Two teams from the department were selected to compete in the finals of the Research Chef's Association (RCA) Student Culinology Savory Competition.
Gopher Athletics rowing student-athlete studying food science featured as part of Minnesota Corn Student Athletes and Agriculture series.
A look at highlights from the department from 2018.
As the semester ends, we wish family, friends and all members of the FSCN community warm season's greetings.
Mary Hedges received the award for her work at Cornelia Elementary.
The grant will help support a new program for underrepresented students who have not been exposed to the array of degree programs and career opportunities with nutrition, food science, agriculture and natural resources.
Over 120 representatives from 55 + organizations were present at the center's inaugural meeting.
Gift boxes featuring items made in our Pilot Plant and in the Meat Lab are now available for purchase, just in time for the holidays.
Thank you for helping us raise over $5,400 for student scholarships.
Many thanks to Dr. Patrick J. Stover, guest lecturer for the annual event.
Professor Ted Labuza also receives 50 year anniversary award.
Professor Ted Labuza and former Department Head and Professor Frank Busta were honored by IFT for 50 years of membership.
The annual lecture will feature Dr. Patrick J. Stover, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M.
We are working to keep Teaching Assistant Professor Renee Rosen's legacy alive.
Students from Nutrition Education and Counseling class took their lesson plans from the classroom to real life.
Pilot Plant Coordinator Ray Miller placed third in the artisan cheese category at the Minnesota State Fair.
Graduate Student Sravanthi Budaraju was named an outstanding presenter at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annual conference.
Nutrition undergraduate student Salma Noor recently presented her research as a part of the McNair Scholars program.
Learn how our Pilot Plant helped this entrepreneur (and many others) test and launch a new product to the consumer market.
Professor Kumar Mallikarjunan was recently honored by the Institute of Food Technologists for his leadership and innovation in promoting the science of food.
Nutrition Ph.D. candidate Yuni Choi received a HFHL grant for her work with dietary guidelines.
Former Department Head Elwood Caldwell passed away at the age of 95.
Four FSCN students went on a semester-long journey through the food system to impact dining changes with M Dining.
The department hosted its annual Graduate Student Research Poster Showcase on May 15.
Two students took home top honors at 96th Annual Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest.
Students Carmen Owen-Block, Sophie Held, Ellie Lu, and Daniel Vlodaver recently took home a bronze medal at the Research Chefs Association (RCA) National Student Savory Culinology ® Competition.
Graduate student Vaidhyanathan Anantharamkrishnan highlighted the award winners.
Omolo received the award for exceptional leadership and service to the University and surrounding community.
Learn about the amazing research underway by our graduate students at this annual event held on May 15.
The College Bowl team finished in second place at the IFTSA North Central Area Meeting hosted by the University of Missouri.
Professor David Baumler is working on a project to develop a bacteria-killing light.
Graduate student Grant Hedblom received the Minnesota Association of Meat Processors annual scholarship.
The department invites anyone attending IFT18 in Chicago to the Minnesota Cocktail Hour as part of the annual conference.
Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan has stepped aside as department head; Dr. Gary Reineccius will serve as interim department head.
Dr. Steven Bowden is the newest member of the FSCN faculty, joining the department as an assistant professor in food science.
Students Carmen Owen-Block, Sophie Held, Ellie Lu, and Daniel Vlodaver have been selected to compete in the 2018 National Student Savory Culinology ® Competition.
As winter break begins on campus, we want to wish you happy holidays!
The Dairy & Meat Salesroom will have special hours on December 20 and 21.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation recently awarded graduate student Cassidy Sloot a financial award from the Fuschia Lucille Johnson Scholarship.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation recently awarded graduate student Kathleen Price the Colonel Frances G. Ballentine Scholarship.
Guest speaker Dr. Soe Soe Than will give a presentation entitled "Food Safety and Science: Practices in Myanmar and the Role of the University of Yangon"
Cheese gift boxes featuring items made in our Pilot Plant are now available for purchase. Gift packages are also available from the Meat Lab.
Executive Office and Administrative Specialist Sue Winkelman was recently honored for 40 years of service to the University.
The annual Henderson Lecture will feature George M. Carman, Ph.D. of Rutgers University.
Retired FSCN professor Dr. Edmund Anthony Zottola, age 85, passed away on October 4. Ed worked at the University of Minnesota for 31 years as an Extension food microbiologist.
Former FSCN department head and CFANS dean Allen Levine has been named the University’s Vice President for Research.
The department is excited to welcome back its alumni as a part of the U’s annual homecoming celebration on Friday, October 20.
A local nonprofit recently partnered with student volunteers from the department to teach children about nutrition and food science.
The Dairy and Meat Salesroom, is excited to announce Row the BoatTM ice cream, inspired by new Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck.
Ray Miller and Mitchell Maher's three entries in the Minnesota State Fair Cheese Contest all placed in the top five.
Graduate students Drew Carter and Chelsey Hinnenkamp were recently announced as recipients of the John Brandt scholarship from Land O’Lakes.
A group of students from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition are developing ideas to improve sustainability and nutrition within University Dining Services.
Undergraduate student Jamie Freier and graduate student Bill Lendway attended the summit aimed at creating change in foodservice.
Professor Chi Chen received the infrastructure investment grant for necessary equiment in his collaborative metabolomics research.
Department Head Kumar Mallikarjunan was the recipient of the IFT Food Engineering Division Outstanding Service Award.
Lauren Wisdorf, a food science master's student with Zata Vickers, is the recipient of the IFT Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division M.S. Scholarship.
Products made in the department and sold at the store featured in print and on TV.
Dr. Theodore Labuza's 2014 paper won the Tanner Award for being the most-cited paper published in the Journal of Food Science Toxicology and Chemical Food Safety section.
Corrie Marion, Assistant Director for the Didactic Program in Dietetics, was selected as the 2017 CFANS Distinguished Academic Staff Award recipient.
Professor David Baumler recently received the Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award.
Francine Overcash is the recipient of a CFANS Diversity Scholars Postdoctoral Fellow award.
Postdoctoral fellow Zheting Bi and graduate student Lei Wang took home top spots in the ASN Emerging Leaders Poster Competition.
Several members of the FSCN community were recently inducted into the Borealis Circle, presented by the CFANS Alumni Society Board of Directors.
The dairy product evaluation team led by Professor Tonya Shoenfuss had a strong showing at the 95th evaluation contest in Madison.
View photos from the Graduate Student Research Poster Showcase and Entrepreneurial Panel Discussion events held on April 18.
Nutrition student Kristina Swanson was named the recipient of the Nelson Scholarship.
Former department head and professor Frank Busta was recently named the recipient of the IFT Myron Solberg Award.
Professor David Baumler was featured on the front page of the Star Tribune's Variety section on April 9.
FSCN will host a panel entitled "Cultivating Entrepreneurship in Food Science and Nutrition Students and Preparing them for the 21st Century" on April 18.
Students from Iowa State, North Dakota State, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin all converged on our campus for their annual meeting and College Bowl competition April 7-8.
Post-doctoral associate Lei Wang was named a finalist in the American Society for Nutrition Emerging Leader Competition.
Dr. Gary Reineccius was recently featured in Popular Science discussing natural vs. artificial flavors.
The annual showcase of graduate research in the department will take place on April 18.
FSCN will host the IFTSA North Central Area Meeting and College Bowl competition on April 7-8.
The FSCN networking event welcomed over 100 students and 15 organizations.
Dr. Moon-Suhn Ryu is the newest member of the FSCN faculty, joining the department as an assistant professor in nutrition.
Undergraduate food science student Ben Ma has been selected to present his UROP research project at NCUR 2017.
Alumna Liz Zaremba (Nutrition '12) was recently featured on the WCCO "Good Question" segment, talking about snacking.
Alumna Xiaochun Wang (M.S. Nutrition '12) recently published a Chinese cookbook providing recipes for parents when their children are sick.
Undergraduates are encouraged to register for the FSCN Mentoring Event on February 24.
FSCN alumna Rebecca Leighton is working on addressing student food insecurity issues on the U's campus.
Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan assumed his role as department head on January 3.
Cheese gift boxes featuring items made in our Pilot Plant are now available for purchase.
The Nutrition graduate didn’t always have the easiest paths both in her personal and professional journeys, but along the way she learned to overcome and grow to get where she is today.
FSCN recently honored four faculty members for their years of service to the U and department.
The FSCN Triticus Scholarship donor Art Fischer was honored for his generosity at annual CFANS Thanksgiving for Scholarships.
The Dairy Product Judging Team recently competed at the regional Collegiate Dairy Product Evaluation Contest.
Innovation, creativity and application of a scientific problem solving system can take you big places. Just ask Dale Andersen, owner of Delkor Systems, Inc., headquartered right here in St. Paul.
Ismail and her lab were recently featured on BTN for their work with kernza.
P. Kumar Mallikarjunan will assume the role of Department Head effective January 2, 2017.
The Dairy and Meat Salesroom will move back to its original location in ABLMS room 166 on October 19.
Graduate Student William Lendway was a featured panelist discussing educating the new generation of whole grain chefs at the Whole Grains in Foodservice conference in Chicago.
Here's a look at CFANS events for Homecoming 2016: Gopher Glory.
Ryan Bad Heart Bull was recently featured on MPR discussing Native American nutrition.
Alumna Mary Leonard is finding sweet success in chocolate.
Dr. Renee Korczak has been promoted to an assistant teaching professor, as announced by FSCN Interim Department Head Dan Gallaher.
The latest edition of CFANS Solutions magazine features three FSCN stories.
Dr. George A. Annor joined the FSCN faculty as an Assistant Professor and General Mills Endowed Professor in Cereal Chemistry and Technology.
The annual Henderson Lecture is set for October 5. Featured speaker will be Dr. Evan Rosen of the Department of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.
Professor David Baumler and his lab cared for over 500 pepper plants surrounding the FSCN Building this summer.
FSCN senior Claire Peichel took home a Certificate of Excellence Award for her oral presentation during the Poultry Science Association annual meeting this past summer.
Graudate students Cayla Duffy and Julie Hess are recipients of 2016-17 MnDRIVE fellowships.
Four FSCN students received Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Feeding Tomorrow Scholarships.
Join FSCN and CFANS at the Minnesota State Fair on August 30.
The Dairy and Meat Salesroom will be closed on August 31 due to the Minnesota State Fair.
FSCN graduate student Alice Maserati took third place in the J. Mac Geopfert Developing Scientist at the 2016 Annual International Association for Food Protection meeting in St. Louis.
FSCN professors make an impact all over the globe, and this past year Professor Tonya Schoenfuss lent her dairy expertise to dairy plants in Lebanon.
Several FSCN faculty members and students will take part in IFT16 in Chicago from July 16-19.
Professor Dan Gallaher will serve as the interim department head for FSCN.
FSCN alumna Becky Wahlund '82 was recently elected secretary of the CFANS Alumni Board.
FSCN had the opportunity to sit down with Ph.D. alumna and current senior vice president of Global Product Innovation/Food Safety and Quality for Starbucks, Dr. Mary Wagner.
Undergraduate student Jenny Hayek was named a recipient of an American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) scholarship.
FSCN students Chelsey Hinnenkamp, Jenny Hayek and Geoff Dubrow were recently announced as recipients of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship.
Professor Dan Gallaher and graduate student Chelsey Hinnenkamp were recognized during the CFANS Alumni Society Borealis Night of Excellence.
Due to renovations inside ABLMS, the Dairy and Meat Salesroom will temporarily be relocated to FSCN 1.
Through happenstance and hard work, the Dietetic Internship (DI) at the University of Minnesota capitalized on what seemed to be a daunting task, turning it into the nation’s only program solely focusing on working with eating disorders.
The Minnesota section of IFT recently announced its scholarship and travel award winners.
Daniel Gallaher, professor in Food Science and Nutrition, will become interim head of the department, effective July 1, 2016.
When thinking about environmental sustainability, the Department of Food Science and Nutrition may not be one of the first things to come to mind.
Adjunct professor Mary Schmidl was selected and presented at the 14th annual Patrick Lecture Series at Louisiana State University.
The department hosted its annual graduate student research poster showcase on April 14.
The Minnesota Food Charter Network has hired Michael Dahl as its first director.
Former FSCN professor Doug Mashek was recently awarded the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) ELR Stokstad Award as a young investigator.
M.S. student Abbie Hohman was recently elected to serve as an IFT Student Association (IFTSA) Area Representative.
Mark Davis has been named a recipient of the distinguished CFANS Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture.
The annual Department of Food Science and Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Showcase is set for Thursday, April 14.
Former FSCN department head and CFANS dean Allen Levine received the prestigious honor of being named an American Society for Nutrition Fellow, Class of 2016.
Mark Davis, chair of Davis Family Holdings, was name a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Horatio Alger Award.
Sangyub Kim and Youjie Zhang, both nutrition doctoral students in FSCN, have been named finalists in the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN) Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition. The event recognizes the highest scoring research presented by students and young investigators, and is held during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2016.
The seminar features Dr. Prokopios Magiatis and his seminar entitled Oleocanthal and Olive Oil Phenolics: New Clinical and Experimental Facts for their Protective Role on Human Health.
FSCN recently received its five-year approval from the Institute of Food Technologists for its undergraduate food science program.
The Introduction to Food Chemistry Short Course will be held March 1-3 on the St. Paul Campus.
Holiday greetings from FSCN
The Dairy and Meat Salesroom will have special holiday hours over the next two weeks.
The annual Henderson Lecture is set to take place on Wednesday, December 9.
FSCN recently honored six faculty and staff members who achieved milestone anniversaries.
SMSC's $1 million donation will fund three major projects, with two led by FSCN professors.
Former Nutrition M.S. student Brittany Francis was featured in the latest Ski-U-Mah Magazine about her trailblazing role as the first dietitian on staff for Gopher Athletics after completing the Dietetic Internship through FSCN.
Former FSCN professor Koushik Seetharaman received the AACCI Excellence in Teaching Award posthumously at the organization's annual meeting in Minneapolis on October 20.
FSCN alumna Catherine Macpherson was recently named to the Retrofit Advisory Board.
The Department of Food Science and Nutrition would like to welcome Chao Wang, who will be working with Professor Devin Peterson's Lab as a visiting professor during the 2015-16 academic year.
The University of Minnesota Food Science and Nutrition Collegiate Dairy Product Evaluation team had a strong showing at the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation contest hosted by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) on September 15 in Chicago.
The University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition (FSCN) is excited to announce a three-year partnership with the Schwan Food Company.
University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition (FSCN) professor Dr. Devin Peterson has been selected by the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) to receive the 2015 FEMA Excellence in Flavor Science Award.
Ariel Garsow, a Junior in food science spent the past year as a part of the Global Food Challenge program through Land O’Lakes.
Mitchell Maher and Ray Miller finish first and second, respectively, in the artistan cheese category at the Minnesota State Fair.
University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition Professor Ted Labuza has been selected to serve as a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Advisory Committee.
Zach Metz, a food science graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition under the tutelage of Professor David Baumler, was named a MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year.
University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition student Jonathon Swan to take part in the 24th Annual McNair Scholars poster session on July 30.
The Summer 2015 editions of CFANS Solutions features several FSCN faculty and an alumnus. Read about the great research going on in our department!
An Antidote to Food Allergies?
New process could maintain foods' flavor while removing allergens.
Featuring: Professor Pam Ismail and her lab
Tiny Organisms, Big Benefits
Wastewater microalgae could be a nutritious, renewable source of animal food
Featuring: Professor Chi Chen
One Cup at a Time
A fun career in food starts with science and willingness to seize opportunities
Featuring: Alumna Mary Wagner
7 Things You Don't Know About Microbes...but Probably Should
Featuring: Professor David Baumler
The International Food Technologist (IFT) Annual Meeting in Chicago will feature several FSCN faculty members during the four-day event.
The Baumler lab recently won a qPCR machine through the Roche "Grant my Wish" contest.
Professor Joanne L. Slavin, Ph.D. has been selected to deliver the W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture at EB 2015.
Congratualations to FSCN Professor, Ted Labuza, the 2015 recipient of the Gilbert A. Leveille Award and Lectureship!
Gary Reineccius has been chosen by the Chicago Section IFT Tanner Lecture Committee to be the 53rd Tanner Lecture Award recipient.
Antonio is a new Post Doc working with Prof. Francisco Diez.
Our undergraduate team members (Bria Abeles-Allison, Claire Burrington, and Zen Zi Wong ) took 1st place in Milk out of 12 teams! A 1st place win has not occurred at nationals for the U of MN since Dave Smith coached the team in 1994.
Baraem (Pam) Ismail is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, and has recently recieved various awards and grants for her outstanding teaching and research initiatives. Congratulations, Pam!
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."
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.
From Across the World to the Upper Midwest
Almost any way you slice the data, international enrollments are growing at universities and colleges across the country and the Ninth District, says FedGazette, the newspaper of the Ninth Federal Reserve District. A recent story explored the reasons why enrollment is growing and features this video clip with CFANS student Yizhou Ben Ma, a food science major.
FScN Newsletter Available Now
The May edition of the Food Science and Nutrition Department Newsletter is now available! News from Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 is included. Learn all about what is happening in the Department here.
San Diego, April 26-30, 2014
Here are some photo picks from the conference. I attended this year with the opportunity to learn more about one of the biggest events our students and faculty are involved in. And I have to say, it was overwhelming, the variety of presentations and meetings, the amount of information and just the size of the conference. I did learn a lot from our own students and faculty presenting. I enjoyed every minute of the trip, the conference, getting to know some alumns and former faculty, seeing former students and not at least San Diego itself. Thank you for that opportunity!
See photos from the event here.
Celebrate with us at the Borealis Night of Excellence
Dr. Joanne Slavin will be honored on Wednesday April 23 at the Borealis Night of Excellence for the Outstanding Professor Award given by the CFANS Student Board. Come celebrate with fellow FSCN department members and students! More info here: z.umn.edu/borealis.
FScN Department Head Interviews
As many of you know, we are enjoying interviews for our incoming Department Head. You can access presentations by our three wonderful candidates below.
Due to technical difficulties, video for this presentation is not available. Listen to the high-quality audio presentation here:
Due to technical difficulties, video for this presentation is not available. Listen to the high-quality audio presentation here:
Mindy S. Kurzer
View the entire presentation here:
Ted Labuza Awarded the Bor S. Luh International Award
March 16th, 2014
The Bor S. Luh International Award has been awarded every year since 1956. Before 2005, this award was named the International Award. It is given to an individual or institution that had outstanding efforts in one of the following areas in food technology: 1) International exchange of ideas, 2) better international understanding, and/or 3) practical successful technology transfer to an economically depressed area in a developed or developing area.
The award was renamed for Bor S. Luh (1916-2001), who was born and educated in China before completing his education in the United States. Luh was the first president of the Chinese American Food Society in 1974-5 and received its Professional Achievement Award in 1984.
Award winners receive a plaque from the Bor S. Luh Endowment Fund of the Institute of Food TechnologistsFoundation and a USD 3000 honorarium.
Congratulations to the UMN RCA Team!
March 14th, 2014
Our team of Jill Tomczak, Henriette Zahn, Molly Erickson and Allison Heiderscheidt just took third place in the RCA Culinology competition. Thanks to everyone who helped them prepare and fundraise.
FScN Welcomes Morrine Omolo
January 21st, 2014
She is a Food Science Master's student and research assistant, and will be working in Dr. Baumler's Lab.
FScN Welcomes Dr. David Baumler
January 8th, 2014
David is our new faculty member in the department. His research program is focused on experimental and computational Systems Biology methods to study pathogenic and commensal microorganisms during interactions with hosts and in environments such as foods. He is also a chili pepper consultant for farmers and the food/beverage industry in the Midwest. His lab is in 246 FScN.
Special Seminar - Obesity: Is Diet the Issue?
Join us on Wednesday, January 22nd at 4:00pm in ABLMS 125.
Dr. Steven Blair of the University of South Carolina will discuss the causes of the obesity epidemic along with his findings. More information can be found here.
Alice Maserati, Ph. D. student in Food Science received a MN Drive Fellowship
As part of the University of Minnesota MN DRIVE’s Initiative on Global Food Supply, Alice Maserati was selected as one of the first Graduate Student Fellowships recipients. Alice is advised by Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez and Dr. Ryan Fink and her research is focused on the investigation of the physiological and molecular pathways involved in the heat cross-resistance acquisition. The Fellowships cover 1-year of stipend and some funds for research. Please congratulate Alice.
FScN Welcomes Alessandra Marti
November 18, 2013
Alessandra is a new Post-Doctoral Associate working with Dr. Seetharaman in FScN 5. Welcome, Alessandra!