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News & Views

For alumni, students, associates, and friends of FSHN
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Volume IX Issue 1, Spring 2009

FSHN Opens State-of-the-Art Clinical Research Lab

The FSHN Department is in the
process of getting some much-needed
building renovations. If you visited
FSHN in the past few months, you may
have seen the evidence: old equipment
being carted out and new equipment
arriving daily. These projects were
negotiated by Dr. Neil Shay when he
came on board as our new department
Chair in 2007.
One of the new projects is a clinical
research lab located on the second floor,
which has just been completed. This lab
will be used primarily to conduct clinical
human trials, including physiological and
metabolic testing, and provides a great
deal of much-needed work space for
collecting samples and feeding human
subjects. There are three rooms in the
lab, one of which will be the office of

Dr. Anne Mathews (Rescici A.\itil
Professor) and two
that can be used for .
body composition
measurements, blood
draws, indirect
calorimetry, or
private conversations.
In addition, two
other laboratories
in the FSHN building
now have new floors,
ceilings, lighting,
cabinets, and even
reconditioned fume
hoods, providing Assistali Piofc'.oi. Dr.
Liwei Gu and Dr. Jamie Collin\ ithi I nciI
work spaces on the third and foith floois,
respectively. Pictures of Dr. Gu's....
Continued on page 7

Reinventing the Most Expensive Coffee in the World

FSHN alumnus Luis Martinez (BS,
2005; MS, 2007) has developed an
innovative method for processing coffee,
aimed at recreating the flavor of the
world's most
expensive coffee.
The idea
developed in
Ecuador in 2005,
after a family
about the small
bag of "Kopi
Luwak" a friend
had brought back
from Indonesia.
Costing $600/lb,
this gourmet
coffee is created The process: from han
by a small animal
called a luwak. Luwaks eat the coffee
berries whole, and then the partially
"processed" coffee beans are harvested
from you guessed it the animals'
droppings. It is believed that the acids

and enzymes present in the digestive
tract of the luwak are what create the
coffee's unique aroma and taste. Luis
says, "After reading the story about this
coffee and finding out how it's

amazed and honestly a
little disgusted. But after
trying it, we concluded
that it's worth every

most consumed
beverages in the world,
and is a global trade
commodity. Recently
there has been an
increasing demand for
ting to roasting. specialty coffees,
particularly those from
different origins or those that are roasted
in some unique way. Luis realized that if
the chemical and physical properties
behind the transformation of the beans
by the luwak could be understood, then

the process could be more controlled,
consistent, and economical, not to
mention much less unsavory. For his
master's project here in FSHN, Luis
therefore decided to investigate an
alternative treatment for coffee beans,
preferably something that....
Continued on page 7

In this issue:
Alumni Updates....................................... 2
Hosting College Bowl .........................3
Faculty & Staff Awards......................4
Undergraduate Leaders ......................5
Alumni Success Stories.......................6
University Mixer.................................... 6
Renovations, cont. ..............................7
Gourmet Coffee, cont.........................7
Caught in the Act...................................7
Achievem ents ...........................................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,
pictures, updates and comments to:
Alumni Newsletter
PO Box 110370, 359 FSHN
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0370

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Alumni Updates

Suzanne Zagury (BS, 2008)
is getting her master's
degree in Health
Administration at Tulane
University. Also, she was
just elected to a 4-year term
as High Scribe on the Alpha Zeta High
Council (see related story on page 5).
Suzanne says she strongly encourages
current students to get involved in
campus organizations and utilize all the
resources that UF has to offer.

Crystal Jackson, MS, RD (BS, 2003;
MS, 2005) was recently selected as the
Recognized Young Dietitian for the state
of Florida. Crystal is a clinical dietitian at
Shands UF, and serves as one of our site
preceptors for the FSHN MS/DI
program. She also successfully
completed the test to become a Certified
Nutrition Support Clinician.

Sonia Hudson (BS, 2009) was awarded
a national Institute of Food Scientists
Foundation Scholarship for the 2009-
2010 academic year. She has been
accepted into the master's program here
in FSHN.

L-R: Dr. Bobbi Langkamp-Henken (FSHN
1 I. .. I Dr. Amy (Kash) Pulido.

Dr. Amy (Klash) Pulido (BS, 2001) was
this year's University Scholars Program
Symposium keynote banquet speaker.
Also, the UF Journal of Undergraduate
Research's 10-Year Anniversary Issue
recognized Dr. Pulido's undergraduate
thesis as being one of the ten best.

Amanda "Mandy" (Hammond)
Layman (MS, 2004) was recently
elected to a 2-year term as the Secretary
of the Florida Dietetic Association, an
organization with more than 3,300
members. Mandy works as an outpatient
dietitian for Nemours Children's Clinic
in Orlando, and has served as a site
preceptor for students from our MS/DI

2009 BS graduates accepted to medical
schools include: Lauriel Bortnick (St.
Georges Univ.), Brittany Burkhart
(Lake Erie College of Medicine),
Elizabeth Byrne (Univ. of South
Florida), Stacy Lundstedt (UF),
Andrew Migliaccio (Univ. of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine),
Danielle Muchnik (Tel Aviv Univ.
Sackler School of Medicine), and
Daniela Romero (New York Univ.).
Also, all of the following 2009 BS
graduates will attend medical school at
Florida State Univ.: Umar Karaman,
Jasmeet Kataria, Aleksandr
Ostrovskaya, Jessica Simkins (see
related story, page 8), Brett Thomas,
and Zachary Tyser. Mary O'Meara
(BS, 2008) was also accepted into
medical school at Florida State Univ.
Brad Jahnke (BS, 2005; MS, 2007) will
attend the Midwestern Univ. Arizona
College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sara Faulkenberry (BS, 2009) was
accepted to the Southern College of

Ashley Lowry (BS 2009) will attend
Temple Univ. School of Podiatric

Katie Grace (BS, 2009) was accepted
into the accelerated nursing program at
the Univ. of North Florida.

Jessica Mclntire (BS, 2005; MS, 2007)
is a pediatric dietitian and a Certified
Nutrition Support Clinician at Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
2009 BS graduates accepted to pharmacy
school include: Harivadan Bhakta
(UF), Charles Fletcher (Mercer Univ.),
Kim Hoang (UF), Shawn Huss (UF),
Ryan Janeway (UF), Dennison Lim
(UF), Ta'Shae McKinnon (FL A&M
Univ.), Arlen Mitrani (Nova SE Univ.),
Chudi Onyiuke (UF), Analise Pavlisin
(UF), and Kyle Tumbleston (UF).
Courtney Hannah (BS, 2006) was
accepted into UF's graduate program for
Rehabilitation Counseling.

The following 2009 BS graduates were
accepted to dental school: Blanche
"Alexandra" Barton (VA
Commonwealth Univ.), Nicole
Campanaro (Nova SE Univ.), Laura
Marin (Temple Univ.), Jocelynn Ortega
(UF), and Cara Weldon (UF).

2009 BS graduates matched to dietetic
internships include: Alexandra Black
(Johns Hopkins Univ.), Rebecca Clinton
(UF), Katie Faber (Southern Regional
Medical Center), Gary Libretti
(Appalachian State Univ.), Julie
Martinez (UF), Anghela Paredes (UF),
Lissette (Valladares) Quintana
(Andrews Univ.), Nicole Reines
(Bowling Green Univ.), Jamie Stolarz
(UF), and Lucette Talamas (Andrews

Whitney Johnson (BS, 2009) was
chosen for an internship with Tate & Lyle
this summer, and Jaclyn Kalva (BS,
2007; MS, 2009) will be interning with
Kraft General Foods.

Kathryn Saxby (BS, 2009) will pursue a
master's in Public Health at the Univ. of
Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

Dr. George Baker (BS, 1997;
PhD, 2002) is currently a
Grants Specialist here in the
FSHN Department.

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

FSHN Hosts Regional College Bowl Competition

On the weekend of March 27-29 this
spring, FSHN hosted the Institute of Food
Technologists Student Association
(IFTSA) Southeast Region College Bowl
competition. The last time the competition
was held here at UF was back in 2001.
Strawn, MS
student, was the
event organizer.
Elected as the
IFTSA Southeast
Area Student
L-R: Jennette Villeda ura e
(MS student), Laura
Strawn (MS student). hard to convince
IFTSA to select
UF as the host institution; to organize all
the hotel rooms, meals, and social events
for visiting teams; to reserve and set up
the venue; and to make sure that the
competition ran smoothly. She even put
together "goodie bags" for all the visiting
coaches and teams; each contained a pen
and notepad, Gator lip balm, a granola
bar, some alligator gummy snacks, and a
fresh Florida navel orange.
Visiting teams traveled to UF from
the University of Georgia, Alabama A&M
University, Louisiana State University,
and Clemson University. The UF team
consisted of Team Captain Mike
Eisenmenger (PhD candidate), Narsi
Ponagandla (MS student), David
Guderian (BS, 2008; MS student),
Kaitlyn Burgess (Nutritional Sciences
Sophomore), Abby Shoyeb (Food
Science Junior), Jay Palacio (BS, 2009),
and Anjani Vyas (Food Science Junior).
Team Coaches Dr. Ron Schmidt
(Professor) and Dr. Michelle Danyluk
(Assistant Professor) spent months
helping the team get ready, lending their
expertise to the bi-weekly practices.
Our distinguished College Bowl
judges were Dr. Kit Meyers from Kraft
General Foods, Dr. Melissa Mundo from
A. Duda & Sons, and David Mantilla
from Beaver Street Fisheries (BS, 2002;
MS, 2005). A special thank you goes out
to David he was asked to judge at the
last minute, and agreed to drive in from
Jacksonville the night before (see page 7).
Thank you also to our outstanding
moderator, Dr. Gillian Dagan from ABC
Research, Inc. (BS, 2000; PhD, 2004),
who organized the event here in FSHN
when we last hosted. Dr. Mark McLellan
(UF Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences Dean for Research, and a past

IFT President) was our very inspirational
keynote speaker.
Georgia took home the gold this year,
with LSU coming in second and UF as a
very close third. Although UF did not win,

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working event organizer, Laura Strawn,
was praised by the other teams and
coaches for being such a gracious host.
Additionally, Laura was just recognized
by IFTSA for her outstanding leadership
skills; see story on page 8.
Congratulations to everyone involved
with this very successful event, including
all of our dedicated student and staff
volunteers: Rebecca Creasy (PhD
student), Marianne Fatica (MS student),
Eric Dreyer (BS, 2008; MS student),

College Bowl onlookers prepare to cheer on
their teams.

Pardeep Brar (MS student)Lenin
Interiano-Villeda (MS student),
Sonia Hudson (BS, 2009; outgoing
FSHN Club VP for Food Science), Nicole
Young (FSHN Staff), and Janna
Underhill (FSHN Staff).

FSHN Faculty and Staff Recognized for Excellence.... Again!

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has named
Dr. Pam McMahon the Undergraduate Teacher of the Year. Dr.
McMahon is a Senior Lecturer in FSHN,
and is also Director of the Didactic
Program in Dietetics. She earned her BS
from Rutgers University and her MS
from Framingham State College, both in
Foods and Nutrition, and her PhD from
the University of Maryland in Food
Systems Management. Dr. McMahon
teaches courses in food systems
management and community nutrition, and she also co-advises
both the Food Science and Human Nutrition Club and UF
Campus Kitchens. Students commented on her use of active
learning in the classroom, her ability to develop teamwork and
problem-solving skills, and her dedication to service learning as
just a few of the reasons why she is such an exceptional teacher.
Also Dr. McMahon and Dr. Linda Bobroff (Affiliate Professor)
both earned the title "Miss Campus Kitchens" this spring in
good-natured recognition of their dedication.
Dr. McMahon was also just elected to the board of the Food
Service Management Education Council (FSMEC), which
includes educators from around the country who teach food
systems management.

Dr. Angeleah Browdy (Lecturer) has been named
Undergraduate Advisor of the Year by the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences. Dr.
Browdy received her BS in Food Science
& Technology from the University of
Delaware, her MS in Food Science &
Human Nutrition from Florida State
University, and her PhD in Biological
Sciences from the University of Rhode
Island, Kingston campus. She teaches
introductory level food science courses,
advises and mentors between 15 and 20 undergraduate food
science students per semester, and serves as head advisor for
UF's chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and
Related Sciences (MANRRS). Additionally, she advises
incoming freshmen at summer Preview sessions. Her students
note that Dr. Browdy is an excellent academic advisor and
mentor, helping them to develop educational and career goals
and providing them with the information and professional skills
they need to meet those goals.
This spring, Dr. Browdy was also named 2008-2009 UF
Faculty Advisor of the Year. This is a university-wide award
recognizing Dr. Browdy as one of the most exceptional faculty
advisors at the University of Florida.

Laura Garrido (MS, 1990; FSHN Senior Scientist) won
one of only six "highest honor" UF Superior Accomplishment
Awards this spring. She was chosen from among 22 competitors
in the scientific/technical category, in recognition of her work
with FSHN and the Florida Sea Grant Program. Her award
includes a $2000 cash prize, a commemorative plaque featuring
a bronze gator, an invitation to the president's box during an
upcoming UF football game, and best of all, a football signed by
Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow.
Many know Laura as the
coordinator of UF's Shrimp
School, along with Dr. Steve
Otwell (Professor). An extremely
successful event, Shrimp School is
co-sponsored by Florida Sea Grant
and the Aquatic Food Products
Program in FSHN. The technical
program incorporates scientific ,
lectures and hands-on training,
and attracts scientists and
educators from across the country
and around the globe. It is
considered by the FDA to be the
leading training program for Front row, L-R: Julie Barber (Adn
shrimp processors and regulators Garrido (Senior Scientist), Maria
shrimp processors and regulators Stokes (Senior Technical Lab Spec
worldwide. Laura's skills have Garrido (Coordinator, Research Pr
helped UF earn its reputation as an I.... .. Dr. Jess Gregory (Prof
invaluable resource for shrimp
and seafood processing, and her dedication to the advancement
of shrimp product quality and safety are unsurpassed. She has
even traveled to Central and South America to provide training
and assistance to other countries.
Prior to earning her MS from FSHN, Laura completed a BS
in Industrial and Food Chemistry from Universidad Nacional
Pedro Henriquez Urefia in the Dominican Republic.

Maria Ralat, a Senior Chemist who works with Dr. Jess
Gregory (Professor), won a $200 divisional Superior
Accomplishment Award in the scientific/technical category in
the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. In addition to
this award, Maria was also recognized with a Prudential Davis
Productivity Award of $200, rewarding her efforts to increase
research laboratory output. This is especially notable because Dr.
Gregory was recently on sabbatical in Boston, so Maria was
responsible for overseeing both
research projects and students
in his absence.
Maria's primary
responsibilities include lab
management, development and
refinement of chemical
analyses, preparation and
analysis of research samples,
t maintenance of laboratory
equipment, and supervision of
undergraduate assistants. She
f was nominated for these awards
because her organizational skills
and analytical problem-solving
nistrative Assistant), Laura abilities are exceptional. Hired
alat (Senior( hm.,,,, I, Bridget
list); back row, L-R: Victor by Dr. Gregory in 2007, she has
grams), Dr. Neil Shay (Chair and already improved methods for
sor). data processing and analysis and
helped to make the lab more
competitive for grant funding. Maria also assists graduate
students with their research.
After transferring from the University of Puerto Rico, Maria
received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University
of Florida. She has worked in IFAS for many years, assisting
with quality assurance, analytical chemistry, statistical analysis,
and even graphic design for research posters.



FSHN Undergraduates are Standout Leaders on Campus

FSHN students have always been
actively involved in leadership on
campus, and this spring is no exception.

Ronald E. McNair Scholars

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars
Program was named in honor of Dr.
Ronald E. McNair, an astronaut who
died in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger
explosion. Its mission is to provide

L-R: Alexis Woods (BS, 2009), and Han Le
(Nutritional Sciences Junior)

support for UF undergraduates from first
generation, low income, and under-
represented backgrounds who intend to
pursue doctoral degrees. Students who
are chosen to participate receive research
funding and mentoring, and attend
informal meetings with faculty and
graduate students to help them develop
academic and professional skills.This
year, two FSHN students were chosen to
participate: Han Le and Alexis Woods.
Alexis worked with two mentors
from FSHN, Dr. Anne Mathews
(Assistant Professor) and Dr. Neil Shay
(Chair and Professor). Her project was
entitled, "Does Glucomannan Fiber
Beneficially Affect Glycemic Response
in Women at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?"
One goal of the project was to compare
the glycemic response among several
African American women at risk for
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) to a commonly
consumed food with and without the
addition of two separate fibers:
glucomannan and beta glucan. Alexis
also evaluated the dietary intake of
Vitamin D in women with a family
history of T2D, as well as the knowledge
and perceptions of behaviors and habits
traditionally practiced by adults to
prevent weight gain or maintain a weight
loss among women at risk for T2D.
Alexis says, "The benefits of being a
McNair Scholar were many. I have had
the opportunity to travel to national
conferences to present my research, and I
was also given the chance to attend

graduate seminars and professional
Because she was concerned about the
"Model Minority" concept, which implies
that students of Asian descent do not
engage in risk behaviors in college and
thus creates misconceptions about Asians
in general, Han Le decided to survey a
sample of Asian students. Research
concerning Asian college students' health
has been limited. Noting this, Han's main
goals were to describe risk behaviors
regarding drug and tobacco-use, alcohol-
use, and sexual activity and to determine
the relationship between acculturation
and risk behaviors.
Working under the supervision of
Dr. Virginia Dodd from the College of
Health and Human Performance, Han
surveyed 64 University of Florida
students using the National College
Health Risk Behavior Survey to assess
risk behaviors and the Suinn-Lew Asian
Self-Identity Acculturation Scale to
measure acculturation levels. She
cautions that results should be interpreted
with caution, given the small sample size,
but hopes that her study will lead to more
research in this area. Han says,
"Knowledge acquired from this research
will help identify areas of health concerns
for Asian college students."

Alpha Zeta Pledges

Alpha Zeta is a professional co-ed
organization for students in agricultural,
natural resources, or life sciences majors.
Since 1897, Alpha Zeta has been
the ideals of
service, and
on college
who pledge
L-R: Leticia Polite Alpha Zeta
(Nutritional Sciences are expected
Senior), Stacy Halse (UF to commit
Alumna) themselves
to community service, even after they
graduate. FSHN students have a long
history of involvement with Alpha Zeta,
and this year they were once again a
driving force in the success of UF's
chapter, which was recently named
national Chapter of the Year. Each
semester, two Alpha Zeta pledges are

honored for being exceptional, and this
spring both were FSHN majors. To
encourage networking, pledges create
personalized paddles and have faculty
and staff
who belong
to Alpha
Zeta sign
Junior) was
L-R: Stacy Halse (UF chosen for) was
Alumna), Thao Nguyen chosen for
(Food Science Junior) this year's
Best Paddle
Award. Thao was raised in Pass
Christian, Mississippi, and attended the
University of Texas in Dallas before
transferring to UF. When she was invited
to join Alpha Zeta, she says she quickly
realized it was an organization that stood
for the very
things she
believed in.
She added,
"As a
member, I
hope to get
L-R: Mark Marcojos leadership
(Alpha Zeta alumnus), skills, and
Kelsey Hughes-Calhoun
(BS, 2009) make a
difference in
the local community." Thao intends to
pursue a master's degree after she
Leticia Polite (Nutritional Sciences
Senior) was named Most Outstanding
Pledge in recognition of her contributions
to all the Alpha Zeta service and social
events. All new pledges are required to
dedicate a large amount of time to the
organization's community service
activities, so to be named the most
outstanding by one's peers is indeed an
honor. Upon graduation, Leticia intends
to pursue a career in pharmacy.
Other FSHN students who pledged
this spring were Clarisse Dewberry
(Nutritional Sciences Junior) and
Melinda Vinson (Food Science
Sophomore). Kelsey Hughes-Calhoun
(BS, 2009) served as their Pledge Master
this spring, so congratulations go out to
Kelsey on mentoring such a successful
pledge class.

Alumni Success Stories

Harry "Randy" Bringger (BS,
1976) is retiring this year after more than
thirty years with the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) as a Consumer
Safety Officer. He began his career with
the FDA in 1978, after working in quality
control for Tropicana for two years.
While he was with the FDA, he worked
out of field offices in Nashville, TN,
Montgomery, AL, and Jacksonville, FL.
In fact, Randy spent his federal career almost entirely in the
field, performing a wide variety of inspections and investigations
involving food, feed, drugs, devices, biologics, and bioresearch.
Between 1989 and 1999 he was also with the FDA's foreign
inspection group, performing inspections in Europe. In
recognition of his outstanding service, Randy received several
awards over the years. These include several Commissioner's
Special Citations and the Commendable Service Award. He is
also a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training
Center, Criminal Investigator Class.
After retirement, Randy plans to stay in the St. Augustine
area, staying active in charity and community service work and
traveling when he can. A season ticket holder since 1986, we can
expect to continue seeing him at all the Gator games, arriving in
style in his blue Smart Car.... with orange pin stripes. Join us in
congratulating Randy on a very impressive career, and wishing
him all the best for his retirement.

Adee Rasabi (BS, 2004) is a Registered
Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in
New York City, counseling a wide variety of
people in an outpatient setting. Previously
she worked as a clinical nutrition manager,
but her current position allows her to do
what she is truly passionate about: providing -
education to people about everything from
gestational diabetes to high cholesterol;
from celiac disease to pediatric obesity. .*
Adee says it's a very fulfilling job and added, "Nothing makes
me happier at the end of a session than to hear from my patients
that something I taught them was really helpful, or to have them
come back for a follow up and tell me how much better they
feel." Although she is not sure where her career might take her
from here, Adee knows that she is just as passionate about
nutrition and health/wellness as she was when she first walked
through the doors of FSHN in 2000.
Outside of work, she says she thoroughly enjoys living in
"the city that never sleeps" and traveling to foreign countries
whenever the opportunity arises. She gives back to the
community by regularly participating in walks and hikes to raise
money for breast cancer research and leukemia/lymphoma
research, including two 40-mile walks, one in New York and the
other in Washington DC. And when she isn't raising money for
charity, Adee can be found rock climbing, salsa dancing, and
even sailing through the air on a trapeze.

University Mixer

FSHN again welcomed alumni at the
University Mixer held during the
Experimental Biology meeting in New
Orleans this April. Thank you to
everyone who attended, and we hope to
see you again next year!

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Davis (PhD, 2000), Dr. Amy
Mackey (PhD, 2002)


Above, L-R: Meri Nantz
(Biological Scientist), Dr. Sue
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Cheryl Rowe (Research

Above, L-R: Dr. Marie-
Louise Ricketts (Research
Assistant Scientist), Liang
"Charles" Guo (PhD

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

Your donation to FSHN can be used to support student travel to conferences,
scholarships, and assistantships; 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/OnlineGiving/Campaign/
Or if you prefer, you can send 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

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... lab are shown on the right. Other
new projects include the relocation of
Undergraduate Student Services to
offices in the Pilot Plant in order to
make the advisors more accessible to
students and provide increased building
security. Also, the teaching labs on the
third floor are being re-designed to
provide improvements in both efficiency
and safety. Since that space will be
devoted solely to teaching with no
administrative offices, the finished
product will be a much larger laboratory
space in which to teach both graduate

L-R: Before and after pictures for the newly renovated lab in Room 341, FSHN Building.

and undergraduate labs. A new office
for our facilities manager, Rob Pelick,
will also be located in the Pilot Plant.
These next phases of construction
are scheduled for completion by the fall
of 2009.

Everyone in FSHN is very excited
about the new renovations, and it's not
over yet Dr. Shay was promised
$500,000 per year until all the research
and teaching labs in the FSHN Building
have been modernized.

Gourmet Coffee
... cont. from page 1

.... didn't involve small, arboreal
mammals. He spoke to his major
professor and eventual co-inventor, Dr.
Murat Balaban, and they decided that
the project had great potential. They
received a Tropical & Subtropical
Agricultural Research Grant in order to
fund the project, and after many hours of
experimentation they came up with an
industrial-friendly process to enhance
the quality of coffee beans prior to
roasting using acids and enzymes, and to
quantify the effects of the treatments.
The outcome of their process is a
coffee with intense aroma development
and flavor and almost no bitterness; this
process can produce coffee of the
highest quality and can be scaled for
commercial applications, so has the

potential to enhance value-added
agriculture here in the US. The
technology they invented was patented
in February of this year, and soon
thereafter was licensed by a company
called Coffee Primero LLC., a multi-
level marketing company based in
Gainesville, Florida. Coffee Primero is
currently building the first production
facility in Gainesville and plans to build
more facilities throughout the US as the
company grows.
Luis stated, "We as inventors are
proud of this technology, and proud that
this product has the potential to generate
income for UF. As the main inventor, I
feel that with this technology I am
giving something back to the institution
that gave me such a great education."
Luis was born in Riobamba,
Ecuador. He studied food engineering at
Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral
"ESPOL" in Guayaquil, one of the best

universities in Ecuador. Later, he
transferred to UF to pursue a BS and MS
in Food Science, where he was very
involved with FSHN, the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS),
and UF. He served as a CALS
Ambassador from 2004-2005, was a
member of the Dairy Judging Team for
three years, was a member of Alpha
Gamma Rho professional fraternity, and
was also an executive officer for the
Ecuadorian Student Association. Luis
received numerous scholarships and
awards during his time in FSHN, placed
in the top five in the national graduate
student research competition at the 2006
Institute of Food Technologists Annual
Meeting, and in 2007, FSHN determined
his research project to be the best thesis
in the department.
Luis currently works as a food
scientist for Darifair Foods in
Jacksonville, FL.

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.

Philip Pierce (BS, 2004) was recently David Mantilla (BS, 2002; MS, 2005) shared Neha Patel (BS, 2006), who works for WIC
spotted swimming with dolphins in the pizza with current MS students Sara Aldaous (L) here in Gainesville, brought her niece (and
Bahamas, alongside his daughter Morgan and Diana Seminario (R) before volunteering as future Gator) Diya to the FSHN Club's end-
and wife Amy. a judge for College Bowl (see story p. 3). of-year social at Lake Wauburg.

FSHN Achievements

Dr. Mitch Knutson (Assistant Professor) was
S.. named a 2009 ILSI North America Future
Leader in Nutritional Sciences. This is one of
the most important accomplishments a
nutritional scientist can achieve in the early
stages of their career. ILSI N.A. is a non-
profit organization dedicated to the
advancement of nutrition and food safety, and
they recognized Dr. Knutson for his research accomplishments
in the study of iron transport. Other FSHN faculty who have
been recognized as Future Leaders include: Dr. Bob Cousins,
Dr. Jess Gregory, Dr. Peggy Borum, Dr. Sue Percival, Dr.
Neil Shay, and Dr. Bobbi Langkamp-Henken.

Dr. Gail Kauwell (PhD, 1993; Professor) is
receiving a Teacher Fellow Award from the
S, North American Colleges and Teachers of
Agriculture (NACTA) this summer. Only
individuals who represent the highest caliber
S of agricultural education are eligible for the
award. Dr. Kauwell will receive a plaque in
honor of her numerous accomplishments.

Dr. Russell Rouseff (Professor) won the 2009
Advancement of Application of Agricultural
and Food Chemistry Award from the
SAmerican Chemical Society (ACS). He was
chosen for this prestigious award in
recognition of his outstanding application of
and contributions to agricultural and food
chemistry. Dr. Rouseff will receive a cash
award, a plaque, and a travel allowance to the
ACS meeting this year.

S y-j Huy Huynh (BS, 2007; MS student) was
inducted into the UF Hall of Fame in honor
of all his leadership accomplishments,
including founding Pi Delta Psi Asian-
American cultural fraternity and serving as
a UF Cicerone. He has he honor of being
inducted in the same year as Tim Tebow!
Huy will start dental school at UF this fall.

Jessica Simkins (BS, 2009) was chosen to sing
the national anthem at the College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences graduation ceremony. Jessica
has a powerful singing voice and has even
performed at a Florida Marlins game. A
participant in the University Scholars Program,
she designed a research project focusing on
medical resident recognition of childhood obesity, and
graduated cum laude. Jessica will attend medical school at UF
and intends to specialize in Family Practice.

SDoretta Ho (BS, 2005; MS/DI student) received
an Agricultural Women's Club Graduate
Scholarship this year. Doretta will graduate this
August, and plans to pursue a career as a
Registered Dietitian with the long-term goal of
helping improve the nutritional status and quality
of life of children with chronic diseases.

Liang "Charles" Guo (PhD candidate) won
first place in the Vitamin and Mineral
Research Interest Section Poster Competition
at the Experimental Biology meeting in New
Orleans this spring. His research was
entitled: "Zinc-regulated ZnT1 (SLC30A1)
I' and glucocorticoid-regulated ZnT2
(SLC30A2) influence zinc efflux from
pancreatic acinar cells," and he received $500 in recognition of
his outstanding work. Dr. Bob Cousins (Professor) serves as his
PhD mentor. Charles also received a FSHN travel grant to help
defray the costs of attending the conference. Other graduate
students who received travel grants from FSHN include:
Vanessa da Silva (PhD student), Supak Jenkitkasemwong
(MS student), Lauren Little Jones (BS, 2005; PhD candidate),
Carmelo "CJ" Nieves (BS, 2000; MS, 2004; PhD student), Mei
Zhao (PhD student), and Ningning Zhao (PhD candidate).

Jamie Stolarz (BS, 2009) just received the
American Dietetic Association Outstanding
Student Award. She was chosen from among
all the didactic program students in the state of
Florida. Jamie will start the combined Master
of Science/Dietetic Internship program here in
FSHN in the fall.

Laura Strawn (MS Student) was just chosen
to receive the Institute of Food Technologists
Student Association (IFTSA) Campbell's
Graduate Excellence in Leadership Award.
Only one graduate student in the entire
country is recognized annually. The award
was given in recognition of Laura's
outstanding leadership skills as Southeast Area Representative
to IFTSA, organizer of the regional College Bowl competition
(see related story, page 3), Vice President of Phi Tau Sigma
Food Science Honorary, Vice President of the Gator Chapter of
the Florida Association for Food Protection, and member of the
FSHN Product Development and Dairy Judging Teams.

four most prestigious College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
undergraduate awards. Jocelynn Ortega (BS, 2009) won the
Larry J. Connor Medal of Excellence; Jocelynn was also given
an Honorable Mention for UF's Outstanding Leadership Awards
for graduating seniors. Nutritional Sciences junior Stephanie
Stopka won the E. T. York, Jr. Medal of Excellence
Outstanding Junior Award, and the two runners-up were also
from FSHN: Lauren Foster (Nutritional Sciences Junior) and
Christine Nguyen (Dietetics Junior). Andrew Migliaccio (BS,
2009) won the J. Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence Outstanding
Senior Award, and the two runners-up for this award were also
from FSHN: Lauren Cooper and Stacy Lundstedt (both BS,
2009). Additionally, two FSHN students were runners-up for the
fourth award, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Alumni & Friends Leadership Award: Brittany Burkhart and
Brett Thomas (both BS, 2009).
Brett Thomas (both BS, 2009).

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