Department of Food Science and Nutrition professor and former CFANS dean Allen Levine has been elected vice president of the Obesity Society.

"It's about saving lives and dollars. It's about ensuring our children and our children's children have reliable access to healthy, safe and affordable food to improve their lives, while at the same time strengthening our food and farm economy to improve bottom line," said Mindy Kurzer, Minnesota Food Charter Steering Committee chair and director of the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. "The fact is, there's a real, substantial cost to society when healthy, safe food isn't available to everyone-and we owe it to future generations to start making changes now." 

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Rianna Butler is a new Senior Lab Technician working with Prof. Devin Peterson. Her office is in 120 FScN. 

Dr. Nicole Soranzo of the University of Cambridge will be holding a seminar focusing on the understanding of how human sequence variation impacts phenotypic variation in healthy subjects, and how this variation impacts the understanding of cardiovascular disease etiology. 

The Department of Food Science and Nutrition lost a valued faculty member last week.

Dr. Koushik Seetharaman, who was welcomed to the Department in Fall 2013 as our General Mills Chair in Cereal Chemistry and Technology, passed away at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on June 2, 2014. 

Laurianne is a new Post Doctoral Associate working with Prof. Devin Peterson. Her office is in 133 FSCN. Welcome, Laurianne!

The Department of Food Science and Nutrition will welcome its new Department Head, Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, on July 1, 2014.

Fischer, Arthur P. Duluth, passed away July 18 at 92 years of age. Art was born in Minneapolis on Nov. 28, 1921, to Karen I. (Mossyge) and Arthur P. Fischer Sr. He received a BS degree in Food Technology from the U of MN in 1947 and began a 30 year career with General Mills, the last 20 years of which were spent in Central America.


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