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Human Nutrition Hews & Views
poNews n views
Food Science For alumni, students, associates, and friends of FSHN

H N Y Volume VI, Issue 1, Spring 2006

FSHN Welcomes Alumni at Experimental Biology

FSHN has always had a strong
professional presence at the annual
Federation of American Societies for
Experimental Biology Conference
(EB). However, the department had
never before hosted a formal alumni
event at EB.

L-R Kelli Herrlinger-Garcia (MS student and
FSHN Senior Biological Scientist) and Tolunay
Beker Aydemir (FSHN Biological Scientist)

With of the generous support of
both Dr. Bob Cousins (Professor and
Eminent Chair) and the Center for
Nutritional Sciences, FSHN was able
to send Janna Underhill, FSHN staff
and Editor of FSHN News & Views,
to the this year's conference in San

L-R Dr. Jess Gregory (Professor) and Dr.
Yvonne Lamers, a post-doc in Dr Gregory's lab

Turnout for the event, which was
held in conjunction with the annual
University Mixer (sponsored by EB),
was great. Alumni mingled with
FSHN faculty, staff, graduate

students, post-docs, undergraduates,
and other friends and research
Attendees enjoyed free goodies
donated by FSHN and the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, and
also some good food provided by the
conference. A strong Gator presence
was established, and in fact a student
attendee from another school asked us
why UF had such a "different looking
table than the other schools." (We told
them the Gators were just really cool.)

Marie Dajuste (MS student, BS, 2002)

A special thank you goes out to Emily
Sperling, Executive Director for the
College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences Alumni and Friends
Foundation, for providing table tents,
CALS brochures, and lots of Gator
stickers for this event.
Justin Silvestre, a junior in
Nutritional Sciences, traveled to EB to

Dr. Bobbi Langkamp-Henken (Associate
Professor) enjoying a nice meal with Albert the
Alligator at the fabulous Gator table

Dr. Susanne M. Talcott (PhD, 2004), Dr. Eoin
Quinlivan (former post-doc with Dr. Jess Gregory)

present a poster he co-authored with
Kelli Herrlinger-Garcia (see page
4), Dr. Mitch Knutson (Assistant
Professor), Dr. Sally Litherland (BS,
1981; MS, 1983), Dr. Cousins, and
Dr. Bobbi Langkamp Henken
(Associate Professor). See page 3 for
more about undergraduates at EB.
EB Alumni Social, continued. 3

[ 1

L-R Meri Nantz (FSHN Biological Scientist), Dr.
Sue Percival (Professor), and Dr. Cheryl Rowe
(FSHN Research Associate)

In this issue:
Alumni Updates .......................................... 2
EB Alumni Social, cont............................ 3
Undergrad Research at EB...................... 3
Welcome New FSHN Faculty...................... 3
Congratulations!........................................... 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
Coord., Academic Support Services
352/392-1991, ext. 220

We Welcome Your Input!
Send all correspondence, articles,
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Alumni Updates

Dr. Maria Chatzidaki-Livanis (PhD,
2004) is continuing research in Dr.
Anita Wright's (Associate Professor)
laboratory with a post-doctoral
position, and was recently offered a
second post-doc position with Dr.
Laurie Comstock's group at Harvard

Dr. Neil Shay, former post-doc with
Dr. Bob Cousins (Professor and
Eminent Scholar), is now a Senior
Nutrition Scientist with the Kellogg's
company in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Dr. Rosemay Michel (BS, 1991) is a
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and an
Assistant Professor at the University of
Texas Health Science Center at San

2006 BS graduates accepted into
Physician Assistant programs: Tiffany
Hetmanek and Casey Higgins will
both attend Daemon College;
Katherine Trotter will attend Nova
Southeastern Univ.

Dr. Masoumeh Rajabi (MS, 1999;
PhD, 2005) has accepted a research
position at ABC Research Corporation
here in Gainesville.

Dr. J. Bernadette Moore (PhD, 2002)
is currently a Senior Marie Curie
Transfer of Knowledge Fellow in the
Department of Biology at the
University of Ireland in Maynooth.
This is a highly competitive fellowship,
sponsored by the European Union.

Virginia (Braddock) Gray (BS, 2001)
is a liaison between the Department of
Health at Columbia University and
FoodChange, an organization striving
to improve the nutrition of low income
children. She is part of a team helping
to create a market for locally grown
produce within schools, and is also
developing a series of focus groups
with parents to continue education
outside the schools.

The following 2006 BS graduates have
been accepted to dental school: Sean
Altenbach (UF); Kathryn Antony
(UF); Anthony Carter (Univ. of
Maryland); Lucia Chia (UF); Julianne
Doyle (Boston Univ.); Anis Elkhechen
(UF); Michael Gooch (UF); Colleen
Hambrook (Nova Southeastern Univ.);
Meredith Hoek (Univ. of Maryland);
Meyleen Izquierdo (UF); Melissa
Jaber (Boston Univ.); Latoya Jones
(UF); Austin Mautner (UF); Darshan
Naidu (Harvard Univ.); Kyle
Pettersen (UCLA); Jodi Slootsky
(Univ. of Pennsylvania) Dorothy
Theogene (Howard Univ.); Bozena
Zaleska (UF).

The following 2006 BS graduates have
been accepted to medical school: Kelly
Comerford (UF); Renee Gallo (UF);
Arash Harzand (Univ. of Miami);
Julia Henry (UF); Kirsten Madsen
(UF); Nicole Nicophene (UF); Lateef
Opabola (Ross Univ.); Shruti
Shanker (Nova Southeaster Univ.);
Anjali Shetty (Univ. of South Florida);
Jennifer Tovey (Virginia Common-
wealth Univ.). Brian Assent (BS,
2003) was accepted to Medical
University of the Americas.

The following 2006 BS graduates have
been accepted to pharmacy school:
Jessica Cobian (Nova Southeastern
Univ.); Mary Hall (UF); Julie Nguyen
(UF); Grazia Nuccitelli (UF);
Elizabeth Trang (UF); Shihein
Williams (UF).

Lavin Joseph (MS, 2002) has accepted
a research position at IOAMI Corp., a
vaccine development company in
Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Mark Campbell (BS 2000; MS 2003)
has accepted a research position with
the USDA in Athens, Georgia.

The following 2006 graduates have
been accepted into graduate programs
here at UF: Phuong Bui, MS in
Management; Eric Catlin, MS in
Healthcare Administration; Ashley
Courtney, Physician Assistant
Program; Juan Gonzalez, MS in
Management; Shauna Vaughan, MS
in Nursing; Andrew Vitale, MS in
Nutritional Sciences. Other 2006 BS
graduates accepted into graduate
programs include: Erin Burge (Florida
Gulf Coast Univ. for Health Science);
Sabrina Khouri (Boston Univ. for
Public Health); Alexander Moya
(Barry Univ. for Biomedical Sciences).

2006 BS graduates accepted into
dietetic internships include: Jennifer
Asmus (UF); Ashritha Bhaskar (Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center);
Bethany Bridgman (Medical Univ. of
SC); Catherine Coccia (UF); Sarah
Cruz (Cornell Univ.); Kelly Hunt
(Appalachian State Univ.); Jennifer
Landers (Univ. North Florida); Kinsey
Lowrey (Florida State Univ.); Neha
Patel (Pasco County); Amy Windover
(Univ. of North Florida).

Catherine Dau (BS, 2006) has been
accepted into optometry school at Nova
Southeastern Univ.

2006 BS graduates accepted into
chiropractic schools: Wesley Johnson
(Palmer Chiropractic) and Steven
Muscari (Parker College of

Joshua Trulock (BS, 2006) is a
Second Lieutenant in the US Army's
Officer Candidate School.

Troy Ayers (BS, 1997; MS, 1998) is
the Director of Technical Services for
ABC Research Corporation here in

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

EB Alumni Social, Centinued from Page 1
University and then move on to the
final game against UCLA. Dr. Steve
Davis (PhD, 2000) helped gather
everyone together at a local restaurant
to watch the games and relax a little
between presentations and sessions.

Gator fans celebrating in San Francisco just after UF
beat George Mason University on their way to a national
basketball championship, L-R Janna Underhill (FSHN
News & Views Editor), Dr. J. Bernadette Moore (PhD,
2002), Louis Lichten (PhD student in Nutritional
Sciences, BS, 2002, MS, 2004), Dr. Amy Mackey
(PhD, 2002), JeffBobo (BS, 2000, MS, 2004), Dr.
Steve Davis (PhD, 2000)

It was simply a good week to be a
Gator, since many of us got to watch the
UF basketball team beat George Mason

L-R Kristina Voncastel-Roberts (PhD candidate in
Nutritional Sciences), Louis Lichten (PhD student in
Nutritional Sciences, BS, 2002, MS, 2004), and Dr.
Mitch Knutson (Assistant Professor)

L-R Tolunay Beker Aydemir and Fikret
Aydemir, FSHN Biological Scientists

Thank you to all alumni and other
friends of FSHN who attended, and we
hope to see everyone next year in
Washington DC for the second annual
Alumni Social at EB!

Undergraduate Research at EB
Several undergraduate students from Dr. Peggy Borum's
(Professor) honors lab group, the Investigators, traveled to EB
to present four posters on their research in clinical nutrition.
Students who presented are: Janeen Alidina (Senior in
Chemistry), Laura Chan (Senior in Psychology), Candice
Daibes (Senior in Chemical Engineering), Diego Gomez
(Senior in Nursing), Sabrina Khouri (Senior in Nutritional
Sciences), and Allen Pusateri (Senior in C Iiinuin ). Dr.
Borum feels that giving undergraduates the opportunity to see
and meet the authors of scientific papers they have read is an
invaluable experience, especially when the students realize that
those authors are often very interested in the students' own
research. This is the third year that Dr. Borum has taken
undergraduate students to EB to experience the "world of
research outside UF."

Welcome New FSHN Faculty

Join us in welcoming Dr. Jos3 Ignacio
Reyes De Corcuera, FSHN's newest
Assistant Professor. Dr. Reyes received his
PhD in Engineering Science and his MS in
Chemical Engineering from Washington
State University, and his BS in Chemical
Engineering from National Autonomous
University of Mexico. His research interests include
technology development for the improvement of safety,
quality, and efficiency in citrus processing to provide Florida
processors with a competitive advantage worldwide; also,
instrumentation and automation of food processes with
emphasis on the development of biosensors and rapid enzyme
methods for food safety and quality assurance. Dr. Reyes was
also just elected Treasurer of the Florida Section Institute of
Food Technologists.



Benjamin Warren (PhD candidate in Food Science; BS,
1998; MS, 2003) and his wife Nikki are the proud parents of a
healthy baby boy! Zachary Ray Warren was born on
May 2 at
Hospital in
Mother and
baby are
doing well,
and FSHN
wishes Ben
and his new
family all the

Five of the UF undergraduates who presented posters at EB this year, having a good time
at the first annual Alummi Social, L-R Allen Pusateri, Laura Chan, Candice Daibes,
Janeen Alidina, and Diego Gomez

FSHN Achievements

Kelli Herrlinger-Garcia (MS student and FSHN Senior
R Biological Scientist, pictured top left) was
chosen as one of twelve finalists for the
American Society for Nutrition/Proctor &
Gamble Graduate Student Research Award
Oral Competition, which was held at the
Federation of American Societies for
Experimental Biology Conference (EB) in
San Francisco this March. Also, the winner of
this year's competition was a FSHN alumna:
Alexia (Lundberg) Smith (BS, 2003,
pictured bottom left), who is now a nutrition
doctoral student at the University of North
Carolina. Congratulations go out to both of
these exceptional researchers!

Melissa Kolsch Jones (BS, 2001; PhD, 2006) received the
President's Award from the Southeastern American Society
for Microbiology for the outstanding PhD oral presentation.

Dr. Bob Cousins (Professor and Eminent Chair) is now the
Editor of Annual Review ofNutrition. This series continues to
have the highest citation index of any
Nutrition journal. The first volume under
his leadership (vol. 25) was published last
fall. He is also an editor, with four others,
of the 10th Edition of Modern Nutrition in
Health and Disease, which was published
Sin August 2005. This 2000+ page textbook
is a widely used reference in the scientific
and medical community worldwide. Dr. Cousins and Dr. Juan
Liuzzi (who did most of his doctoral research in FSHN and is
currently a post-doc research associate here) had a review
article honored fall 2005 by the Institute for Scientific
Information (ISI) as one of the most highly cited "Fast
Breaking Papers" in the field of Agricultural Sciences.

Chris Duncan, who just graduated with his BS degree (Food
Science), was selected over hundreds of other applicants for a
one-year, full-time professional internship with Kellogg's in
Battle Creek, Michigan. He will work on projects involving
food formulations designed to eliminate trans-fatty acids.
Chris, who originally arrived at UF while still in high school
as a participant in the Student Science Training Program, has
conducted extensive research analyses on phytochemical and
antioxidant properties of various fruits and vegetables. He was
also this year's recipient of the Glen Davis Juice Processing

Each year, FSHN chooses one 4th year undergraduate from
each of its three academic specializations to receive an
Outstanding Senior award. This year's Outstanding Food
Science Senior is Chris Duncan (see paragraph above). The
Outstanding Dietetics Senior is Sarah Cruz. Sarah is a
successful student, has extensive professional and community
service experience, and is a member of several professional
organizations. The Outstanding Nutritional Sciences Senior is
Kelly Comerford. Kelly is an outstanding scholar, has
obtained a great deal of research and volunteer experience, and
was also this year's winner of the J. Wayne Reitz Medal of
Excellence, presented at fall 2005 CALS Convocation.

Please join us in congratulating our 2006 scholarship winners:

National Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Scholarships
IFT Graduate Fellowship David del Pozo-Insfran, Ben Warren
IFT Undergraduate Scholarship Chris Duncan
Florida Section IFT Scholarships
Richard F Matthews Graduate Scholarship Holly Petty
Grady W Chism, Jr Memorial Scholarship Jaclyn Kalva
IFT Undergraduate Scholarship Neha Patel
Raymond A Dennlson Memorial Scholarship Laurin Thomas
Corporate Scholarships
William L and Agnes F Brown Graduate Scholarship Kelli Herrlinger-Garcia,
Lisbeth Pacheco
Checkers Scholarship David del Pozo-Insfran, Ben Warren
Florida Dairy Products Association Scholarship Chris Duncan
Virginia Dare Scholarship Yael Spektor
FSHN Scholarships
Howard Appledorf Memorial Scholarship Jacob Young
Eugene E Woodward Memorial Scholarship Benjamin Song
Earl Wilmot Hartt Scholarships Sean Altenbach, Kristina Betters,
Robert Regenhardt, Justin Silvestre, Laurin Thomas
Robert P Bates Scholarship Jaclyn Kalva

This year, the Checkers restaurant chain chose a FSHN student
for a full-time summer internship at their corporate offices in
Tampa. Jaclyn Kalva, a senior in Food Science, was selected
for this prestigious opportunity. Jaclyn was also just elected
FSHN Club Vice President for Food Science for the upcoming
academic year.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) regional college
bowl competition was held in Raleigh, NC this spring. Our
FSHN team placed fourth overall in a very competitive double

2006 FSHN College Bowl Team,
p sL-R Neha Patel (Dietetics
senior), Tim Weathers (Food
Science senior), Grace Kim
(Food Science senior), Lyndsey
Wells (MS student, Food Science,
BS, 2005), Chris Duncan (Food
Science senior), Danielle Bogan
(MS student, Food Science, BS,
2005), Lisbeth Pacheco (MS
student, Food Science)

elimination event. The competition also featured a new
problem solving event wherein participants competed on teams
comprised of players from various schools. Participants are
presented with a real life industry problem and a series of
clues, and points are awarded based on how quickly the
problem is solved. FSHN MS student Lyndsey Wells was a
member of the winning problem solving team this year. Please
join us in congratulating Lyndsey and all of our college bowl
team members! Here are a few pictures from ourjourney to the
Left College Bowl
Schmidt (Professor)
makes a new friend
Below Tim
Weathers and Chris
Duncan hard at
work washing the
state van


Above Dr. Ron Schmidt's
favorite gas station

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