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2017

Penn State food safety expert offers tips on safe handling of holiday leftovers
November 17, 2017
Leftovers from holiday meals — if not properly handled, including prompt refrigeration — can lead to foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Ag Alumni Council alumnus endows Open Doors Scholarship
November 16, 2017
Capt. Kenneth R. Haas, of Oakton, Virginia, a retired U.S. Navy officer and a 1953 Penn State dairy science alumnus, has paid tribute to his alma mater by establishing the Haas Family Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have antiaging potential
November 9, 2017
Mushrooms have more ergothioneine and glutathione together than any other food. Both of these are important antioxidants that previous research has linked to anti-aging treatments and strategies. Researchers are also exploring whether the antioxidants play a role in brain health.
Caramel apples stored at room temperature for extended periods can pose risk
October 25, 2017
It's the time of the year when grocery store shelves are overflowing with Halloween goodies, but there is one treat that consumers should be wary of, according to a food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
New faculty bring food safety expertise to Department of Food Science
October 6, 2017
Darrell Cockburn and Jasna Kovac recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as assistant professors in the Department of Food Science.
Whole food diet may help prevent colon cancer, other chronic conditions
October 5, 2017
Colorful fruits and vegetables -- like the purple potato -- may contain compounds that help fight some types of cancer. An international team of researchers studied the anti-cancer effects of purple potatoes in pigs. This could be another step in finding prevention strategies and cancer treatments for patients.
Penn State Berkey Creamery expands ice cream availability to Beaver Stadium
August 16, 2017
Fans attending football games will, for the first time, have access to Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream in Beaver Stadium when the Nittany Lions kick off their season on Sept. 2.
High-fat ice cream may not necessarily mean tastier ice cream
July 31, 2017
Even though ice cream connoisseurs may insist that ice cream with more fat tastes better, a team of Penn State food scientists found that people generally cannot tell the difference between fat levels in ice creams.
Using a pig model to study chronic diseases may help minimize drug failure rate
July 24, 2017
Scientists may be able to minimize the failure rate of drugs for diseases linked to high-calorie diets, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, if they test treatments using a pig model, according to an international team of researchers.
Meet Susan Watson, the friendliest face at Arts Fest
July 12, 2017
Susan Watson is a staple at the Penn State Berkey Creamery tent at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. She has been running, staffing and supervising the tent's operations for nearly 30 years.
Penn State teams excel in food science competitions
July 12, 2017
Three teams of food science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences came out on top in national product-development competitions and a trivia bowl in June.
Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice
June 19, 2017
A compound made from grape skins and grape seeds killed colon cancer stem cells in mice, according to researchers. The study, along with previous studies on the low incidence of colon cancer in populations that tend to eat plants, may also offer clues to the role that foods play in suppressing and treating cancer.
Penn State Extension educators develop plan to educate plain sect on food safety
June 14, 2017
Penn State Extension educators have developed food-safety training programs to accommodate the cultural norms of plain sect — Amish and Mennonite — farmers.
Penn State Food Science Department marks 'first' in USDA's GenomeTrakr
June 5, 2017
The Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently became the first such department in the country — and the University became one of just a few academic institutions — to take the lead for their state in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's GenomeTrakr network.
Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy
May 24, 2017
When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.
Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation team members win awards at contest
May 10, 2017
A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took first place in the yogurt category of the 95th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held April 12 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Invent Penn State’s Fund for Innovation awards $75,000 to Persea Naturals
May 5, 2017
A team of food science researchers from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are launching a promising new venture to produce a line of all-natural, vibrant food colors, dubbed AvoColor, using a compound derived from the seed of the avocado.
Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowel disease
April 27, 2017
A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, Penn State researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.
Cricket-fortified pasta pitch wins $7,500 Ag Springboard top prize
April 17, 2017
A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize on April 13 after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.
Food Science student team takes first place in competition
April 12, 2017
A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently took first place in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Central Atlantic Area College Bowl competition
Dual-title degree adds international flavor to Food Science graduate program
April 11, 2017
Food Science is the latest graduate program to partner with the college's Office of International Programs to offer the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree, a unique course of study that provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.
Knabel Recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta Chapter for Research Excellence
April 4, 2017
Dr. Stephen J. Knabel was recognized for Research Excellence by Gamma Sigma Delta chapter on March 30, 2017 during the “Celebration of Excellence Event” held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Penn State Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta.
Creamery to launch Flavor Madness contest for March
March 16, 2017
This month, the Penn State Berkey Creamery is launching Flavor Madness, an online tournament to crown the most popular flavor.
Penn State helps to develop food safety training program in Armenia
February 20, 2017
A program developed by Penn State food scientists is training students in Armenia on food safety practices and procedures, with an eye toward improving the safety of the country's food supply chain — from crop production and processing to packaging, handling, marketing and consumption.
James and Helen Zallie pledge support for sensory science research
February 8, 2017
James (Jim) P. Zallie and Helen Zallie, of Lake Forest, Illinois, have pledged $20,000 each year over the next five years to enhance research in the field of sensory science within the Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Taste of Research
January 28, 2017
Scott Breen '16 Food Sci, graduate student in the Department of Food Science, thinks cricket flour and other insect-based ingredients could be a solution to the problem of food security. Breen was one 16 students to participate in a research project in a faculty member's lab in the College of Agricultural Sciences last spring.
Food Safety Modernization Act website, workshops offered by Penn State Extension
December 21, 2016
Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal-feed producers striving to navigate the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) now have new educational resources to help them determine what their farms and businesses must do to comply with new regulations. Penn State Extension recently launched a new FSMA information website and will be organizing several FSMA educational workshops throughout the state during 2017.