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17 November 2014

Ms. Judy Myhand was recently selected as a recipient of a 2014 Happy Award! This award was established by the LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership (CCELL) to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners who demonstrate dedicated excellence in service-learning practices. The “Happy” was initiated to commemorate former CCELL director Jan Shoemaker’s ten years of distinguished service, commitment to education, and service for the common good. CCELL presents ten Happy Awards each year, one for each year of Jan’s service as CCELL director. Congratulations to Judy Myhand!!! Excellent work!!

23 October 2014
Governor Jindal, LSU administrators open new AgCenter animal, food sciences laboratories

The new home of LSU AgCenter food, animal and veterinary science faculty and students officially opened on 6 August 2014. The state-of-the-art, $14 million Animal and Food Sciences Laboratories Building is a centralized research and teaching facility that provides the space and technologies needed to advance these disciplines.

15 October 2014
Podcast to Journal Article Featured Online

Published in the International Journal of Food Science & Technology: "Proximate and fatty acid compositions and sensory acceptability of Hispanic consumers towards rib-eye steaks from forage-finished steers." The authors are: Damir D. Torrico (NFS), Wannita Jirangrat (NFS), Guillermo Scaglia (Iberia Res. Stn.), Fatemeh Malekian (NFS), Marlene E. Janes (NFS), Kenneth W. McMillin (NFS), and Witoon Prinyawiwatkul (NFS). Congratualtions on a great job!

14 October 2014
AgCenter to host meetings on food safety regulations

The LSU AgCenter will hold five meetings in November and December to inform agricultural producers about proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules.The meetings will be conducted by AgCenter extension food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari (NFS), pecan specialist Charlie Graham (Pecan Reserach/Ext Station) and horticulture specialist Kiki Fontenot (SPESS). The schedule for the meetings is included in the link above.

14 October 2014
Youngsters learn the sweet side of science at Super Science Saturday

Sodium alginate in LSU purple and gold attracted youngsters to the LSU Food Science Club’s booth at Super Science Saturday on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

10 October 2014
LSU food science student in exchange with Honduran university

With roots in Central America and a good grasp of the Spanish language, Food Science student Maria Moore felt comfortable being one of the first students from LSU to do an exchange with Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

10 October 2014
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences Students win First Place in the DuPont 2014
Knowledge Award

The Nutrition and Food Sciences team of Jose Estrada (team leader), Kenneth Carabante, Samantha Stein and Namrata Karki won the $10,000 first place prize in the 2014 DuPont Knowledge Award competition. Dr. Jack Losso served as the team advisor. The competition included more than 33 U.S. Food Science programs. The team received its award and presented its product at the Prepared Food's New Products Conference from 14-17 September in Florida. The winning product is called Medittage and it is a crumbled type cottage cheese made from fat-free milk with a Mediterranean style dressing. The team used 3 DuPont ingredients in the formulation: 1)Dairy culture 2)Antioxidant 3)Natural antimicrobial. Details about the process and the 2014 DuPont Knowledge Award are available in a PDF download.

This is a terrific honor. Congratulations to these students and the faculty involved!!!

7 October 2014 2014
LSU College of Agriculture, AgCenter award 13 undergrad research grants

Thirteen LSU students were awarded undergraduate research grants with funding from the LSU College of Agriculture and the LSU AgCenter. Five of the research grants went to students in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences: Molly Bourg (Junior), Amanda Daniel (Senior), Matthew Landry (Senior), Carly Thaxton (Junior), and Brittany Zawodniak (Junior).

Executive Associate Dean Michael Burnett said these grants allow students to get experience in their field of interest outside of the classroom and contribute to research in that area. To receive a grant, students must be supervised by a College of Agriculture faculty member. Read all about who these students are working with, and what is involved in each project. Congratulations!

17 September 2014
AgCenter scientists search for lower-sodium foods

Dr. Witoon Prinyawiwatkul is leading a team of AgCenter researchers who are evaluating how people respond to sensory differences to assess the effectiveness of changing sodium content in processed foods. They’re studying how different approaches to modifying the salt content in foods can improve the healthfulness of the food while reducing the amount of sodium.

11 September 2014
Grant money helps increase production at AgCenter Food Incubator

The pace is picking up for the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator and production is taking off faster than ever. The Food Incubator program received a $25,000 grant from the Louisiana Economic Development Business Incubation Support Program. The money will supply equipment to assist tenants with faster processing. The Food Incubator is a resource not only for emerging food businesses, but for students interested in the food industry. The article provides all of the details.

29 August 2014
IFT -- Face-to-Face: Meet Subramaniam Sathivel

Our own Dr. Subramaniam Sathivel was recently interviewed for the Institute of Food Technologist’s Face-to-Face series. Follow the link above to read the article, "Face-to-Face: Meet Subramaniam Sathivel."

14 August 2014
Four East Baton Rouge shops get a Healthy Corner Store makeover

Check out the article on the Healthy Corner Store program and the School’s involvement. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the article to see pictures of Judy Myhand and two NFS students. Nice outreach work!

22 July 2014
AgCenter launches billboard campaign urging healthy lifestyle

BATON ROUGE, La. – The path to a healthier lifestyle sometimes begins with small steps. But for low-income people whose budgets and food options are often limited, taking those first steps can be difficult. To help them get started, the LSU AgCenter has launched a marketing campaign to stimulate awareness and conversation about food and fitness.

3 July 2014
Meet LSU Food Incubator Scientist, Luis Espinoza

An interesting article in 225 Magazine on Nutrition and Food Science alum and LSU AgCenter Food Scientist.

2 July 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Sathivel’s graduate student Alexander Chouljenko, for earning first place in the graduate student paper competition of the Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Division at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting recently held in New Orleans. The honor, which included a monetary award ($1000) was for Alexander's paper presentation entitled "Combined Cryogenic Freezing and Freeze Drying Techniques to Produce a Nano-Encapsulated Fish Oil". Good job Alex!

2 July 2014

Congratulations to NFS graduate students Namrata Karki, Wisdom Wardy, and Arranee Chotiko on being 2014-15 recipients of a Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship. Feeding Tomorrow provides scholarship funding to graduate students that demonstrate exceptional scholastic achievements, leadership experience, and a devotion to the food science and technology profession. This is a very high honor! Good job.

29 September 2014
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences Students win First Place in the DuPont 2014
Knowledge Award

The Nutrition and Food Sciences team of Jose Estrada (team leader), Kenneth Carabante, Samantha Stein and Namrata Karki won the $10,000 first place prize in the 2014 DuPont Knowledge Award competition. Dr. Jack Losso served as the team advisor. The competition included more than 33 U.S. Food Science programs. The team received its award and presented its product at the Prepared Food's New Products Conference from 14-17 September in Florida. The winning product is called Medittage and it is a crumbled type cottage cheese made from fat-free milk with a Mediterranean style dressing. The team used 3 DuPont ingredients in the formulation: 1)Dairy culture 2)Antioxidant 3)Natural antimicrobial. Details about the process and the 2014 DuPont Knowledge Award are available in a PDF download.

This is a terrific honor. Congratulations to these students and the faculty involved!!!

19 June 2014
Nutrition and Dance; Unlikely Partners

Nutrition and Food Sciences Instructor Michelle Ball has been able to blend her two loves, dance and nutrition. This program was recently highlighted in the Plaquemine Post South.

11 June 2014
Solar dryer helps Ghana farmers maintain steady food supply

A solar dryer designed by LSU AgCenter food engineer Subramaniam Sathivel is helping farmers in Ghana, Africa preserve crops so they can maintain a steadier food supply.

Sathivel visited the West African country in April to discuss the dryer concept with scientists from the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute and local farmers. He also met with former Ghana president, John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor. The project stems from the work of U.S. Department of Agriculture Borlaug fellow Mavis Owureka-Asare, who studied different methods for drying tomatoes under Sathivel in 2012.

The dryer gives farmers a cost-effective way to preserve seasonal produce like tomatoes, maize and rice for year-round consumption.

Watch a youTube video about the project.

9 June 2014
Dr. King named to the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program

Dr. Joan King was recently named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program. This is a professional development program that “seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has two components, a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants (i.e., fellows), and two, three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants.” Congratulations to Dr. King!

12 May 2014
Some foods found to fight off fat with resistant starches

LSU AgCenter Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences Michael Keenan’s research demonstrates resistant starch found in peas, beans, lentils, some plant starches and whole grains could help lower body fat.

29 April 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Subramaniam Sathivel on being a 2014 recipient of a Michael R. Mangham Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty who have been selected by their colleges or schools as outstanding teachers. Sathi will be recognized at this year’s annual LSU Distinguished Faculty Awards Reception, which will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

24 April 2014
Why chocolate is good for us

Chocolate research is in the news again for NFS: A New York Times Magazine article highlights Cocoa Research by Dr. John Finley and NFS graduate students Maria Moore and Mfamara Goita. See the News Archive page for several more articles from March and early April.

24 April 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Joan King as the winner of this year’s Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Certificate of Merit Award! This award recognizes excellence in teaching by using innovations in the development of new courses or programs, and teaching methods, as well as other activities that enhance the student learning experience.

22 April 2014
Food scientist helps turn home recipes into marketable products

BATON ROUGE, La. – Transforming home kitchen recipes into products that can be sold in stores involves more science than some people may realize. Fortunately for LSU AgCenter Food Incubator tenants, food scientist Luis Espinoza is on hand to help them do everything from keeping better records to making a product all natural.

16 April 2014
Soda consumption declines in U.S.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Americans are consuming less soda. Soda consumption has been declining over the past few years and is at the lowest it’s been since the mid-1990s. Denise Holston-West, a registered dietitian with the LSU AgCenter, said efforts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate nutrition education program and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign are starting to pay off.

11 April 2014...Just in time for Easter!
Students in Food FUNdamentals use natural dyes for Easter eggs

BATON ROUGE, La. – Bags of lavender tea, cranberries and red onion skins simmered together to make a natural red dye. Students in Judy Myhand’s Food FUNdamentals class in the LSU College of Agriculture were preparing to dye eggs using items found around the kitchen to make the dyes.

27 March 2014
Some of chocolate's health benefits may trace to 'bugs'

Dr. John Finley and Maria Moore’s interview with Student Science about the virtues of chocolate.

25 March 2014
Study says saturated fats not directly linked to heart disease

Sandra May, registered dietician in the School of Nutrition and Food Science, responds to the study by discussing the various factors involved in how fats contribute (or not) to heart disease.

24 March 2014
NFS Researchers Chocolate Research in the News Again --

Bacteria behind dark chocolate's health benefits

21 March 2014
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator in the News:

LSU Food Science's Incubator is making dreams come true! Check out how LSU's food incubator gives entrepreneur Richard Hanley the push he needed to launch Baton Rouge's next "sensation."(video link).

Get information about the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences connection with LSU Food Incubator: OUTREACH tab--> AgCenter LSU Food Incubator, or go to the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator Home page

19 March 2014
New Videos are posted

-- Stop, Drop, and Rolling Boil. Louisiana Sea Grant presents a short video the will help you learn how to best eliminate listeria and salmonella in your boiled shrimp.

-- Dr. John Finley discusses the health benefits of dark chocolate at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting and exposition in Dallas, Texas: The precise reason for the health benefits of dark chocolate: mystery solved

13 March 2014
New Food Safety rules still being developed

LSU AgCenter extension food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari, who joined the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences in February, is developing food safety educational outreach programs that will help producers implement food safety practices and satisfy updated requirements. Meeting and maintaining the level of water quality proposed by FSMA will be an important issue in Louisiana, he said. The full information is available at AgCenter.com

28 Feb 2014
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator in the News:

Hanley Foods – Richard Handley - LSU Food Incubator - Get on the Shelves in Months.
Watch the video about Hanley Foods and the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator (video link).
Get all the information about the LSU Food Incubator: OUTREACH tab--> AgCenter LSU Food Incubator


revised: 04-May-2017 9:09