Human Nutrition News & Views
Food Science For alumni, students, associates, andfriends of FSHN
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
NN -Volume III, Issue 1, Spring 2003
FSHN Student Breaks CALS Record
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Marguerite E. Crocker Shotwell,
"Midge" as her friends call her, is originally
from Fredonia, NY. She started college in
1938 at Michigan State University, majoring
in Dietetics. But in 1941 her husband Eldon, a
2nd lieutenant in the ROTC, was called up for
duty. His one-year commitment turned into
more than five, and Marguerite never got to
finish her degree.
During the years that followed, Eldon
worked as an electrochemist for General
Motors and Marguerite owned several
businesses and dedicated countless hours to
community service. They also raised three
children Barbara, Steve, and Larry.
Marguerite's first business was the result
of a seven-dollar dress. When her daughter
Barbara was young she was enrolled in dance
classes. Unable to afford the expensive recital
dress and having been told by the dance
instructor that all the performers' dresses
much match, Marguerite set out to personally
sew dresses for all the girls using an old
treadle sewing machine she found in an attic.
From that humble beginning she established a
business creating recital dresses and costumes,
and even had orders from as far away as New
York. After leaving that enterprise behind she
created yet another business making draperies
for furniture stores. After a time, Marguerite
also sold this business. Whereas both had been
financially successful, they left little time for
family and friends.
In 1966, Marguerite became a real estate
saleswoman in Michigan. Later, when Eldon
retired in 1974 and they moved to Florida, she
sold real estate in Ocala. She obtained her
broker's license, purchased some land, had an
office built, and started her own company. She
also served as President of the Women's
Auxiliary of Ocala Board of Realtors during
that time. In 1986, Marguerite and Eldon
moved into the house in Timber Pines, FL
they had been building for three years.
For most of her life Marguerite has been
a dedicated volunteer. Since 1943, for
example, she has baked countless thousands of
Christmas cookies to raise money for her
church. When she found out her daughter had
breast cancer back in 1990 she began making
pillows specially designed to fit under a
woman's arm to provide extra comfort after
cancer surgery. Made from various fabrics and
donated nylons, and accompanied by a special
note her husband Eldon authored, the pillows
were a great success and used extensively by
the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. All
in all she has made more than 1400 of them.
And we are very happy to report that her
daughter is now a cancer survivor!
L a~ -a
Marguerite with her homemade Christmas trees
Hope Hospice of Florida assisted
Marguerite and her family when Eldon was ill
back in 1997, and so after he passed away that
year she decided to dedicate her time and
boundless energies to Hospice. She continues
to sew customized hospital gowns, "hug me"
dolls, and "dammit" dolls for donation to
Hospice. [Editor's note: dammit dolls, for the
uninitiated among you, are small dolls you
whack against a wall or table as an outlet for
frustration.] Marguerite is also a member of
the Philanthropic Education Organization
(PEO), whose purpose is to raise money to
send underprivileged women to college.
To raise money for both Hospice and the
PEO, Marguerite creates small electric
Christmas trees out of large safety pins, wire,
clear plastic beads, and light strings. The trees
retail for $35 and all proceeds go to charity.
The first year she created them she raised
$1,300 for Hospice, and has thus far raised
$13,500 for the PEO. She also makes tiny
Christmas angels out of the same materials.
Volunteering is one of the greatest passions of
Marguerite's life and she has spent a lifetime
giving back to the community.
Getting Marguerite admitted to UF was a
long process. Our persistent inquiries, at one
point, forced some poor soul to dig through
crumbling transcript storage boxes in the
basement of a high school in NY. But with the
assistance of Dean Jane Luzar, Associate
Dean for Academic Programs in the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS); Dr.
Sheila Dickison, Associate Provost for
Undergraduate Education; and Dr. Pamela
McMahon, Dietetics Program Director,
Marguerite was able to start taking classes in
January, 2002. That unfinished degree had
been weighing on her mind for sixty long
years, especially since she was the only one in
her family without a BS degree. Now
Marguerite was ready to change the one thing
in her life she had always regretted.
Marguerite finished her long-awaited
degree this spring, and she received an
impromptu standing ovation at the ceremony
on May 2. She graduated at the same time as
two of her grandchildren: Matt, receiving his
law degree from Michigan State University,
and Corrie, receiving a Master's in Theater
Production from Wayne State University.
Marguerite's 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and
5 great-grandchildren threw her an enormous
party to celebrate.
(cont., page 3)
In this issue:
Bob Tales (a Bates Tell-A l)......................... 2
Bates Retires.......................... ............... 3
Alumni Success Stories.............................. 3
Welcome New Faculty................................ 3
FSHN Achievements................................. 4
FPD Team Update...................................... 4
In Other News...................................... 4
IFT Party.............................. ............... 4
rF In this issue of News
& Views, alumni,
faculty, staff and
friends share stories
f _about Dr. Robert P.
S"Bob" Bates. Dr.
Bates is retiring this
spring, and this is just
Sone of many planned
(Also see page 3.)
Bob Bates, circa 1958
Joan Rothenberg (BS, 1979), Associate
Director for Food Science for the
International Food Information Council,
says with regard to the picture above: "That
picture is classic. All that is missing is the
sign with a long number under his chin."
[Editor: the picture is from when Bates won
the '58 IFT Gerber Scholarship... really.]
From Arthur Peplow (MS, 1975): "When
in graduate school back in the early 1970s,
the word going around was that Dr. Bates
initially considered only getting a Master's
degree. Dr. Bates decided to get his PhD
after he realized what his title would have
been had he only gotten his Master's
FSHN Alumni Newsletter
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A story from Gillian Folkes (BS, 2000),
current PhD student: "Heading to Orlando
for an IFT meeting, we had the department
van filled to the brim with students and
faculty. On the way we stopped at a
brewpub in Lady Lake because when you
travel with Bob Bates you will see any
fermentation vessel that you pass within 50
miles of. After enjoying a sampler each, we
piled back in the van and headed toward
downtown O-town. Mind you, we would
arrive near the outskirts in perfect timing for
rush hour. As we approached I-4 Dr. Bates
mentioned he needed to use the bathroom.
The over-whelming response was that we
all did (most of us being girls with small
bladders) but that we'd prefer to hold it
until we arrived at the Science Museum.
Without any response we kept driving.
About 5 minutes later the same request to
stop was made and again ignored. However,
this time a great ruckus followed. I believe
it went something like... 'Stop this van
now!!! Pull over!' So, we pulled the van
over and out runs Bates in the largest
cloverleaf in I-4 during rush hour, decked
out in a red guayabera [Editor: aka,
Mexican wedding shirt], which contrasted
beautifully against the green of the median.
To top it off, he returns, refreshed, with, 'I
can hold my liquor, I just can't hold my
Dr. Ron Schmidt, FSHN faculty, and Dr.
Charlie Sims, current FSHN Chair, remind
us of the time not so long ago that Dr. Bates
and Dr. Sims were making wine in the Pilot
Plant. They crushed about 1000 pounds of
muscadine grapes and stuffed all the skins
into the garbage disposal... and clogged up
the sewer system across several buildings.
Dr. Sims says, "...when we came into the
pilot plant the next day, there was about a
foot of water all over the pilot plant, and I
think most of the grape skins we had put
down the disposal the previous day. What a
mess. It took physical plant about a week to
finally find the plug in the pipes, dig it up,
and repair it." Dr. Schmidt figures the folks
in McCarty Hall will likely never forget the
day that stringy grape skins bubbled out of
Dr. Doug Archer shares a story about a trip
to an IFT meeting down near the old
Cypress Gardens a few years ago. Dr. Bates
rode with him, and at one point yelled at
him to pull over into a shopping center with
a grocery store. Dr. Bates went inside alone
and emerged a little while later with two
grocery bags full of snacks and beer. Upon
arrival at the hotel, Dr. Bates made himself
at home in Dr. Archers' room. After he
finished the beer, he proceeded to throw the
empties onto the hotel roof outside the
balcony. Dr. Archer recalls that the room
looked like a frat party, complete with
orange footprints where Dr. Bates had
stepped on Cheetos and ground them into
the carpet. Says Archer: "The man is like
Pig Pen, he really is."
In another Dr. Archer story, we find
everyone on their way to the FSHN Club's
International Dinner. On the way, Dr.
Archer stopped for a bottle of wine and saw
Dr. Bates sitting in the ABC Lounge having
a beer... while his poor wife Sally sat in
their car waiting for him.
Back in 1986 when Dr. Charlie Sims flew
into Gainesville to interview for a faculty
position, it was Dr. Bates who picked him
up at the airport... late. When Bates finally
arrived, he handed Dr. Sims a can of beer in
the car. Upon arrival at his house, Bates
asked Dr. Sims if he wanted another beer,
and then proceeded to fill up the original
beer can using a leftover party keg he had
sitting around the house. Dr. Sims says, "I
knew then Bob was a character."
This year's College Bowl practice, held
after FL Section IFT's Student Recognition
Night back in March, featured the following
question: "Dr. Bates puts all the students in
his classes into one of three categories;
name those categories." The answer?
Employable, unemployable, and waste
matter. Our students got it right...
Editor: Here 'sa Bates
story I'll personally
neverforget. It began
on a sunny Saturday,
when a large group of
S students, staff and
Guests joined Dr.
n Bates and Dr. Ron
Schmidt for a canoe
and m.,, .t. trip down
Sthe Santa Fe River.
Bob' .aj sufboard Our fearless group
began to notice, after
just a short while, that the river had almost
no current. But Dr. Bates encouraged us not
to turn back, despite the fact that we only
had two paddles for more than 20 people.
(This may have had something to do with
the fact that we were "chasing" the
Hoggetowne Brewers, who were floating a
keg of Guinness down the river somewhere
ahead of us.) Later that day, after 7 hours of
desperate paddling, kicking, and
squabbling, our large group ofhungry,
grumpy, sunburned floaters compared notes
and realized that Dr. Bates had told each
and every one of us repeatedly that our
destination was, 'just up around the next
bend". This, from a man who abandoned
his own canoe and spent most (.fdil trip
sitting on a surfboard sipping homemade
blueberry wine from a real glass stuffed in a
foam coolie cup. A special thanks to Dr.
Schmidt, who bravely dragged 16
waterlogged rafters behind his canoe, and a
warning to the rest ofyou: never trust a
food scientist with a surfboard.
Alumni Updates will return in
the Fall 2003 issue!
Dr. Bob Bates Retires after 35+ Years at UF
Dr. Robert P. "Bob" Bates received his BS in Food Technology
from MIT in 1959, his MS in Food Science from the University of
Hawaii in 1963, and his PhD in Food Science from MIT in
1966. During his more than 35 years at the University of
Florida, Dr. Bates authored or co-authored more than 100
publications and served as FSHN Graduate Coordinator
from 1977-1999. He served on and chaired or co-chaired
many MS and PhD committees. Dr. Bates' primary
teaching assignments were courses in Food Product |
Development and Industrial Food Fermentations, at both ,
the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Bates is known throughout the US for his
extension programs in tropical fruit, grape, and vegetable
processing; wine making; new product development; and Dr Bates
food safety and sanitation. Dr. Bates is also a highly sought Mary An
after speaker, having made countless presentations at Mixsont
professional and scientific meetings. He has been an ACS co
Circuit Tour Speaker for more than 25 years.
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A member of IFT for more than 40 years, Dr. Bates served on many
committees including the Executive Committee (currently) and was
:named an IFT Fellow in 1999. He has been very active in
IFT's International Division, providing technical assistance
to more than a dozen foreign countries. Dr. Bates was one
of the organizers and founders of the South Florida Section
of IFT and has served Florida Section IFT in various
I". capacities for many years. He is also a member of many
other professional organizations, such as the American
Society for Enology & Viticulture, the American Chemical
., Society, and the American Home Brewers Association (for
which he is a Registered Beer Judge).
We're going to miss Dr. Bates' research expertise, his
trying to teaching skills, and his contributions to Florida Extension.
ad Brenda But most of all, we'll miss the man who once tried to serve
uirbmg grilled rat as an entree. Our best wishes to Dr. Bates as he
moves on to amateur beer brewing! (Please see page 2 for
more on Dr. Bates.)
L-R (back) Dr. Susan Moyers, Dr. Brandon
Lewis, Dr. Robert McMahon L-R (front)
Tracy Brockman, Sara Rathman, Dr. Amy
Mackey, Dr. Jennifer Moore, Dr. Raymond
Blanchard (Experimental Biology, 2001)
Alumni Success Stories
FSHN alumna Dr. Amy D. Mackey (PhD, 2002 under Dr. Jesse F. Gregory) is currently in a post-doctoral
program in the UF College of Medicine working with Dr. Josef Neu, MD. She's currently investigating
early predisposing events that might occur in the gut prior to the onset of Type I diabetes. She's also
examining potential nutrient substitutes for glutamine (since glutamine is unstable in solution) that
adequately support cellular proliferation. Dr. Mackey has just accepted a position with Ross Products
(Abbott Laboratories) in Columbus, OH as a member of their research and development team in the
Pediatrics division. She'll be working on innovations in infant formulas as well as improvements to existing
products. Dr. Mackey says, "The FSHN department trained me well. In coming to a completely new research
lab, I realized how well prepared I was not only in lab work and writing, but also in communication and
leadership skills. In addition, the group of students that I came through the department with [Editor: see
picture at left] were not only great friends, but fantastic colleagues. We often worked together to solve
someone's research roadblock or to volunteer time to another student's large study. We have some
outstanding faculty members at UF and I certainly would not be where I am today if it wasn't for their
exceptional guidance and instruction."
Originally from Avon Park, Florida, Minaxi "Mona" Upadhyaya graduated from UF in 2000
with a BS degree in FSHN (Dietetics) and a Business Administration minor. Mona then attended
the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta and completed her Master of
Public Health degree with an emphasis on Health Policy in December 2002. While at Rollins she
served as Secretary for the Georgia Public Health Association, Treasurer for the American
College of Health Executives, and was a member of the American Public Health Association.
Also while in Atlanta, Mona had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear on the game show
Wheel ofFortune. Early in 2002 she was chosen out of a crowd of over 30,000 for a taping at M d her fly From left Dr DpakumarUpadhyaya
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Sony Studios in Culver City, California. Her episode taped on March 21, 2002 and aired (Dad), Dr. Cheerag Upadhyaya (brother andUF alumnus), Mona,
nationwide, and Mona won over $10,000 in cash and prizes. A long-time fan of broadcast media, and Mrs. Priyadarshini Upadhyaya (Mom)
she says, "It was the fastest 22 minutes of my life and also the most exciting thus far." Mona is
currently working for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Washington, D.C. in immunization policy issues, covering a range of
topics from smallpox vaccination to children's immunization scheduling. She plans to apply to law school this fall to pursue a career in health law.
(Record Breaking Student, continued from page 1)
To honor her achievements, Marguerite was presented with a special
certificate at the annual Institute of Food Technologists Student Recognition
Night back on March 27th. Dr. McMahon presented the award, and her words
describe perfectly how we all feel about Marguerite: "Marguerite has told us
that she doesn't want to be different or receive any special attention, but she
is special. Faculty have gotten to know her and admire and respect her
courage, determination and dedication. Marguerite has not missed a class, she
sits in the front row, contributes to discussions, and has worked very hard to
achieve her goal. She will have a special place in our hearts as she graduates
and fulfills a dream."
Please join me in congratulating one of our newest FSHN alumni and
the most senior graduate in the history of CALS: Marguerite Shotwell, BS.
Join us in welcoming Dr. Angeleah
Browdy to the FSHN Department. Dr.
Browdy received her PhD in Biological
Sciences with a concentration in food
biochemistry from the University of Rhode
Island, Kingston campus. Her research
focused on sphingolipid biosynthesis, a class
of lipids that has implications in both nutrition and food science.
Dr. Browdy will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and
graduate courses in food science and nutrition, and she looks
forward to working closely with our students.
At the CALS Scholarship and Leadership Convocation in December
2002, two FSHN students earned top honors. Judy K Wu (Nutritional
Sciences) won the Larry J. Connor Medal of Excellence, and Nicole W.
Sammons (Nutritional Sciences) won the ET York Award of Merit.
Both students were recognized for their outstanding academic and
Dr. Elaine Turner, Associate Professor, was named CALS Teacher of
the Year in recognition of her outstanding skills as an educator and
mentor. This is especially impressive because she won Advisor of the
Year in 2000, making her one of only a few UF faculty who have won
both awards. Students in the UF-wide lower division honors program
also just named Dr. Turner an Honors Program Professor of the Year.
This year's FSHN Outstanding Seniors have been named: Lauren
O'Kelley (Food Science), Justin Townsend (Nutritional Sciences), and
Claire Edgemon (Dietetics). Lauren is the coordinator for the very
successful Food Product Development Team, which made the IFT
national finals this year (see related blurb at right). Justin, with a perfect
4.00 GPA, has extensive research experience and is the recipient of a
very competitive and prestigious national Phi Kappa Phi graduate
scholarship; he will attend medical school next year. Claire, also with a
perfect 4.00, taught English in Africa before she came to UF, and has
been accepted in the UF combined MS/Dietetic Internship program.
Dr. Renee Goodrich, Assistant Professor, organized the 53rd Annual
Citrus Processor's Day at the Citrus Research and Education Center
(CREC) at Lake Alfred last fall. Over 100 industry and government
citrus specialists attended the meeting.
Dr. Norm Nesheim, Professor and Pesticide Information Coordinator,
co-presented at a symposium of the Entomological Society of America
in Ft. Lauderdale last fall. Dr Nesheim focused on revisions for the
ornamental and turf pest control manual as part of a larger effort to
develop educational materials for nontraditional audiences.
Sara Rathman, PhD student in Nutritional Sciences, was the winner of
this year's top award in the poster presentation competition sponsored
by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, Vitamin-Mineral
Research Interest Section. Aside from the nice recognition to both Sara
and UF, Sara will also receive a cash award of $500. FSHN has a very
impressive record in this category, as two of our former PhD students in
Nutritional Sciences, Dr. Amy Mackey (see page 3) and Dr. Brandon
Lewis, were also winners the past two years.
FSHN was very well represented at the 2003 Experimental Biology
Conference in San Diego this spring. The following current FSHN
faculty, staff, and students had their research presented at the meeting.
Faculty: Drs. Lynn Bailey, Raymond Blanchard, Angeleah Browdy
(see page 3), Robert Cousins, Jesse Gregory, Bobbi Langkamp-
Henken, Gail Kauwell, Susan Percival, Harry Sitren, and Steve
Talcott. Post-docs: Drs. Steve Davis and Eoin Quinlivan. Professional
and technical staff: Juanita Bagnall, Lisa Gallo, Kelli Herlinger-
Garcia, David Maneval, Meri Nantz, and Cheryl Rowe. Fall 2002
PhD Graduates: Dr. Brandon Lewis. Graduate students: Cindy De
Neira, Susanne Mertens, Sara Rathman, and Karla Pagan Shelnutt.
Undergraduates: Kelly Connaughton, Toni Muzzonigro, Justin
Townsend, Michelle Weiner, and Dorothy White. We're sure many of
our FSHN alumni also attended the conference, and we congratulate
them on their successes.
Dr. Jess Gregory, Professor, led a workshop in January 2003 on
priorities in folate research at the United Kingdom Food Standards
Agency in London. Afterwards, Dr. Gregory traveled to Uppsala where
he visited the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences' Department
of Food Science to present an invited seminar and also lent his expertise
to a doctoral dissertation defense.
Your faithful Editor and FSHN's Academic Advisor, Janna Underhill,
received a Superior Accomplishment Award this year from the Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences in recognition of her academic
advising as well as her work with the FSHN Club. [Editor: special
thanks to all the faculty, staff and students who supported me!]
Dr. Lynn Bailey, Professor, was one of only four UF professors who
received a Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award for 2002.
Taylor Cookingham, Christopher Duncan and Jessica Pellen (all
Food Science undergrads) were recipients of National IFT scholarships
this year. Gillian Folkes, PhD student in Food Science, was awarded
the FL Section IFT Richard F. Matthews Graduate Scholarship, and
Judy K Wu was awarded the FL Section IFT Raymond A Dennison
The FSHN Club has an active member point system, with the most
involved and dedicated members winning great prizes. This year, the
winners were: First Place Ursula Umperovitch (Senior), Second
Place Melissa Pflugh (Senior), and Third Place Nikki Heverling
(Sophomore). These students are part of the reason why the FSHN Club
was so successful this year, attracting more than 125 members!
FPD Team in IFT Finals
UF's Food Product Development Team was named one of six finalists
for the Institute of Food Technologists Food Product Development
Competition. This is the first UF team to place in the finals in 14 years!
Team leader Lauren O'Kelley (Food Science senior) thanked her team
members at the FL Section IFT Student Recognition Night back in
March, recognizing their many hours of hard work. Please join us to
cheer them on in Chicago on Sunday July 13th, 9:00 AM in room N426-
abc (McCormick Place). Go Gators!
In Other News...
A special thanks to alumna Debby L. Newslow (BS, 1973), former
FSHN Club President, for her generous donation to the FSHN Club's
Food Product Development Team. After winning the FL Section IFT
Roy Sparkle Award this year for her outstanding contributions to the
profession, Debby chose to donate her cash award to the Team. They
will use the money to purchase an ice cream freezer for use in future
food product development projects. The FPD Team presented Debby
with a plaque and a Club t-shirt at the March 27 FL Section meeting to
formally thank her for all her support.
Also, a special thank you goes out to all of you who completed our
alumni survey! We are still receiving them here and there, but soon
we'll start compiling the results to share with all of you in a future
Party with IFT in July a<
As you may already know, IFT will no longer be hosting a cocktail
party at their annual meetings. Instead, they have organized a new event
called "The IFT Party", and they are encouraging academic departments
and other organizations to participate. It's free (yes, we said FREE) to
annual meeting registrants, and will take place on Tuesday June 15 from
7-9 PM at Chicago's Navy Pier. The Party will include great food, live
music, and spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. Shuttle service
from IFT hotels will be provided. Registrants will also receive 2 Party
vouchers good for one cocktail each. Non-registrants may also attend;
$40 tickets will be available through Sunday at check-in. Please come
join FSHN at this brand new IFT event, and get reacquainted with
FSHN faculty, staff, students, and alumni!