Graduate Seminar

Spring 2017 Seminars are held Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in FScN Room 23 unless otherwise noted. See the schedule below. If you are unable to attend the seminar in person, or would like to view a recording of a past Spring 2017 seminar, please access the WebEx hosted webinar Here

Coordinators: Dr. Mindy Kurzer (Nutrition),, 612-624-9789; Dr. Baraem (Pam) Ismail (Food Science),, 612-624-5-0147.

January 17

Welcome back pizza party

January 24

Exploiting polyphenol chemistry to enhance benefits of whole grains to colon health
Joseph M. Awika, PhD 
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 
Soil & Crop Science Department / Nutrition and Food Science Department

Dr. Awika’s research focus is grain chemistry and biochemistry: Identifying mechanisms by which secondary plant metabolites and minor grain constituents can be optimized to improve food quality and human health. The focus is on how grain polyphenols interact with food macromolecules during processing, and the consequences of such interactions relevant to food eating quality, and health-promoting attributes. Current research investigates synergistic interactions of specific grain polyphenols in food matrix, and effect of complexation of the polyphenols with starch and proteins on macronutrient digestibility and functionality. He collaborates extensively with various international institutions in Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mexico, China, and other countries to develop strategies that address grain quality, safety, nutrition, and food security.

January 31


February 7


February 14

Melanie Marquez, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Joellen Feirtag

February 21 

Lactose Polymerization to Polylactose: Furthering Our Understanding for Commercialization
Alexandra Kuechel, MS Food Science candidate 
Adviser: Tonya Schoenfuss

Effects of cooking technique on fatty acid and oxylipin content of farmed rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Katrina Flaskerud, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Susan Raatz

February 28

Hannah Paruzynski, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Joanne Slavin

Eating behaviors and motives among low-income, obese/overweight and lean African-American and Native American women
Kate Opichka, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Chery Smith

March 7

Influence of Molecular Mobility and Free Volume on the Oxidative Stability of Spray Dried Orange Oil
Abbie Hohman, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Gary Reineccius

Joe McMullen, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Joellen Feirtag

March 14

No Seminar (spring break)

March 21

Iron deficiency in female state fair attendees
Kathleen Price, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Dan Gallaher

University of Minnesota Applied Sports Nutrition Initiatives: Dynamics and Components of Effective Division I Football Performance Nutrition Program
Kaela Pittman, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Len Marquart

March 28

Whole Grain Consumption In Mexican Restaurants
Xin Liu, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Len Marquart

Production of high-value food products from algal fermenation using whey co-products
Madeline Brandt, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Tonya Schoenfuss

April 4

Orthorexia Nervosa Prevalence in Diabetics
Caitlyn Shoemaker, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Scott Crow

Yan Cao, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Agi Csallany

April 11

Food Insecurity and Obesity: Experience from an Academic Weight Management Clinic
Cassie Hosfield, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Shalamar Sibley

Ning Yin, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Agi Csallany

April 18

Chelsey Flecke, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Agi Csallany

Xueman Liang, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Gary Reineccius

April 25

No Seminar (Experimental Biology)

May 2

Anran Liu, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Agi Csallany

Amy Mathiowetz, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Pam Ismail



Past seminar schedules and recordings can be found on the Graduate Seminar Archive.