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

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.

Martin Gross, left, and Zhiyou Wen developed this algae reactor at the BioCentury Research Farm.Iowa State University improves algae technology to treat wastewater for communities and businesses
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University technology that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation using algae has gotten the attention of small Iowa communities and the largest wastewater treatment system in the world. “This reactor greatly improves the efficiency of carbon dioxide and sunlight absorption. We found that the biomass productivity is about 10 times […]

From left, Mary Wagner, Andrew McPherson and Linda Snetselaar were the recipients of the 2016 FSHN Alumni Impact Awards. Up to three FSHN alumni are chosen to receive the award each year, based on the impacts they have made in their profession and/or community.Nominations being sought for 2017 FSHN Alumni Impact Award
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is accepting nominations for the seventh annual FSHN Alumni Impact Award. “Each year we recognize FSHN alums who are making a difference,” said Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair.

Madie Conley and Haley Morris, both seniors in elementary education, are directors of recruitment and dancer relations for this year’s Iowa State Dance Marathon. Contributed photo.Students call work with Dance Marathon 'life-changing'
College of Human Sciences students are taking their passion for helping people to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Samantha Jones, graduate assistant in food science and human nutrition, demonstrates how to use the Rise smartphone app to document meals and snacks eaten throughout the day. Dietetic interns spent the summer and fall learning how to use the app, then put what they learned to use by connecting with app users and providing them with nutritional advice, based on what the app users were eating. Photo by Whitney SagerDietetic interns gain insight into future of telehealth
During the summer and fall months, nine individuals involved in Iowa State University’s Dietetic Internship had a unique opportunity to gain insight into the future of telehealth.