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2013

Harding wins second consecutive Elite 89 Award
December 19, 2013
Senior Maggie Harding has been selected as the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Championship. Harding has now earned the prestigious honor for the second time in her career, having won the award in 2012.
Penn State Extension enologist earns important credential
December 13, 2013
Denise Gardner, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences extension enologist, recently achieved the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) designation from the Society of Wine Educators.
Deer hunters, be sure downed animal was healthy before eating venison
November 27, 2013
Food-safety specialists with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences annually issue warnings to deer hunters to keep food safety in mind if they are fortunate enough to get a buck or a doe, and this fall is no exception.
Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation Team places high in contest
November 27, 2013
A student team from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently finished fifth overall in the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest. The team placed third in the cottage cheese competition, fourth in butter, fourth in milk and fourth in ice cream.
Don't overlook safe turkey-handling practices for a happy holiday
November 21, 2013
Thanksgiving is a time for sharing: good food, family time, friendship and memories. But one thing you don't want to share, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is pathogenic bacteria.
Additive may make wine fine for a longer time
November 20, 2013
An additive may help curb a chemical reaction that causes wine to look, smell and taste funky, according to food scientists.
Azzara Family Trustee Scholarship assists food science students
November 18, 2013
A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife is benefiting students in the college with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to those majoring in Food Science.
Ice cream, 'U' creameries: How do the Big Ten's frozen desserts compare?
October 31, 2013
Of Penn State's many famous attractions -- the Nittany Lion Shrine, Old Main and Beaver Stadium come to mind -- one stands above the rest as the tastiest. The Berkey Creamery at Penn State is known as one of the best college creameries in the nation, but it's not the only one of its kind.
Short course focuses on the art and science of cheese making
October 28, 2013
Cheese making certainly has become an art, especially with the increasing desire of cheese makers to create their own unique product. With rising interest among consumers in knowing where their food comes from and who makes it, standing out matters.
Food scientist Kaylegian receives Nesbitt Faculty Development Award
October 18, 2013
Kerry Kaylegian, dairy foods research and extension associate and director of the Center for Food Manufacturing in the Department of Food Science, has been named recipient of the Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Research minimizes effects of federal produce standards on mushroom industry
September 23, 2013
Strict requirements on the use of animal manures in fresh produce production imposed by the new federal food-safety law threatened to adversely impact the mushroom industry, which relies on horse and poultry manure for a specialized growth substrate.
Researchers track antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella from farm to fork
August 29, 2013
Continuing research on Salmonella may enable researchers to identify and track strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria as they evolve and spread, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Extension specialist: Carefully follow instructions to preserve foods safely
August 23, 2013
Whether you picked a basket of tomatoes from your own garden or purchased a peck of cucumbers from your favorite farm stand, you can continue to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year by properly preserving them.
Multiple genes manage how people taste sweeteners
August 22, 2013
Genetics may play a role in how people's taste receptors send signals, leading to a wide spectrum of taste preferences, according to Penn State food scientists. These varied, genetically influenced responses may mean that food and drink companies will need a range of artificial sweeteners to accommodate different consumer tastes.
Ultraviolet flashes can create vitamin D-enriched mushrooms
August 5, 2013
Quick zaps of ultraviolet light can boost the vitamin D levels in mushrooms in seconds, turning the fungi into an even healthier food, according to Penn State food scientists.
Dark chocolate lovers show tolerance for bitterness in ice cream
July 25, 2013
In light of the global obesity epidemic, many consumers and health professionals are concerned about the levels of added sugars in foods. Now, a study by Penn State researchers has shown that some consumers may not need all the added sugars in order to enjoy one of America's favorite comfort foods: chocolate ice cream.
Students' dairy creation Mooofins wins national competition
July 22, 2013
When you think of national championships and Penn State defeating teams from Iowa State and Ohio State universities, you think football, volleyball or wrestling, right? But the Food Science Product Development Team? Well you can add muffins -- or rather Mooofins -- to footballs, volleyballs and wrestling mats as props to a student squad title. This time it wasn't the NCAA that awarded the mantle of excellence, instead it was the American Dairy Research Institute.
Whole chickens from farmers markets may have more pathogenic bacteria
July 12, 2013
Raw, whole chickens purchased from farmers markets throughout Pennsylvania contained significantly higher levels of bacteria that can cause foodborne illness compared to those purchased from grocery stores in the region, according to a small-scale study by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Cocoa may help fight obesity-related inflammation
June 12, 2013
A few cups of hot cocoa may not only fight off the chill of a winter's day, but they could also help obese people better control inflammation-related diseases, such as diabetes, according to Penn State researchers.
Doctoral degree candidate wins award to present research in Brazil
June 11, 2013
A doctoral degree candidate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a scholarship to present her sensory science research at a conference in Brazil.
Get to Know Your Neighbor promotes scholarly interactions across campus
June 6, 2013
Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students may spend many hours hidden away in their laboratories, focused on research projects and collecting data for papers. As a result, they often can overlook the value of networking and meeting colleagues across campus.
Researchers develop a faster method to identify Salmonella strains
May 30, 2013
A method that promises to reduce by more than half the time it takes health officials to identify Salmonella strains has been developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
'Mooofins' carry food product-development team into national finals
May 20, 2013
The Penn State Product Development team, a group of students in the food science department, recently was named one of three finalists in the Dairy Research Institute New Product Competition.
Bonnie Ford accepts the 2013 Dairy Laboratory of the Year Award
May 6, 2013
Bonnie Ford, quality assurance laboratory specialist in Penn State's Department of Food Science, recently accepted the 2013 Dairy Laboratory of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians.
Number of foodborne illness cases largely unchanged in U.S.
May 3, 2013
Recently released reports about the frequency of foodborne illness -- commonly known as food poisoning -- show that the risks have not changed much in recent years, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Food Safety Modernization Act means changes for producers, processors
April 24, 2013
Proposed new Food and Drug Administration regulations developed under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, will affect how Pennsylvania farmers, processors and retailers operate.
Food Science students place high at national product development event
April 1, 2013
A four-student team representing Penn State's Food Science Club recently placed third out of 10 finalists in the 2013 Research Chefs Association Student Culinology Competition in Charlotte, N.C.
Bob Roberts named head of Food Science Department
March 25, 2013
Robert F. Roberts, who has served as interim head of the Penn State Department of Food Science since May 2012, has been named to the post on a permanent basis.
John Hayes receives Buck Award in the Agricultural Sciences
March 25, 2013
John Hayes, assistant professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received The 2012 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in the Agricultural Sciences for his article, "Wine Expertise Predicts Taste Phenotype."
Alumnus creates first endowed professorship in food science
March 13, 2013
A distinguished researcher in the field of food microbiology has created the first endowed professorship in Penn State’s Department of Food Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Larry Beuchat, 1965 agriculture graduate, created the Dr. Larry Beuchat Professorship in Food Microbiology with a gift of $1 million to recognize the Penn State faculty who inspired him and to encourage a new generation of researchers.
Why do we eat what we eat?
March 13, 2013
Sensory Evaluation Center looks at the factors behind food choice. John Hayes, assistant professor, who directs the University’s Sensory Evaluation Center, is interested in why people eat the foods they do. He approaches this complicated question from the relatively fresh angle of sensory science.
The sweet spot: Inside Penn State's Berkey Creamery
February 28, 2013
A lot goes into making delicious the Penn State Creamery's ice cream—milk, cane sugar, nuts, chocolate, fresh fruit and more. But an unexpected ingredient is essential to the Berkey Creamery’s ability to churn out some 750,000 cones per year: a generous dose of state-of-the-art technology.
Expert: Key to avoiding norovirus is frequent hand washing
February 4, 2013
A new strain of norovirus, known as GII.4 Sydney 2012, is making the rounds this winter, causing a significant number of acute outbreaks. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has become the dominant strain, causing more than 140 reported outbreaks in the United States this year. People should try to limit their exposure to norovirus and try to minimize its spread, advised an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences
Food-safety expert: Produce growers should review federal proposal
January 21, 2013
Growers should be aware of the Produce Safety Rule proposed Jan. 4 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. If adopted, it will establish mandatory practices that farmers must employ to prevent microbial contamination of fresh produce.