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

Iowa State students who worked last week with Harvest Farm in Wellington, Colorado were among 16 from the College of Human Sciences who spent their spring break doing service projects through Alternative Breaks. Contributed photos.Human sciences students spend their spring break serving others
Sixteen College of Human Sciences students, including one from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, were among 59 from Iowa State University who spent their spring break doing service projects aimed at helping those in need. Through the university’s Alternative Breaks program, students engaged in service learning in six states by working with […]

Joe Webb and Hannah Chute, founders of Iowa State Alzheimer’s-related clubs, educate others about Alzheimer’s disease research and caregiver support. Photo by Ryan Riley.Human Sciences students form campus clubs to increase Alzheimer’s disease awareness
Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. However, students within the College of Human Sciences are working to bring healing and hope to persons affected by Alzheimer’s, and to raise awareness for battling the disease.

The Team Award went to the Bioplastics for the Green Industry Team, which includes Darren Jarboe, program manager with the Center for Crops Utilization Research.ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents faculty and staff awards 
AMES, Iowa ­– Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff March 9. The award winners included several Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition faculty and staff: Clark Ford received the Distance Education Teaching Award. Ford, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, has taught […]

Team Sweet Fantasies (Kayla Johnson, Ambar Morales and Natali Jouzi) received first place in the competition. They are pictured with the judges, Mike Kramer, Ben Porter and Dan Putnam. Photo by Whitney SagerTeam Sweet Fantasies claims top prize in GPC Ingredient Application Challenge
From more traditional desserts, such as peanut butter mousse bites, to desserts with a bit of a kick, like the sweet and spicy mango habanero pot stickers, entries in this year’s GPC Ingredient Application Challenge had the judges and taste testers raving.

Body Image & Eating Disorder Awareness Week being celebrated at Iowa State
February 27-March 4 is Body Image & Eating Disorder Awareness (BIEDA) Week at Iowa State University. Several events and activities have been planned to bring awareness to the issue. The week’s activities begin with an “Honor Your Hunger” event on Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LeBaron Lobby. Then at 5 […]

During Zach Stromberg\'s post-doctoral work, he will be working alongside Dr. Melha Mellata as they study adulterants – in this case, bacteria - found in beef that makes it unsafe to be sold. Photo by Whitney SagerFood science post-doc awarded competitive fellowship funding
A post-doctoral researcher has been awarded a USDA fellowship to support his research into bacteria found in beef.

Online presentations to focus on GMOs
Those interested in learning more about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are encouraged to register for the upcoming Current Issues in Nutrition online presentation.

During the upcoming Culinary Boot Camp, students will receive instructions from ISU Dining chefs as the students prepare a main course and a dessert.Applications being taken for Culinary Boot Camp
Students are about to embark on a journey that will put their culinary skills to the test.

Iowa State University food science and culinary food science students, from left, Emma Lessman, Madeleine Kiepura, Heidi Jones, and Brian Klopf attended the AFA Food Institute in Chicago Jan. 29-31, 2017.Food science, culinary food science students attend AFA Food Institute
A group of four Iowa State University students recently returned from their trip to the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute in Chicago.

Mica Magtoto, a junior in nutritional science, was selected to participate in the new Principal Community Scholars program. As part of her involvement in the program, she will complete a community service project that involves helping improve the Eastwood community garden in Ames.Nutritional science student selected for new scholarship program
A junior at Iowa State University (ISU) was among the 20 college students from Iowa and California to be selected for the first class of the new Principal Community Scholars Program. Mica Magtoto, a junior in nutritional science, received an email about the scholarship, which encourages students to complete projects that benefit the community.