Research, food-safety fundamentals guide holiday meal preparations
November 24, 2014
This is the time of year when we gather to feast on roasted turkey, stuffing and other fixings. For many, it will be the first time they will prepare a holiday dinner, while for others, it will be the latest of many memorable occasions. But those memories should not revolve around foodborne illness, according to a Penn State expert.
Student ingenuity leads to program support endowment in food science
November 12, 2014
The financial impact of a food product developed by a team of Penn State food science students will have a much longer shelf life than the product itself, thanks to an anonymous investor who bought the rights to potentially produce it. An unnamed large company purchased the idea -- called Mooofins -- for $25,000, and the funding will be used to establish the Program Support Endowment for Food Science Students.
Altered milk protein can deliver AIDS drug to infants
November 12, 2014
A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Anonymous $1M gift creates food science fund in honor of professor emeritus
November 4, 2014
Professor Emeritus Phil Keeney has been intimately linked with Penn State's Department of Food Science since its establishment in 1975. Now, an anonymous $1 million gift will ensure that his name is connected to the department's programs in perpetuity.
Student Stories: Food Science majors attend AFA Food Institute in Chicago
November 4, 2014
Where in the world can you network with professional leaders in the food industry, visit the headquarters of numerous food-manufacturing plants and learn how to make a McDonald's Big Mac? That place would be the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute in Chicago.
Chaiseri honored as 2014 Outstanding Alumni by College of Agricultural Sciences
October 23, 2014
Siree Chaiseri of Bangkok, was one of four Penn State alumni to receive the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The award recognizes outstanding achievements and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with faculty, students and other alumni.
Research shows alcohol consumption influenced by genes
September 24, 2014
How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that influences whether they "like" and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Sugar substitutes not so super sweet after all
September 5, 2014
The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing, according to Penn State food scientists.
Sensory-tested drug-delivery vehicle could limit spread of HIV, AIDS
August 28, 2014
A unique method for delivering compounds that could positively impact the global battle against HIV and AIDS may be possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Food Science grad student to present research at 2014 SSIB
July 30, 2014
Catherine Shehan, a graduate student in Penn State's Department of Food Science, will present her research on the ways parents influence children’s eating behaviors, at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior on Aug. 2 in Seattle, Wash. The study addresses how the amount of time parents spend on food preparation at home influences children’s food intake decisions made in the laboratory without parental supervision.
Food Science student team wins national competition
July 30, 2014
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 College Bowl.
Preparing for Success Post-Postdoc
July 22, 2014
On June 11 & 12, 2014, a group of 22 postdocs representing seven departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences met to discuss their future as academic leaders and ways to achieve their personal goals at a Postdoc Leadership Development Program, the first of its kind hosted by Penn State. The idea was originally hatched when Ed Dudley, Associate Professor of Food Science, decided to lead members of his lab research group in exercises he had learned at a weeklong faculty leadership development program.
Superbugs, antibiotic resistance and chicken -- a stew of misconceptions
June 18, 2014
With recent headlines about dangerous "superbugs," an outbreak of Salmonella from chicken parts on the West Coast and the announcement by a national restaurant chain that it plans to serve only "antibiotic-free" chicken, it's no wonder the public is alarmed and confused.
Creamery serves up new flavor in honor of volleyball coach Russ Rose
May 22, 2014
Russ Rose, Penn State women's volleyball head coach, has had unprecedented success over a 35-year career in Happy Valley, including five national championships in the last seven years. But perhaps none of his victories has tasted as sweet as the honor he received this week. Penn State's renowned Berkey Creamery today (May 22) unveiled a new ice cream flavor named for the legendary mentor: Russ "digs" Roseberry.
Antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat
May 1, 2014
Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State team wins regional food technology competition
April 30, 2014
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 North Atlantic Region Student Association College Bowl competition.
Dairy-based Mooofins stampeding to a dining commons near you
April 18, 2014
Are you looking for a bit more dairy in your day? Consider adding a Mooofin to your meal. The Penn State Bakery is producing the student-created Mooofins for a special evening event in two of the dining commons in late April.
A matter of taste: IT plays crucial role at Sensory Evaluation Center
April 2, 2014
Bite into a juicy pear or a spicy hot pepper, and thousands of electrical impulses race to your brain. Taste buds pick up signals for basic taste qualities like sweet and sour, and your tongue also senses secondary taste components like astringency and numbness. These signals blend with your sense of smell to create a food’s flavor.
Research suggests that green tea, exercise boost weight loss, health
April 2, 2014
Mice on a high-fat diet that consumed decaffeinated green tea extract and exercised regularly experienced sharp reductions in final body weight and significant improvements in health, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who suggest that similar results could be realized by people.
Why do we love snack food?
January 25, 2014
Food science experts study why we love chips, chocolate and other famous Pennsylvania foods, and offer expertise to the state’s snack food industry.
Ice Cream Short Course 2014
January 9, 2014
An international contingent of more 100 students are getting a "Cow to Cone" education on ice cream at Penn State this week as part of the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ice Cream Short Course.