News & Views
For alumni, students, associates, and friends of FSHN
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Volume X Issue 1, Spring 2010
FSHN Alumni: Making a Real Difference
FSHN alumni are so successful, we
can barely fit their stories into our
newsletters! In this issue ofFSHN News
& Views, we highlight just afew of their
accomplishments. Our alumni are...
Erica Beard completed her BS in
Nutritional Sciences here in FSHN in
2000, and then went on to earn her MEd
from UF and her MBA from St. Leo
University. After spending some time in
corporate finance, Erica wanted a
change. Because she enjoys working
with children and feels very strongly
about helping others, she decided a
career in teaching was a better fit. So she
researched the Georgia Teacher
Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy
(GATAPP) and applied to the program.
GATAPP provides various pathways
to classroom teaching certification based
on assessment of candidates' prior
experiences, education, and skills.
Currently, Erica is teaching 8t grade
math and science at a middle school in
Georgia. She says she very much enjoys
watching children learn, and that the
most challenging thing about herjob is
the fact that many children are not at the
learning levels they should be. When
asked about her teaching philosophy,
Erica said, "I believe all students can
learn. Teachers must identify where their
children are in the learning process and
develop a plan to reach their goals. In
addition, teachers must take an active
interest in their students. As educators,
we must have accountability for...
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Dr. Michael Eisenmenger (PhD,
2009) is working in the Research Quality
and Innovations Group at ConAgra's
global head-quarters in Omaha, Nebraska
where he says their corporate slogan is
"making the food you love." He leads
technical applications for product
development, which means he "finds a
home" for some unusual technologies by
applying them to existing products
and/or products in development. He is
also a technical advisor and a rapid
"prototyper" for those projects and
products that may pose a particularly
challenging technical hurdle.
During his time in FSHN, Dr.
Eisenmenger served as the UF student
representative to the Florida Section of
the Institute of Food Technologists and
as Captain of the 2008 FSHN College
Bowl Team (which earned a 3rd place
finish in regional competition). He was
also a faithful volunteer each year...
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L-R: Erik, Walter, Luke, Karl, and Kara
Kelley note the stylish Gator hats!
Dr. Walter Kelley (BS, 2002)
graduated from the Arizona College of
Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern
University, and recently completed his
residency training in pathology as well as
a sub-specialty fellowship in clinical
chemistry at the University of Maryland
in Baltimore. This summer, he began a
two-year fellowship in transfusion
medicine at the Clinical Center of the
National Institutes of Health...
Continued on page 6
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Warfare Officer with the US Navy in San
Diego. And Timothy Hines II (BS,
2010) is now a Commissioned Officer in
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BS 2010 grads accepted to Physician
Assistant programs: Julie Posada (UF)
and Megan Holtsinger (Nova SE Univ.)
Allison Vansickle will attend UF's
College of Veterinary Medicine.
More successful BS 2010 grads:
Morvarid Fallahzadeh and Kim-Oanh
Ton were accepted to optometry school
at Nova SE Univ; Michelle Alien will
attend podiatry school at Barry Univ;
Kaycie Hamel was accepted to Palmer
h Caroline Ingoglia (BS,
2009) is pursuing a
master's degree in food
science at Wageningen
Univ., the Netherlands.
Renee Campbell (BS, 2009) will attend
medical school at Howard Univ. 2010 BS
graduates accepted to medical school
include: Ryan Carver (UF); Chelsea
Chapkin (Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Med.); Quynh-An "Annie"
Chau (FSU); Roy Ferraiuolo (UF);
Lauren Foster (UF); Tara Gonzalez
(FSU); Robert "David" Graham (USF);
Caitlin Grimes (Univ. Maryland);
Alejandra Hernandez (UF); Jessica
Hughes (Nova SE Univ.); Liesl Jenkins
(FSU); Christina Nguyen (USF);
Danielle Olson (Univ. Miami); Amanda
Posgai (UF); Danielle Rosner (W.
Virginia School of Osteopathic Med.);
Edmire Souffrant (UF); Kendra
Sylvester (UF); Grace Tidwell (USF);
Kelly Williamson (USF).
Ashlee Armfield (BS,
2002) is a Registered
Dietitian who earned her
MS in food science from
the Univ. of Colorado.
Currently, she's a R&D
Food Scientist with
Nature's Path Foods. She works with
their marketing team to create great
tasting and healthy breakfast items such
as organic cereals, granola bars, toaster
pastries, and waffles. Ashlee says she
loves their company philosophy of
"Eating Well & Doing Good."
2010 BS graduates accepted to graduate
programs at UF include: Brittney
Courchene, Nutritional Sciences PhD;
Thao Nguyen, Food Science MS;
Catherine Odrobina, Business
Management MS. Other 2010 BS
graduates accepted to graduate programs
include: Kathleen Ellerie, Health
Science MS (So. Cal Univ.); Kavi Patel,
Biomedical Sciences MS (Rosalind
Franklin Univ.); Marc Schureck,
Biochemistry MS (Emory Univ.).
Yael Spektor (BS, 2007;
MS, 2009) is now a Food
Scientist with The
Father's Table, a dessert
company located in
L4 Sanford, FL.
Stephanie Cupples (MS-DI, 2009) is in
Baylor Univ.'s Exercise, Nutrition &
Preventive Health doctoral program.
The following 2010 BS graduates were
accepted to dental school: Jose Roque,
Jr. (Creighton Univ.); Amjad Heidami
(Nova SE Univ.); Tristan Hensley (UF);
Whitney Howard (Nova SE Univ.);
Rajiv Kalra (UF); Deborah Lowry
(UF); Eddy Sedeno III (UF); Karina
Vergara (Boston Univ.); Reginald
Wilson II (New York Univ.); Matthew
Raina Bhindi (BS,
2008) is a now a
Dietitian working in
2010 BS grads accepted to UF pharmacy
include: Meghan Arwood, Noha
Abdelghany, Joseph Branton, Michael
Brito, Octavio Casanova, James
Doolin, Brian Eng, Andrew Isler,
Marcilyn Mills, Hojin Oh, Nicholas
Piccicacco, Alexis Rangel, Julia
Roblyer, Thomas Viderman, Saveez
Zoghi. Other students accepted to
pharmacy programs include: Tara
Longergan (Nova SE Univ.); Mayrim
Torres (Loma Linda Univ.); Katrina
Tuazon (Mercer Univ.).
Swapna Srinivasan (BS, 2008) has been
accepted to the College of Public Health
at the Univ. of South Florida.
Nicholas Newell (BS,
2010) just started a
with Coca Cola in Atlanta,
working in product
development and quality
2010 BS graduates accepted into dietetic
internships include: Hannah Allen (UF);
Akeelah Ammons (FSU); Lauren
Baldwin (Andrews Univ.); Kimberly
Dooies (Andrews Univ.); Jamila Frazier
(Univ. Delaware); Cassie Gaisser (UF);
Abigail Ginther (Univ. Virginia);
Megan Griffin (Yale Univ.) Lauren
Hill (Bay Pines VA); Lauren Marchand
(UNF); Heather Marees (Penrose-St.
Francis Health Services); Albert
Matheny IV (Oakwood Univ.); Alyssa
Wade (Andrews Univ.). Katie Grace
(BS, 2009) has been accepted into the
FSHN MS-DI program.
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FSHN Student Wins NCAA Title in Women's lavelin
Evelien Dekkers, a graduating senior in Food Science with
a minor in Business Administration, just won UF's first-ever
NCAA title in women's javelin at the 2010 Outdoor
Championships. She not only broke her personal best record, but
also the school record and her country's "under 23" record,
taking first place with a throw of 58.99 meters.
Earlier this summer, Evelien was named "Academic All-
District First Team" for the second season in a row in
recognition of her academic and athletic accomplishments. She
has been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times.
We asked Evelien, who is from Etten-Leur, Netherlands,
how she ended up in the US. She said that in 2005 she competed
in the European Youth Olympic Festival and won in her age
class. That led to another tournament, Europeans under 20,
where she met her future coach. Although she originally had no
intention of moving to the US, when she started to receive
recruiting letters she began to consider it. Nine months later,
Evelien decided she would come to Florida and "try it out," and
the rest is history.
After graduation this summer,
Evelien will begin her graduate studies in
food technology at Wageningen
University in the Netherlands. She has a
long-term interest in helping to develop
more sustainable systems of agriculture
and food production, and would also like
to study both Spanish and International Development so that she
can someday work in Latin America. She is also interested in
research and in gaining experience in industry.
In addition to continuing her education, Evelien intends to
stick with her training and hopefully continue to improve so that
she can compete in the 2012 Olympics. Please help us
congratulate Evelien on all of her successes, and keep an eye out
for her during the 2012 Olympic games!
Experimental Biology 2010
FSHN was well-represented at the Experimental Biology
meeting in Anaheim this April.
Greg Guthrie (PhD Student)
Catching up at the University Mixer, L-R, front row: Dr. Sue Percival
Si'i. -. I .1 Dr. Robin Minor (PhD, 2007), Dr. Susanne Talcott
(PhD, 2004), Dr. Cheryl Rowe (Sr. Laboratory Technician), Dr.
Ruifen Zhang (Visiting Research Scholar); L-R, back row: Katelyn
Russell (MS Student), Cindy Montero (BS, 2008; MS Student).
InvestiGators participants, L-R: Erika
Manion (Health Science), Hannah
Alien (BS, 2010), Katherine Lee (BS,
2010), and Kristin Smith
L-R: Catherine Muller (BS,
2007; MS, 2010) and Cindy
Montero (BS, 2008; MS Student).
New FSHN Student Organization
FSHN graduate students created the new "Graduate Student
Association" to promote professional development and social
interaction in the department, and this spring they hosted their
first-ever cookout at Lake Wauburg.
Top left, L-R: Maria Plaza (PhD
Candidate) and her daughter Amalia
Maria, sharing some quality time. Top
middle: Lorenzo Puentes (BS, 2002; MS
Student; Biological Scientist) enjoying a
hamburger. Top right, L-R: Liwei Xie (MS
Student) hanging out with Lemane Delva
(PhD Candidate) and his daughter
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.
While in Ecuador this spring, David Mantilla
(BS, 2002; MS, 2005) demonstrated super-
human strength as he attempted to build a raft
using native techniques.
At the 2010 College Bowl Competition in
Huntsville, Alabama, Jackie Nguyen (BS,
2010) was genuinely thrilled to find
cheesecake on the dessert menu.
L-R: Kyle Edwards (MS Student), Anjani
Vyas (Senior), Ivy Cho (Senior), Brittany
Martin (Senior), and Josh Vandamm (MS
Student) at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show.
It appears that while he was on vacation in
Minnesota, Dr. Ron Schmidt (Professor
Emeritus) considered the layaway option for
some interesting garden statues.
At the Florida Section Institute of Food
Technologists holiday meeting at Sleuths
Mystery Dinner Show, Russell Preston
(Senior) made a new friend.
L-R: Josh Vandamm (MS Student), Sonia
Hudson (BS, 2009; MS Student), Sandi
Shriver (MS Student), and Rebecca Creasy
(PhD Student), sneaking out for pizza.
Janelle (McGuinness) Peele (BS, 1999; MS,
2002) caught an impressive Gator-orange fish
while vacationing with her family in Panama
this past spring.
L-R: Antonio Miller (BS, 2005), grad student
at Alabama A&M, and Janna Underhill
(FSHN Staff; News & Views Editor), caught
up at the 2010 College Bowl competition.
Dave Guderian (BS, 2008; MS Student)
claims he was inducted as Grand Poobah in the
Order of Magnificent Grill Sergeants Hall of
Fame (hold the mustard).
At the Kraft product development facility in
New Jersey, Jaclyn Kalva (BS, 2007; MS,
2009) used her mad scientist skills to create a
giant cookie topped with a Florida Gator.
After a long, tiring weekend of College Bowl
2010 activities and competition, Cheryl Rock
(PhD Student) fell asleep in the rental van on
the way back from Alabama.
FSHN wins all the FL Section IFT door prizes.
L-R: Dr. Bob Bates (Professor Emeritus),
Eric Dreyer, Dave Guderian, and Blaine
Holmberg (all BS, 2008; MS Students).
FSHN Mourns the Loss of Two of Its Own
FSHN is very sad to announce that Dr. Neal Thompson,
retired FSHN Professor, passed away on March 8; he was 73.
Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Thompson
completed his BS in General Science
from Wheaton College in 1957. He
served his Country in the United States
Navy for over 22 years including
active duty and the reserves, earning
the title of Captain Thompson. In 1962
he received his MA in Botany from
Miami College, and in 1965 his PhD in
Biology from Princeton University.
Dr. Thompson was a faculty
member in FSHN for 38 years, from
1965 until his retirement in 2003. He also served as the Assistant
Dean for Research (1980-1986), Associate Dean (1986-1992),
and Acting Dean (1992-1993) for the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).
Dr. Thompson was a member of numerous professional
societies including Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Xi, and the
American Chemical Society; authored
more than 50 research publications; and
was the principal investigator on many
large contracts and grants. He also taught
graduate courses, including Research
Planning and Pesticide Analysis.
Dr. Marty Marshall (Professor)
S remembers Dr. Thompson as the type of
S leader who always made the time to sit
Down and discuss the decisions he made
for IFAS, and as an excellent mentor for
the Pesticide Information Office.
Dr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 51 years, Beverly,
his five children and twelve grandchildren, and his brother
Thomas and sister Muriel. He will be greatly missed by
everyone here in FSHN and IFAS.
This spring FSHN lost another friend: Alyssa Logeman
(BS, 2007) passed away unexpectedly on May 13 at only 27.
Born and raised in Saline, Michigan, Alyssa graduated from
Saline High School and was accepted to the University of
Michigan. But she never enjoyed cold winters, so she made the
decision to transfer to the University of Florida to complete her
education in a warmer climate. Most recently Alyssa attended
medical school at Nova Southeastern
University. As a medical student she
particularly enjoyed clinical work,
including helping people who had
undergone gastric lapband surgery.
Alyssa's sister Adrienne Logeman-
Cox told us that she also donated her
time to a local clinic, providing
services to people who could not
otherwise afford them, and that she
found the experience extremely
rewarding. Adrienne said, "I sensed
she would have gone on to do some
further community assistance programs, too."
Jeff Cox, Alyssa's brother-in-law, said that the number of
friends Alyssa made all over Florida was amazing, and noted
that they received over 200 condolence cards and letters. He
said, "I am happy that she touched so many people during her
short life. Alyssa was a friend to many, a sister to one, and an
aunt to four. All will miss her and no one will ever forget her."
Christina Vargas (BS, 2007) said, "Alyssa was the type of
person I aspired to be more like. She was articulate, intelligent,
comical, sensible, generous, and mature beyond her years. She
showed me what it was to be a friend. Even after we graduated,
she never failed to reach out. She was always available to lend
an ear when I needed to vent, never forgetting to call me and my
mother just to catch up on what was going on in our lives, giving
us updates about her progress in school and about her nephew
and nieces, who she adored beyond what words can describe.
She was passionate about her studies, and ever so encouraging to
others. Her kindness and generosity extended not only to me, but
to everyone she considered a friend. Alyssa will always be
remembered for her greater-than-life personality, and for never
letting any obstacle get in her way of pursuing her dreams."
Christina's mother, Luz Vargas, spent a memorable
afternoon with Alyssa this past April. Luz added, "We ate,
laughed, and cried because she was heading back home to
Michigan to be with her family, and because I informed her that
I had breast cancer and would soon be having surgery. Before I
departed, we embraced and shouted, "See you this July!"
However, a week after my surgery she passed away. Her death
blew me away. How can such a beautiful and kind hearted young
lady die? Each day I thank God for placing Alyssa in my path.
Although I miss her every day, I hold on to her memories. She
would have been one incredible physician because she loved
people and wanted to find ways to make others feel better."
Juliann Giese (BS, 2007) told us, "Alyssa was a bright and
compassionate colleague with a profound passion for medicine.
Her vivacious smile had a way of lifting up the spirits of anyone
near her. Her enthusiasm for education while attending UF and
Nova was a source of positive energy for everyone. She will be
greatly missed." Another friend of Alyssa's, Dianne Hill
Anderson, told us that Alyssa was an inspiration to her because
she was positive and encouraging and truly understood other
people's struggles to stay healthy. She said, "Alyssa was always
a friend to me and I miss her terribly." FSHN Professor Dr. Gail
Kauwell said, "Alyssa was a smart, determined young woman
who was committed to her goal of becoming a physician. She
loved to talk about medical
procedures, and you could count on
her to know what she was talking
about down to the smallest details. I
enjoyed knowing her and having her
as a student in my courses, and I am
saddened by her untimely death."
Alyssa's family has created a
Facebook page (search for "Remembering Alyssa Logeman")
where family and friends can share memories and photos. Also, a
scholarship has been founded in her name; contributions may be
sent to Attn: Lynne Cawley, Director of Alumni Affairs,
College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova SE University, 3200 S.
University Street, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33328.
With the untimely passing of Alyssa Logeman, we have lost
a bright and dedicated future doctor as well as an amazing young
woman. She will be missed by everyone here in FSHN.
Alumni Highlights, count. from page 1
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in Bethesda. Dr. Kelley has published
four peer-reviewed journal articles,
including a lead article in Clinical
Chemistry; has four book chapters in
press; and has presented numerous
posters at research symposia both here in
the US and abroad.
Recently, Dr. Kelley spent several
months in Rwanda, seeing patients,
teaching, and conducting research. He
traveled there as part of a team working
under a PEPFAR (President's Emergency
Plan for AIDS Relief) grant. There are a
lot of HIV-positive people in Rwanda,
and consequently a lot of tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis can spread from the lungs to
other sites in the body, including the
lymph nodes, and so Dr. Kelley spent
time teaching local physicians how to
biopsy suspicious lymph nodes with a
syringe (which is called a fine needle
aspiration biopsy). He also trained
medical technologists and other
laboratory staff how to stain and identify
organisms. He says his time in Rwanda
was very rewarding.
Dr. Kelley and his wife Kara, who is
also a UF grad (BA, 2001 and MA, 2002,
both in elementary education), have three
sons: Karl, 5 /2; Erik, 3; and Luke, 1.
Dr. Kelley says, "In all sincerity, none of
my success would have happened without
UF CALS/FSHN. Both the scientific and
practical aspects of my undergraduate
education have been invaluable to my
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for numerous Florida Section IFT and
FSHN Departmental events.Dr.
Eisenmenger's doctoral research focused
on high pressure
n enzymes important
to the food
industry. He has
publications, has one more under review,
and has conducted twelve technical
presentations at professional meetings
and symposia. As a graduate student, he
was awarded travel grants from both the
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences and the Graduate Student
Council to support those presentations.
At the IFT Annual Meeting in 2008,
Dr. Eisenmenger earned first place in the
Biotechnology Division poster
competition. And in 2009, he was invited
to present his research at the International
Commission of Agricultural and
Biosystems Engineering International
Technical Symposium in Potsdam,
Germany, where he earned the 3rd Place
Poster Award for Young Scientists.
Dr. Eisenmenger said about his new
position with ConAgra, "I really enjoy
my job; whether it's making a new type
of sauce on the stove top or taking the
corporate jet to review the application
potential of a new antimicrobial, it's as
challenging as it is fun."
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helping students acquire the necessary
knowledge to function in society, since
the purpose of education is to produce
globally competitive students. Further,
teachers must provide a safe and caring
environment that allows for maximum
instruction and is conducive to learning.
Students must know that teachers care
about them and their learning process."
Erica shared with us an inspirational
story about her experiences teaching a
student who was homeless. The student
lived in a van with one parent and four
siblings, and, understandably, expressed
difficulty getting homework done due to
that living situation. So Erica began
staying after school with the student,
study for tests.
grades that semester. After hearing that
story, it was no surprise to learn that
Erica was named as an Outstanding
We asked Erica what made her
choose to major in FSHN in the first
place. She said, "What I liked best about
the major was how helpful the faculty and
staff were, especially my academic
advisor. She was very helpful in every
way: from helping me with my class
schedule to letting me know the best
places to eat on campus."
We also asked Erica if there was
anything about her time in FSHN that
helped prepare her to teach. She said that
taking th e rigorous courses required by
the FSHN major required her to be very
disciplined and dedicated, and that those
qualities now allow her to run a well-
managed classroom. She also gave some
advice to pass along to current students,
as follows: enjoy your college years,
because they are truly the best years of
your life; get involved with different
organizations within the school and in the
community; and know that it doesn't
matter what career you choose as long as
you get to do something you enjoy.
A dedicated Gator fan, Erica added:
"I love UF Football! I am a GATOR for
Life (even if I do reside in Georgia
FSHN Alumnus is One Smart Cookie
Luis Martinez (BS, 2005; MS, 2007) now owns the Mrs. Fields store in the
Oaks Mall here in Gainesville. The previous owner was a friend of his, and as an
undergrad Luis managed the store for him on weekends and learned the ropes.
After Luis finished his master's degree, it took him two years to finally convince
his friend to sell the business to him. Although the
store was already profitable when he bought it, Luis
also did some remodeling.
Luis says that one of their biggest challenges is
simply accommodating the ever-changing schedules
of college student employees, but that it's a real
pleasure to be able to provide jobs to his fellow
Gators and also to serve over 2,000 customers per
week with products that make people, especially
children, so happy. He added that whereas their
cookie cakes are definitely the best sellers, their
smoothies, Coca Cola products, and 15 different
varieties of individual cookies are also quite popular.
The Talented Women of Food Science
Lilibeth Dagulo (BS, 2007; MS,
2009), shown below with Quaker Larry,
chemical insight to the food (Quaker
Oats) and beverage (Tropicana and
Gatorade) business units. Currently, she
is primarily supporting the Tropicana
group, including R&D, process
engineering, agricultural sciences, and
quality. Lilibeth is involved in the
analysis of volatile flavor compounds of
orange juice samples (from sample
preparation to instrumental operation,
and from data acquisition to data
processing and reporting), and also
develops and maintains methods and
Dr. Melissa Kolsch Jones (BS,
2000; PhD, 2006) is a Research
is also a
Food Science program. Their mutual
friend Elizabeth "Liz" Percy (BS, 2000),
also a Food Science graduate, introduced
them in spring 2000 at the FSHN end-of-
year banquet. The following June they
traveled to Europe and got engaged at the
top of the Eiffel Tower. They were
married in October 2002, and now have
two children: two year old Hannah and
five month old Natalie. Herb owns his
own marketing company, providing
services to local businesses.
Dr. Jones' research has primarily
focused on seafood safety. When she
was a post-doc here in FSHN, she
received a two-year USDA Postdoctoral
Fellowship grant to study the effects of
antimicrobial peptides, both for use
against vibrio spp. and as potential
applications for post-harvest treatment of
oysters. Out of 120 grant applications
submitted in this area, Dr. Jones' grant
proposal was ranked 7t overall by the
USDA. She is now working under
another grant to continue her studies on
using antimicrobial peptides to eliminate
Vibrio from oysters.
Dr. Jones says her ultimate goal is to
continue conducting seafood safety
research, hopefully as a faculty member
here at UF.
This past March, Sonal Singh (BS,
2006) joined Ken's Foods, Inc., as a
Team Leader in the Quality Control
Ken's, an FDA
X) regulated, SQF
also with production personnel to ensure
that product quality specifications are
being met. So far, Sonal's favorite
formulas include cocktail sauce and
Ken's Foods is the manufacturer of
award winning Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ
Sauce. It was rated the #1 BBQ sauce by
Yahoo in the "great American BBQ
sauce taste test," which was held in May
of this year.
Taraja Williams (BS, 2002) is a
Product Development Scientist for
PepsiCo. She earned her MS degree in
Food Science from Rutgers University in
2005, and also worked in product
for both Kraft
Sb i coming to
then she has
the Pepsi Lipton Partnership. She has
provided her expertise to their premium
fresh brewed line, Lipton PureLeaf
(launching two new SKUs); to their
mainstream Lipton Iced Tea brand in
PET bottles (launching one new SKU);
and to various innovative brand
Taraja said that as a global
company, PepsiCo offers many travel
opportunities to its employees. Recently,
she traveled to Japan for a week-long
training session on tea technology by the
experts at Unilever. She also actively
participates on her site's Safety
Committee, New Employee On-boarding
Network (NEON) team, and the
Women's Initiative Network. Those are
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Dr. Bob Cousins (Boston Family Professor of
Nutrition; Director, Center for Nutritional
Sciences) was chosen as the winner of the
2010 Dannon Institute Mentorship Award.
The award of $2,500 and an engraved plaque,
sponsored by the Dannon Institute, was
presented at the 2010 meeting of ASN in
Anaheim. Dr. Cousins is also a member of the
National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Gail Kauwell (MAg, 1979; PhD, 1993;
Professor; Director of the MS-DI Program)
S was named 2009-2010 CALS Graduate
Teacher/Advisor of the Year. In recognition of
her outstanding teaching, Dr. Kauwell has
won many other teaching awards including
CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, UF
Teacher of the Year, USDA's National Award
for Excellence in Teaching, and the American Dietetic
Association Excellence in Dietetic Education Award.
Janna Underhill (Academic Advisor) won
both the CALS and the UF-wide
SL Undergraduate Advisor of the Year Awards
B l99 for 2009-2010. In addition to academic
advising, she works with the FSHN Club and
coordinates alumni relations for the
department. Janna also won both of these
awards in 2003-2004 and is the only
UF advisor to have won the UF-wide advising award twice.
Dr. Anne Kendall (Senior Lecturer) was
awarded the Florida Dietetic Association's
2010 Outstanding Dietetics Educator for DPD
Programs. Dr. Kendall teaches Nutrition and
Disease I, Medical Nutrition Therapy
Applications I, and Nutrition Counseling and
Communication. She also serves as the
department's Undergraduate Coordinator.
Dr. Kendall will be recognized at the Florida Dietetic
Association's 75th Symposium in Orlando this July.
The following MS-DI students were selected for membership
into Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture: L-R,
Colleen Davis, Lakshmi Mahan, Jennifer Marquez, and
Lindsey Pipkin. Lindsey also received the 2010 Javad Yazdi
Scholarship and Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding
Liwei Xie (MS Student) received a National
Science Foundation I-Cubed Interdisciplinary
Research Award designed to foster collaborative
scientific research. He also received both CALS
and Graduate Student Council travel grants to
attend the Experimental Biology meeting in
Anaheim this past spring.
Victor Garrido (MS, 1992; Research
Programs Coordinator) won one of the six
highest UF Superior Accomplishment Awards,
recognizing outstanding service to FSHN and
UF. He received $2,000 in cash, a plaque, and
an invitation to sit in the president's box at a
home game this fall. Victor conducts oyster
research, serves as technical editor for the Seafood HACCP
Alliance training manual, and organizes UF's Shellfish School.
Dr. Ron Schmidt (Professor Emeritus)
S received an Honorary Life Membership in the
International Association for Food Protection
this spring. The award was given in
S recognition of the numerous contributions he
S '. has made to IAFP and its affiliates over the
S* years. He will receive the award at the August
S MIAFP meeting in Anaheim.
SStephanie Stopka (BS, 2010), top photo, was
selected by CALS to receive the 2010 J. Wayne
Reitz Medal of Excellence. Lauren Foster (BS,
2010), bottom photo, received the 2010 CALS
Alumni and Friends Leadership Award. Runners
up for this year's CALS awards include: Heather
Marees for the Alumni and Friends Leadership
Award, Christina Nguyen for the Larry J. Connor
Medal of Excellence, and Robert David Graham
for the J. Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence (all
2010 BS graduates).
Dr. Doug Archer, Associate Dean and
Professor, serves on the National Academies
Committee on Review of the Food and Drug
Administration's Role in Ensuring Safe Food,
which just published Enhancing Food Safety:
The Role of the Food and Drug Administration.
The report was requested by Congress and
sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration.
At the FSHN Spring 2010 Staff Appreciation Luncheon, several
staff members were recognized for their years of service at UF.
25 years: Marianne Mangone (Program Asst), Jau Yoh (IR-4
Research Programs Coord); 20 years: Shelia Parker Hall
(Personnel); 15 years: Amanda Hogle (IR-4 Asst), Janna
Underhill (Academic Advisor); 10 years: Susan Brown
(Academic Programs Coord), Meri Nantz (Biol Scientist),
Nicole Young (Academic Advisor); 5 years: Charlene Burke
(Biol Scientist), C.J. Nieves (Sr Biol Scientist).
Wei Han (PhD Student) received the first-ever
Burdock Group Travel Grant this spring at Student
Recognition Night, and was also awarded a 2010
Lydia Snyder (BS, 2008; MS-DI Student) was
named ADA/FDA Outstanding Dietetics Student;
she was chosen from among all the Dietetic
Internship students in the entire state of Florida.
Jamie Stolarz (BS, 2009; MS-DI Student) received
a 2010 Agricultural Women's Club Scholarship.
She also received the 2010 CALS Vam C. York