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2011

Remember food-safety fundamentals during the holiday season
December 19, 2011
In light of all of the recent reports of foodborne illness, it is important to remember the fundamentals of food safety when you are preparing food during the holidays, according to an expert in Penn State's College Agricultural Sciences.
Humans unequipped for high-salt diet, food scientist contends
December 9, 2011
Humans are physiologically unprepared for the amount of sodium found in manufactured foods in the modern food supply, contributing to the diet-related diseases observed today. That's the conclusion of an article titled "Successful Sodium Reduction," recently published in The World of Food Ingredients. Coauthored by John Hayes, assistant professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the piece outlines some basic strategies to reduce the sodium content in preprocessed foods.
Vitamin A is available from many sources in diet, not just animals
November 7, 2011
Recent surveys show that a growing number of people are deciding to abstain from consuming animal products. But if they're not careful, that decision can result in deficiencies of certain nutrients needed for optimum health, according to a nutrition expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Don't let 'extreme couponing' result in food waste
November 7, 2011
Extreme couponing is becoming the hot trend for people looking to cut their food costs, but it can lead to increased waste, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who offers some savvy tips to save money in the long run.
Green tea helps mice keep off extra pounds
October 5, 2011
Green tea may slow down weight gain and serve as another tool in the fight against obesity, according to Penn State food scientists. Obese mice that were fed a compound found in green tea along with a high-fat diet gained weight significantly more slowly than a control group of mice that did not receive the green tea supplement, said Joshua Lambert, assistant professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupes rare but not surprising
October 3, 2011
Listeriosis outbreaks like the current one traced to Colorado cantaloupes are extremely rare, according to a farm food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. But Luke LaBorde, associate professor of food science, worries that melons present a heightened risk for spreading food-borne illnesses.
Outstanding Alumnus supports undergraduate research in food science
September 21, 2011
Dr. Tawfik Y. Sharkasi and his wife, Magda Fehema-Sharkasi, have pledged $150,000 to create the Sharkasi Family Student Research Endowment in Food Science.
Be cautious with food after floods, expert advises
September 14, 2011
After floods strike, people try to salvage what they can from their affected homes, shops and gardens. However, they should play it safe when it comes to food, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A look into the past: 1955 Milk Quality Judging
August 30, 2011
Richard Mong, (’57 BSc, Dairy Science), presented his first place gold medal from the 1955 Collegiate Students’ International contest in milk quality judging to Dr. John Floros and Creamery Manager Thomas Palchak for display in the Food Science Building’s main entrance.
Adequate amount of vitamin D critical for good health
August 29, 2011
Vitamin D has been touted in the news recently as the new miracle vitamin, and the importance and benefits of vitamin D supplementation has been discussed at length by media giants from Oprah Winfrey to Dr. Phil. Vitamin D supplementation does seem to be linked with benefits, according to a nutrition specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Roberts named president of American Dairy Science Association
August 19, 2011
Robert Roberts, Ph.D., associate professor of Food Science at the Pennsylvania State University, assumed the role of president of the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) during the 2011 Joint Annual Meeting held July 10 to 14, 2011 in New Orleans, LA. He will serve as president of the Association for one year. Dr. Roberts served as vice president of the organization for the past year.
Tips for protecting your family from Salmonella in ground turkey
August 9, 2011
As officials track a recent salmonella outbreak from ground turkey, consumers can take some simple precautions to protect their families, advises a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Sensory scientist aims to improve Pennsylvania wines
August 1, 2011
Denise Gardner, a native of Reading, is Pennsylvania's new enologist -- a so-called sensory scientist -- who specializes in the art and science of wine. Gardner, who fills a Penn State Cooperative Extension job that's been vacant for three years, has been hired to work with the state's 180 licensed wineries to provide them with education, confidential advice and the benefit of a trained palette.
Student Stories: Food Science grad hopes for vintage career
July 11, 2011
It is a time-honored tradition for winery workers to grow a beard during the grape-harvest season. Zach Evanitsky, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences this spring with a degree in Food Science, followed this practice while interning with Mazza Vineyards, near Lake Erie in North East, Pa.
Deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany should be a warning, expert says
June 17, 2011
There are important lessons to be learned in the United States from the recent eruption of foodborne illness in Germany -- which has turned out to be the deadliest E. coli outbreak ever -- according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Threat to United States from new European E. coli strain unclear
June 13, 2011
Over the centuries, many unexpected things have come to the United States from Germany and caught on -- lager beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst and the Volkswagen Beetle are a few that come to mind -- but don't necessarily expect the novel strain of E. coli that is responsible for more than 2,800 cases of illness and 27 deaths in Germany to show up immediately in this country, advises a foodborne-disease expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
'PCN Tours' to feature Berkey Creamery
June 1, 2011
Penn State Berkey Creamery manager Tom Palchak played host to PCN senior videographer/producer Paul Padelsky on Tuesday, May 24, to tape a "PCN Tours" show featuring a behind-the-scenes tour of the Creamery's processing operation.
Cutter recipient of 2011 American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award
May 25, 2011
Dr. Catherine Cutter, associate professor of food science and food safety specialist, is the recipient of the 2011 American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award. The award was established in 1965 to recognize outstanding achievement in meat science extension and service to the industry and is sponsored by the American Meat Institute Foundation (AMI Foundation).
Vitamins may hitch a protected ride on corn starch
May 16, 2011
Vitamins and medications may one day take rides on starch compounds creating stable vitamin-enriched ingredients and cheaper controlled-release drugs, according to Penn State food scientists.
Hayes recognized for taste-perception research
May 2, 2011
John Hayes, assistant professor of food science, recently received the 2011 Ajinomoto Award from the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, given annually to an outstanding junior scientist who is an emerging leader in the field of gustation.
Short course on food and airborne fungi, mycotoxins, offered
May 2, 2011
The Food and Airborne Fungi and Mycotoxins Short Course will be offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, May 31 to June 3 in the Food Science Building on the University Park campus. The course will introduce participants to a basic understanding of molds, yeasts and mycotoxins that may occur in foods and in processing environments.
Food Science students receive Keystone IFT scholarships
April 29, 2011
The Keystone section of the Institute of Food Technologists awarded $500 scholarships to two undergraduate students: Elizabeth Beck and Sara Calaman. The students will be recognized and receive their 2011-2012 awards at the November Keystone IFT meeting.
Penn State food scientists discover new life stage for common pathogen
April 18, 2011
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have discovered new information about a common but dangerous germ's life cycle that could change the way foods are processed.
New extension enologist to help boost quality of Pennsylvania wines
April 14, 2011
To support the state's growing winemaking industry, Penn State Extension has hired Denise Gardner, a sensory scientist for Vinquiry Enartis in Windsor, Calif., to become the new extension enologist for Pennsylvania, effective May 2.
Dudeks' $2.5 million gift to benefit Penn State students and research
April 13, 2011
Several Penn State academic units will benefit as the result of a gift from the future estate of Penn State alumni Frank J. and Janet Glasgow Dudek. The couple has committed approximately $2.5 million to create endowments in support of scholarships and fellowships, graduate and faculty research, and laboratory enhancements in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Eberly College of Science, and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment.
Research shows taste perception of bitter foods depends on genetics
March 31, 2011
How we perceive the taste of bitter foods -- and whether we like or dislike them, at least initially -- depends on which versions of taste-receptor genes a person has, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Student Stories: Purple eggs, pickling process fascinated her
March 24, 2011
Dr. Seuss' strange little creature, Sam-I-Am, long ago made green eggs famous. Now, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences student Angela Richard is drawing the public's attention to purple eggs. Pickled eggs -- with their notable color -- were the focus of her undergraduate research.
Ice Cream 101 a sort of 'science camp for adults'
January 24, 2011
While its coordinator anticipates capping "Ice Cream 101: Introduction to Frozen Desserts" enrollment this year, he said what excites him the most is not the high numbers of enrollees, but the different types of people who attend annually.
Farm food safety program targets fruit, vegetable producers
January 12, 2011
As global agribusiness brings us apples from Chile and cheese from New Zealand, more and more consumers are turning to local farmers for their food needs. Pennsylvania's proximity to the northeastern population centers makes it the ideal supplier to these "locavores." Yet these locavores also increasingly demand assurances that their produce is safe to eat.
Ice Cream Short Course covers 'cow to cone'
January 11, 2011
Making ice cream in January may seem counter-intuitive -- with highs averaging 32 degrees and lows averaging just 18 in Happy Valley -- but it's tradition. In 1892, the Pennsylvania State College offered a dairy manufacturing class during the winter "when farm work is least pressing and the boys can best be spared."