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IFT Perspectives column on FDA’s proposal to change dietary fiber labeling on food packages.

Dr. Mary Ellen Camire, President-elect and Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), has written a IFT Perspectives column on FDA’s proposal to change dietary fiber labeling on food packages.  Read the article here:

 http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2014/july/columns/perspective.aspx.

Morgan Gustin wins Mitchell Peace Scholarship

Morgan Gustin wins Mitchell Peace Scholarship
http://bangordailynews.com/community/two-umaine-students-win-mitchell-peace-scholarships/

Jonathan Foster named Outstanding Graduate Student in Horticulture program

Jonathan Foster named Outstanding Graduate Student in Horticulture program

 

Jonathan was nominated by his advisors, Drs. Lois Stack and Stephanie Burnett, who provided the following information. 

 

Jonathan has done a great job on his thesis research project, which explored
the effects of light, water, and soil nutrition on propagation of an
uncommon native plant, twinflower (Linnaea borealis).  He thoughtfully
examined his project from horticultural, ecological, and industry
perspectives, which made his work more impactful and interesting. He
connected with industry partners very early in this project, and those
partners will directly benefit from the results of his research.

In addition to conducting his research, Jonathan provided important
service to the University of Maine’s plant science academic community.
He taught Plant Propagation, a writing-intensive 400-level course,
completely independently in spring 2013. To our knowledge, he is the
only M.S. student to have provided this high level of teaching service
while completing his degree requirements. 

SFA graduate students will be travelling to professional meetings to present research results in June and July:

SFA graduate students will be travelling to professional meetings to present
research results in June and July:

2014 Nutrition Education annual meeting in Milwaukee, WI June 28-July 2, 2014

Dr. Adrienne White’s research group
     Doug Mathews
       Fidelity of Implementation of a 4-H Program to Promote Culinary Skills and Family Meals
       for Obesity Prevention: iCook 4-H. 

    Angelina Maia
     Motivating Me: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies–A Dyad Model for Behavior Change

2014 Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting, in New Orleans, LA June 21-
24, 2014

Dr. Vivian Wu’s research group
       Irwin Quintela
       Direct and Simultaneous Detection of Shiga-toxin producing strains of Escherichia coli in
       Ground Beef and Blueberry by Gold Nanoparticle Optical Sensing

       Development of a Novel Nano-Optical System based on Nanotechnology and Genome
       Sequencing for Comprehensive Detection of Salmonella spp.

       Rapid Detection of Shiga-Toxin Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) Unamplified Genomic
       DNA using Oligonucleotide – Functionalized Gold Nanoparticle (AuNP) Colorimetric Assay.

     Anna Breard
       Efficacy of Peroxyacetic Acid, Lactic Acid, Chlorine Dioxide, and Chlorine Washes
       in Removing Toxoplasma gondii from the Surface of Blueberries

      Developing a Rapid Colorimetric Detection System Utilizing Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) for
      the Detection of Toxoplasma gondi

Dr. Balu Nayak’s research group
      Adeseye Lasekan
      Improving the Extraction of Protein From Processed Shrimp for Allergen Detection

Dr. Denise Skonberg’s research group
      Brianna Hughes
      Physical Quality Attributes of Cooked, High Pressure Processed Abalone Meat

      Shelf-Life Evaluation of Post-Rigor High Pressure Processed Abalone Meat

Tim Bowden, SFA Faculty member cited as excellent mentor by third-year marine sciences major Ian Jones of Canton, Conn.

Tim Bowden, SFA Faculty member cited as excellent mentor by third-year marine sciences major Ian Jones of Canton, Conn.,  who is studying how ocean acidification impacts lobster larvae, an important resource for the Maine economy.

Hhttp://go.umaine.edu/explore-umaine/student-experience/ian-jones/)

“Working with Tim Bowden has greatly improved my experience here, and the opportunities he’s granted me to assist with seahorse aquaculture and lobster larvae research have not only been very enjoyable but have helped define my research interests and add to my qualifications for future research experience. Additionally, his constructive feedback on my performance in his lab has allowed me to improve as a researcher.”

Maine hosts IFTSA regional meeting, April 11-12, 2014

The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) North Atlantic Area Meeting is an event to bring together the Food Science departments in the North Atlantic Area (UMaine, UMass, Penn State, Rutgers and Cornell). The Area Meeting will give students updates on the happenings of the Institute of Food Technologists, as well as the Student Association, in regards to competitions, the Annual Meeting occurring June 21-24 in New Orleans, LA, and other activities. The additional purpose of the event is to hold the North Atlantic Area College Bowl Competition between the above schools, and this is a food science trivia competition. The winner of the North Atlantic Area goes to the finals at the Annual Meeting in June.Dr. Mary Ellen Camire, President-Elect of IFT, will speak at the welcome dinner on April 11. For more information, contact University of Maine student Kaitlyn Feeney (kaitlyn_feeney@umit.maine.edu).

UMaine Environmental Horticulture Students Can Now Earn Degree in Turfgrass Science and Management

During their senior year, University of Maine students majoring in environmental horticulture can now earn an associate of science degree in turfgrass science and management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Under a new agreement, qualified students in the Environmental Horticulture Program at the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture will spend their senior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture pursuing a concentration in turfgrass science and management.

In the Stockbridge School program, students study topics that include turfgrass management, pest and weed management, plant nutrients and equipment maintenance to prepare them for careers in turfgrass management with golf courses, athletic facilities, lawn care and park maintenance industries, according to the Stockbridge School of Agriculture website.

UMaine students will be accepted to the Stockbridge School after completing the first three years of their degree and maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Credits earned at the Stockbridge School toward the associate of science degree will also count for the completion of the bachelor’s degree at UMaine.

“Our faculty look forward to offering more diverse academic options to environmental horticulture students through this agreement with the Stockbridge School of Agriculture,” says Stephanie Burnett, UMaine associate professor of horticulture who, along with professor emeritus William Mitchell, spearheaded the agreement. “These students will be highly competitive in the job market with both a bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture from UMaine and an associate degree in turfgrass management from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.”

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

Source is from the UMaine news feed (http://umaine.edu/news/blog/2014/03/19/umaine-environmental-horticulture-students-can-now-earn-degree-in-turfgrass-science-and-management/)

Joe (Josiah) Ladd won the People’s Choice Award and took second place at the 2014 Bangor Garden Show.

Joe (Josiah) Ladd (class of 2006, University of Maine Horticulture Program)  owner of JL Landscapes, won the People’s Choice Award and took second place in the Bangor Daily News Awards at the Bangor Garden Show, April 4-6, 2014.

Congratulations to Brianna Hughes and Anna Breard for placing first and second, respectively, in this year’s Graduate Expo in the Natural Sciences oral presentation competition.

Congratulations to Brianna Hughes and Anna Breard for placing first and second, respectively, in this year’s Graduate Expo in the Natural Sciences oral presentation competition. Brianna’s presentation was on “Shelf-life evaluation of high pressure processed abalone meat,” and Anna’s presentation was titled “Efficacy of peroxyacetic acid, lactic acid, chlorine dioxide and chlorine washes in removing Toxoplasma gondii from the surface of blueberries”.

25 students from the School of Food and Agriculture were recognized for outstanding achievements.

The University of Maine honored 261 student athletes on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at a Scholar Athlete Recognition Ceremony. The group, which included 25 students from the School of Food and Agriculture, was recognized for outstanding achievements in the classroom and in their sports.
More information is available at:

http://goblackbears.com/information/news_releases/2014Scholar-Athletes.pdf.

 

Congratulations students! Your ability to balance a busy training and competition schedule with your academic studies is commendable and inspiring!


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Orono, ME 04469-5722
Phone: 207.581.2947 | Fax: 207.581.2999
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Orono, Maine 04469
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