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

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 […]

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, […]

Tong Wang named Fellow of American Oil Chemists' Society
Dr. Tong Wang, Professor of FSHN, Iowa State University being recognized along with other Fellow inductees (Eric A. Decker, University of Massachusetts; Thomas A. McKeon, USDA; James A. Kenar, USDA; and Leonard M. Sidisky, Sigma Aldrich, with AOCS outgoing president Manfred Trautmann [R] and incoming president W. Blake Hendrix [L]).   Dr. Tong Wang, professor […]

Schalinske Receives 2016 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
Kevin Schalinske, Professor in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN), was named as one of five recipients of the 2016 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence by the Board of Regents. Throughout his career with FSHN, Schalinske has taught numerous undergraduate courses, as well as within the FSHN graduate program and the more […]

Stewart Receives 2016 Regents Award for Staff Excellence
Jeanne Stewart, Assistant Scientist II in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN), and Laboratory Safety Coordinator for FSHN and the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC), was named as one of only four recipients of the 2016 Regents Award for Staff Excellence by the Board of Regents. She dedicates her time running […]

Shaw Provides FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Course
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will begin providing FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food training in summer of 2016. This three day Basic Preventive Controls training is designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained […]

Anderson Receives 2016 International Achievement Award
Jean Anderson, Senior Clinician of Food Science and Human Nutrition, devotes her time to building and expanding the learning opportunities for dietetics students at Iowa State University. As director of the Dietetics Internship (DI) program for nearly 20 years, Anderson has developed the program to become the largest in the world, managing approximately 160 interns […]

Jay-Lin Jane-Topel and David Topel Receive 2016 Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award
Congratulations to Jay-Lin Jane-Topel and David G. Topel on receiving the 2016 Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award. While faculty members, the couple spent as much time serving the university as they did in the classroom. This award recognizes individuals or couples who are current or retired Iowa State University faculty or staff […]

Dietetics Student Creates Blog to Communicate Nutrition Education
Emily Wisecup, senior in dietetics, is determined to educate others about the truths of nutrition. She grew up with a mother that enjoyed cooking American favorites for her family. While Emily enjoyed the meals her mother cooked, she quickly realized after going to college that she had few cooking skills of her own. The lack […]

Brehm-Stecher Receives 2016 Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award
Photo By Blake Lanser Byron Brehm-Stecher, Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, focuses on developing methods to improve food safety and quality, such as a cutting-edge effort to develop applications for functional food ingredients that will provide food scientists with new tools in the fight against harmful bacteria.

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