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FSHuman Nutrition News & Views

Food Science For alumni, students, associates, and friends of FSHN
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Volume VII, Issue 2, Fall 2007

A Message from the Chair's Office


Dear FSHN Alumni & Friends,
After waiting months for the search
process to unfold, I was delighted to hear
in August from Dr. Jimmy Cheek, the
Senior Vice President for Agriculture and
Natural Resources, that he was offering
me the opportunity to lead FSHN. It was a
big honor just to be invited to apply, so I
am both humbled and thrilled to be
offered the task of guiding Food Science
and Human Nutrition into the future.
My official start date was September
30, and starting was complicated by the
fact that I was still living in Michigan. I
began working from home and for about a
month commuted back and forth between
Gainesville and Michigan. My wife Sue
and I officially became residents of
Gainesville in November just before
Thanksgiving. We're glad to be settled in!
At the present time, there are many
challenges to face and opportunities to
contribute within our state, the nation, and
the world in the areas of food science and
human nutrition. Our food supply has
been threatened by contamination with
pathogenic bacteria. We have seen
unprecedented numbers of our children
and adolescents diagnosed with type 2
diabetes, and tragic increases in obesity
rates. Advances in molecular biology and
nutrigenomics suggest that "personalized
nutrition" plans based on our genetic
composition is possible. We need to be
able to successfully educate our FSHN
undergraduates and graduate students to
not only fully understand these problems,
but also to lead the nation in finding

innovative solutions. The IFAS slogan
"IFAS/Solutionsfor Your Life" fits
perfectly with our goals as a Department.
In our own backyard, we have
several issues and opportunities to
address. FSHN undergraduate numbers
are among the highest of any department
at UF, and thus our teaching capacity is
very close to being "maxed out." Our
facilities are on the whole quite good -
with renovated space in the former Dairy
Products Lab, the recently-constructed
Aquatic Food Products Lab, the state-of-
the-art Dietetics Lab, and the renovated
Food Safety Laboratory on Newell Drive,
we have excellent facilities to work with
students in many areas of food science
and nutritional sciences. However, in the
main FSHN building, we are overdue for
upgrades to our facilities. Of particular
note is our pilot plant on the first floor.
We are exploring options and plans for
renovation; however, we're limited right
now by the availability of financial
resources to upgrade this critically-
important research and teaching space.
This will be one main focus of mine as
Chair of FSHN.
We are lucky to have so many great
faculty, staff members, and students in
FSHN it has been a pleasure to come on
board and begin to work with everyone. I
urge all of our alumni and friends to stay
in touch and please feel free to stop in and
say hello the next time you are in
Gainesville. Go Gators!
Neil F. Shay, PhD
Professor and Chair, FSHN

Dr. Neil
Shay and
Sue Shay at
Dr. Shay's
party, held
27 at the
Center on

Please join us in
thanking our outgoing
Chair, Dr. Charlie
Sims (Professor), for
everything he has done
for FSHN. Dr. Sims
became Interim Chair
in 2001 and then was
officially selected as FSHN Chair in
2002. He was honored for his many years
of service at a reception at the Camelia
Court Caf6 in the Ham Museum of Art
on October 17, where he received many
gifts from FSHN faculty and staff
In the future, Dr. Sims will focus his
research programs on food quality, and
primarily the sensory characteristics of
food. He also plans to expand his
teaching and advising roles, including
returning as an undergraduate advisor in
the food science curriculum. Dr. Sims
currently has three MS students: Lorenzo
Puentes (BS, 2002; FSHN Staff), who is
researching the quality of strawberries;
Jaclyn Kalva (BS, 2007), who will study
scaling techniques to measure the
consumer acceptability of foods; and
Renee Applebaum (BS, 2007), who will
study ways to measure and predict the
quality of fresh mangoes. Dr. Sims will
also continue his ongoing research on the
quality and characteristics of Florida
wines, his sensory testing for the food
industry, and his collaborative research
with other IFAS scientists.
....Dr. Sims, cont. on page 3

In this issue:
Alumni Updates......................................... 2
Congratulations!................... ................. 2
W welcome New Faculty................................. 3
Alum ni Success Story.................................. 3
Dr. Sims, cont ................................... 3
FSHN Achievements................................. 4

College ofAgricultural
and Life Sciences

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

We Welcome Your Input!
Send all correspondence, articles,
pictures, updates and comments to:
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PO Box 110370, 359 FSHN
University of Florida
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Alumni Updates

Danielle "Dani" Hasson (BS, 2005),
pictured above displaying her research
poster at the 2007 National Institutes of
Health fellow's poster presentation, is in
her second year of medical school at
Florida State Univ. She spent this past
summer serving as a clinical research
fellow at the National Institutes of Health
in Bethesda, Maryland.

Divya Arora (BS, 2007) is working on a
master's degree at the Univ. of South

Michael Appelblatt (BS, 2007) is
pursuing an MS in Biomedical Sciences
at Florida Atlantic University.

Morgan Phares (BS, 2004) participated
in a group swim near the Golden Gate
Bridge in San Francisco this fall.

2007 BS graduates accepted to medical
schools this year include: Jennifer
Brown, Florida State Univ; Jacqueline
Endaya, Univ. of South Florida; Nandini
Kalakota, West Virginia School of
Medicine; Tessa Landa, Univ. of
Florida; Eugene Liu, Univ. of Maryland;
Pritesh Nathoo, Tufts Univ.; Daniel
Sacks, Vanderbilt Univ.; Andrea
Salazar, Univ. of Miami; David
Snipelisky, Florida State Univ.; Phillip
Varnadore, Florida State Univ.

2007 BS graduates accepted to dental
schools this year include: Gary
Benjamin, Univ. of Florida; Catherine
Delatorre, Univ. of Florida; Cassandra
Dorsey, Univ. of Florida; Alisha Motl,
Univ. of Maryland; Ricky Rasmussen,
Nova Southeastern Univ.; Nima Rohani,
Columbia Univ.; Faye Tran, Univ. of
Florida; Chelsea Tucker, Univ. of
Florida; Jennifer Vampuymbrouck,
Univ. of Florida.

2007 BS graduates accepted to pharmacy
schools this year include: Scott
Hochmuth, Univ. of Florida; Laura
Kania, Mercer Univ.; Phillip Kern,
Univ. of Florida; Roshni Patel, Univ. of
Florida; Heather Petrie, Univ. of Florida;
Gina Pettineo, Nova Southeastern Univ.;
Jessica Pollock, Nova Southeastern
Univ.; Corinne Sundstrom, Univ. of
Florida; Laetitia Tokwaulu, Univ. of
Florida; Jessica Vargas, Nova
Southeastern Univ.; Christina Prades,
Univ. of Florida.

Dr. Steve Davis (PhD, 2000) has moved
from his faculty position at the University
of Connecticut to the Ross Products
Division of Abbott Laboratories in
Columbus, Ohio.

Oanh Hoang (BS, 2007) and David
Overholt (BS, 2007) were accepted to
optometry school at Nova Southeastern

Melissa Stewart (BS, 2005) completed
her dietetic internship with the Mayo
Clinic in Jacksonville this October, and is
now working there as a dietitian.

2007 BS graduates accepted into Dietetic
Internships include: Stephanie Allen,
Virginia Tech; Ericka Borrero, Life
University; Jessica Burge, Univ. of
Georgia; Heather Campbell, Tampa VA
Hospital; Ana Cleves, Pasco County
WIC; Mariagrazia Cunto, Southern
Regional Med. Center; Kelly Drawdy,
Univ. of Alabama Birmingham; Mariel
Glenn, Univ. of North Florida; Vanessa
Guillent, Pasco County WIC; Doretta
Ho, UF; Hallie Holko, ARAMARK
Kansas City; Brianna Mahoney, Univ.
of Delaware; Sarin McKenna, UF;
Margaret Murphy, Univ. of Kentucky;
Christine Pasecky, Bronx VA Hospital;
Mariel Regencia, Pasco County WIC;
Jessica Rubin, Tampa VA Hospital;
Margarita Torres, Univ. of North
Florida; Valerie Weyenberg, UF; Kelly
Wright, Southern Regional Med. Center.

2007 BS graduates accepted into the MS
program in Food Science at UF include:
Renee Applebaum, Lilibeth Dagulo,
Huy Huynh, and Yun-Pai "Paul" Lai.
2007 BS graduates accepted into the MS
program in Nutritional Sciences at UF
include: Kevin Dunphy, Emily Padgett,
and Robert Perlstein.


Dr. Frank Lozano (BS, 2002), who
attended the UF College of Dentistry as
part of the Early Admission Dental
Program, completed a three-year
prosthodontics residency at Baylor
College in Texas. He recently joined a
dental practice here in Gainesville and
will teach part-time at UF. Dr. Lozano
and his wife Melody also just had their
first child this fall, a boy named Asher.

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 Member!

Dr. Wendy Dahl (Assistant
Professor) comes to us most recently
from the University of Saskatchewan in
Saskatoon, where she received her PhD
in Nutrition in 2005. She also received
her master's degree in Nutrition and both
of her bachelor's degrees (one in
Education and one in Nutrition and
Dietetics) from the University of
Saskatchewan. Before she starts here in
January, Dr. Dahl will continue to work with the dietetic interns
and other graduate students she supervises, and will return to
assist them for a few days next spring or summer. This fall, she
will also continue to teach in the College of Pharmacy and
Nutrition and serve on the University of Saskatchewan's
Behavioural Ethics Committee.
Dr. Dahl's research areas are long-term care nutrition,
dysphagic foods, fibre, and pre- and probiotics in GI disease. Her
current research projects include a study on inulin and pouchitis,

and another on inulin/pea hull fibre and childhood constipation.
She is also collaborating on a chickpea/prebiotic study in adults
and an antibiotic-associated diarrhea and probiotic study in
adults. She has recently submitted a paper on pediatric ulcerative
colitis and is working on a review paper on clinical applications
of dietary fibre, as well as assisting one of her graduate students
with a manuscript on the micronutrient fortification of pureed
foods for dysphagic long-term care residents. Additionally, Dr.
Dahl is now working
on getting a pureed
food cookbook into
Dr. Dahl says she
and her two children,
Mason and Maisie
(pictured at right), are
looking forward to
their arrival here in
Gainesville. ,

Alumni Success Story

Asha Hadley (BS, 2003) is a clinical
dietitian at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in
Miami Beach. She performs nutritional
assessments, educates people on various
nutrition-related topics, and deals with
enteral and parenteral nutrition. She
recently received her certification in
Adult Weight Management from the
Commission on Dietetic Registration, and
S .... has even been contracted to create a menu
.......... for a catering and weight management
company. Asha says that honing one's
bedside manner with patients helps with both assessment and
education, and that building relationships with doctors, nurses,
managers, dining associates, and kitchen staff is key. She
especially enjoys working with other RDs from many different
career and cultural backgrounds.
An avid runner and sports enthusiast, Asha participates in
as many local races as she can. For two years she has run the
ING Miami Half Marathon, and starts training for the full
marathon in January. She also enjoys her drive to work,
watching the sun come up over the Miami causeway.
Asha says that the strong academic foundation she received
from FSHN is the perfect complement to her professional
experience. "In the past three years I feel as though I have
become a seasoned RD. I've done just about everything, from
general low sodium diet to diets complicated by the presence of
multiple co-morbidities like renal disease, diabetes, wounds, and
low albumin. Some of the instances are enough to make my head
spin, but whenever I sit down with a patient's chart that has so
many contradicting health issues for some reason I always seem
to flash back to my classes at UF and it seems to clear my head
and get my thinking straight." In the future, Asha sees herself
branching out into other areas of healthcare and nutrition. She
says she is working on her entrepreneurial skills in order to
integrate nutrition and fitness in a way that will contribute
significantly to her community.


Dr. Sims, cont from page 1

Dr. Sims says, "I
was honored to have
been chair and I'm
extremely proud of
the achievements that
our faculty, students
8 and staff have made.
We really do have an
; t. outstanding
-department with a
bright future. I
.he Sims Family. L-R, back row: June welcome Neil as our
Sims and Dr. Charlie Sims; LR, front
ow: Mackenzie, Molly (BS Student in new chair and look
:SHN), and Jonathan. forward to working
with him."

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

Your donation to FSHN can be used to support student
scholarships, assistantships, and student 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:/Amw.ufl.edu/Online
Giving/Campaign/FundDetai asp ?FundCode=010 75
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 Achievements

S. .. Erica Kukulka (BS,
2006; MS/DI student),
Megan Diaz (MS/DI
student), and Sonia
Garza (MS/DI
student), pictured here
with Dr. Gail Kauwell
(FSHN Professor),
presented a poster at the
2007 Florida Dietetic
Assoc. Symposium held
L-R: Erica Kukulka, Dr. Gail Kauwell,
Megan Diaz, and Sonia Garza. on Marco Island this
past July.

Congratulations to Valerie Weyenberg (BS,
2007; MS/DI student) for receiving an
American Dietetic Association Foundation
scholarship, which was made possible by a
generous donation from the MBNA Marketing
Systems Corporate Scholarship fund.

The 2007 FSHN Dairy Judging Team placed 13th nationally,
competing in Las Vegas in October under Head Coach Dr. Ron
Schmidt (FSHN Professor) and Assistant Coach Renee
Applebaum (BS, 2007; MS student). Individually, Laura
Strawn (MS Student) placed 3rd in butter, and Diana
Seminario (MS Student) placed 3rd in cheddar cheese.

2007 FSHN Dairy Judging Team, L-R: Brad Chastain (Senior), Sonia
Hudson (Junior), Renee Applebaum (BS, 2007; MS Student and Asst.
Coach), Yael Spektor (Senior), Dr. Ron Schmidt (FSHN Professor and
Coach), Diana Seminario (MS Student), Laura Strawn (MS Student),
Eric Dreyer (Senior), Jaclyn Kalva (BS, 2007; MS Student), Yun-Pai
"Paul" Lai (BS, 2007; MS Student), Christine Wang (Senior).

For the third year, FSHN and Florida Section Institute of Food
Technologists (IFT) organized a successful social hour at the
IFT Annual Meeting. Held in July at Bubba Gump Shrimp
Company in Chicago, the event brought together FSHN alumni,
IFT members, and others who work in food industry in the state
of Florida. Event organizers Dr. Gillian Dagan (ABC
Research; BS, 2000; PhD, 2004) and Janna Underhill (FSHN
News & Views Editor) would like to thank all of the sponsors
(listed below) for their generous support. Enjoy the following
event pictures, and see you in New Orleans in 2008!

A special thanks to our sponsors, pictured
Above: BioSun, Imperial Brands, Florida Bulk
Foods, FL Section IFT, ABC Research Inc,
FSHN, and Tropical Paradise Beverages.
Above: Dr. Doug Archer
(FSHN Professor and IFAS
Assoc. Dean for Research).
At right, L-R: Jaclyn
Kalva (BS, 2007;
MS student), Flor
Nunez (MS, 2005),
Dr. Suzanne Talcott
(PhD, 2004).

"The Just Right Boys" a local band featuring Walter Jones (FSHN Staff,
left) and Dr. Ron Schmidt (FSHN Professor, right) were recently caught
performing at The Yearling Restaurant in Cross Creek, Florida.

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