at 
Please include, “Postdoctoral/Research Associate Position” in the subject line.

Associate Food Scientist

Conagra Brands

Under direct supervision, researches, conducts experiments, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares written reports for the development of new products beginning at conception through successful commercialization. Follows established protocols and work plans and drafts for review technical proposals and reports.

Requires a BS in Food Science or related field and one year of relevant work experience.

Apply at

Food Safety Technician


The Food Safety Technician will report to the Food Safety Leader and Assistant Food Safety Leader. The Food Safety Technician will assist with daily food safety activities and duties. The Food Safety Technician will assume leadership roles in various responsibilities ie. Document Control. The Food Safety Technician will be able to participate in internal audits as well as contribute to problem solving activities.

Apply at

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