Human Nutrition News & Views
Food Science For alumni, students, associates, andfriends of FSHN
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
H- N Volume VI, Issue 2, Fall 2006
Robert "Bob" Golaszewski
received his MS in Food Science from
FSHN in 1997, and says his "Road to the
Orange and Blue" wasn't traditional.
After graduating from The Ohio
State University in 1979, Bob spent the
next twelve years working in industry. In
1991, he accepted a job as manager of a
food company in Ocala. He and his wife
Karen moved to Gainesville because they
enjoyed the college atmosphere, and Bob
commuted to Ocala on weekdays. At first
he found the drive to be inconvenient, but
when he later decided to start a business
in Gainesville, it became a smart choice.
Unfortunately that business didn't
turn out to be the success he had hoped,
so Bob began work in research and
development at a small food research
laboratory near UF. He says that position
was very challenging because the lab
provided service to such a large variety of
clients. It also led him to consult with
faculty here in FSHN, who were very
helpful with his work.
Bob says, "I had the pleasure of
running taste panels at the Reitz Union,
for beverage clients interested in what
college students liked. It was during these
taste panels that my desire to increase
knowledge of the food science field
became an obsession."
And so in 1994, at age 37, Bob
started the MS program in Food Science
here in FSHN. Because he hadn't been in
school for so long, he wasn't expecting to
enjoy the college experience a second
time around. However, that wasn't the
case. Bob told us: "The environment was
extremely challenging and I realized that
going back to school as an older student
was fantastic! The major difference as an
older student is your professors may turn
out to be some of your best friends. UF
also had extremely bright students from
many parts of the world, which increased
the depth of my learning and social
Shortly after his graduation in 1997,
Bob interviewed with General Mills and
landed what he called a wonderful
position. Bob says, "It was a very
bittersweet day leaving Gainesville for
my job in Minnesota..... Cont. page 3
L-R: Nyima Ali, Kelli (Notestine) Crovo,
Beryl Greywoode (BS, 2005) is
currently a second year student in the UF
College of Medicine. In the spring of
2006, while participating in a medical
mission trip to New Orleans, Beryl started
to think about organizing a similar trip to
Africa. For years the College of Medicine
has organized medical mission trips to the
Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the
Yucatan, but they had never visited
Africa. And so Beryl created RAIN
(Relieving Areas in Need) and began to
cultivate connections in South Africa.
Beryl's connections led her to a local
doctor in South Africa who was willing to
donate a retreat home that houses and
feeds 25 volunteers, and to a U.S. charity
organization that procured use of a
"common ground" area, complete with a
large empty building for use as a clinic.
In March of 2007, Beryl will lead a
medical mission trip to South Africa. A
team of 25 volunteers,.... Cont. page 3
In this issue:
Congratulations ............................................ 2
Alumni Updates ............................................ 2
Orange and Blue, cont............................... 3
Serving Africa, cont................................. 3
FSHN Retirements........................................ 3
FSHN Alumna at Abbott............................. 3
FSHN Achievements.................................. 4
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College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
FSHN Alumnus' Road to the Orange and Blue
SBob Golaszewski, posing with some of the products he's developed for General Mills.
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pictured above), and the couple is now
living in Texas. Erin also completed her
dietetic internship this year.
Pulido (both pictured above). She
graduated from Univ. of South Florida
medical school this year and started her
anesthesiology residency at Jackson
Memorial Hospital in Miami. She is
interested in critical care, and may pursue
a fellowship after her residency.
Albert Teira (BS and MS graduate from
the UF Electrical Engineering program).
Albert and Meghan are pictured above.
from UF med school and started his
residency at the University of South
Florida in Tampa. Brian is pictured above
with his wife Stephanie (left) and Dr.
Sue Percival (FSHN Professor, middle).
Dr. Walter Kelley (BS, 2002) graduated
from the Arizona College of Osteopathic
Medicine of Midwestern University, in
Phoenix. He just started his residency in
pathology at the University of Maryland
Medical Center in Baltimore, joined by
his wife Kara and son Karl. Kara is also
a Gator, with both a bachelor's and
master's degree from UF's College of
Education. Walter says: "Tell everyone to
keep up the good work; we need more
good nutritionists in all fields medicine,
agriculture, manufacturing, public policy,
etc. You name it, there is a need for it.
Thanks, and Go Gators!"
Brett Podoski (MS, 1998) is working for
the US Food and Drug Administration in
Honolulu. In February of this year he was
promoted to Supervisory Consumer
Safety Officer, overseeing a staff of nine.
He is in charge of domestic and import
regulatory work for the FDA in Hawaii,
American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan.
Melissa (Kolsch) Jones (BS, 2001; PhD,
2006) accepted a post-doc position in
August at UNC Charlotte with Dr. Jim
Mark Berger (BS, 2005) completed a
Master of Science in Management at UF,
and began dental school at Boston
University Goldman School of Dental
Medicine this fall.
Dr. Darren Martin (BS, 1997) received
his MD from Morehouse School of
Medicine in 2003 and is a clinical
associate at the Tufts University School
of Medicine at Baystate Medical Center
in Springfield, Massachusetts. He will
complete his fourth year of an Internal
Medicine Pediatrics Residency next
Dr. Barbara Davis (PhD, 1996) is the
Director of Innovation, Nutrition &
Claims for The Dannon Company, Inc.
She directs the research and development
of new products with functional benefits,
develops and substantiates health claims,
contributes to Dannon's Nutrition &
Health policy and strategy, serves as the
scientific/nutrition resource for the
company internally, and directs clinical
trials conducted in North America.
Marjorie "Meg" Richards (MS, 2005) is
employed as a Research and Development
Food Technologist at Stonyfield Farm
Inc. in Londonderry, NH where she is
working on improving and developing
cup and smoothie yogurt products. She
also serves as a representative on their
The following 2006 graduates have been
accepted into MS programs here at UF:
Rebecca Burnworth, Food Science;
Meredith Galloway, Erica Kukulka,
and Wendy Wai, all Nutritional Sciences.
Nicholas Bohan (BS, 2005) and Joeva
Hepburn (BS, 2005) were also accepted
into FSHN's Nutritional Sciences MS
B. Bernadette (O'Farrell-Ray) Latson
(MS, 1981) is an Assistant Professor and
Director of the Coordinated Program in
Dietetics for the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Summer 2006 BS graduates accepted into
dietetic internships include: Lorilee
Olmoguez, Emory University; Bethany
O'Neill, Emory University; Jessica
Rubin, St. Petersburg WIC; Tristan
Soyka, Florida Hospital; Robert Warns,
Pasco County WIC.
Catherine "Ashley" Orynich (BS, 2006)
has been accepted to the Harvard School
of Dental Medicine.
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information outdated? Please drop us
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Orange and Blue, cont.
.... I think other students having left (or planning on
leaving) the Gainesville area will know about the
knot you get in your stomach as you see Gainesville
in the rear view mirror."
Bob has now been at General Mills for more
than nine years as a senior research scientist, and he
loves his job. He told us he attributes his success
directly to UF and the support he received from the
FSHN faculty, especially his mentor Dr. Charlie
Sims (Professor). He also thanked his wife Karen for
her years of support.
Bob shared some final thoughts: "I will always
have warm memories of UF, and love to keep up
with the news via my UF alumni membership. Go
Gators, and best of success to all current and future
Sewing Africa, cont.
.... including 5 doctors, will travel to Gauteng for ten days to set up free
clinics and address local health issues. They will also spend one day in Cape
Town at a free clinic, six hours away. The team will bring as many medical
supplies as they can carry, and promote public communication and public
health education on a local radio station.
Other team members include med students and FSHN alumni Kelli
(Notestein) Crovo (BS, 2004) and Nyima Ali (BS, 2005). They hope this
will become an annual event; however, they first need to raise the $50,000
necessary to fund this year's trip. If you are interested in helping, you can
mail a check (made out to "Project RAIN") to: Project RAIN, ATTN: Nyima
All, PO Box 100274, Gainesville, FL, 32610-0274. Or visit their website,
www.ufproiectrain.org, and donate online. All donations are tax exempt.
Beryl also sits on the Medical College Council Board, and even finds
time to conduct research. She says, "I can't tell you how excited we all are
about this opportunity; more than anything, I've come to learn that with a
dream and willingness to see that dream through, anything is possible."
This year, FSHN said goodbye to two dedicated faculty
Dr. Robert "Bob" Braddock, FSHN
Professor, retired this past summer. Dr.
Braddock received his BS and MS degrees
from UF, and his PhD from Michigan State
University. He joined the FSHN faculty in
1970. Dr. Braddock's research interests
included developing new process methods and
quality parameters (applied to commercial
processing of citrus specialty and by-products); concentration
and dewatering processes; and essentials oils and citrus flavors.
His many accomplishments include the development of an
enzyme process to reduce viscosity and increase soluble solids
recovery in juice concentration and pulp washing processes;
development of mass balance and recovery data for citrus by-
product operations including essential oils, bioflavonoids, and
limonene; bioconversion of terpenes and citrus aroma chemicals
for flavor applications; applications of high pressure to citrus
processing; and citrus oil halogen compounds related to oil
recovery methods. Dr. Braddock is also an IFT Fellow.
Dr. Ross D. Brown, Jr. (FSHN Associate
Professor) also retired this summer. Dr. Brown
received his PhD from the University of
Wisconsin and joined the faculty here in FSHN
in 1980. Dr. Brown's research interests included
enzymes and carbohydrates relevant to food
systems and food processing, structural
characterization of microbial cellulases,
induction of multiple enzyme systems, anaerobic fermentation
of cellulosic materials, and application of cellulases to new
FSHN Alumna at Abbott
Dr. Amy Mackey (PhD, 2002) conducted her
graduate research on vitamin absorption/
metabolism under the guidance of Dr. Jess
Gregory (FSHN Professor). After graduation,
she conducted post-doctoral research in neonatal
nutrition for Dr. Josef Neu in the Department of
Pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine. In
2003, Dr. Mackey joined Abbott Nutrition Research &
Development in Columbus, Ohio as a Senior Scientist in
Pediatric Strategic Research. In 2004 she was promoted to
Research Scientist in Pediatric Nutrition Science and Research.
At Abbott, Dr. Mackey seeks to improve the nutrition
of infants with the feeding of the Similac brand of infant
formulas. Her responsibilities include designing and conducting
clinical feeding trials in infants, innovating new formulations
and improving existing ones, developing and reviewing product
labels and promotional materials, and creating educational
presentations for health care professionals. This past year, she
was on the team that launched the new Similac Organic formula,
a certified USDA organic infant formula.
Dr. Mackey says, "The longer that I'm away from UF,
the more I realize the quality of the graduate education that I
received from an outstanding faculty that continuously
challenged me to grow intellectually. I appreciate the level of
scholarship and talent of my peers while at UF (1998-2003). I
was in some good company, and I was fortunate to travel the
graduate path with these students. I also realize how much I
miss the reliable Florida sunshine."
And congratulations go out to Dr. Mackey: she and Dr.
Steve Davis (PhD, 2000), got engaged. Dr. Davis did his
graduate and postdoctoral research with Drs. Bob Cousins
(FSHN Professor) and Dr. Gregory, respectively. Dr. Davis is
currently an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of
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Several FSHN MS/DI graduate students donated their time to a
project at Gainesville's Talbot Elementary School this past year:
Cristin Cuozzo (BS, 2005), Brooke Findley (BS, 2002),
Melanie Grabianowski, Jennifer Hill, Brad Jahnke (BS,
2005), Laura Jensen (BS, 2005), Laura Postin, and Jessica
McIntire (BS, 2005). These students developed a very
successful program called "Veggie Force" with such characters
as Captain Carrot and Princess Spinach. Children were given the
opportunity to plant vegetables in a garden, and were also
encouraged to taste a new vegetable each month.
Kristina von Castel-Roberts, FSHN doctoral candidate, won a
graduate student research award at the Federation of American
SSocieties for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
Summer Conference in California this year. The
competition is judged using the following criteria:
scientific content and design, presentation of the
work, and response to questions and discussion
posed by the judges. Kristina's research focused
on folic acid, vitamin B 12 and one carbon metabolism, and her
poster was entitled "Holo-transcobalamin is an Indicator of
Vitamin B-12 Absorption."
Dr. Anita Wright (FSHN Associate Professor) was appointed
to the advisory board for the Emerging Pathogens Initiative and
was an invited speaker at the June Federation of
American Societies for Experimental Biology
(FASEB) conference in Tucson on Microbial
Polysaccharides. She presented investigations on
Genetic Variation in the Capsular Polysaccharide
Operon of Vibrio vulnificus.
Two FSHN graduate students won awards at the IFT Annual
Meeting this past summer. David Mantilla (BS, 2002; MS,
2005), working with Dr. Hordur Kristinsson (FSHN Assistant
Professor), won 2nd place in the IFT Aquatic Food Division
Student Presentation Competition. And Yavuz Yagiz (PhD
student), working with Dr. Kristinsson and Dr. Marty Marshall
(FSHN Professor), won 3rd place in that same competition.
Dr. Doug Archer (FSHN Professor, IFAS Associate Dean for
Research, and Director of UF/IFAS Biosecurity Program) was
named a 2006 IFT Fellow. This prestigious
recognition is only given to a select few
individuals who have outstanding qualifications
and have contributed greatly to the advancement of
food science and technology. Dr. Archer was
honored for his many years of work in food safety
and security with the Food & Drug Administration and now
with the University of Florida
Meri Nantz (FSHN Biological Scientist) just graduated with a
degree in Graphic Design Technology from Santa Fe
Community College, with a near-perfect academic record.
FSHN, in conjunction with the Florida Section of the Institute of
Food Technologists (IFT), held the second annual Florida Social
Hour at IFT this past summer at the IFT Annual Meeting in
Orlando. The event, which was held at the Friday's Front Row
Sports Grill on International Drive, was designed to bring
together UF alumni, FL Section members, and anyone who
works in or has ties to food industry in the state of Florida.
Event organizers Janna Underhill (FSHN News & Views
Editor), Dr. Gillian Dagan (ABC Research; BS, 2000; PhD,
2004), Dr. Charlie Sims (FSHN Chair), and Mark Walsh
(Cargill; MS, 1995) thank the following sponsors for helping
make the event such a success: ABC Research, Bacardi, Cargill,
Flavor Materials, Friday's, and the UF FSHN Department.
Following are some pictures from this year's Social Hour. See
you next year in Chicago!
L-R Larry Clement, Dr. Gillian
Dagan (BS, 2000, PhD, 2004), Janette
MacGuinness(BS, 1999, MS, 2002), R Marc Macellao (Mintel)
ToL-R Marc Macellaio (Mmtel),
Kathy Barry, Troy Ayers (BS, 1997, h r ou sco)
MS, 1998), all wvith ABC Research anme Chnstodoulou (Damsco),
MS 199 all with ABC Research Deena Rogers (Mastertaste, BS, 2001),
Martin von Paleske (Mastertaste)
top left Holly
PhD candidate in
(Senior in Food Science), \
Sparky Vilsaint (Junmor in Food (.UII I .
L-R Dr. Russ Rouseff (FSHN
Professor), Dr. Sue Percival
(FSHN Professor), Dr. Mark
McLellan (IFAS Dean for
L-R Sonal Singh (Senior in Food
Science), Renee Applebaum (Senior
in Food Science), Christine Wang
(Junior in Food Science), Becky
Burnworth (BS, 2006, MS student
m Food Science)
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L-R Dr. Tom Pugh (E &J Gallo
Winery), Dr. Asli Odabasi (FSHN
staff, MS, 1998, PhD, 2003) andher
husband Dr. Serdar Kirln (UF
L-R David Mantilla (Beaver Street Fishenes;
L-R Ma Davenport (PhD BS, 2002, MS, 2005), Dr. Sara Risch (Michigan
candidate in Food Science), Paul State University Professor), Dr. Ron Schmidt
Grotheer (B, 2001, MS student (FSHN Professor), Nicholas Ramon (ABC
im Food Science), Meghan Research, BS, 2005), Saqib Hussain (MS
(Meller) Teira (California sent n Food fence)
Natural Products, BS, 2003)