Human Nutrition News & Views
Food Science For alumni, students, associates, andfriends of FSHN
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
H N Volume II, Issue 2, Fall 2002
New Food Product Development Team Created at UF
Six Food Science students have
created the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences' first organized
Product Development Team. Developed
as a committee in the FSHN Club back in
May, the team is led by its founder,
Lauren O'Kelley. A senior,
Lauren says: "The purpose of
creating this team was to get FOS
students together to gain hands on
experience in research and
development, to create new
products for FPD competitions,
and most of all to have fun!"
Other active members of the
team are: Kristina Garner
(graduate student), Michael
Madden (senior), Meghan
Meller (senior), Morgan Phares
(junior), and Nancy Sego (senior).
The team's advisors are Dr.
Hordur Kristinsson (FSHN
Assistant Professor), Dr. Ren6e
R. Goodrich (FSHN Assistant
Professor), and Janna Underhill
(FSHN Club Co-Advisor and
Editor of this newsletter).
The FPD team has a great
variety of interests, ranging from
product development and food safety to
nutrition and marketing. Each member is
encouraged to develop new and
innovative food products and submit a
patent for their ideas. (A special thank
you to Bruce Clary, Assistant Director of
the UF Office of Technology Licensing,
for his assistance with the patent process.)
The team was determined to succeed
from the start, but after members attended
the Institute of Food Technologists
Annual Meeting and Food Expo and the
IFTSA Product Development
Competition last summer in Anaheim,
they became even more motivated to
enter the competition next year in
Chicago. They have been working hard
on an IFT Product Development
submission and are in the process of
applying for a patent. They are confident
it is just the type of creative thinking the
judges will be looking for next year.
Dr. Kristinsson says, "I am very
pleased to have been involved in the
creation and running of the new FPD
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Back row, L-R Nancy Sego, Lauren O'Kelley, Meghan Meller, Dr Hordur
Knstnsson, front row, L-R Michael Madden, Knstina Garner, Morgan Phares
team at UF. I have seen the team grow
tremendously in the past five months and
we have some excellent ideas and
products under development that in my
mind will have great chances not only in
product development competitions but
also in the real world. The students have
done a first class job, and I will make
sure, with the help of our excellent
students, that this team is here to stay."
While working hard for the IFT
competition, Nancy Sego and other team
members have also prepared an entry for
the California Almond Board competition
for a new confectionary or savory snack.
The product, ready for patent application,
is a new type of confectionary with an
innovative design and lots of almonds.
There is over $10,000 in cash and prizes
to be won, plus national recognition. This
will be the first product entered into a
competition since the team's development.
The team is also currently working on and
developing ideas for the NASA Space Food
Competition and Dairy Management Inc.'s
"Discoveries in Dairy Ingredients
Competition", both of which also
provide cash prizes and national
t" recognition to winners.
The FPD team would like to
officially thank all the students and
faculty who have given them
positive input and support while
they work hard to gain recognition
and contacts in the food industry.
Most especially, they would like to
thank the Food Science and Human
Nutrition Club officers for their
generous donation to help get the
team started. The team was
established with a small budget and
limited supplies, so encourages
alumni to become involved and
support their efforts. "This is not
just a small group interested in
making new food products, it is a
mission to put UF Food Science on
the map and become involved with
the food industry and alumni across the
nation," says Mike Madden.
Cont. on page 3
In this issue:
Alumni Updates ..........................2
Shireman Retires ........................3
Schreiber Foods Connection..........3
Bates to Retire.............................3
In Other News............................. 4
FSHN Alumni Newsletter
Food Science & Human Nutrition Dept.
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
Editor: Janna L. Underhill
Coordinator of Academic Support
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(choose "Bio Update")
Thanh Pham (BS, 2002) accepted a
newly created position in quality control
with Vigo Importers here in Tampa,
Jessica Williams (BS, 2002) is working
in seafood research and development for
ConAgra Foods, Inc. in Tampa, Florida.
Many 2002 FSHN BS graduates are
attending medical school this fall. They
include: Brian Barrow (UF), Kevin
Bond (University of North Carolina),
Charity Celoria (Nova Southeastern
University College of Osteopathic
Medicine), Terry Clarke (Temple
University), Jessica Clayton (St.
George's University), Kelly Clayton
(University of Miami), Maria Davis
(FSU), Zoe' Kaufenberg (University of
Miami), Walter Kelley (Arizona College
of Osteopathic Medicine), Carlos Rosello
(University of Puerto Rico), Amy Srur
(UF), and Vicki Viveros (Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine).
Jennifer Roeser (BS, 2001) is also now
in med school here at UF.
Casey Marion (BS, 2002) plans to
pursue MS work in Agricultural and
Biological Engineering here at UF, to
complement his Food Science
2002 BS graduates in FSHN accepted to
dental schools include: Casey Born (UF),
Rosa Bueno (UF), Justin Chisari (UF),
Michael Derakhshan (UF), Julia
Kasper (University of North Carolina),
Kelly Klair (UF), Jeffrey "Dean"
Lankford (Boston University), Katia
Lemke (UF), Oliver Mayoral (UF),
Daniel Rooke (UF), Tia "Shea"
Sammons (UF), Arvind Shanadi (UF),
Callief Shand (Meharry Medical
College), Elham Sharaf-Eldee (UF),
Shilpa Shivashankar (New York
University), and James Trantham (UF).
Melanie Kemmerer (BS, 2000; MS,
2002) and Jay Skipper (BS, 2000) are
also in Dental School here at UF.
Several FSHN graduates are currently
pursuing law degrees. They include
Alison Frieder (BS, 2002), who was
accepted to Cardozo School of Law in
NY, Michelle Marks (BS, 2002), who
was accepted to Emory University, and
Geovanny Rojas (BS, 2002), now
attending law school in Michigan.
Martin Beringer (BS, 2002, dual major
in Food Science and Microbiology)
accepted a position with Schreiber Foods
Inc. (see page 3) in quality assurance.
The following 2002 BS graduates are
currently attending UF's College of
Pharmacy: Justin Arrendale, Amy
Barnett, Michael Bazley, Lauren Burt,
Sonia Cherian (see page 4), Thomas
Krisek, Russell McKelvey, Bambi
Nelson, Dipti Patel, Kimberly Slater,
Christina Stefopoulos. Also accepted to
UF's College of Pharmacy for fall 2002:
Susan Gerry (BS, 2001), Ira Schatten
(BS, 2001), and Benjamin O'Neal (BS,
2000). Amber Pagano (BS, 2002) is
attending pharmacy school at Nova
Joanna Nelson (BS, 2002 with a dual
specialization in Dietetics and Food
Science) has been accepted into UF's
Master of Public Health program. Kirsten
Herbes (BS, 2001) is also in the MPH
program at UF.
Eve Weiss (BS, 2000; MS, 2002) is now
employed at Firmenich, Inc. in Safety
Harbor, FL (see page 4).
Kristina Carter (BS, 2002) and Crystal
Coker (BS, 2002) are pursuing MS
degrees in Public Health at the University
of South Florida.
Paul Grotheer (BS, 2001), Minh Lam
(BS, 2002), Matthew Lecky (BS, 2002),
Holly Petty (BS, 2002) are pursuing
master's degrees in Food Science at UF.
In 2002, BS graduates in Dietetics were
very successful. They were accepted to
many different Dietetic Internships across
the country, including: Laura Allman
(NY Presbyterian Hospital), Katherine
Butler (Emory University), Cassandra
Chamis (Mayo Medical Center), Leah
Decker (US Army), Melissa del Campo
(NY Presbyterian Hospital), Anthony
DiValentin (Andrews University), Lisa
Fish (UF), Elizabeth Haire (UF),
Lauren Hirschfeld (Rush Presbyterian
Hospital), Michelle Hulls (Texas Tech),
Inger Hustrulid (Brigham & Women's
Hospital), Carolina Lima (UF), Alison
McIntire (UNF), Melissa Myers (UF),
Emily Roe (University of Southern
Mississippi), Rebecca Russell (UF),
Andrea Skowronek (Tampa VA
Hospital), Andrea Soares (Andrews
University), Shirley Tejada (Augusta
Area), Tara Tibbetts (Andrews
University), and Jaimie Vaughn (UF).
Taraja Williams (BS, 2002) was
accepted into the Food Science MS
program at Rutgers University.
Brent Van Gemert (BS, 2002) is
pursuing a master's degree in Physical
Therapy here at UF.
Marie Dajuste (BS, 2002) and Adam
Denker (BS, 2002) are now working for
AmeriCorps in Boston and Gainesville,
respectively. AmeriCorps serves
communities in areas like public safety,
health, education, and the environment
and works in conjunction with other non-
Lilah Harmeling (BS, 2002) was
accepted to chiropractic school at Life
University in Atlanta, Georgia. Brett
Compton (BS, 2002) is attending Palmer
Chiropractic College in Port Orange,
Did we leave you out, or is our
information outdated? Please
drop us a line (see box at left).
Dr. Rachel Shireman retired this year after 28
years of dedicated service to FSHN and UF. Dr.
Shireman received her PhD in Biochemistry from UF .
in 1978 with a dissertation entitled "LDL: A Study of
the Role of the Apolipoprotein" (under Dr. Waldo
Fisher). Dr. Shireman's research focused primarily
on lipids, and she has published extensively.
She also taught undergraduate and graduate
biochemistry courses, both of which she developed,
as well as a graduate course in lipid metabolism.
Many of you probably relied on her for in-depth _-
academic and career advising, and in the mid-1980s
she was responsible for developing the Nutritional Sciences
track, laying the foundation for the strong and successful pre-
professional curriculum it is today. From 1997 to 1999, Dr.
Shireman served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Dr. Shireman also
served on the committees of more than 80 graduate students, and
chaired or co-chaired 22 of those committees.
One of her students, Dr. Dawn Johnson O'Byrne, received
her PhD from FSHN in 1995. Her research focused on the effects
of a low fat-high oleic diet on cholesterol metabolism in post-
menopausal women who were at high risk for heart disease
because of elevated cholesterol levels. Results
indicated the diet had the potential to decrease that
risk by lowering LDL cholesterol levels, improving
S LDL:HDL ratio, and making LDL composition more
resistant to damage by free radicals.
I The dietary oleic acid used was derived from a
high oleic acid peanut (developed at UF) that has a
fatty acid composition similar to heart-healthy olive
oil. The research garnered national and international
attention because the public seemed surprised that
S peanuts could be part of a heart-healthy diet. Dr.
O'Byrne and Dr. Shireman were surprised by the
phone calls from would-be participants and interviewers; they
were even contacted by a major broadcasting network in Canada!
Dr. O'Byrne says, "Rachel has a unique combination of
intellect, integrity, dedication, generosity of heart, and a love for
her students that endeared her to many. She invested herself in
others' lives and always had a listening ear and a willingness to
help. I have tremendous respect and gratitude for her not only as
a scientist and educator but also as a wonderful person." We
couldn't agree more!
If you would like to send a note to Dr. Shireman, mail it in
care of the Editor (see page 2) and we will forward it to her.
FSHN Alumnus is Big Cheese
Dr. Richard Dargan graduated with
his BS degree in Food Science from
FSHN in 1979, and went on to receive
a PhD in Food Science from Utah State
University in 1992. He became
interested in Food Microbiology after
taking Man's Food in 1975 with the
late Dr. Howard Appledorf. Dr.
Dargan has been with Schreiber Foods
Inc., the world's largest privately held
cheese company, since 1980, working
in locations such as Arizona, Pennsylvania, Utah, Missouri,
and Wisconsin, and holding various titles, including
Production Manager, Project Manager, Plant Manager,
Director of Purchasing, and currently, Purchasing Manager. He
is responsible, among many other things, for supervising milk
and cream buying for recently acquired Raskas Foods and for
recruiting at UF. Schreiber has hired several recent FSHN
graduates, and Dr. Dargan visited UF again this fall to speak to
more prospective hires. Dr. Dargan very much enjoys his
career with Schreiber Foods, and says it's a progressive,
community oriented company with a lot of benefits. He adds
that he was willing to relocate anywhere or take on any new
responsibility over the years save one: he told Schreiber he
"will not, under any circumstances, recruit at Florida State."
FPD Team, cont romepa
"The benefits of the UF Product Development Team are
whatever you make of the given opportunities. It has allowed
me to utilize, apply, and expand my food science knowledge in
many creative and tasty ways," says Meghan Meller. Kristina
Garner adds: "I joined the product development team to
expand my knowledge in product development and to get
hands on experience in this area. Being a part of this team has
been a great learning experience."
If you are interested in becoming involved with the FPD
Team, they are seeking industry and alumni speakers and
companies interested in accommodating student field trips.
They are also seeking out food companies interested in
producing a "Gator" food product. If you would like more
information, or if your company would like to donate
equipment or provide other support, please contact Lauren
O'Kelley (rosemelon(@juno.com) for more information. Be on
the lookout for the Food Product Development Team website,
which will be launched soon (Editor's note: we will provide
this in the spring 2003 alumni newsletter.)
If the UF FPD Team makes the finals for the 2003 IFT
competition, and we're all confident they will, we urge alumni
and faculty to come out to the competition in Chicago and
support these outstanding students. Please join FSHN in
wishing them the best in all these competitions, and come
watch UF Food Science make headlines!
The Bates Bash is Coming...
Dr. Robert P. Bates will be retiring in 2003 after more than 35 years in FSHN. We invite you to send us your best
Bob Bates photos and stories (see Editor address, page 2) for the spring alumni newsletter. Also, FSHN is planning
the Bates Technical Seminar in his honor on March 27, 2003, in conjunction with FL Section IFT's Student
Recognition Night. All alumni are encouraged to attend! If you want to participate in the seminar or need further
information, contact Dr. Ron Schmidt at r,, li ,,,l. ,,,,, ,y, ,1/,.., h 3
This year, Dr. Robert Cousins, FSHN Professor, presented
invited lectures at the 11th Symposium on Trace Elements in
Man and Animals in Berkeley, CA and the 6th Conference of the
International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans in
Quebec City, Canada. He was also appointed to UF President
Charles Young's Task Force to Plan the Future of the University
of Florida, and is a candidate for Council of the National
Academy of Sciences.
Also, as of December 2002 Dr. Cousins has completed service
on the Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board. This
15-member Board was created by the National Academy of
Sciences in 1940 to study issues of national importance
pertaining to adequacy of the nation's food supply and to
establish principles and guidelines for adequate nutrition as
related to health. The Food and Nutrition Board has identified
three critical areas for its work: food, nutrition, and health; food
safety, quality, and adequacy; and international food and
nutrition. At the present time, the Board is a division of the
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, which includes
the National Academy of Science. During Dr. Cousins' two
terms on the Board, this group undertook the establishment of
new dietary guidelines, called the Dietary Reference Intakes for
nutrients (DRIs). These replace the recommended daily
allowance (RDA) values, which were in place, but at regularly
adjusted amounts, for over half a century.
Sasha Minor, FSHN senior, was instrumental in founding a UF
student chapter of the American Student Dental Association last
year. Currently, Sasha serves as President of UF ASDA, and
through her dedication and hard work has increased membership
from around five students to over fifty. Under Sasha's
leadership, ASDA holds monthly meetings, invites guest
speakers, has organized committees, has established a volunteer
program with the UF College of Dentistry, and maintains a close
relationship with the UF Predoctoral ASDA (comprised of
current dental students). Interested parties can reach Sasha at
majorsjminor48 79@aol. com.
Claire Edgemon, a post-bac student in Dietetics and current
FSHN Club Treasurer, received scholarships from both the
American Dietetic Association Foundation and the Florida
In related news, the FSHN Department received an award from
the Florida Dietetic Association, "in recognition of overall
excellence within a facility" during National Nutrition Month in
During the summer 2002 graduation ceremony, graduating
FSHN senior Sonia Cherian had the honor of presenting an
alumni donation of more than $4000 to UF Provost Dr. David
Colburn. Sonia was given this honor as a member of the Florida
Cicerones, UF's official student ambassadors. Cicerones host
events on campus such as VIP tours and commencement
ceremonies. Also, Cicerones solicit donations from graduating
seniors each semester so that a class gift may be presented to UF
during graduation. This money is traditionally used to enhance
campus activities and organizations. Sonia received her BS from
FSHN in August, and is now studying to become a pharmacist
(see page 2).
Three FSHN undergraduates received national Institute of Food
Technologists Scholarships for the 2002-2003 academic year.
Join us in congratulating Taylor Cookingham, Christopher
Duncan, and Jessica Pellen.
FSHN Assistant Professor Dr. Renee Goodrich coordinated a
food safety training program for juice processors this past
summer at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake
Alfred. Dr. Goodrich also served as an instructor at the
workshop, as did Dr. Mickey Parish, FSHN Professor. The
program attracted participants from other institutions as well as
from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services and the Florida Citrus Processors Association.
Eve Weiss, a graduate student working with Dr. Bob Braddock
(FSHN Professor) was a finalist for the American Chemical
Society's Agricultural & Food Chemistry Division Graduate
Research Award at their Orlando meeting in spring. She also
received the IFT Citrus Products Division Outstanding Graduate
Student Award this year. Her research project was in flavor
chemistry, entitled: "Identification and Formation of Terpene
Chlorohydrins in Cold-Pressed Citrus Oils." Eve has since
graduated (see page 2).
Dr. Jess Gregory, FSHN Professor, was the 2002 recipient of
the Gamma Sigma Delta Senior Faculty Award of Merit.
Gamma Sigma Delta is the honor society for agriculture, and its
members contribute significantly to research in their fields.
Dr. Russell Rouseff, FSHN Professor, presented his research on
sulfur compounds and their effect on citrus juice flavor and
aroma this past summer in Beaune, France as an invited speaker
for the 10th Weurman Flavor Research Symposium.
FSHN, with the assistance of the UF Division of Continuing
Education (DOCE), formed a partnership with General Nutrition
Company (GNC) to provide nutrition
education to GNC employees.
Currently, there are 900 GNC
employees enrolled in a basic
nutrition course developed by Dr.
Elaine Turner (FSHN Associate
Professor) and Dr. Sue Percival (FSHN
Professor). There are three course sections,
divided up into eight modules each: one
section on nutrients, the second on physiology, and the third
about special populations. To manage enrollment, FSHN hired
Britton McPherson, an MHSE graduate in Health Science
Education here at UF. Britton has done an outstanding job, and is
rapidly becoming a real expert in the area of distance education.
FSHN looks forward to a continued relationship with GNC.
In Other News...
FSHN is grateful to the donors who made the Eugene Woodward
Memorial Scholarship a reality. Eugene "Gene" Woodward
(BS, 1999, with a dual major in Microbiology and Cell Science)
had just completed his first year of medical school at the
University of South Florida when he was killed in an auto
accident. The new scholarship is available to pre-professional
students who demonstrate strong professional potential. To find
out more, contact Melda Bassett, Assistant Vice President for
the SHARE private support program, at i/a, ca/ iliil iui.\ ttll edl