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News & Views

For alumni, students, associates, and friends of FSHN
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Volume VIII, Issue 2, Fall 2008

In this issue, we feature the talented
food scientists working at the Citrus
Education and Research Center (CREC)
in Lake Alfred, Florida. Three FSHN

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I Dr. Russell Rouseff
faculty members are located at Lake
Alfred: Dr. Russell "Russ" Rouseff
(Professor), Dr. Jose Reyes de Corcuera
(Assistant Professor), and Dr. Michelle
Danyluk (Assistant Professor).
With more than 200 employees, the
CREC houses not only FSHN faculty but
also faculty from various research
disciplines in the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) including
plant pathology, entomology, horticulture,
and soil science, just to name a few. The
CREC is also home to the scientific
research staff of the Florida Department
of Citrus.

With more than 600 acres of citrus
groves and greenhouses, 40+ laboratories,
a juice processing plant, and even a fresh
fruit packinghouse, the CREC is an
outstanding research facility. However, it
is also an outstanding academic facility.
In 1982, the Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Citrus
Hall was completed through the
generosity of the citrus industry, adding
meeting rooms, a teaching laboratory, an
electron microscope facility and a citrus
library the largest in the world to the
For more than 90 years, the CREC
has provided assistance to Florida's citrus
industry through research, extension, and
teaching programs. It is the oldest of all
the IFAS off-campus experiment stations,
and is unique among them because it

the CREC, with food science research at
Lake Alfred focusing on two main areas:

flavor/food chemistry and citrus
Dr. Rouseff has been teaching and
conducting research for FSHN for more
than twenty years. His research focuses
on the chemistry of taste and aroma; the
composition/function of juice essence,
and oil components; the biochemistry and
flavor stability of color and pigment;
determination of flavor impact...
... cont. on page 6

Families First

Inger Hustrulid

After graduating from UF with
honors and completing a dietetic
internship at Brigham and Women's
Hospital (an affiliate of Harvard
University), Inger Hustrulid (BS, 2002)
pictured above, quickly became a leading
expert on educating and motivating
behavioral change in children and
families on issues relating to healthy
eating and weight management. In 2006
she was recognized by the Massachusetts
Dietetic Association as Young Dietitian
of the Year, and by 2008 she was the
organization's President.
After her internship, Inger worked as
a dietitian in the Optimal Weight for Life
(OWL) program at Children's Hospital in
Boston, and conducted research at
Harvard Medical School and Children's
Hospital Boston. Currently, she....
...cont. on page 7

In this issue:
Alumni Updates................................................ 2
Congratulations!................................................... 2
W welcome New Faculty ......................................... 3
Alumni Success Story.......................................... 3
FSHN in M ourning .............................................. 4
Lake Alfred, continued..................................... 6
Alum ni Success Story........................................... 6
Dr. Kauwell Honored........................................... 7
Families First, continued.....................................
FSHN Achievem ents ............................................ 8

College ofAgricultural
and Life Sciences

Food Science Research at Lake Alfred

IDr. Jos6 Reyes

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, Academic Support Services
352/392-1991, ext. 220

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Alumni Updates

Christine Wang (BS, 2008) accepted a
position as a Sensory Analyst with
Baldwin Richardson Foods, a food liquid
ingredient company in New York that
supplies syrups and filling to large food
manufacturers and also produces some
retail brands of their own. Christine will
be conducting taste panels and flavor
profile analyses.

Nam Pham (BS, 2008) is an Assistant
Chemist with a biotechnology company in
San Diego.

Sparky Vilsaint
(BS, 2008) was
accepted into
school at the
Lake Erie
College of
Medicine in
Florida. This
summer, Sparky
participated in
an internship with the UF College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, studying
the underlying causes of the reduction in
honey bee populations across the globe.
Sparky is shown here shaking hands with
UF President Dr. Bernie Machen at the
summer 2008 graduation ceremony.

Cindy Montero (BS, 2008) has been
accepted into the FSHN MS program in
Nutritional Sciences. Eric Dreyer and
David Guderian, both 2008 BS
graduates, were accepted into the FSHN
MS program in Food Science.

2008 BS graduates accepted to the UF
College of Pharmacy include: Tiffany
Beckel, Jaclyn Decrosta, Ryan Ford,
Mikel Forero, Joseph Hong, Lindsay
Jackson, Cara Lawson, Shirin Moltaji,
Jenna Rhoades, Kate Stultz, and
Milena Wong. Other 2008 graduates who
will attend pharmacy school include:
Kellie Dahna (Lake Erie College of
Medicine), Laura Henry (Northestern
College), Jae H. Lee (Nova Southeastern
Univ.), Phillip Lowe (Palm Beach
Atlantic Univ.), Laura Maner (Southern
Univ.), Bhavik Patel (Nova Southeastern
Univ.), Tanya Suarez (Lake Erie College
of Medicine), and Stephanie Zyra
(Campbell Univ.).

2008 BS graduates Jillian Fleisher and
Steven Porto were accepted into medical
school at Nova Southeastern Univ.
Alison Bretz (BS, 2008) was accepted
into UF's Physical Therapy program;
Nicholas Inosencio (BS, 2008) was
accepted into the Physical Therapy
program at Univ. of Central Florida.
Mana Watanabe (BS, 2008) was
accepted into UF's Master of Public
Health program. Suzanne Zagury (BS,
2008) was accepted to the master's
program in Health Administration at
Tulane Univ.

Andrew de la Rosa (BS, 2008) was
accepted into dental school at Tufts Univ,
and Michael Weyrauch (BS, 2008) is in
dental school at Nova Southeastern Univ.

Jae Y. Lee (BS, 2008) has been accepted
into a master's program in Molecular
Medicine at the Univ. of South Florida.

Christy (Hartzog) Thomas (BS, 1997) is
a Registered Dietitian and Weight
Management Interventionist for various
research projects within the UF
Department of Clinical and Health

Victoria Brown (current MS student) has
been accepted into medical school for
2009. Victoria is the daughter of retired
FSHN faculty member Dr. Ross Brown.

Teddy Cadet (BS, 2007) is now Director
of Quality Control for Old Mansion
Foods near Richmond, Virginia. The
company produces spices, spice blends,
breadings, marinades, tea, and coffee.

Many 2008 BS graduates were
successfully matched to dietetic
internships. They include: Stephanie
Bassett (Bay Pines VA, St. Pete),
Jasmine Bautista (Medical Univ. of
South Carolina), Raina Bhindi (Prairie
View A&M), Renee Bostain (Andrews
Univ.), Nicole Burton (Andrews Univ.),
Frances Cordero (Virginia Tech),
Candice Eisenmann (Aramark NY),
Tyler Flowers (Andrews Univ.), Anna
Gunter (St. Louis Univ.), Nicole
Heidenreich (Aramark NY), Emily
Hoffman (Univ. of North Florida),
Angela Leone (Univ. of Georgia), Laura
Marks (St. Louis Univ.), Sohini Patel
(Loyola Univ.), Ashley (Jenkins) Sloan
(Oakwood Univ.), Lydia Snyder (UF),
and Lindsay Swager (Lamar Univ.).

Jonathan David
Zwart was born
May 23, 2008 to
proud parents Dr.
Sara (Rathman)
Zwart (PhD,
2003) and her
husband Dan
Zwart. Jonathan is
seen here guarding
the family's
supply of baked

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

Please Help Welcome Our Newest Faculty Members!

I Dr. Anne Mathews (Research
Assistant Scientist) received her
MS in Foods and Nutrition and
completed her Dietetic Internship
at the University of Georgia. She
I then went on to complete her PhD
in Health and Physical Activity at
the University of Pittsburgh. Her
PhD research focused on fatty acid
metabolism and its role in insulin
resistance and weight loss
maintenance. Physical activity can
positively impact fatty acid
oxidation in healthy adults. However, whether physical activity
can significantly impact fat metabolism in obesity and type 2
diabetes is an area that Dr. Mathews is exploring. This includes
determining the most appropriate type (mode, duration, intensity)
of physical activity to target maximal oxidation of fatty acids
with the goal of reducing insulin resistance as well as sustaining
a significant weight loss.
Currently, Dr. Mathews' research interests include the
prevention and treatment of overweight, obesity, and type 2
diabetes through behavioral and lifestyle approaches. Because
she holds degrees in both nutrition and exercise physiology, she
can thus approach treatment of such disease processes from
nutritional, behavioral and metabolic perspectives. She will focus
on determining the most appropriate interventions for increasing
the long term adoption of increased physical activity and reduced
caloric intake, as well as determining which approaches have the
most positive physiologic impact towards reaching these goals.
Dr. Mathews is joined here in Gainesville by her husband
Dr. Clayton Mathews (UF Pathology Department) and her two
children, 4-year old Benjamin and 10-month old Addison.

Dr. James Collins came to FSHN as an Assistant Professor.
He received his BS in Biology from the University of the South
(Sewanee), his MS in Molecular Biology from Middle Tennessee
State University and his PhD in Molecular Physiology from
Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Collins says that his research program is founded in
observations made by novel DNA microarray studies performed
with samples isolated from the intestines of control and iron-
deficient rats at different stages of post-natal development. This
investigation led to the discovery that absorption of other metals
is perturbed in the iron-deficient
state, including increased intestinal
copper transport. Subsequent
studies found that the Menkes
copper ATPase (ATP7A; a copper
transport protein) is strongly
induced by iron-deprivation and
that the protein is present on both
domains of intestinal epithelial
cells. Other studies are underway
with human duodenal biopsy
samples, in collaboration with the
University of Washington in
The overall objective of these studies, which are currently
funded by a research grant from the National Institutes of Health,
is to identify novel genes involved in intestinal metal ion
absorption in humans by utilizing gene chip technology and other
experimental methodologies.
In addition to his ongoing research programs, Dr. Collins
will mentor graduate students in Nutritional Sciences and teach a
section of HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition to
undergraduates each year.

Alumni Success Story

Dr. Graydon Stallard (BS, 2002)
S, graduated from Lake Erie College of
Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton,
Florida. Prior to attending medical
school he conducted neuroscience
research, studying the pathology of
Alzheimer's Disease at the University
of South Florida. Currently, he's in a
surgical residency in the Michigan
State University Hospital System,
located in
Dr. Stallard at his the Detroit
graduation from medical N
school, pictured with his e. N
sisters Andrea (left) and he intends
Brenda (right). to pursue a
in vascular surgery. However, since
he's a native Floridian originally from
Port Richie, Dr. Stallard also intends to
someday return to our "great state ofyn
Dr. Graydon Stallard,
Florida" to practice medicine and Gator surgeon.
become a Bull Gator.

Give a gift to the Department of Food
Science and Human Nutrition!

Your donation to FSHN can be used to support student
scholarships, assistantships, and travel to conferences; to
support the purchase of new equipment to keep us up-to-
date; and to provide important resources to support other
facilities within the FSHN building, including our Pilot
Plant and clinical nutrition facilities.

You can give online at: https://www.ufl.edu/Online

Or if you prefer, you can send us a check (made out to "U
of FL-SHARE") to:
Neil Shay, Chair
Food Science and Human Nutrition
PO Box 110370
Gainesville, FL 32611-0370

FSHN Mourns the Loss of Three Very Good Friends
FSHN will remember them all as talented food scientists and truly exceptional people


Dr. Kurt F. Schulbach
March 22, 1957 Sept 2, 2008

After battling a long illness, Dr.
Kurt Schulbach passed away in
Bremerton, Washington in the company
of his family.
Born in Lowville, New York, Dr.
Schulbach (PhD, 2002) was an active,
intelligent, and extremely inquisitive
child. His family says he always had
something going on: a paper route, a
cactus garden, model trains and rockets,
and even taxidermy projects. And his
drive to stay active and sincere love of
learning new things continued into
adulthood. He enjoyed going to football
Samcs and other sportin-

hiking, playing volleyball
with friends, tubing down the Ichetucknee
River, canoeing, cooking, attending local
plays, gardening and growing orchids,
camping, tailgating with other FSHN
students and staff, traveling whenever he
could, and fostering dogs and puppies for
Gainesville Pet Rescue.
After obtaining a BS in Agronomy
from California State University, Chico,
Dr. Schulbach earned his MS degree in
Irrigation Science from Utah State
University. From 1983 to 1998, he
worked as an extension agent for
irrigation and vegetable crops for the
Monterey County Cooperative Extension
Service in Salinas, California. During that
time he co-authored numerous papers on
irrigation and production of various crops
and spoke on these subjects at many
educational meetings for local growers.

To pursue a career in food science,
Dr. Schulbach came to UF on a PhD
fellowship in 1998. His dissertation was
entitled, "Identification of the most
aroma-active compounds in strawberries:
variety differences and the effects of
heating on strawberry puree," and he
worked under the supervision of co-
chairs Dr. Charlie Sims and Dr. Russell
Rouseff (FSHN Professors). Dr. Sims
says that Dr. Schulbach was a
wonderful graduate student:
"He was a good friend and
colleague to everyone in our I
lab. He loved being a part of
UF and had a very promising
career ahead of him."
His strong background in
agronomy made Dr. Schulbach
an expert on plants in general,
especially fruits and vegetables.
But his colleagues will always
remember him as "Dr. Science," a
nickname he got because of his
extensive knowledge in just about
every subject.
After he obtained his PhD in
2002, Dr. Schulbach worked as a
post-doc and most recently as a
Senior Chemist here in FSHN. During this
time he published extensively and taught
several college courses. He was also an
active member of the Citrus Research and
Education Center's Color and Flavor
Chemistry Group. Recently, his dedicated
research resulted in his discovery of a
naturally occurring substance that can be
used to inhibit the browning of fruit.
But Dr. Schulbach was best known
for his kindness and willingness to help
others. Whether it was input with an
experiment, assistance in fixing a piece of
equipment, or participation in an ad hoc
volleyball tournament, his friends knew
they could always count on him. Rena
(Schonbrun) Shifren (BS, 1995; MS,
2002) remembers calling Kurt for help
with a computer problem while she was
writing her thesis. After spending some
time on the phone without finding a
solution, she thanked him and resigned
herself to visiting the computer labs on
campus the next day. Rena says, "Then at
about 11:30 PM, there was a knock on my
door Kurt decided to come by to see if
he could sort out the problem. And he
did; it took him about 20 minutes. But I'll
never forget that. Kurt would help anyone
who asked or who he saw needed it. He
was truly a good person."

A memorial service was held on
September 28 at the UF Baughman
Center, and many of Dr. Schulbach's
friends, family, and colleagues were there
to celebrate his numerous professional
and personal accomplishments. Dr. Ron
Schmidt (Professor) played guitar and
sang two songs, and Dr. Marty Marshall
(Professor) provided a very moving
introduction as well as eloquent closing

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by his parents Helen and
Herb Schulbach, his brother Karl
Schulbach, his sister Cathy Schulbach,
his aunt Carol Williams, his uncle Bob
Nuspliger, nieces Lauren Visintainer
and Sabrina Schulbach, his nephew K.
G. Stephens, and his devoted wife Diane
Schulbach (who is shown above in
several pictures).
Diane and the rest of Dr. Schulbach's
family have posted an online memorial at
www.kurt-schulbach. last-memories, corn,
and they encourage you to visit and share
your own stories, photos, and memories.
In lieu of flowers or cards, the family
requests that you make a donation to
Candlelighters of Southwest Florida, Inc.
to benefit the families of children with
cancer: www.CandlelightersSWFL.org.

John Robert Loehndorf
Sept 11, 1973 Sept 4, 2008

Early this fall, John Loehndorf (BS,
1997; MS, 2000) passed away at the age
of 34. Originally from West Palm Beach,
Florida, John attended Palm Beach Lakes
High School and then Palm Beach
Community College before transferring to
UF. Most recently, he was the Quality
Assurance Manager for Italian Rose
Garlic Products, Inc.
During his time in FSHN, John
conducted research in sensory science
under the supervision of Dr. Charlie
Sims (Professor). His master's thesis was
entitled "Sensory properties and furanone
content of strawberry clones grown in
Florida." Former FSHN students say that
he was a night owl who often worked on
his research late at night. They noted how
much John truly loved his work in Food
Science. Dr. Sims said, "John was always
interested in research and learning new

things, and was a very good graduate
student. He was doing very well in his
career and we always stayed in touch."
John was well known for his good-
natured sense of humor. Once while
working in the FSHN Taste Panel, he
speculated as to whether a rubber glove
would actually fit on a person's head.
After several attempts, he managed to
pull the glove over his head and blow it
up with his nose. "It was one of the
funniest things I have ever seen, and not
something I will forget for quite a while,"
said former Taste Panel manager Rena
(Schonbrun) Shifren (BS, 1995; MS,
2002). John could make any work
environment fun while at the same time
being completely dedicated to and serious
about science.
John was a member of the Palm
Beach Democratic Executive Committee,
enjoyed boating and other water sports,
and had a great love for travel as well as
spending time with family and friends.

He was a true Gator and a faithful
attendee of FSHN's Florida Party, held at
the IFT Annual Meeting each year.
Everyone in FSHN looked forward to
seeing him each year. John also loved
animals, most especially his two
Chihuahuas, Bubba and Soldier.
John's father, George Robert
Loehndorf, passed away in 2005, but
John is survived by his uncle and UF
graduate O. Emerson Ingram (BS, 1968)
and his mother Carol Ann Loehndorf,
also a UF graduate (BS, 1963).

Oscar D. Canonizado, Jr.
Feb 28, 1978 Aug 15, 2008

Oscar Canonizado was an
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
major who graduated from UF in 2002.
He also earned minors in Food Science
and Human Nutrition and in Chemistry,
was an active participant in the FSHN
Club, and worked in the FSHN Taste
S Panel. Taste Panel
Supervisor Dr.
Charlie Sims
former employee

2005), and former
manager Rena
Shifren (BS,
1995; MS, 2002)
all described Oscar as a nice person who
was fun to work with and very competent.
During his time at UF, Oscar was
very active on campus, particularly with
the Filipino Student Association (FSA).
After his graduation, he started an alumni
group to help everyone in FSA stay in
touch. "It was impressive to see him so
involved. I and dozens of fellow FSA
members and alumni will always miss
and remember him," said Lisa Mathias
(BA English, BS Telecommunications,
2007). Friend and UF roommate Ted
Palada (BS Ag Ed & Communication,
1999) noted, "As a FSA member, Oscar
was involved in fundraising, cultural,

and social
events while
learning about
culture. He was
an intelligent
student, an
active member
of the
community, and
a caring friend.
His friendship will be missed and he will
never be forgotten." Former FSA Vice
President Kenneth Domingo (BSBA
Economics, 2007) said, "I miss Oscar
very much, and nearly all generations of
FSA miss him as well. He made many
connections and lasting friendships, even
years after he graduated. I have never met
anyone as passionate about friends, good
times, and FSA as Oscar. Gainesville
won't be the same without him."
Melina (Cortez) Jose (BS Health
Science Ed, 2002) said, "Oscar was an
amazing, talented individual who always
found a way to get involved. He was
outgoing and friendly and very well-liked
by everyone. He always had a smile on
his face. He will be missed."
Teaching himself how to play the
guitar, Oscar had a natural talent for
music. Lisa added, "He'd often have his
guitar nearby, so when a quiet moment
came, he'd fill it with music. That, in
addition to his natural warmth and
kindness, automatically drew many

people to him." Ted said that Oscar
played his guitar while Christmas caroling
around Gainesville's homeless shelters,
hospitals, and neighborhoods, always
making time to help others.
Oscar always kept in touch with
FSHN. Working in quality assurance for
Winn Dixie Stores, Inc. in Jacksonville,
he was faithful about contacting us with
job opportunities for recent graduates. He
was a dedicated UF Alumnus and huge
fan of the Gators. He was also an avid
tennis player who won many tournaments
and helped teach the sport to others.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Oscar spent
his early years in Norfolk, Virginia and
then Sanford, Florida, where he graduated
with honors from Seminole High School
in 1996. Oscar is survived by his parents
Oscar and Cecilia; sisters Sophia,
Rosemary and Maria; and grandmothers
Pacifica Canonizado and Carmen
Capatan, of the Philippines.

Lake Alfred, Cont.

...compounds using GC-olfactometry;
instrumental and sensory analyses; and
storage and processing flavor changes
associated with fruit and juices. He is the
author or co-author of six books, five
book chapters, and numerous peer-
reviewed journal articles. For many years,
he also taught sections of FOS 5561C
Citrus Processing Technology.
Before coming to UF, Dr. Rouseff
was a Chemistry Professor at Polk
Community College for several years and
served as a research scientist for the
Florida Department of Citrus from 1974
to 1987. He earned his BS in Chemistry
from Wheaton College, his MS in
Analytical Chemistry from Southern
Illinois Univ., and his PhD in Analytical
Chemistry from the Univ. of Georgia.
Currently, Dr. Rouseff is supervising
one MS student, Lilibeth Dagulo (BS,
2007). Lilibeth's research will focus on
the analysis of non-volatile and volatile
compounds in juices from Valencia and
Hamlin oranges, whether non-infected or
symptomatic for citrus greening.
Dr. Reyes is an Assistant Professor of
Food Process Engineering and conducts

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research in citrus processing. More
specifically, his research focuses on the
instrumentation and automation of food
processes with emphasis on the
development of biosensors and rapid
enzyme methods for food safety and
quality assurance. The main goal of this
research is to develop technologies for the

L-R Narsi Ponagandla (MS student), Michael
Eisenmenger (PhD Candidate), Juan Cevallos
(MS, 2007, PhD Student)

improvement of safety, quality, and
efficiency to provide Florida processors
with a worldwide competitive advantage.
Currently, Dr. Reyes is supervising
three graduate students: Juan Cevallos
(MS, 2007), Michael Eisenmenger, and
Narsi Reddy Ponagandla, shown
working together in the picture above.
(Read more about Michael's doctoral
research topic on page 8.) Juan's research
will focus on the use of metabolomics to
identify metabolites in food after
pathogen inoculation to improve food
safety, and Narsi's research topic is on
deoxygenation of fruit juices using
immobilized enzymes in an electro-
chemically generated polymer.
Dr. Reyes earned his BS in Chemical
Engineering from the National
Autonomous Univ. of Mexico, and his
MS in Chemical Engineering and PhD in
Engineering Science from Washington
State Univ. He is a member of numerous
professional organizations, and teaches
courses in Food Kinetics, Sensory and

Alumni Success Story

Mark Walsh (MS, 1995), whose graduate research in FSHN
focused on citrus flavor chemistry with off-flavor formation
and suppression in orange juice, is currently employed with
Firmenich as Business Development Director for Citrus &
Allied Products. His responsibilities include product line
management, strategic global account support, and execution
of business growth initiatives. Mark has been involved with
the citrus flavor industry for over 13 years, beginning his
career in citrus processing and migrating quickly into the
essential oils and flavor side of the industry with companies
such as SunPure, Cargill, and Firmenich.

Dr Danyluk's Lab, L-R Laura Strawn (MS
Student), Gwen Lundy (Senior Technician), Lorrie
Friedrich (Senior Biologist), and Dr. Michelle
Danyluk (Assistant Professor)

Data Acquisition, and Citrus Processing
Dr. Danyluk joined the FSHN
Department as an Assistant Professor in
early 2007. She earned her BS in
Microbiology from the Univ. of Alberta in
2000 and MS in Food Science form the
Univ. of Georgia in 2002, and then
completed a PhD in Food Science from
the University of California, Davis in
2006, specializing in Food Safety and
Her current
research focuses
on microbial food
emphasizing the i
microbiology of iq '
fresh fruits,
vegetables, tree Shelley Jones a Chemist
vegetables, tree working with Dr Reyes
nuts, and their
processed products. Current projects
involve the development and validation of
standard microbiological methods to
evaluate behavior of foodborne pathogens
under different storage/process conditions;
microbial risk assessments and risk
analysis; transfer of pathogens onto fruits
and vegetables; and foodborne pathogen
presence and behavior in the non-host
Dr. Danyluk is supervising Laura
Strawn (MS student), who earned her BS
in Food Science and Technology from the
Univ. of California, Davis. Laura is
researching the fate of Salmonella and E.
coli 0157:H7 on tropical fruit. Laura is
pictured below, along with Dr. Danyluk's
lab technicians. Also joining her lab next
year will be Rachel McEgan, a PhD
student who will be looking at the fate of
Salmonella in Florida agricultural water.
Rachel earned her BSc from the Univ. of
Alberta, and her MSc from the Univ. of
Guelph, both in Food Science.
Dr. Danyluk is a member of the
International Association for Food
Protection, the Institute of Food
Technologists, and the American Society
for Microbiology.

=Fr 7nro, L-R Lilibeth Dagulo (B S, 2007, NIS
student), lpreeti Sood (NIS Student in Horticultural
c ct' aSciences), Rosalia Garcia-Torres (PhD
Candidate) Back row, L-R Dr. Jose Reyes
(Assistant Professor), Narsi Ponagandla (NIS
student), Michael Eisenmenger (PhD Candidate)

Families First, Cont.
... cont. from page 1

....is the principal dietitian for the
Pediatric Obesity Prevention and
Intervention Program of the Pediatric
Physician Organization at Children's
Hospital (PPOC).
Inger is also the author of The
Pediatric Nutrition ToolkitTM, a
comprehensive guide to life-stage
nutrition, weight management, medical
nutrition and food allergy nutrition for
healthcare practitioners. Developed in
partnership with the PPOC, the Toolkit
combines the latest nutrition science with
Inger's personal expertise to provide
practitioners with a superior resource for
educating patients about life-long health.
The Toolkit also includes over 50 unique
handouts to help healthcare practitioners
communicate nutrition and health
concepts to children, families, and adults.
Over 250 pediatric providers have been
trained in the use of the Toolkit and are
currently using the handouts in their
However, Inger is perhaps best
known for her role as President and
Founder of Foundations Family Nutrition
(FFN), a thriving nutrition practice
headquartered in Cambridge,
Massachusetts (visit their website at:
www.FoundationsNutrition.com). Her
vision for FFN was to create a warm,
welcoming, fun environment so that
children and families would look forward
to their visits. The center was designed
with primary colors, fun games and lots
of toy fruits and veggies. Families gather
around a kitchen table that doubles as a
"white board" while children learn
nutrition concepts through interactive

experiments and age-appropriate
illustrations and activities. FFN is proud
to have counseled over 3300 families
since its beginning in 2003.
In order to reach teens and
families on a national level, Inger
recently founded a sister non-
profit organization called Family
Nutrition Foundation. "We wanted
to be able to reach more families,
perhaps those that don't have
health insurance or for one reason
or another can't make it to our
office for one-on-one counseling.
The more services available to
support healthy families, the
better," says Inger. Through
Family Nutrition Foundation,c
Inger posts a daily podcast at
www.FamilyNutrition Talk.comr
and answers listener questions on
weight and nutrition topics.
As the importance of weight
management in children gains greater
focus and attention, keep an eye out for
Inger in the media, especially as her

success continues. Foundations Family
Nutrition was recently featured in the
show "Taking Charge Making Changes,"


anger Hustrulid, posing with fun props used to help educate
children about nutrition

which was hosted by Jillian Michaels
from the popular television show "The
Biggest Loser." Look for this broadcast in
the very near future.
FSHN congratulates Inger on all of
her professional successes, and we hope
to hear more from her in the future.

Caught in the Act
Send us your photos of FSHN alumni and friends at work or at play. Contact information is located on page 2.

Renee Applebaum (BS, 2007; current MS L-R: Danie Neideffer and Shawn Sprankle Harry "Randy" Bringger (BS, 1976) was
student) demonstrates yet another creative use (BS, 1998; MS, 2001) were in McCarty Hall spotted heading over to the grill for a free
for crawfish at the 2008 IFT Annual Meeting this fall interviewing FSHN students for a hamburger at the first ever FSHN Alumni &
in New Orleans. 2009 summer internship at Tate & Lyle. Friends Tailgate this fall.

Dr. Kauwell Wins Mentor Award

Dr. Gail Kauwell (Professor; PhD, 1993) was honored with
the Florida Dietetic Association's prestigious 2008 Mentor
Award at their 73rd Annual Symposium this past summer.
This award is designed to recognize the individual who has
been most influential in fostering the leadership of the
current FDA President. At the Symposium, Dr. Kauwell was
described by the 2007-2008 President, Lucille Beseler, as a
professional and highly intelligent woman who has tirelessly
worked to guide and encourage countless other individuals in
the organization, consistently providing her time and
expertise to others. Lucille said about Dr. Kauwell, "This
wonderful woman has not only been special to me, but I know she has been a mentor
for countless other individuals."

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FSHN Achievements

FSHN graduate students earned top research awards at the IFT
Annual Meeting this year. Michael Eisenmenger, a PhD
candidate working with Dr. Jose Reyes (Assistant Professor),
took 1st place in the Biotechnology Division with his poster:
"High hydrostatic pressure an innovative method of enzyme
enhancement." Sara Aldaous, a PhD candidate working with
Dr. Hordur Kristinsson (Assistant Professor), won 2nd place in
the Aquatic Food Products Division with: "Effect of NaCl on
the pro-oxidative activity of oxy-hemoglobin in a washed
minced tilapia muscle system." Lihua Huo, a PhD candidate
also working with Dr. Kristinsson, won both 2nd and 3rd place in
the Aquatic Food Products Division with, respectively:
"Evaluation and comparison of two analytical methods to
determine carbon monoxide presence and level in fish muscle"
and "Improvement of carbon monoxide quantification in fish
muscle using gas chromatography." And Maria Plaza, a PhD
candidate who originally worked with Dr. Murat Balaban
(former FSHN Professor) and who is now supervised by Dr.
Marty Marshall (Professor), won 2nd place in the Fruit and
Vegetable Products Division with her poster: "Clarification of
guava (Psidium ..,nI ,1 L.) juice with bioguavase enzyme."
Maria also received a 2008 James Davidson Graduate Travel
Scholarship in the amount of $300.

Valerie Weyenberg (BS, 2007; MS/DI student)
received the $2,500 American Dietetic Association
Foundation Fuschia Lucille Johnson Memorial
Scholarship. This is the second year in a row that
Valerie has won an ADAF scholarship!

-- Doretta Ho (BS, 2005; MS/DI student) also
received an American Dietetic Association
Foundation scholarship this year, the Patsy Jane
O'Malley Memorial Scholarship in the amount of

The Fourth Annual Florida Party was held at Tropical Isle on
Bourbon Street in New Orleans this summer, coinciding with
the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting. Co-
hosted by Florida Section IFT and the FSHN Department and
organized by Dr. Gillian (Folkes) Dagan (ABC Research; BS,
2000; PhD, 2004) and Janna Underhill (FSHN News & Views
Editor), the event was a great success. Please help us thank our
very generous sponsors for supporting this annual party:
Florida Section IFT; Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.;
the FSHN Taste Panel; ABC Research, Inc.; Cypress
Systems, Inc.; Biosun Biochemicals, Inc.; and FoodWise, Inc.
We hope to see everyone in Anaheim in 2009, and please enjoy
the event pictures on the right.

Above L-R Yael Spektor
(BS, 2007, current MS Above, L-R Dr. Jose Reyes (Assistant
student), Lilibeth Dagulo (BS, Professor), Dr. Neil Shay (Chair and Professor),
2007, current MS student) Dr. Mary Keith (FL Section IFT Chair), Dr.
Wendy Dahl (Assistant Professor), Dr. Liwei
Gu (Assistant Professor)

Above, L-R Dr. Charlie Sims (Professor),
Neha Patel (BS, 2006), Janna Underhill
(FSHN Staff)

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Above, L-R Dr. David del
Pozo-Insfran (PhD, 2006), Dr.
April Elston (PhD, 2005),
Jaclyn Kalva (BS, 2007, current
vlS student)

Left, L-R Lorenzo Puentes
(BS, 2002, current MS
student, FSHN staff),
Courtney Puentes, Melanie
Kemmerer (BS, 2000, MS,
2002), Larry Clement (FL
Section IFT Treasurer)

Below, L-R Mark Messersmith (Blosun), Brenda
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Ochsenius (BS,
2005, current
MS student),
Armfield (BS,

Right, L-R Renee Applebanm (BS, 2007,
current MS student), Dr. Ron Schmidt

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