F Human Nutrition News & Views
Food Science For alumni, students, associates, and friends of FSHN
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
HN -Volume IV, Issue 2, Fall 2004
FSHN Students & Alumni Take Top Awards
Dr. Gillian Folkes Dagan
FSHN students have always been
top-notch. But this year, a record number
of FSHN students won prestigious awards
At the IFT (Institute of Food
Technologists) Annual Meeting in Las
Vegas this summer, FSHN students took
both top awards in the IFT Student
Association (IFTSA) Research Paper
Competitions. Both competitions required
submission of an abstract and, after
selection as one of the six finalists, a
presentation to a panel of judges.
Dr. Gillian Folkes Dagan (BS,
2000; PhD, 2004), working with Dr.
Murat Balaban, won first place in the
national Graduate Student Research Paper
Competition with: "Pasteurization of beer
by a continuous dense-phase CO2
system." She also won first place in the
IFT Non Thermal Processing Division
Poster Competition. Dr. Dagan is now
working for the ABC Research
Corporation here in Gainesville.
Christopher Duncan (Food Science
junior), working in Dr. Steve Talcott's
lab, won first place in the national
Undergraduate Student Research Paper
Competition with: "Ripening associated
antioxidant changes to mango (Mangifera
indica) phytochemicals." Specific
components measured by Chris included
antioxidant activity, ascorbic acid, gallic
acid, total carotenoids, total soluble
phenolics, and tannins.
Many other FSHN students also won
awards at IFT. Dr. Susanne Mertens-
Talcott (PhD, 2004), working with Dr.
Sue Percival, won first place in the IFT
Nutrition Division Poster Competition.
Kristina Garner (MS, 2004) and
Nineveh Ludlow (BS, 2001; MS, 2004),
both from Dr. Hordur Kristinsson's lab,
won second and third place, respectively,
in the IFT Aquatic Food Products
Division Poster Competition.
MS/DI student Carolina Lima (BS,
2002) won 2nd place in the American
Society for Nutritional Sciences (ASNS)
Vitamin and Mineral RIS Poster
Competition with her research:
"Sensitivity of Hepatic Cystathionine b-
Synthase and Cystathionine g-Lyase to
Graded Levels of Vitamin B6 Intake in
Rats." She also won a Supplemental
Retention Program Award from the UF
Office of Graduate Minority Programs.
Carmelo "CJ" Nieves (BS, 2000;
MS, 2004) was awarded a 2004 Davidson
and Graduate Student Council Travel
Carmelo "CJ" Nieves
Grant to present his research at the 2004
Experimental Biology Conference in DC.
He was also honored as an Outstanding
Graduate Student by the University of
Florida in 2004.
Two current MS/DI students were
also honored this year. Melissa (Myers)
Metz (BS, 2002) won the 2004 Beechnut
Dietetic Intern/Pre-Professional Practice
Program Scholarship, from the American
Dietetic Association Pediatric Nutrition
Practice Group. And Jaimie Vaughn
(BS, 2002) won the Outstanding Dietetic
Student Award (in a DI) from the Florida
Dietetic Association. She also won a
University Women's Club Graduate
Please join us in congratulating all of
these outstanding FSHN students and
In this issue:
Alumni Success Stories ...................3
FSHN Achievements .......................4
FSHN Alumni Newsletter
Food Science & Human Nutrition Dept.
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Another Dietetics graduate, Virginia
(Braddock) Gray (BS, 2001) writes: "I
am still at Mississippi State. This past
year I taught a few nutrition courses and
am working on research related to
coordinated school health and prevention
of excess weight in childhood, towards a
PhD. I am glad to have been so well
prepared by the University of Florida."
The following 2004 BS graduates have
been accepted into graduate programs:
Lanier Fender (MS program in Food
Science, UF), Marc Grasley (MS in
Health Education and Behavior, UF),
Karin Hsiao (Master of Science in
Management program, UF), Kapila
Kalakota (MS in Arts in Medicine,
Loyola University), Tracey Ryan (MS in
Nutrition, FSU), Joseph Standley (MS in
Biomedical Sciences, Barry University).
Maria Chatzidaki (PhD, 2004) is now a
postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Anita
Wright's lab here on campus. Maria's
parents came all the way from Greece to
see her walk across the stage this
Once again, this year's BS Dietetics
graduates were very successful with
internship matching. Placements include:
Corrie Anderson (Pasco County Health
Department DI), Rosabelle Campos
(Brigham & Women's Hospital DI,
Boston), Kathryn Cary (University of
North Florida MS/DI), Shannon Delucia
(UF MS/DI), Mary Hennessy (Southern
Regional Medical Center DI, Atlanta),
Melissa Hetzel (Miami Valley DI, Ohio),
Mychi Huynh (University of North
Florida MS/DI), Katherine Ingerson
(Mayo Clinic DI, Jacksonville), Suaad
Mami (Southern Regional Medical
Center DI, Atlanta), Adee Rasabi
(Aramark DI, NYC), Marcia Torres (UF
The following 2004 BS graduates have
been accepted into the UF College of
Dentistry: Richard Ballentine, Angela
Barlow, Monica Bontrager, Jennifer
Burke, Joshua Cahoon, Kelly
Connaughton (see story, page 3),
Deanna Fernandes, Lacy Holzinger,
Jennifer Jones, Ryan McAlpin, Elana
Oliver, Yahaira Serrano, Mari Takeda,
Van Vu. Other 2004 graduates accepted
into dental school include: Zameera Fida
(Harvard School of Dental Medicine),
John Green II (University of Maryland-
Baltimore College of Dental Surgery),
Leslie Little (Boston University School
of Dental Medicine), Brittany Maynord
(University of Tennessee College of
Dentistry), Forrest Raymon (University
of Alabama at Birmingham School of
Dentistry), and Lesley Tenn (Nova
Southeastern University College of
2004 BS graduates accepted into medical
school this year include: Tara Bates
(University of South Florida), Adrienne
Buckman (University of South Florida),
Allison Dodge (UF), Kristina Fiedler
(Kirksville College of Osteopathic
Medicine, Missouri), Robyn Gartner
(Albert Einstein College of Medicine,
NY), Patrick Hawkins (FSU),
Alexandra Menchise (USF), Kimberly
Merkel (UF), Mohan Punja (University
of Virginia School of Medicine), Ethan
Taub (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic
Medicine, Bradenton). Previous FSHN
BS graduates accepted into UF medical
school this year include: Negan Ahadi
(2003), Ilicia Shugarman (2002), Sarah
Smith-Vaniz (2003). William Howarth
(BS, 1997) started medical school this fall
at the Uniformed Services University of
the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.
Janeen Andrews (BS, 2004) was
accepted to the Florida A&M University
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical
Sciences, Katie Driscoll (BS, 2004) was
accepted into UF's College of Pharmacy,
and Lea Schilit (BS, 2000) will attend
Nova Southeastern University's pharmacy
school this next year.
2001; MS, 2004)
is working for 0
Christine Walker (BS, 2003) is a
Registered Dietitian at Cleveland Clinic
in Naples, FL.
Lisa Fish (BS, 2002; MS, 2004) has
accepted ajob as a clinical dietitian at
Winter Haven/Lake Wales Hospital.
Ana Calero (MS, 2003) is currently
employed at the Florida Public Health
Laboratory in Tampa, FL on a CDC
Fellowship for post-graduate training.
Mark Campbell (MS, 2003) is a research
microbiologist at Science and Technology
Corporation in Edgewood, Maryland.
Artesia Sanders (BS, 2004) plans to
spend a year teaching science in the
Florida public school system before she
applies to medical school.
Monique Riviere (BS, 1998) is a clinical
dietitian at Mercy Hospital in Miami, FL.
She is also currently studying to become a
Certified Diabetes Educator.
Erin Tobin (BS, 2004) is a Nutrition
Educator with the Hernando County
Lavin Joseph (BS, 2002) is a research
scientist at Advanced Biosystems in
Brennan Bubp (BS, 2004) has been
commissioned in the US Air Force, Space
and Missile Systems Division.
Did we leave you out, or is our
information outdated? Please
drop us a line (see box, top left).
Alumni Success Stories
Kelly Connaughton (BS, 2004 in Dietetics) was honored at the
UF graduation ceremony on August 7.
She was named an Outstanding
Female Leader for her numerous
accomplishments such as participation
in the CHAMPS service organization,
the UF Spirit Program, the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences
(CALS) Ambassador program, the
CALS upper division honors program,
the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Florida
Cicerones (UF's official student ambassadors). She also served
as Vice President of the National Residence Hall Honorary.
Kelly was honored for her inclusion in the President's Honor
Roll from 2000-2004, the UF Hall of Fame, and the prestigious
University Scholars Program. As a University Scholar, Kelly
completed a research project under Dr. Harry Sitren's
guidance, measuring the effect of dietary supplementation with
RNA on the recovery of intestinal function following
administration of methotrexate. She later presented her research
at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental
Biology (FASEB) national meeting and was published in the
FASEB Journal. As an Outstanding Leader, Kelly was chosen to
address the audience at graduation as a representative of her
graduating class. And as a Cicerone, she presented an alumni
donation of more than $900 to UF during the graduation
ceremony. A secret she kept right up until graduation, Kelly was
also one of the women behind our beloved mascot Alberta since
2001, performing at numerous UF events. Kelly started dental
school here at UF this fall, and we wish her continued success!
Dr. Marci Levine (BS, 1999 in Nutritional Sciences) recently
graduated with her PhD in Foods and
Nutrition from Purdue University.
After completion of her B S degree
(with honors) and a business minor,
Dr. Levine was accepted to Purdue's
Interdepartmental Nutrition Program
on a fellowship, to study with Dr.
Dorothy Teegarden. She studied
Vitamin D regulation of cell signaling
events involved with cancer progression; specifically, she
focused on exploring the signal transduction pathways involved
in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 regulation of the pro-angiogenic
factor Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in a cell model of
multi-stage carcinogenesis. While a PhD student, Dr. Levine
attended FASEB's Experimental Biology meeting each year,
and presented several posters. At the 2003 meeting, she was a
finalist in the Proctor & Gamble American Society for
Nutritional Sciences (ASNS) Student Competition and gave an
oral presentation of her research. She was also involved with her
graduate student organization, served as student liaison to the
faculty, and helped judge the local Greater Lafayette Science
Fair. When Dr. Levine was here at UF, she was an active
member of Dr. Peggy Borum's lab, working with the
KetoGator Club to create educational materials. In 2001, Dr.
Levine married Dr. Garry Morefield, Jr., who graduated from
UF with a BS in Chemistry and from Purdue with a PhD in
Industrial Physical Pharmacy. They have since relocated to
Bethesda, Maryland, where Dr. Morefield was awarded a
National Research Council (National Academies of Science)
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to conduct research at the US
Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, and Dr.
Levine began her post-doctoral fellowship at the International
Life Sciences Institute, North America Branch (ILSI-NA).
Jason Williams (BS, 2003 in Dietetics) is now working as a
'q Marketing Associate for Sysco in
Jacksonville. After graduation, Jason
spent some time teaching at-risk high
school students in Ft. Walton Beach,
Florida. After his contract expired, he
decided to send a resume to Sysco.
Jason said he was familiar with Sysco
already, both from his extensive
experience managing restaurants as
well as from information about their
role in the healthcare industry gained in Dr. Pam McMahon's
Food Systems Management class. After several interviews two
in Tallahassee, one in Gainesville, and a final interview with the
Vice President of Sales in Jacksonville, Jason was hired. After
relocation to Jacksonville, Jason started a month-long training
period. During his second week of training, he somehow found
time to get married and spent his honeymoon in Jacksonville
while training. Jason says the training was "top notch," as are
the Sysco people. Once assigned a geographical territory in
Jacksonville, Jason began servicing restaurants, nursing homes,
healthcare facilities, day care centers, catering operations, and
any other type of business that utilizes the products and services
that Sysco provides. Along with customer sales, Jason is also
given the task of helping customers market their products and
manage their food costs. He also keeps them informed about
current market trends and fad diets that might change the way
they need to conduct their businesses. Jason says: "It is my
mission to help customers succeed and be profitable. It is a
symbiotic relationship, for if they are successful we will be
successful. The job is thrilling, the benefits are great, and most
of all the people that work at Sysco are first class. This is
definitely a great career path."
join Us in Congratulating....
Dr. Steve Talcott (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Susanne
Mertens-Talcott (PhD, 2004) are the proud parents of a little
girl named Sarah, born September 17, 2004. Read more about
Dr. Mertens-Talcott on page 1.
Erin (Costello) Nilon (BS, 2003) married Michael Nilon
earlier this year. Erin and Mike both joined the Peace Corps, and
will serve as Community Health Educators in Cameroon.
Virginia (Braddock) Gray (BS, 2001) married Stanley Gray
this year. Read more about Virginia on page 2.
Gillian (Folkes) Dagan (BS, 2000; PhD, 2004) married Roi
Dagan, a current UF medical student, this May in Gainesville.
Elizabeth "Liz" Haire (BS, 2002; MS,
2004) married Bart Citro (also a UF
alumnus) this fall in Tampa, barely escaping
SLiz and Bart Citro 3.
Janna Underhill, FSHN academic advisor and
alumni newsletter editor, was named College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences Academic
Advisor of the Year for 2003-2004. She was also
named the University of Florida Advisor of the
Year for 2003-2004, chosen from among the
college-level winners on campus. She was
honored at a reception hosted by UF's new president, Dr.
Bernie Machen, and awarded CALS and UF commemorative
plaques and bonuses totaling $4000.
Dr. Bob Cousins, Professor, has just completed a six-month
sabbatical. In June, he was invited to be a Visiting Professor for
a week at the Center for Molecular Biosciences of the
University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and then
gave two invited lectures at the Zinc Signals 2004 meeting at the
University of Aarhus, Denmark. He presented a keynote address
at the FASEB (Federation of American Societies for
Experimental Biology) Summer Research Conference on Trace
Element Metabolism at Snowmass, Colorado. He was also
appointed by the Annual Reviews Board as the next Editor of
the Annual Review ofNutrition.
L-R: Dr. Ron Schmidt (Professor)
and Dr. Bob Bates (Professor
Emeritus) just completed three
years of continuous service on the
Institute of Food Technologists
FSHN has been chosen to judge this year's National Ice Cream
and Yogurt Retailers Association ice cream competition. The
Department will receive samples from ice cream parlors and
small manufacturers from all over the United States for judging.
The coach of the FSHN Dairy Judging Team, Dr. Ron
Schmidt, Professor, says the Team will enjoy the extra
opportunities for training.
L-R: Gail Rampersaud (BS, 1997; MS, 1999), Dr. Gail
Kauwell, Professor (PhD, 1993), and Dr. Lynn Bailey,
Professor, received the
UF/IFAS Gold Image
Award and the
Skill Award from the
Communication Excellence for the development of a 4-H
curriculum entitled "Nutrition and Folate Now!" The curriculum
kit includes a videotape, an interactive CD-ROM, project books
for two age categories, and a helper's guide.
FSHN was well-represented in poster presentations at the 2004
Experimental Biology Conference in Washington DC this past
April. Faculty presenters included: Dr. Lynn Bailey, Dr. Jess
Gregory, and Dr. Gail Kauwell (PhD, 1993). Graduate student
and alumni presenters included: Dr. Steven Davis (PhD, 2000),
Carolina Lima (BS, 2002), Dr. Amy Mackey (PhD, 2002), Dr.
Karla (Pagan) Shelnutt (BS, 1997; PhD, 2003), Jaimie
Vaughn (BS, 2002), and Kristina Voncastel-Dunwoody. And
FSHN staff members David Maneval and Eoin Quinlivan
were also presenters.
Elizabeth Beasley (MS, 2003), Ellen Bowser (MS, 1989), and
Dr. Gail Kauwell, Professor (PhD, 1993) presented a poster at
the American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition
(ASPEN) Conference this year.
Dr. Steve Otwell (Professor) won the Myron Solberg Award
at the IFT Annual Meeting this summer. This is in
recognition of his leadership in establishing and
coordinating the National Seafood HACCP
Alliance for Training and Education (SHA).
Because of his efforts, SHA has a national training
Si program for the seafood industry and for seafood
inspectors. Dr. Otwell was honored at both the opening session
and at a special banquet for award winners, and was given an
honorarium and a commemorative plaque from the Myron
Solberg Endowment Fund.
FSHN people who presented at the Annual Meeting of the
Institute of Food Technologists this summer include: faculty
members Dr. Doug Archer, Dr. Murat Balaban, Dr. Hordur
Kristinsson, Dr. Steve Otwell, Dr. Marty Marshall, Dr. Sue
Percival, Dr. Russ Rouseff, and Dr. Steve Talcott; staff
member Laura Garrido; graduate students Bryan Boynton
(BS, 1996; MS, 1999), Sibel Damar, Matt Davenport, David
del Pozo-Insfran, April Elston, Bergros Ingadottir, Matt
Lecky (BS, 2002), Joonhee Lee (MS, 2001), Swapna Mony
(BS, 2003), Holly Petty (BS, 2002), Ann Theodore (BS, 2003),
and Yavuz Yagiz; and alumni Dr. Gillian Folkes Dagan (BS,
2000; PhD, 2004), Necla Demir (PhD, 2002), Kristina Garner
(MS, 2004), Nineveh Ludlow (BS, 2001; MS, 2004), Norm
Matella (BS, 1999; MS, 2003), Susanne Mertens-Talcott
(PhD, 2004), Alexandra Oliveira (PhD, 2001), Morgan
Phares (BS, 2004), and Ruhiye Yoruk (PhD, 2003).
Dr. Lynn Bailey, Professor, was chosen by the American
Society of Nutritional Sciences (ASNS) for the prestigious
Centrum Center for Nutrition Science Award. She was
presented with the award at the ASNS annual meeting in
Washington DC this past spring.
FSHN and the Florida Dairy Products Association hosted a very
successful golf outing this fall to raise money for student
scholarships. The first place team was: Dr. George Baker from
ABC Research, Inc., Jim Gauger from Indian River Transport,
Inc., and Herb Dunlap from Limpert Ingredients; second place
team was: Gene Bennett from Danisco USA, Inc., Dr. Bill
Brown from ABC Research, Inc., Frank Johns from Dairy
Farmers of America, and Gary Carlin from Ecolab Food and
Beverage; and the third place team was: Gene Smith from
Southeast Marketing, Inc., Nick Arnold from T.G. Lee Foods,
Richard Ellis from Trans-Market Sales, Inc., and Kevin
Griffin from Liquibox, Inc. Also awarded prizes: Dr. George
Baker for Longest Drive; Herb Dunlap for Closest to the Line;
Barbara Gross from Mastertaste, Inc. for Closest to the Pin;
and Kevin Griffin for Longest Putt. Thanks to all participants!
FSHN Folks riding the new Las Vegas
monorail at the IFT Annual Meeting in
July 2004, L-R academic advisor and
newsletter editor Janna Underhill, recent
MS graduate in Nutritional Sciences Alicia
Ally, current PhD candidate in Food
Science David del Pozo-Insfran, recent
MS graduate in Food Science Rena
Schonbrun, and current Food Science
undergraduates Rob Bent and Chris
Duncan Go Gatorsl