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Human Nutrition ews & Views

Food Science For alumni, students, associates, and friends of FSHN

Volume VIII, Issue 1, Spring 2008

FSHN PhD Graduates are Leaders in Industry and Academia

Dr. Dustin "Dusty" Dixon
Vice President, Quality Assurance
DineEquity (Applebee's and IHOP
Brands) (pictured top left)

Dr. Dixon (MS, 1992; PhD,
1996) was named Vice
President, Quality Assurance
for DineEquity Inc.
(Applebee's and IHOP
Brands) in November, 2007
after IHOP Corp. purchased
Applebee's restaurants. He
says that of all his job
responsibilities, he most
loves being accountable for
all of the food consumed by
guests at 1300 IHOP and
2000 Applebee's restaurants.
With the recent acquisition of
Applebee's, the company is
focused on the integration of
the two brands and the
challenges and opportunities
surrounding such an
undertaking. Dr. Dixon...
Continued on page 5

Dr. Marie Caudill
Associate Professor of
Nutritional Sciences and Genomics,
Cornell University (pictured top right)

Dr. Caudill (PhD, 1997) joined the
faculty at Cornell in the summer of
2007. Prior to that, she was on the
faculty at Cal Poly Pomona University
in California for ten years. Dr. Caudill
investigates requirements for nutrients
like folate and choline in human
subjects. She also researches the
influence of genetic variation on the
metabolism and utilization of nutrients
and is the first scientist to demonstrate
that the folate recommended dietary
allowance (RDA) may be inadequate for
particular genetic subgroups. Dr.
Caudill conducts controlled feeding
experiments examining the response of

both functional and static blood status
indicators to controlled intake levels.
She has recently used stable isotopes to
discern modulations in metabolic flux,
and results of these studies will be used
to optimize choline
and folate intake
levels with the goal of

11nplovl\ ng
human health at both individual and
population levels. Her use of state-of-
the art approaches to genetic...
Continued on page 7

Dr. Ricardo "Ric"Alvarez
President and CEO of Castro Cheese
Company, Inc. and Castro Cheese
Holdings, Inc. (pictured bottom left)

Dr. Alvarez (MS, 1978; PhD, 1981) has
already had a long and distinguished
career in the food industry, holding
many high-ranking positions in a variety
of companies and providing his
technical and professional expertise to
the beverage, fruit and produce, and
frozen and prepared foods industries,

just to name a few. Up until very
recently, he was President, CEO, and
Director for a Hispanic food company in
Los Angeles.
Then in the fall of 2007, after a
national search, he was hired by Castro.
Located in Houston, Castro is the
second largest Hispanic...
Continued on page 7

Dr. Lorraine Lanningham-Foster
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo
Clinic (pictured bottom right with
her husband Randy Foster and her
children, Evan andAmelie)

After completing two post-doctoral
fellowships, one at Wake Forest
University School of Medicine and
another at the Mayo Clinic, Dr.
Lanningham-Foster (PhD, 1999)
became an Assistant Professor of
Medicine at Mayo. She is also
currently an Associate Consultant
in the Mayo Clinic's Department of
Internal Medicine, Division of
Endocrinology, Diabetes,
Metabolism and Nutrition. While at
Wake Forest, Dr. Lanningham-
L Foster trained under Dr. John Parks,
performing extensive studies on
lipoproteins and their distribution
throughout the body using...
Continued on page 7

In this issue:
Alumni Updates....................................... 2
FSHN Faculty & Staff Awards ........... 3-5
Welcome New Faculty............................. 6
Alumni Party in New Orleans................ 6
PhD Achievements, cont .................... 5, 7
FSHN Achievements................................ 8

College of Agricultural
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
Coord., Academic Support Services
352/392-1991, ext. 220

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

Kelli Herrlinger-Garcia (MS, 2006)
has accepted a position as Scientific
Affairs Manager at Kemin Health in
Des Moines, Iowa where she will be
designing and monitoring clinical
studies. The FSHN Department threw
her a going-away party this spring,
where she received cards, gifts, and
best wishes. In addition to receiving

her MS in Nutritional Sciences at UF,
Kelli served as a Senior Biological
Scientist in FSHN for over 10 years.
She will be sorely missed by everyone.

Lisa Rogers (MS, 1996) is a Technical
Officer with the Department of
Nutrition for Health and Development
in the World Health Organization in

Jessica Lee (BS, 2005) accepted ajob
in Atlanta as Manager of Nutrition
Communications for the Calorie
Control Council.

Paul Catcott (BS, 2008) will be
working for Frito Lay in San Antonio,
Texas in either production or operations
resource management.

Bradley Chastain (BS, 2008) accepted
a position as Team Leader with
Schreiber Cheese in Nashville,

2008 BS graduates accepted to dental
school here at UF include: Victor
Bond, Robert Capozza, Devin
Gapstur, Andrew Gooch, Kimberly
Howard, Christopher Kuhns, Evelyn
Ortiz, and Lindsay Place. Other 2008
BS graduates who will attend dental
school include: Farrah Beg (VA
Commonwealth Univ.), Bruna DaSilva
(NYU), Issa Issa (Nova SE Univ.),
David Lee (Boston Univ.), Nathaniel
Minter (Case Western Reserve Univ.),
John Plumley (Tufts Univ.), Matthew
Rasmussen (Univ. of Alabama), Jamie
Saltz (Univ. of Pennsylvania), Vernon
Smith (Nova SE Univ.), and Jamie
Zupnik (Harvard Univ.).

Robert Perlstein (BS, 2007; MS
Student) has been accepted to dental
school at Howard University.

2008 BS graduates accepted to UF
medical school include: Kristina
Betters, Nicole Pasteur, Robert
Regenhardt, and Tiffany Taylor.
Other 2008 BS graduates who will
attend medical school include: Patrick
Buchanan (Medical College of
Georgia), Jeffrey Elveus (Ross Univ.),
Valerie Ford (Lake Erie College of
Osteopathic Medicine), Kristin
Johnson (Wake Forest Univ.),
Christine Kirlew (Vanderbilt Univ.),
Kaitlin Kobaitri (Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine), Joseph
Paonessa (Univ. of South Florida),
Allison Poimboeuf (Florida State
Univ.), Jennifer Stark (Nova SE
Univ.), Amanda Voehl (Univ. of
Miami), Adam Wulkan (Univ. of
Miami), Jacob Young (Univ. of


Liv Bader-Shores (BS, 1997; MS,
2003) and Bryan Shores (pictured
below) got married last summer. Liv
works in product development for
Bacardi-Martini in Jacksonville.

Last October Luis Martinez (BS,
2005; MS, 2007) and his wife Maria
Belen had a baby boy named Luis
Alejandro, and the family is pictured
below. Luis works in R&D for Darifair
Foods in Jacksonville, Florida.

Congratulations also go out to Minna
(Leibowitz) Schuster (BS, 2001; MS,
2003) and Simon Schuster on the birth
of their son Samuel Benjamin this past
fall. Sam is pictured below with his
good friend Kiwi.

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

Dr. Lynn Bailey Wins UF's Most Prestigious Faculty Award

Dr. Lynn
has been
named 2008
UF Teacher/
Scholar of the
Year. This is
the oldest and
the most
faculty award
at the University of Florida, and is given
to only one faculty member each year in
recognition of outstanding teaching and
scholarly achievements as well as
visibility both on and off campus.
Dr. Bailey's teaching philosophy is
best described as one that motivates her
students to learn to solve problems in a
"real world" setting. This approach is key
as Dr. Bailey teaches and mentors
undergraduate and graduate students in
both classroom and research
environments. During the past three
decades, a large number of undergraduate
students have conducted research under
Dr. Bailey's direction. These students
were given the unique opportunity to
become part of a clinical nutrition
research team, with many of them
conducting independent research projects
that resulted in honors theses and related
publications. This activity not only
enriched their college experience and
education, it also served as a springboard
for their successful application and
admission to professional schools
following graduation from UF. Also,
many of the undergraduate students who
conducted research under Dr. Bailey's
supervision have completed professional
graduate degrees and are pursuing their
careers with first-hand knowledge of how
to conduct research as well as the
importance of translating new research
findings into practice to benefit their
patients, clients, and society.
Over the course of her 30 year tenure
at UF, Dr. Bailey has provided academic
and career advisement to numerous
undergraduate students. These students
benefited from the careful guidance and
mentoring she provided, as well as the
extra time she took to compose
thoughtful letters of support for their
professional/graduate school applications.
Graduate students working under Dr.
Bailey's direction are involved in all
aspects of the research process including
designing research protocols, writing

grant proposals, obtaining institutional
review board approval, conducting
human research studies, training clinical
staff and student volunteers, planning all
aspects of experimental diets, preparing
diets for human subjects, and developing
and implementing methodologies
required for analysis of vitamin levels
and metabolites in blood and urine.
Dr. Bailey's teaching philosophy of
"engaged learning" continues long after
completion of every research project in
that each student is involved in the
analysis and interpretation of data,
preparation of manuscripts for
publication in peer-reviewed journals,
and response to reviewer's critiques
during the publication process.

L-R Dr. Lynn Bailey receiving the UF
Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award from Dr.
Bernie Machen (UF President)

Dr. Bailey's devotion to mentoring
her students to become independent
scientists continues as she prepares them
to present their research findings at
national meetings, an experience that
instills a sense of pride and personal
responsibility, coupled with the
realization of the potential scientific
impact their work could have. Several of
Dr. Bailey's former graduate students
who are now faculty members at major
universities have won prestigious
national awards for the research they
completed (see cover story and page 7).
Dr. Bailey's accomplishments in
research focus on folate/folic acid, which
is known to reduce the risk of birth
defects. Dr. Bailey was involved in the
planning, implementation, and evaluation
of a large-scale folic acid intervention
trial in China where folic acid-responsive
birth defects are quite common. Her
contributions to the field and expertise in
this area were recognized by the FDA,
and she was selected to serve as a
member of the Folic Acid Advisory
Committee that recommended

fortification of the US food supply with
folic acid. This is now a federal law that
has resulted in a significant reduction in
folic-acid related birth defects in the US.
In addition, Dr. Bailey has conducted
landmark human metabolic studies in
which folate requirements were
determined in human subjects across the
lifespan. As a result, Dr. Bailey was
selected to serve as a member of the
National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Committee that revised the dietary intake
recommendations for folate and the other
B vitamins. This scholarly work resulted
in major revisions to national dietary
intake recommendations.
Dr. Bailey's superior research
accomplishments, which generated the
scientific basis for revised nutrient intake
recommendations, have been recognized
with many other prestigious awards. The
USDA's Superior Achievement Award,
the national March of Dimes Award for
major accomplishments in the area of
fetal and maternal medicine, and the
American Society for Nutrition's
Centrum Science Award for research in
human nutrition have all been awarded to
Dr. Bailey. The University of Florida has
recognized Dr. Bailey for all of her
accomplishments with a series of awards
including the UF Professional Excellence
Award, the UF Professional Merit Award,
the UF Research Foundation Professorship
Award, the Gamma Sigma Delta Senior
Research Scientist Award, and the UF Blue
Key Distinguished Faculty Award.
Additionally, Dr. Bailey has received
collaborative awards for the creation of
folic acid creative works. These include
the UF/IFAS Gold Image Award, the
National Association for Communication
Excellence Gold Award, and the
Outstanding Professional Skill Award.

Standing, L-R Dr. Neil Shay (FSHN Chair), Dr.
Ling Hao (a research colleague from China), Dr.
Lynn Bailey, Dr. Gary Rodrick (Professor), Dr.
Elaine Turner (Associate Dean) Seated Nancy
Bonnette (Dr Bailey's mother)

Dr. Ron Schmidt Honored

Dr. Ron Schmidt
(Professor) was named the
recipient of the Bronson Lane
Award for 2007 by the Florida
Association for Food Protection
(FAFP). Each year FAFP
nominates one person they feel
has exhibited the greatest
knowledge, skill, commitment,
and dedication to food safety ideals throughout their career. Only
those who have spent the majority of their life serving industry,
government or academia are eligible for this award.
Dr. Schmidt has led successful teaching, research, and
extension programs in FSHN since he started here in 1974,
mentoring countless undergraduate and graduate students.
Currently, he teaches courses in Food Regulations and Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), and he also coaches
the FSHN College Bowl and Dairy Judging Teams.
Dr. Schmidt was nominated by his peers in FAFP, and
selected by their Board of Directors.

Dr. Pam McMahon Recognized

Dr. Pam McMahon (Senior
Lecturer) was voted "Outstanding
Dietitian" by the membership of the
Gainesville District Dietetic Association
(GDDA). Dr. McMahon was recognized
not only for her work here at the
University of Florida but also for her
collaborations with other registered
dietitians in the community.
As one of the faculty advisors to the FSHN Club, Dr.
McMahon has helped to increase dietetics student involvement in
the Club and in GDDA, as well as in both the Florida Dietetic
Association and the American Dietetic Association. As a faculty
advisor in and Program Director for the Didactic Program in
Dietetics, she is actively involved in the professional
development of our dietetics students. (One of her recent
advises, Nicole Burton, is featured on page 8.) Additionally,
she teaches courses and labs in Food Systems Management and
Community Nutrition. Dr. McMahon has been with the FSHN
Department for ten years.

Rebecca Matta Selected

Rebecca Matta (Program Assistant)
won a 2008 UF/IFAS Superior
Accomplishment Award in the
Clerical/Office Support category. She was
nominated by FSHN because of her
outstanding service to our Food Science
extension programs. Herjob duties
include but are not limited to: the support
of six faculty with extension appointments
(she is supervised by Dr. Ron Schmidt),
support and organization of extension events and activities,
assistance with extension travel, serving as the front line for all
outside inquiries and requests, and facilitating communication
between extension professionals.
Rebecca originally attended North Carolina State
University, but lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for most of her
life. She worked as a social worker and a human services analyst
for welfare reform before heading to culinary school when she
was 38. She then moved around a great deal, working as an
executive chef doing charters and company social events for a
private corporation. Her husband, Nuno, is a motor yacht captain
from Lisboa, Portugal and they traveled together for many years
between the Bahamas, Florida, and the eastern seaboard. But she
and Nuno eventually found Gainesville and made the decision to
stay, and she now says she loves herjob here in FSHN.

College el gDriculural and uLie Sciencs
Alumni & M inds (IrALSA
Did you know that as a graduate of FSHN you're already an
official member of CALSAF, and that there are no dues?
Want more information on upcoming alumni events or volunteer
opportunities? Contact your FSHN News & Views Editor, Janna
Underhill (see page 2).

Dr. less Gregory Awarded

Dr. Jess Gregory (Professor) was just awarded a UF
Research Foundation Professorship. These are competitive
professorships given to tenured faculty who have outstanding
current research accomplishments and who are likely to continue
distinguishing themselves in their respective fields. Dr. Gregory
will hold this honorary professorship for
three years. During that time, he will be
given a salary supplement and additional
research funding, and he will also
participate in the Research Foundation
seminar series and website. Dr. Gregory
was nominated by the FSHN Chair, Dr.
Neil Shay, and then chosen by the deans
here in the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. Gregory received his BS and MS in Food Science from
Cornell University, and his PhD in Food Science from Michigan
State University. He has been with FSHN since 1977, winning
numerous awards as well as international recognition for his
innovative research programs. His long-term research centers on
the chemistry, physiological processing, and metabolic function
of B-vitamins, with a particular focus on folate and vitamin B6
and their role in one-carbon metabolism. A major theme of his
work has been the development and application of novel stable-
isotopic methods to measure the absorption and metabolism of
folate and B6 compounds and to assess nutritional and genetic
factors affecting the in vivo rates of vitamin-dependent
metabolic processes. This work has both scientific and public
health significance in view of the association of vitamin nutrition
and metabolism with risk of birth defects, coronary heart disease,
stroke and other vascular disease, and certain cancers.
Dr. Gregory has also mentored many successful graduate
and undergraduate students. And in 2007, he taught Advanced
Food Chemistry here in FSHN for the twenty-fifth consecutive
year. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gregory on all his

Dr. Steve Otwell Chosen as UF/IFAS International Fellow

Dr. W. Steven Otwell (Professor
and Florida Sea Grant seafood extension
specialist) was named as the 2007
Fellow in
recognition of
his outstanding
record of
S research and
service to the
seafood industry,
both here in the US and across the globe.
Dr. Otwell received his BS in
Biology from Virginia Military Institute,
his MS in Marine Science from the
University of Virginia, and his PhD in
Food Science from North Carolina State
University. When he first came to UF in
1979, Florida had a large seafood
industry. However, political and social

environments in Florida underwent
great change, and Florida's seafood
industry eventually became more
and more focused on the processing
and retail marketing of imported
seafood products. Dr. Otwell has
been at the forefront of anticipating
and adapting to these changes. His
extension education programs,
research projects, and graduate
teaching are all designed to serve
an ever-changing seafood industry, L-R
with the goal of saving money and UF
resources wherever possible. His (vl
work has positively impacted the
seafood industry in many other countries,
and thus earned him a solid international
reputation as a seafood expert.
Several years ago, Dr. Otwell utilized
his extensive industry contacts to raise
funds for the construction of the FSHN
Aquatic Food Products Lab. This state of

Dr. Neil Shay (FSHN Chair and Professor), Dr. Steve
vell (Professor), Dr. David Sammons (Director of the
IFAS International Programs Office), and Dr. Jimmy Cheek
ce-President for Agriculture and Natural Resources)

the art facility allows Dr. Otwell and his
graduate students to conduct cutting edge
research that has practical applicability to
the seafood industry.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Otwell
and his internationally-respected programs
here in FSHN.

Dixon, count.
...finds it very rewarding whenever he
sees a television commercial promoting
food products that he has helped to
develop. Although he is not a chef, as a
food scientist he is able to influence
product development in unique ways.
As VP of Quality Assurance, Dr.
Dixon is responsible for two main areas:
supply and restaurant. On the supply side,
he and his team develop product
specifications, certify suppliers and their
facilities, audit products, and collaborate
with purchasing and research and
development on alternate sourcing,
product optimization, and specification
alignment. On the restaurant side, Dr.
Dixon's team ensures that operators serve
safe and wholesome food through recipe
validation, adherence to HACCP
principles and restaurant auditing. They
also act as liaison to health departments
across the US and deal with food risk
management issues such as power
outages, water main breaks and natural
Dr. Dixon says that recently his team
has taken a leadership role in dealing
with emerging issues like nutrition and
obesity, trans fats, animal welfare, and
global sources of raw ingredients. He
expects sodium, caffeine, high fructose
corn syrup, sugar, and cholesterol to be
the next emerging issues.
Originally from Tampa, Dr. Dixon
says, "I was born a Gator." After getting

his BS in Microbiology and Cell Science
at UF, he completed his MS and PhD
under the "expert tutelage" of Dr. Gary
Rodrick (Professor), focusing on food
microbiology. During that time he not
only witnessed the Gators win their first
national football championship, but he
also gained hands-on experience at a
local seafood processing plant, Northwest
Seafood. He says that although his PhD
helped to launch his career, he believes
that it was literally his experience in
cutting and gutting grouper that really
helped him to impress employers and
thus land his first professional industry
job. Because of this, he strongly
encourages current students to gain real-
world work experience any way they can.
Dr. Dixon also says that
communication skills are equally
important. In his career he has found
that, in particular, being able to articulate
clearly both verbally and in writing,
doing so in a manner that is not easily

misinterpreted, and being able to
influence and persuade others are all
critical skills. Specifically, when asked
what advice he would give to recent
graduates, Dr. Dixon said, "When you
leave college, you will likely be very
intelligent and have all of the book
knowledge that you need. Very few
people will be able to challenge your
scientific acumen. But, what you may be
lacking is the ability to effectively
collaborate with others, who may have
different agendas or needs. The
interpersonal skills of great
communication separate the highly
successful individuals from the average
Dr. Dixon and his wife Emily live in
Valencia, California, and they recently
got to watch the Gators win their second
national championship. He says he enjoys
traveling, playing golf, and watching
various sports including, of course, the

Cleaning the Pllet Plant

Caught in the act: Rebecca Matta (Program Assistant)
and Dr. Ron Schmidt (Professor), trying to keep the
FSHN Pilot Plant clean for future generations. It should
be noted that this intrepid pair, after many hours of
fruitless scrubbing and scraping, eventually called in a
professional cleaning team to help finish the job. See
page 4 for more on their accomplishments.

Help Us Welcome New Faculty

Dr. Liwei Gu joined the
Food Science and Human
Nutrition Department as an
Assistant Professor. Dr. Gu
obtained his doctorate in Food
Science from Jiangnan
University in China in 2000
and came to the Arkansas
Children's Nutrition Center as
a post-doc in 2001 under the
direction of Dr. Ronald L.
Prior. He was later promoted
to Research Assistant
Professor in 2004 with an
appointment in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at
the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. Gu is interested in research on phytochemicals in foods,
especially their chemistry, bioavailability, and health effects. His
study contributed to the USDA database of procyanidins in foods
and found procyanidins to be the major flavonoids ingested in the
American diet. He also reported that the absorption of these
phytothemicals was low and could be improved with food
processing. Dr. Gu's most recent study explores the prevention of
diet-induced metabolic syndrome by phytochemicals in cereals
and fruits. He will be teaching courses and labs in food chemistry
here in FSHN.
Dr. Gu and his wife Jinlan Zhao have two daughters, a one-
year old named Lindsey and a four-year old named Melody.

Dr. Marie-Louise Ricketts
(Research Assistant Scientist)
obtained her PhD in Medicine, with a
focus on Molecular Endocrinology,
from the University of Birmingham,
UK in 1999. She then undertook post-
doctoral training at the CHUL
Research Center, Laval University,
Quebec City, Canada, and more
recently in the Department of
Molecular and Cellular Biology at
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Ricketts has extensive research experience in the areas of
glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid hormone action. Recently,
she has focused on nuclear hormone receptors, with particular
reference to their role in metabolism and how dietary constituents
and botanicals interact with these receptors to affect metabolic
processes such as cholesterol homeostasis and diabetes. Her most
recent work, which was featured on the front cover of the July
2007 edition of Molecular Endocrinology, involved elucidating
the molecular mechanism behind the cholesterol-raising ability of
a diterpene present in unfiltered coffee.
Dr. Ricketts has had numerous successful collaborations
with international research groups. She also has several
publications in the works, including a review of the regulation of
genes associated with drug transport and metabolism by
bioactive foods and their nutritional implications (in
collaboration with Dr. Neil Shay, FSHN Chair).

Join us for the 4th annual Florida Party!
/ "held in conjunction with the IFT Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA

-g Monday, June 30, 2008
6:30 9:30 PM
Tropical Isle
721 Bourbon Street
(on the second floor lounge and balcony)

Organized by the FSHN Department and Florida Section Institute of Food
Technologists (IFT), the 4th annual Florida Party is held in conjunction with the
2008 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo. This event is a great opportunity to meet new people, catch up with old friends or
former colleagues, and strengthen ties between academia and industry within the state of Florida.

University of Florida alumni/faculty/students, members of Florida/South Florida IFT Sections, and everyone who works in or has
ties to the state of Florida are welcome to attend. No cover charge! Enjoy free beer, wine, appetizers (including crawfish bouch6e
and mini muffalettas), and the good company of colleagues.

Please take a moment to help us thank our sponsors, below, for their generosity and support. If you would like to help sponsor
this event, please contact Janna Underhill at janna ufl.edu or 352-392-1991, ext. 220.

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PhD Stories, count.

Caudill, count
... research in controlled studies with
humans makes her unique among
scientists. Dr. Caudill's current projects
include studies on the influence of
common genetic variants on human
metabolism of folate, choline, and
homocysteine; how maternal choline
intake during pregnancy affects maternal
and fetal endpoints including
neurocognitive function in infants; and
how MTHFR deficiency influences
expression of folate- and choline-related
genes in both animals and humans.
Dr. Caudill received her PhD under
the supervision of Dr. Lynn Bailey (see
page 3). She says that, "Dr. Bailey
nurtured and nourished a passion for
research that I was unaware existed."
Prior to that, she completed two
bachelor's degrees and her MS at the
University of North Florida, and is a
Registered Dietitian. During her time at
Cal Poly Pomona, she was recognized for
her outstanding work with several
awards, including Teacher of the Year,
Excellence in Research, and Diversity
Most recently, Dr. Caudill was
presented with the very prestigious
American Society for Nutrition's 2008
Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award in
Nutrition and Development. The awards
ceremony took place during the
Experimental Biology conference in San
Diego this past spring.
Dr. Caudill and her husband Tony
Caudill have two sons, Bradley and
Kyle. Tony is also a Gator, having earned
his MBA here at UF. She says that
throughout her career, Dr. Bailey and Dr.
Jess Gregory (see page 4) continue to be
a source of inspiration, expertise, support,
and encouragement.

Alvarez, cont.
...cheese company in the US, selling a
full line of cheeses, cremas, and other
traditional Hispanic refrigerated products.
Dr. Alvarez originally decided to
make the switch from technology to
general management because he wanted
greater responsibility for company profit
and loss. He credits his overall success
and especially his ability to grow
companies quickly to the fact that he can
understand and communicate with both
food science/technology and marketing

professionals. He tells us that bringing
together the consumer and the research
and development sides of business allows
him to bring products to the market much
faster, which translates into higher
productivity, sales, profits, and growth.
After receiving a bachelor's degree
in Microbiology (with a minor in
Environmental Engineering) from the
University of South Florida, Dr. Alvarez
met Dr. Jack Koburger in 1976 and the
two immediately hit it off. Dr. Alvarez
completed his PhD under Dr. Koburger,
and called him a "brilliant food
microbiologist and mentor" who was
instrumental in teaching him that food
safety and environmental issues are
especially critical to the food industry.
Dr. Alvarez made it clear that he owes his
graduate education to Dr. Koburger and
the rest of his graduate committee.
When asked what advice he would
give to current students, Dr. Alvarez first
suggested that students try to work one-
on-one with some of the great faculty
here in FSHN, and most especially on a
project that has applicability to industry.
Although any research experience is
valuable, projects considered of practical
value to industry are particularly worth
pursuing. And second, students should
work hard to find summer internships,
since hands-on experience can be
invaluable during the job search.
Dr. Alvarez says he can be reached
at ralvarez(castrocheese. com if anyone
would like to contact him.

Lanningham-Foster, cent...
...mice and non-human primates.
However, she really loves working with
people directly and trying to help
improve their lives through research. She
says that she had her first experience

involving human research here in FSHN,
with her PhD advisor Dr. Robert Cousins
(Professor). She credits the beginning of
her career in that field to the support of
both Dr. Cousins and Ms. Brenda Owens
(a Lactation Consultant at Shands
Hospital). While at Wake Forest, she
always tried to integrate her research with
the needs and issues faced by everyday
people so that she could apply that
research in clinical settings.
Those experiences and interests
meant that collaboration with Dr. James
Levine at the Mayo Clinic was a perfect
match for her. Dr. Lanningham-Foster has
since loaned her expertise to several
studies involving physical activity and
obesity in children and adults, and that
research resulted in a publication in the
journal Science. She says that her
immediate career goals include continued
research into childhood obesity, since
obesity rates continue to rise at an
alarming rate and the dire consequences
of this problem are now better known to
both researchers and healthcare
The mother of both a son and a
daughter, Dr. Lanningham-Foster says
about her children: "They make my work
in pediatric obesity even more rewarding.
As I completed my BS, MS and PhD in
the field of nutrition, I of course always
learned and taught students about how
children develop eating patterns and
behaviors. I find it is fascinating to see
these patterns develop in my own
children. My husband and I are now all
too aware of how you have to let your
children try new foods at least ten times
before they will like them (many, many
more times for my daughter and green
beans still working on that one!). I am a
busy working mom, but my family and
my love of research keep me going."

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FSHN Achievements

FSHN students won three of the four prestigious College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences undergraduate awards! Dietetics
senior Nicole Burton won the Larry J. Connor Medal of
Excellence. Nutritional Sciences junior Andrew Migliaccio
won the E. T. York, Jr. Medal of Excellence Outstanding Junior
Award. And Robert Regenhardt, a first-year medical student at
UF as part of the Junior Honors Medical Program, won the J.
Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence Outstanding Senior Award.
Also, Nutritional Sciences students Amanda Voehl and Jacob
Young were
finalists. This is
the second year
in a row that
FSHN had such
an outstanding
group of award
nominees, and
L-R Nicole Burton, Andrew Migliaccio, and Robert we're very proud
Regenhardt of them all.

Dr. Hordur Kristinsson (Assistant Professor)
received a Diploma of Recognition for Scientific
Achievement by the President of The
Agricultural University of Lublin, Poland after
collaborating for several years on the chemistry
and physical properties of food protein.

FSHN Dietetics students won all of the Florida Dietetic
Association scholarships this spring: Sister Helen Marie
Scholarship Jamie Stolarz (Senior); Dietetic Internship
Scholarship Nicole Burton (Senior); Florida Dietetic
Association Scholarship Doretta Ho (BS, 2005; MS Student).
Congratulations to these outstanding students!

This spring, FSHN again hosted a social during the University
Mixer at the Experimental Biology conference, which was held
in San Diego (photos below). Thank you to the faculty, staff,
students, alumni, and friends of FSHN who attended!

L-R Amanda Voehl (BS, 2008), finalist
for the J Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence
Outstanding Senior Award, and Jacob
Young (BS, 2008), finalist for the Alumni
and Friends Leadership Award

Nicole Burton, pictured above, was also just awarded
Outstanding Dietetics Student in Florida by the American
Dietetic Association. She was chosen from among all current
Dietetics students in the state of Florida.

Congratulations to the FSHN College Bowl Team, who earned
third place at the 2008 Institute of Food Technologists Student
Association (IFTSA) competition, held in Starkville, Mississippi
this past March. It was a very close match, and all of our
students did an outstanding job. The team is pictured below,
L-R: Milena Ramirez-Rodrigues (PhD Candidate and Team
Captain), Diana Seminario (MS Student), Eric Dreyer (BS,
2008), and David Guderian (BS, 2008). Not pictured is the
team alternate Jaclyn Kalva (BS, 2007; MS Student), Dr. Ron
Schmidt (Professor and Team Coach), and Janna Underhill
(Assistant Coach, and your faithful News & Views Editor).

On a related note, Laura Strawn (MS student)
was recently elected as the 2008-2009 IFTSA
Southeast Area Student Rep. The FSHN
Department has volunteered to host the 2009
IFTSA College Bowl competition next spring,
and if we are chosen as hosts Laura will be our
main contact.

Top left, L-R Mike Kelley (Senior Principal
Scientist, Wm Wrigley Jr Co ), Dr. Bobbi
Langkamp-Henken (Professor), and Kelli
Herrlinger-Garcia (MS, 2006) Top right, L-
R Dr. Cheryl Rowe (Research Associate), Dr.
Brandon Lewis (BS, 1997, PhD, 2003), and
Meri Nantz (Biological Scientist) Left
Another happy Gator

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