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APRIL 2019
Dr. Bing Wang was invited to participate as an Expert in the Joint FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and WHO (The World Health Organization) Expert Consultation Meeting on Microbial Risk Assessment, Rome Italy, March 11-15, 2019. This meeting was convened following the request of Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Hygiene for FAO and WHO, to develop a single, updated guideline to provide practical guidance and a structured framework for carrying out risk assessment of microbiological hazards in foods at a national level. The primary audience for this guideline is the global community of scientists and risk assessors, both experienced and inexperienced, in risk assessment, and the risk managers they serve.
Dr. Bob Hutkins was an invited speaker at the Food Forum 2019 meeting in Washington D.C.  Held at the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, the Food Forum brings together leaders from academia, industry, and government.  The theme for the Spring meeting was “Beyond Traditional Nutrition” and included topics on probiotics, prebiotics, fermented foods, functional and bioactive foods, and nutrition policy.  Prof. Hutkins spoke on fermented foods and the microbiota.
Food Science and Technology juniors Chloe Christensen and Justin Tran are the 2018-2019 recpients of the Edward J. Cornish Scholarship, the oldest scholarship at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Annual income from the endowment provides one or two scholarships a year to students studying in the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. You can read more about Chloe and Justin at
Dr. Bismarck Martinez has joined The Food Processing Center as a Food Safety Specialist at the rank of Assistant Professor of Scholarly Service. As part of his duties, Bismarck will be developing a high-impact outreach and research program assisting Nebraska food manufacturers, manufacturers in other states and service providers in MEP centers of other states to prepare for compliance and to implement requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. You can contact Dr. Martinez at
Dr. Andreia Bianchini and the Feed the Future Lab for the Reduction of Post Harvest Loss (PHIL) collaborated with Scientific Animators without Borders (SAWBO) to create an animation that explains postharvest loss prevention techniques in a simple and direct way. You can view the video on YouTube at
The Department and the Center would like to welcome Jamie Aldag and Thushaar Patmanathan to the Business Office:

Jamie Aldag
Hello! My name is Jamie Aldag, and I am very excited for my new position as Financial Associate in the NIC Business Center. I have worked at UNL since April 2015, where I filled a couple different roles for the Chemistry department and gained experience in accounting, purchasing, and inventory. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, doing arts and crafts, and digging around in my garden.
Thushaar Patmanathan
My name is Thushaar Patmanathan and I’m originally from Malaysia. I moved to Lincoln for my undergrad and graduated in 2017. I previously worked for Mid-America Transportation Center as a student worker since spring of 2016 and fulltime after graduation. I look forward to working with the NIC Business Center. I can be found in FIC 237.
RSVPs are now open for the 2019 Student Banquet. The banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at the Wick Alumni Center 2520 R Street Lincoln, NE 68508. There will be a social hour beginning at 5:00 PM, with dinner and presentations to follow. The event is free for students and $25 for guests. Please visit for more information and to register. Please contact Sara Roberts at if you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring.

Near Miss... or Near Hit?

EHS and the Chancellor's University Safety Committee encourages reporting of near-miss/close call incidents and potentially unsafe conditions (e.g., unsafe acts, equipment defect, etc.) in the workplace so that contributing factors can be identified and abated before they result in personal injury/illness or property damage.
A near miss is an incident where no property was damaged and no personal injury sustained, but where, given a slight shift in time or position, damage and/or injury or illness easily could have occurred. It can be thought of as a "close call."  Looking at the situation from another viewpoint…it can be thought of as a “near hit!”
By reporting these circumstances, you are contributing to a safer and healthier campus environment. Information reported is shared throughout the University for educational/awareness purposes; specific identifying information (e.g., names, departments, etc.) is redacted. We appreciate your participation and assure you that there is no risk of repercussions for reporting a situation or hazard.
To support this effort, a “Near Miss/Close Call Incident Reporting Form,” is available through the EHS website. EHS has developed business-card size handouts containing the URL to report for ease of sharing this information others in your work area.  Please consider requesting a number of these Near Miss/Close Call reporting informational cards.  To request any quantity of these business-card size handouts contact EHS at 402-472-4925 or
Upcoming Events

Apr 24
Student Banquet

Apr 27
Last Day of Classes

Apr 29 - May 3
FDST 951 Advanced Food Science Seminar
Mondays 4:00PM FIC 277

Apr 1
Soon Kiat Lau
Snigdha Guha
Ali Al-qaraghuli

Student Presentations

Apr 8
Jose Rodrigo Mendza
Mohamed Abdelmoteleb

Student Presentations

Apr 15
Wanying Cao
Caroline Smith

Student Presentations

Apr 22
Yangjunna Zhang
Mr. Brandan Dinkelman

Student Presentations

Recent Publications

Li, M., Eskridge, K., Liu, E., Wilkins, M. 2019. Enhancement of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) production by 10-fold from alkaline pretreatment liquor with an oxidative enzyme-mediator-surfactant system under Plackett-Burman and central composite designs. Bioresource Technology, 281, 99-106.

Wei, X., Lau, S. K., Stratton, J., Irmak, S., & Subbiah, J. (2019). Radiofrequency pasteurization process for inactivation of Salmonella spp. and Enterococcus faecium NRRL B-2354 on ground black pepper. Food Microbiology, 82, 388-397. doi:10.1016/

Recent Awards

Kaustav Majumder, "Value-Added Utilization of Nebraska Great Northern Beans- derived Proteins and Peptides."  NE Dry Bean Commission. $25,507.

Yulie Meneses, "Using Current and Emerging Food Trends to Enhance Science Educators' Curriculum" Dept of Agriculture-NIFA. $148,421.

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.

Assistant/Associate Professor

Southwest Minnesota State University

Teach classes in Culinology, from basic food science, food chemistry, food processing, sensory analysis classes and labs. Engage in other activities in support of the Culinology and Hospitality Management program and its majors. Duties also include advising and contributing to student growth and development, participating in department and institutional activities, evaluating student performance, engaging in scholarly activities, and participating in service to the University and community.

To apply visit:

Research Microbiologists/Bioinformatician

Department of Health and Human Services

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Moffett Research Center of the Institute for Food Safety & Health (IFSH), is seeking a full-time position to serve as a research microbiologist or bioinformatician who will participate in a collaborative research program at IFSH. The participant will be part of a multidisciplinary team involved in performing whole genome, RNA, and metagenomics sequencing and genomic analysis of foodborne microbes, including pathogenic, spoilage and toxin producing microorganisms.

To apply contact: Kristin Schill, Ph.D. (

Food Science Leader


This senior role will see you being engaged to drive innovation in food science and technology with a focus on food structure and chemistry, bioprocessing and value addition, whilst playing a key role in leading a multidisciplinary science research group of 15-20 staff.  Your expertise and that of CSIRO will be applied to the Australian and global food value chain using its broad range of industrial know-how and scientific capability. The role is located at the CSIRO Food Innovation Centre, Werribee (near Melbourne) in Victoria, Australia.  There will be a requirement to travel interstate on a frequent basis for research project delivery and/or meetings, seminars or conferences.

To apply visit:


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