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), mkurzer@umn.edu, 612-624-9789; Dr. Baraem (Pam) Ismail (Food Science), bismailm@umn.edu, 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

CSI in food industry - a forensics briefing from the Cargill detectives

Jinping Dong, Ph.D.
Principle Scientist
IMN – Ingredient, Material and Nutrition
Cargill

Ever wondering what those CSI detectives do in their spare time? Well, some hide in the food industry. Instead of wearing badges, they wear lab coats. Instead of carrying guns, they haul microscopes, spectrometers and CT scanners around to look for foreign materials, contaminations, adulterations, off colors, off odors, or any extraneous things in food products and ingredients before they go out to the consumers. Please join us for a briefing of the forensics work from a Cargill food detective.Jinping Dong is currently a principle scientist working in Cargill Research and Development, leading a group specialized in food microstructure characterization. He also leads the Cargill global initiative for Food and Material Forensics, in which they help trouble shoot urgent food safety and quality issues that have large impact on consumer health and business value. Jinping joined Cargill in 2011. Prior to that, he had worked in the Characterization Facility at University of Minnesota for 9 years, with research and teaching focused on spectroscopy, microscopy and materials characterization. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, M.S in materials science, and a B.S. in chemistry.

This seminar will not be available via webcast

February 7

Madurai to Minnesota? What's Next?
Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan
Professor and Head
Food Science and Nutrition Department, University of Minnesota

February 14

No Seminar

February 21 

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

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

February 28

Foods and Digestive Health
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

TBD
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

TBD
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

TBD
Ning Yin, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Agi Csallany

April 18

TBD
Chelsey Flecke, MS Nutrition candidate
Adviser: Agi Csallany

TBD
Xueman Liang, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Gary Reineccius

April 25

No Seminar (Experimental Biology)

May 2

TBD
Anran Liu, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Agi Csallany

TBD
Amy Mathiowetz, MS Food Science candidate
Adviser: Pam Ismail

 

 

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