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.

Food Science and Human Nutrition News

Angela Shaw Discusses Eggs and Poultry Food Safety

Angela Shaw says bird flu does not affect food safety: Angela Shaw, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and extension specialist in food safety, gave her expert opinion on The Poultry Site about the avian influenza and how it affects consumers. Shaw said, “Consumers should feel safe to eat properly cooked and prepared meat and eggs from poultry.” Shaw was also featured on Iowa State University and Extension and Outreach's website.

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World Hunger Integrative Assignments Learning Community Poster Session

The public is invited to interact with students as they present posters for an innovative new learning community exploring problems related to world hunger. The World Hunger Integrative Assignments Learning Community Poster Session will be held on Thursday, April 23, 6:10-7:00 pm, Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Students from ANTHRO 332 (Peoples and Cultures of Native North America), FSHN 480 (Professional Communication in Food Science and Human Nutrition), HORT 424 (Sustainable and Environmental Horticulture Systems), and NREM 460 (Controversies in Natural Resource Management) will share their teamwork on 29 problem-solving posters with attendees. Please join us to peruse and ponder the efforts and accomplishments of these students!



Alumni Impact Award Nominations

Do you know an ISU Alum that has made an impact in their profession or community? If you know an FSHN Alum that deserves recognition, please nominate them for the 2015 FSHN Alumni Impact Award! Nominations are due no later than April 20, 2015.



February 2015 News Notes

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#FutureCyclones invited to Spring 2015 FSHN Day
Interested in food science? How about dietetics or nutrition? Perhaps culinary science is more your taste. All high school juniors and sophomores interested in these career paths are invited to attend #ISUFSHNDay on March 3, 2015.


January 2015 News Notes

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