Graduate Seminar

Fall 2016 Seminars are held Wednesday, 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 Fall 2016 seminar, please access the WebEx hosted webinar Here

Coordinators: Dr. Chi Chen (Nutrition),, 4-7704; Dr. Daniel O’Sullivan (Food Science),, 4-5335.

September 14

FScN New Graduate Student Orientation

September 21

Health-Related "Habits": Why Are They So Important, and How Can We Promote Them?
Dr. Alison Phillips (Department of Psychology, Iowa State University)
Dr. Phillips is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University and is Director of the Healthy Habits Lab, where she conducts research regarding medication adherence, physical activity habits, and other health-related habits. She has previously worked as a faculty member at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and she earned her PhD in Social/Health Psychology from Rutgers University, in 2011. In 2015, the Association for Psychological Science named her one of the field’s “Rising Stars”. She has received funding from the PhRMA Foundation for her work regarding medication adherence and physical activity habits in patients with Type 2 Diabetes, and she has received funding from the Veterans Administration as part of a national team to study doctor-patient communication and Veteran’s self-management of medically unexplained syndromes.
A Reception Follows

October 5 *Note time and room change

*2:30 - 3:30
Henderson Lecture
Interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4): a critical transcriptional regulator of adipose tissue biology and muscle dysfunction
Evan D. Rosen MD, Ph.D
Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
*This seminar will be in ABLMS (Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science) Room 125. A reception follows. 
This seminar is not available via webcast.

October 12

An update on global food allergen labeling regulations
Xinyu Diao, Food Science MS Student
Adviser: Dr. David Smith

October 19

How to "Commence to start!" your career in the food industry. A special selection of one AARP-aged food scientist's experiences and no BS-advice.
Elizabeth A. Arndt, Food Industry Consultant
This seminar is not available via webcast. 

November 2

Publicly available health, health behavior and healthy policy data: Examples of use
Kate Grannon, MPH, RD
Project Manager, Program in Health Disparities Research
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota
Kate Grannon will present information about sources of data related to health, health behaviors and health policy. She will focus on two surveillance tools, the Minnesota Student Survey and Minnesota Health Profiles and give examples of use of these tools using the ScOPE study. She will also briefly describe other publicly available data sources at the University of Minnesota and national surveillance tools.

November 16

Rapid Quantification of Starch and Cellulose in Shredded Cheese Blends using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Andrew ZumbuschFood Science MS Student
Adviser: Dr. Tonya Schoenfuss
This seminar recording is not available.

November 23

Increasing Whole Grain Intake Among Children: A Review
Brandon Arsenault, Nutrition MS Student
Adviser: Dr. Marla Reicks

November 30

Sleep and Obesity
Dr. Jennifer Teske, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona
Reception will follow

December 7

Increasing Whole Grain Intake Among Children: A Review
Dr. Milena Saqui-Salces, Assistant Professor
Department of Animal Science, UMN 

December 14

Juer Liu, Food Science MS Student
Adviser: Dr. Roger Ruan



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