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NFS College of Agriculture graduate student wins awards

Alexander Chouljenko is a rising seafood technologist who graduated with his Master’s in Food Science and Technology from LSU in the Fall of 2013 and currently he has enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences. His master’s thesis was to evaluate the effects of vacuum tumbling with chitosan nanoparticles and water-soluble chitosan on the shelf life of cryogenically frozen shrimp. Based on this study, Alex has published three refereed articles in high impact journals in the field of food science and technology. He has published a total of 8 publications and was listed as a first author of three and Co-author of 5 articles. One of the publications has already been downloaded 100 times. Alex has received numerous academic awards, for example, he received first place for presenting his papers, titled “Combined cryogenic freezing and freeze drying techniques to produce nano-encapsulated fish oil” and “Effects of vacuum tumbling with chitosan nanoparticles on the shelf life of cryogenically frozen shrimp” at the 2014 (New Orleans, LA) and 2015 (Chicago, IL) Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Division’s Graduate Student Research Paper Competitions, respectively. The Gulf Coast Section of IFT and Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratories presented him with the Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratories scholarship in 2016. He also received a most prestigious IFT Feeding Tomorrow scholarship in 2016.

The LSU AgCenter has produced a short YouTube video about Alexander's work.

His Ph.D. dissertation research is focused on the production of oyster flavor powder from byproducts of the Gulf of Mexico oyster industry using a combination of hydrolyzation, adsorption, and spray drying technologies. He is closely working with Motivatit Seafoods in Houma, LA to conduct the proposed research. Dr. Subramaniam Sathivel, Food Processing and Engineering Lab served as Alex’s major advisor for his master’s study and is serving as major advisor for Alex’s doctoral study.

LSU College of Agriculture honors alumni, students, faculty

The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association honored alumni, students and faculty at a ceremony April 8. Left to right are Luke Laborde, alumni association president; Barbara Hughes Favre, daughter of Jeff Hughes, outstanding alumnus; Bradley Sartain, recipient of the Ray and Dorothy Young Endowed Assistantship in Louisiana Row Crop Integrated Pest Management; Colorado Robertson, outstanding young alumnus; Georgianna Tuuri, the Ann Armstrong Peltier Professorship in Dietetics; Jim Simon, outstanding alumnus; Ariel Bergeron, recipient of the K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageur Award; Phil Elzer, Meraux Foundation Supreme Champion Livestock Professorship; Morgan Richard, recipient of the Gerald and Norma Dill College of Agriculture Alumni Association Outstanding Senior award; and Bill Richardson, dean of the LSU College of Agriculture and LSU vice president for agriculture.

(04/13/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU College of Agriculture recognized outstanding alumni, students and professors at an award ceremony on April 8 at LSU’s Club at Union Square.

The alumni honored were Jeff Hughes, of Bogalusa, and Jim Simon, of New Iberia, who both received the outstanding alumni award, and Colorado Robertson, of Baton Rouge, who received the early career outstanding alumni award.

Hughes, a 1949 graduate with a degree in forestry, worked as a forest professional for Gaylord Container and its successors for 51 years before retiring in 1986. Hughes’s involvement in forestry continued as he began his second career as a consultant to Weyerhaeuser.

“Mr. Hughes has been instrumental in helping develop forestry legislation, environmental and land use policies and strengthening working relationships between foresters and wildlife managers,” said Luke Laborde, president of the college alumni association.

Simon, a 1983 graduate with a degree in agricultural mechanizations, worked in the banking industry for 20 years. He became general manager of the American Sugar Cane League in 2004. He is one of four U.S. sugar industry representatives on a team that negotiates sugar trade with Mexico.


Subramaniam Sathivel invited to Visit Kasetsart University, Thailand

Recently, Subramaniam Sathivel, Professor of Food Engineering was invited to collaborate on a project “Developing a Delivery System for Delivering Extracted Astaxanthin from Shrimp Processing Byproducts” at the Department of Fishery Products, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University (UK), Thailand. Dr. Wanwimol Klaypradit, Associate Dean for International Affairs, UK and Dr. Maruj Limpawattana, Director of Cooperative Education, Siam University hosted Dr. Sathivel and discussed the project. As a result, a part of the project will be conducted at the LSU AgCenter’s Food Processing Pilot Plant at the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences. A Ph.D. student from Kasetsart University will be joining Dr. Sathivel in 2017 for conducting the proposed part of the study. Dr. Sathivel also provided a special lecture to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members on “Utilization of Seafood Byproducts as Functional Ingredients.” The lecture was well received (please see the pictures).

Dr. Sathivel also took this opportunity to visit Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR), where he met Mrs. Chantara Phoonsiri, Deputy Governor R&D Bio-industries, Dr. Panida Banjongsinsiri, Senior Research Officer (formerly Dr. Louise Wicker’s Ph.D. student) and other members of TISTR. At that meeting, TISTR’s scientists and Dr. Sathivel discussed the current and future trends of food, pharmaceutical and natural products industries.

Dr. Sathivel was also invited to Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT), Pathum Thani, Thailand. Dr. Sathivel met with RMUTT delegates including Dr. Sirikhae Pongswat, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr. Wacharapong Worasethapong, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr. Nopparat Buddhakala, Head of the Division of Biology, and Dr. Arranee Chotiko, Lecturer of the Division of Biology (formerly Dr. Sathivel’s Ph.D. student). Dr. Sathivel presented a seminar on “Engineering Applications in a Food System” to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members from the Division of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, RMUTT (see the pictures). As a result of Dr. Sathivel’s visit, RMUTT is very interested in establishing collaboration between LSU AgCenter and RMUTT.

Students Win Awards for IFT Presentations

[July 2015] Subramaniam “Sathi” Sathivel’s students from the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS) and Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) have won several awards for presenting papers at the 2015 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting in Chicago.

In the last eight years Sathi’s students won 50 awards for presenting papers at international, national, and local scientific meetings. Indeed, one of his students was awarded a 2010-2011 (Institute of Food Technologists) IFT Graduate Fellowship and was also the recipient of the highly prestigious 2011 American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Honored Student Award. Another student received the 2012 prestigious IFT Thermal Processing Specialists Scholarship. Sathi’s Ph.D. students from BAE and SNF received the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 IFT Graduate Fellowship, respectively.

Alexander Chouljenko, Arranee Chotiko, and Luis AlfaroAlexander Chouljenko won the first place ($1,000) for presenting Effects of Vacuum Tumbling with Chitosan Nanoparticles on the Shelf Life of Cryogenically Frozen Shrimp at the 2015 IFT- Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Division graduate student paper competition.

Arranee Chotiko won the second place ($750) for presenting Development of A Combined Low-Methoxyl-Pectin and Rice-Bran-Extract Delivery System to Improve the Viability of Lactobacillus plantarum at Gastrointestinal Conditions at the 2015 IFT-Biotechnology Division graduate student paper competition.

Luis Alfaro was a finalist (second place) for presenting Development of chitosan oligosaccharides powder and its effect on the quality of shrimp at the American Association of Food Scientists for the Indian Subcontinent (AAFIS) Division) graduate student paper competition.

Daniel FinkenaurDaniel Finkenaur, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, won the first place of $1500 for presenting "A development of lyophilized alginate microcapsules coated with egg white protein for enhancing viability of Lactobacillus reuteri" at the 2015 IFT undergraduate student paper competition.

Daniel competed with other universitie’s undergraduate students including University of Massachusetts Amherst, Washington State University, and Texas Tech University.

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