Food Science and Human Nutrition

Enhancing human health and quality of life through education, research, and outreach in food and nutrition sciences. The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Iowa State University (ISU), located in the heartland of the United States, is among the top programs in the nation. Administered by the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Sciences, FSHN offers significant opportunities for students to study in fully equipped, state of the art laboratories; network with professionals and alumni through student organizations and professional associations; study abroad in places like Spain, India, and Peru. Our world-renowned faculty provide expertise on a diverse range of topics surrounding food and nutrition. They are on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research such as the nutritional relationships in cancer, diabetes and obesity and the development and production of new food products that promote health and prevent disease. Collaborating with the BioCentury Research Farm, Center for Crops Utilization Research, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, and Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, and others, FSHN students and faculty are promoting health and well-being through food and nutrition.

FSHN Department News

Roderuck Faculty Fellowship to Support Global Nutrition Research
Wendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, researches methods to improve the nutritional value of vegetables such as carrots, corn, and tomatoes. Photo by Ryan Riley. Wendy White has big plans for how she’ll use the extra support she’ll receive as the newest holder of the Charlotte E. Roderuck faculty fellowship […]

Keener Combines Science with Practice to Bring Increased Value to Bio-based Economy
Kevin Keener, a professor in food science and human nutrition, is director of ISU’s Center for Crops Utilization Research and BioCentury Research Farm. Photo by Ryan Riley. Rubber from Russian dandelions? Kevin Keener knows it’s possible. It’s just a matter of economics. “It just depends on where you are in the world what the renewable […]

ISU Produce Food Safety Team Partners with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Produce Food Safety Team will partner with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) in an effort to help fruit and vegetable growers and processors comply with new federal regulations. On Friday, September 9th, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the awarding of a total of […]

Calling 2016 FSHN Summer Interns!
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is hosting their first event to recognize the work our students are doing outside of the classroom by hosting an internship reception.  The purpose is to let students who have had internships or work experiences share what they have learned with other interested students.  This will be […]

New Iowa State professor examines impact of exercise on the brain
Peter Clark, an assistant professor in nutritional science who swam competitively in college, applies his love of physical activity to his psychological studies. He researches how nutritional, physical, and physiological changes in the brain impact behavior. Photo by Ryan Riley.   Exercise and the human brain have always fascinated Peter Clark. Clark, a new assistant […]

Grain Processing Corporation Showcases Demos Inspired by Iowa State University Food Scientists
Tonya Armstrong, Natalie Haag, Kate Gilbert, Claire Collins and Kelly Belknap showcase food demonstrations at the IFT 2016 Expo. Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) showcased appetizers created by Iowa State University Food Science and Human Nutrition students at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2016 Expo. GPC provided ISU students a hands-on product development learning experience […]

ISU study suggests 'use it or lose it' to defend against memory loss
  Iowa State University researchers have identified a protein essential for building memories that appears to predict the progression of memory loss and brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients. Auriel Willette, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition;and Ashley Swanson, a graduate research assistant, say the findings also suggest there is a link between […]

Land O'Lakes, Inc. Offers Global Internship Opportunity for Class of 2019 for 2016-2017
GFC Announcement for Universities Land O’Lakes, Inc. will again offer members of the class of 2019 the opportunity to be a part of our Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security program. Sophomore students during the 2016-2017 academic year interested in exploring solutions to world hunger and inspired to help solve the global food […]

George Washington Carver Interns Work with Food Science Faculty
Terry Vines, Jasmine Roberts, Jasmine Moreno and Spencer Finch spend the summer assisting FSHN Faculty with extension and research. George Washington Carver Interns spent their summer working with Food Science and Human Nutrition faculty to learn about the agricultural food industry and assist with research. This summer from June 4 to July 30, two undergraduate […]

Iowa State dietetic interns to work virtually with low-income families to improve nutrition
Jean Anderson shows the app that interns will use to coach clients on diet and nutrition. Photo by Christopher Gannon AMES, Iowa – A group of Iowa State University dietetic interns will provide nutrition coaching and wellness information to low-income families as part of a national health initiative. Unlike programs in a more traditional setting, […]

    Diane Birt, Distinguished Professor in food science and human nutrition, was formally installed as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, during the organization’s annual meeting October 17 in Washington, D.C.
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    Iowa State University offers the only accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics in the State of Iowa for students who want to become registered dietitians and has been recognized by colleagues in the profession as a very well-respected and rigorous program.

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