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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 2, Fall 2003

Under Par on the Course; Above Par in Support of FSHN
FSHN is now involved with two golf tournaments every year, both created to raise money to support Food Science students.

The FDPA UF Golf Outing First Place Team L-R
Gene Bennett, Damsco, Ed Coryn, Dairy-Mix, Inc ,
Gillian Folkes, ABC Research, Frank Johns, Dairy
Farmers of America Gillian, a PhD candidate in
FSHN, is also helping to organize the ABC UF
Scramble for Scholarships in spnng 2004

Florida Dairy Products/University of
Florida Benefit Golf Outing
First played in 2002, the FDPA/UF
Golf Outing takes place in October each
year on the UF Golf Course and proceeds
are used to provide scholarships for Food
Science undergrads. Proceeds will be
used to establish a fellowship to support
those students emphasizing food science
in their studies.
This fall, the FDPA tournament took
place on October 7th and 8th. There was a
reception Friday night, and students,
faculty, and academic and industry
professionals mingled in the Guy Bostick
Clubhouse. Then at 9:00 AM the next
morning the golfers began play on UF's
newly renovated par 70 18-hole golf
course. After the tournament, an awards
luncheon was held at the Clubhouse.
Previous winners of scholarship
money raised by this event include: Sonia
Cherian (BS, 2002) and Morgan Phares
(current undergraduate). Morgan is this
year's Food Product Development Team
leader and was a member of last year's
highly successful Team (which made the
IFT national finals and traveled to

FDPA/UF Golf Outing Participants L-R Gary Carln, Ecolab, Herb Dunlap,
Limpert Ingredients, Ed Cangi, M G Novell, Johnny Melvin, Southeast Milk

Chicago this past summer to compete).
Currently, the Team is creating a new and
innovative dairy product to enter into
national competition in 2004.
Dr. Ron Schmidt (Food Science
Professor) helped found this annual event
and says, "We've always valued our
alumni and industry support, and we're
grateful to everyone who participated."

ABC Research Corporation/University
of Florida Scramble for Scholarships
New this year, a "Scramble for
Scholarships" sponsored by ABC
Research Corporation will take place
February 16th, 2004, also at the UF Golf
Course. ABC employee and UF alumnus
Dr. George Baker (BS, 1997; PhD,
2002) is helping to organize the event,
which will raise money to support
graduate student research. It is hoped that
substantial funds can be raised this spring,
and that funds will continue to increase
each year.
Participants in the Scramble will
receive a commemorative shirt and are
eligible for hole and door prizes. Sponsors
who donate over $1000 may also receive
special gifts including recognition
plaques, personalized golf bags with their
company logo, and even a set of Nike

FDPA/UF Golf Outing Participants L-R Gene Smith,
Southeast Marketing, Barbara Gross, Mastertaste,
Professor Ron Schmidt, UF (of Minnesota fame), Bnan
Boynton, FSHN PhD student

forged iron golf clubs. Registration fees
include golf, cart, balls, and buffet lunch.
The top three teams will also win prizes.
If your company or organization
would like to help sponsor either of these
events or if you would like to play as an
individual, here's who to contact:

FDPA Outing Dr. Ron Schmidt
rschmidt @mail.ifas.ufl.edu
352-392-1991, ext. 206
ABC Scramble Dr. George Baker

We're looking forward to alumni
participation in both these golf events in
support of the UF Food Science program.

In this issue:
Alumni Updates ...............................2
Dr. Thompson Retires....................3
FSHN Success Stories..........................3
Dietetics News.....................................3
FSHN Achievements.........................4


FSHN Alumni Newsletter
produced bi-annually

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
352/392-1991, ext. 220
Janna @ ufl.edu

We Welcome Your Input!
Send all correspondence, articles,
pictures, updates and comments to:
Alumni Newsletter
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University of Florida
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Alumni Updates

Lauren O'Kelley (BS, 2003), former
leader of the very successful FSHN Food
Product Development Team, has accepted
a position in quality assurance with
Slim.Fast in West Palm Beach, Florida
(see page 3for more about FSHN alumni
at Slim Fast).

Meghan Meller (BS, 2003), who was
also a member of last year's Food Product
Development Team, is now doing quality
control for Crystals International in Plant
City, Florida.

Three 2003 BS graduates have become
educators: Matthew O'Brien is teaching
high school in south Florida, Joshua
Robertson is teaching high school in
Atlanta while he applies to medical
school, and Jason Williams is teaching
at-risk students in north Florida and plans
to eventually pursue a career in civil

Erin Defries (BS, 2003) is working for
AmeriCorps, an organization dedicated to
community service in health, education,
public safety, and environment.

Many 2003 FSHN BS graduates were
accepted to medical school this fall. They
include: Allyson Bagenholm (American
Univ. of the Caribbean), Russ Balmer
(unknown), Wendelyn Bosch (UF),
Dawn Bradly (Univ. of South Carolina),
Jennifer Carrasquillo (Univ. of Puerto
Rico), Karolina Dembinski (NE College
of Osteopathic Med.), Clifford Denney
(UF), Jonathan Divine (West Virginia
School of Osteopathic Med.), Anitha
Jain (UF), George Lee (Univ. of Health
Sciences College of Osteopathic Med.),
Toni Muzzonigro (Nova Southeastern
College of Osteopathic Med.), Higgins
Sainvil (St. Matthews Univ.), Summer
Sawyer (Mayo Medical School), Shani
Smith (NY College of Osteopathic Med.),
Justin Townsend (UF), Peter Van (Ross
Univ.), Lauren Weber (USUHS Navy
Med. School), Leah Weiss (Nova
Southeastern College of Osteopathic
Med.), and Dorothy White (American
Univ. of the Caribbean).

Jason Nesmith (BS, 2003) is attending
Morehouse School of Medicine in
Atlanta. Jason wrote Dr. Susan Percival
(FSHN Professor) back in August to tell
her how his major in nutrition is helping
him in medical school: "Biochem has
been going well, I'm so glad to be a
nutrition major. Everything we do in
biochem is a review for me."

Michelle Weiner (BS, 2003), in medical
school at Nova Southeastern's College of
Osteopathic Medicine, is also pursuing a
dual Master of Public Health (MPH)

Katherine McCown (BS, 2002) and
Tiffany Lacross (BS, 2002) also started
medical school at UF this fall. Cindy
DeNeira (MS, 2003) is currently in
Osteopathic Medical School at Des
Moines University, and Faithlore
Gardner (BS, 2002) is in medical school
at the Univ. of South Florida.

2003 BS graduates in FSHN accepted to
the UF College of Dentistry include:
Jennifer Cameron, Karly Fabres,
Michaela Fenimore, Jonathan Gooch,
Thao Mai, Sasha Minor, Sung Nam,
Murad Rashid, Daniel Stewart, and
Victor Yeung. Aisha Cuadras (BS,
2002), Fred Harper (BS, 2002),
Baokhuyen Vu (BS, 2002) and Jay
Webster (BS, 2001) also started dental
school here at UF this fall. Donnie Joe
Richardson (BS, 2003) was accepted to
dental school at the Univ. of Alabama,

Angelique Almeida (BS, 2003) was
accepted to Nova Southeastern School of
Law in Ft. Lauderdale.

Marc Decastro (BS, 1999) and Jarrod
Rappaport (BS, 2001) are enrolled in the
UF College of Law.

Several 2003 BS graduates have been
accepted to graduate school: Jennifer
Cremeens (MPH, Univ. South Carolina),
Arthur Hurst (MS Food Science, UF),
Amy Fanning (MS, Florida International
Univ.), Kerry Korth (Master of Medical
Science in Physician Assistant Studies,
Midwestern Univ.), Alexia Lundberg
(PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, Univ.
of North Carolina), Swapna Mony (MS
in Food Science, UF), Ann Theodore
(MS in Food Science, UF), Jaime Uhazie
(Master of Physician Assistant Studies,
UF), and Cheryl Zonkowski (MS in
Exercise and Sports Sciences, UF).

The following FSHN alumni started
pharmacy school at UF this fall: Shannon
Corning (BS, 2003), Joanna Doyle (BS,
2002) Kimberly Farrin (BS, 2003),
James Higbee (BS, 2002), Todd Rosen
(BS, 2003). Megan Alderman (BS,
2003) was accepted to pharmacy school at
Nova Southeastern.

Jennifer Campa (BS, 2003) was
accepted into optometry school at Nova
Southeastern and Sharon Choi (BS,
2003) was accepted to the Southern
California College of Optometry.

Kelly Felkey (MS, 2002) recently
completed an advanced lab training
fellowship focusing on emerging
infectious diseases, co-sponsored by the
Association of Public Health Laboratories
and the Centers for Disease Control.

Rena Schonbrun (BS, 1995; MS, 2002)
has accepted a position in sensory and
quality control with the Dial Corporation
in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Two FSHN graduates are working for
Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, New
Hampshire. Devon Reesman (BS, 2002)
is a group manager for quality assurance,
and Stephanie Diggs (BS, 2001) is a
group manager for brewing.

Did we leave you out, or is our
information outdated? Please
drop us a line (see box, top left).

Neal Thompson Retires

Congratulations go out to Dr. Neal
Thompson, who retired this year after 38
years of dedicated service to FSHN and
UF. Dr. Thompson received his BS in
General Science from Wheaton College
in 1957, and was an active duty naval
officer from 1957-1960. In 1962 he
S received his MA in Botany from Miami
SCollege, and in 1965 his PhD in Biology
from Princeton University. A member of
numerous professional societies including
Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Xi, and the American Chemical
Society, Dr. Thompson is the author of more than 50 research
publications and was the principal investigator on many large
contracts and grants. He taught graduate courses, including
Research Planning and Pesticide Analysis. From 1980-1988, Dr.
Thompson served on the UF Committee on the Care and Use of
Laboratory Animals. And from 1980-1993, Dr. Thompson
handled many administrative duties in the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, including: serving as Assistant Dean,
coordinating Florida Agricultural Experiment Station programs
(including overseeing research, publications, tenure, and
budgeting), coordinating the Tropical/Subtropical Agriculture
Program, and serving as outside liaison with many clientele
groups such as the Cattleman's Association, the Soybean Growers
Association, and the Peanut Growers Association. Please join us
in wishing Dr. Thompson, his wife Beverly, and their five
children all the best. He will be missed by everyone in FSHN!

FSHN Success Stories

After completing her BS in Dietetics
here at UF, Brigid Foley (2000) went on to
complete her dietetic internship at Fairview
SUniversity Medical Center. She is now a
^K Registered Dietitian with Slim.Fast Foods
in West Palm Beach, working as a
Consumer Service Specialist. Brigid helps
consumers with weight loss by providing advice and answering
questions via e-mail and the call center, and by hosting live
chats on the Slim.Fast website. This fall Brigid is on special
assignment for three months in the Netherlands with their parent
company, Unilever, at the Unilever Health Institute, working
with scientists and global experts on food technology, nutrition,
and health. In an e-mail to Dr. Peggy Borum and Dr. Gail
Kauwell, Brigid said, "I can't believe how far I've come since
my days as a student, and I thank you for your guidance and the
opportunities you gave me that led me to where I am now."

Andrea Fredricks (BS, 2003 in
Nutritional Sciences) was chosen for a
fellowship at the National Institutes of
Health in Washington DC and is currently
the sole research coordinator for a clinical
trial testing the safety of a new drug called
Orlistat on over 200 obese adolescents.
She is currently working on her own
research abstract for submission to a national conference in San
Francisco next spring. Andrea told us: "My time in Washington
DC and at the NIH has so much more than exceeded my

expectations culturally, socially, and definitely intellectually.
My decision to take this experience is by far one of the best
decisions I have made for myself and I feel as though every
single day I am continuing to grow, find myself, and become
just a little bit more of the person that I want to be."

Dr. J. Bernadette Moore (PhD 2002) is
also working at NIH in a post-doc research
fellowship. She tells us: "I am working in
the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Marx, the
chief of the metabolic diseases branch of
S J the National Institutes of Diabetes,
Digestive and Kidney Disorders. We are
part of a large, collaborative, multi-
institutional research group that is studying the gene that causes
a cancer syndrome multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1).
This type of cancer causes multiple tumors in multiple
endocrine tissues such as pancreas islet, pituitary and
parathyroid cells. In 1997 this group used positional cloning to
find the gene and have been characterizing its protein product,
menin, ever since. My goal is to study protein expression in
these animals over time. This will provide information about
what signaling pathways are altered specifically in endocrine
tissues when there is insufficient menin. Such data should
provide a better understanding of the biological function of
menin and the processes that lead to tumorigensis."

Dietetics Graduates Shine

The FSHN Dietetics program not only has a great
reputation, it has the numbers to back it up. 93% of all FSHN
graduates who applied for internships in 2003 matched, and
100% of them eventually obtained an internship!
The following 2003 BS graduates matched to the UF
combined MS/DI program: Bonnie Baxter, Claire Edgemon,
Crystal Jackson, and Chanelle Thibault. UF is also well-
represented at the Southern Regional Medical Center this fall,
with five alumni accepted: Wendy Winkleman (2001); Becky
Russell (2002); and 2003 graduates Shannon "Arianne"
Matson, Courtney McDermott, and Sarah Pennell. Sarah also
received a $1000 scholarship from the Georgia Dietetic
Association. Other acceptance include (2003 graduates unless
otherwise indicated): Andrews University Sarah Bailey
(2000) and Christina Walker, Augusta Area Kristen Herbes
(2001), Bronx VA Melissa Pflugh, Florida Department of
Education Erin Costello, Florida State University Lourdes
West, Lipscomb University Demetria Marcinko, Medical
University of South Carolina Megan Killey, Oakwood
College Stephanie Bell, Oregon Health & Science University
- Ashlee Armfield (2002), Sodexho Mid-Atlantic Ivone
Castaneda, University of Delaware Asha Hadley, University
of North Florida Inge Lopez and Rheba Summerlin (2002),
and Yale New Haven Julie Kalnins.
Many of our former students have completed their DIs and
continue to excel. They include: Virginia Braddock (BS,
2001), PhD student at Mississippi State University; Mindy
Coker (BS, 2001), a sports nutritionist for the UF Athletic
Association; Marisa Pulaski (BS, 2000), an RD for a long-term
care facility; and Shirley Tejada (BS, 2002) an RD at a dialysis
center in Georgia.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at UF continues to
graduate top-notch students, so please join us in congratulating
Dr. Pam McMahon, Program Director, on their success!

FSHN Achievements

Thanks largely to the dedicated efforts of FSHN faculty like Dr.
Susan Percival (Professor), Dr. Elaine Turner (Associate
Professor) and Dr. Rachel Shireman (retired), the FSHN
Nutritional Sciences track has become one of the most popular
pre-professional majors on the UF campus. Current Nutritional
Sciences students (including those students in the Early
Admission Dental Program, the Junior Honors Medical
Program, and the 3+4 Pharmacy Program) are very active
members of the campus community, demonstrating leadership
in nearly all of UF's pre-professional student organizations:

Pre-professional Service Organization (PSO)
Ehsan Sharaf-Eldeen President
Vincent Yeung Vice President of Membership
John Iskander Director
Josh Cahoon Dental-1 Representative
Nicole Sammons Medical-1 Representative
Darshan Naidu Website Administrator
Pre-Medical American Medical Student Association
Kevin Perry Secretary
Pre-Dental American Student Dental Assoc (pre-dental ASDA)
Zameera Fida President
Maureen Libby Treasurer
Deanna Fernandes Membership Committee Chair
Mari Takeda Membership Committee Co-Chair
Lauren Chalal Historian
Monica Bontrager Service Committee Chair
Rachel McNulty Service Committee Co-Chair
Natalie Campbell Fundraising Committee Co-Chair
The Pre-Dental Society
Jenny Liang President
Alfredo Arauz Vice President
Richard Ballentine Public Relations
Sean Altenbach Webmaster
Minority Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
Dafina Wise Vice President
Romina Hennig Treasurer
Marina Spewak Secretary
Anthony Carter Academic Affairs Committee Chair
Tashara Martin Internal Affairs Committee Chair
Marie Tabuteau Health Fair Director
John Green Research Forum Director
Rochelle Grant Webmaster

The Pre-Pharmacy Society at UF
Zubila Shafiq President
Mala Desai Treasurer


Each year the Florida Dietetic Association (FDA) chooses one
student to receive an Outstanding Dietetics Student Award in a
didactic program in dietetics (DPD), and another in a dietetic
internship (DI). This year, Claire Edgemon (BS, 2003) was
chosen as most outstanding dietetics DPD student and is now in
the combined MS/DI program here at UF, and Elizabeth
Beasley was chosen as the most outstanding DI student.
Elizabeth will graduate this December, and is already working
at Nemour's Children's Clinic in Jacksonville. Both were
recognized this past summer at the FDA Annual Meeting and
Symposium, and were also recognized by the American Dietetic
Association in the September issue of the Journal of the
American Dietetic Association. Previous FSHN winners
include: DPD Awardees Virginia Braddock (BS, 2001),
Yolanda Fahrney (BS, 1999), and Judy Wolfe (BS, 1999; MS,
2001) and DI Awardee Chad Wilsky (BS, 1997; MS, 1999).

Suzanne Mertens-Talcott, a PhD student working under Dr.
Susan Percival (Professor) won the Fruit and Vegetable
Product Division Graduate Poster Competition at the Institute of
Food Technologists Annual Meeting this summer in Chicago.
She received a check for $400.

Kelli Notestine, Dietetics senior, received a $1000 scholarship
from the Florida Dietetic Association.

FSHN is well represented in Gamma Sigma Delta (The Honor
Society of Agriculture): Dr. Elaine Turner (Associate
Professor) is the 2003-2004 President-Elect and Dr. Susan
Percival (Professor) was chosen as the 2003-2004 Faculty
Awards Committee Chair.

Dr. Elaine Turner also takes over this fall from Dr. Susan
Percival as FSHN's new Undergraduate Coordinator. Thanks to
Dr. Percival for her many years of dedicated service, and
welcome Dr. Turner!

Shahryar Chowdhury entered medical school at UF this fall in
the Junior Honors Medical Program (JHMP); he will receive his
BS degree from FSHN in spring 2004. Shahryar is the first
FSHN student to enter medical school in the JHMP program
since FSHN became an official participant in it. Currently, two
other FSHN students have been admitted into the program
(which only accepts 12 students per year from all UF majors)
for fall 2004: Elizabeth Braddock and Nicole Sammons. Both
Elizabeth and Nicole will start med school in fall 2004.

Joanna McClain and Meenal Patel entered UF dental school
this fall in the FSHN Early Admissions Dental Program; they
will receive BS degrees in 2004.

The following FSHN students entered UF Pharmacy this fall as
part of the FSHN 3+4 Pharmacy Program and will receive their
BS degrees from FSHN in spring 2004: Casie Guettler, Zena
Lehmann, Felix Mitchell, Abzal Mohammed, Mirta Soto,
Judy Wu.

Christopher Duncan, Food Science sophomore, received a
$1000 national Institute of Food Technologists scholarship this

Dr. Robert Cousins, FSHN Professor and Eminent Scholar,
won the 23rd annual Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award
for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. This
award recognizes Dr. Cousins' many years of outstanding
research on micronutrients, including his broad and ongoing
focus on the metabolism and function of zinc in the immune
system. Dr. Cousins received a silver commemorative medallion
and $50,000 at an October 16 awards dinner in NYC.

Dr. Douglas Archer and Dr. Lynn Bailey, FSHN professors,
were elected to the 2003-2004 Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences Faculty Advisory Committee.

Current Food Science PhD student David del Pozo-Insfran
(working with Dr. Steve Talcott) was a finalist in the 2003
Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Graduate
Research Paper Competition with: "Antioxidant and
antimicrobial properties of Hibiscus ahd'ritta L. as affected by
the presence of naturally occurring cofactors." He presented in
Chicago at the Annual Meeting in July.

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