Updated publications give county-by-county look at poverty and food needs

The county profiles contain data on poverty, participation in food and nutrition assistance programs, and other food-related health and economic measures. They are available for free download from the Iowa Community Indicators Program at Iowa State University, http://www.icip.iastate.edu/special-reports/poverty. More»

Christina Campbell of FSHN renewed as endowed professor

Campbell, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, was renewed as the Sandra S. and Roy W. Uelner Professor. She is the inaugural holder of the position, which she has held since 2010.

Suzanne Hendrich of FSHN renewed as faculty fellow

Hendrich, a University Professor, was renewed as the Lura M. Lovell Faculty Fellow. She has held the position since 2004. The position involves continuing public education on safety and efficacy of dietary supplements and ingredients based on annual reviews of American Association of Poison Control Center data on adverse effects of food constituents.

Wendy White of FSHN named a faculty fellow

White, an associate professor, has been named the Charlotte E. Roderuck Faculty Fellow. The fellowship was made possible through a gift from Roderuck, who retired from Iowa State in 1988 as a Distinguished Professor in Home Economics. The fellowship benefits a faculty member in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition affiliated with the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center. White will hold the fellowship for three years. The previous holder was Lorraine Lanningham-Foster. 

Gift from The Nelson Foundation Supports Food Science Lab Renovation at Iowa State University

May 14th, 2015

AMES, Iowa — A gift from The Nelson Foundation will make possible the renovation of the Food Science teaching laboratory at Iowa State University.

The Nelson Foundation’s support will transform a 1,950-square-foot teaching laboratory into a modern facility with up-to-date equipment and space to enhance the student learning experience in food chemistry and food microbiology courses.

“We are grateful to The Nelson Foundation for this generous donation,” said Ruth MacDonald, chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. “It’s a significant step forward in a goal to renovate our department’s teaching labs. We’ve had a great working relationship with Nelson family and Kemin Industries for many years. With the company’s support, the renovated teaching laboratory will help us accommodate a growing number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing food science and culinary food science majors. The project will positively impact the quality of our teaching for decades to come.”

The Nelson Foundation and Kemin Industries consider the food science project a perfect fit. Iowa State University, Mary Nelson’s alma mater, has food chemistry and microbiology programs that provide students with their first opportunity to learn about food safety. The focus on food safety and scientific testing is key to the type of work that is done at Kemin Industries. 

“We see great value in having students graduate with a solid education and hands-on experience so they are ready to tackle the food challenges of tomorrow,” said Mary Nelson, co-founder and vice president of Kemin Industries.

The laboratory renovation in the Food Sciences Building will begin later this year with completion in 2016.

Kemin, based in Des Moines, provides “inspired molecular solutions” specifically developed to provide nutrition and health benefits for humans and animals. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where approximately 500 specialty ingredients are made for the global feed and food industries as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets. A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has nearly 2,000 employees and operates in more than 90 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University is among the top programs in the nation, currently enrolling 612 undergraduates and 95 graduate students. Administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Sciences, the department offers five undergraduate majors (culinary food science, food science, dietetics and nutritional science); two programs to earn concurrent bachelor’s and master’s degrees; and a program to earn concurrent bachelor’s degree in food science and master’s in business administration. The department offers graduate degrees in food science and technology and in nutritional sciences.


Ruth MacDonald, Food Science and Human Nutrition, (515) 294-5991, ruthmacd@iastate.edu
Penny Woods, Kemin Industries, (515) 559-5288, penny.woods@kemin.com
Brian Meyer, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications, (515) 294-0706, bmeyer@iastate.edu

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

Read news notes from faculty, staff, and students for February 2015.

#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.
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