School of Food Science

2013 News

December 2013 Graduates

Congratulations to our graduates of December 2013! Luis Castro—Ph.D. in Food Science, WSU. Title:  “The impact of flavor components and their interactions on the sensory perception of beer.”  His major advisor was Carolyn Ross.   Amir Gol Mohamadi— Ph.D. in Food Science, UI. “Ultrasound-assisted extraction of red raspberry anthocyanins and utilization of mustard meal-derived products to improve […]

United Nations food safety officer honored with WSU Alumni Achievement Award

In September, United Nations (UN) Food Safety Officer Masami Takeuchi, Ph.D., was honored with the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award for her leadership in global food safety. A native of Japan, Takeuchi earned a bachelor’s degree there in 1994. At Washington State University, she completed a M.S. degree in 1999 and […]

Faculty Member Joe Powers Retires after 37 Years

Longtime faculty member Joe Powers retired this fall after 37 years in the School of Food Science at Washington State University. Known as a “Walking Science Wikipedia,” Powers will continue to contribute his extensive knowledge and experience in the department as a faculty emeritus. When colleagues reflected on Joe Powers’ tenure at the school, it […]

Sabbatical: Research and Teaching in Turkey

By Chanelle Denman Selected as a Fulbright US Scholar in 2012, Dr. Gulhan Unlu took a sabbatical from her faculty position at the University of Idaho School of Food Science to work as a visiting Professor/Fulbright Research Scholar in the Department of Food Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU).  Located in Ankara, Turkey with […]

External Advisory Board Meets with School of Food Science

Last month, advisory board members from academia and the food industry visited the School of Food Science to share their recommendations to help the program grow and better serve students. Valuable information was exchanged by the members of the school’s External Advisory Board when they came to campus and met with faculty, staff and students […]

Helen Joyner Joins the School of Food Science

By Chanelle Denman Dr. Helen Joyner spent the summer moving from Raleigh, North Carolina to Moscow, Idaho to take a position with the School of Food Science at the University of Idaho. “When I first saw Moscow and Pullman, I thought they were very picturesque. You think you are in the middle of nowhere, but […]

Team takes Third Place and Individual takes First in Ice Cream

team took third med res

Third Place in Ice Cream: (L to R) team advisor Mike Costello, Samantha Young, Ashley Brennan, Neil Moran (International Dairy Foods Assoc. Senior VP) , and Alex Meldrum.

Huber leaving UI SFS Faculty Position

By Chanelle Denman Sitting at his desk, head resting in hand, eyes focused on his computer, Dr. Huber is intently reading a research dissertation paper making edits.  Kerry Huber is spending his last weeks at the University of Idaho helping his graduate student complete his degree before moving to Rexburg, Idaho to open the next […]

Hendrix Retires after 38 years in CALS

By Chanelle Denman “To get to work before Kathy Hendrix, you have to get here early. Really early,” said Dr. Kerry Huber at her retirement gathering. Kathy Hendrix has retired after serving thirty eight years to the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. As a research technician, Kathy spent much of her […]

Idaho Ag Teachers Learn at SFS

Teachers learning to teach food science– that was Dr. Dojin Ryu’s intent with his training course for Idaho high school agricultural education teachers in July. Over a dozen teachers from across Idaho attended the five day session to further develop the program to teach the Introduction to Food Science (FS 110) as a dual credit […]

Discussing Food Safety with the FDA

Food growers, packers and processors met to discuss food safety policy and proposed regulations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Yakima, WA on August 14. Participants discussed the proposed standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce for human consumption (proposed produce rule) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011. The event was […]

The SFS at the IFT Chicago Annual Meeting

Each year at the IFT Annual Meeting, the School of Food Science has two objectives: to connect and to reconnect. Current students, brand new alumni, “seasoned” alums, staff and faculty gathered this year at the events in Chicago in mid July and had the opportunity to connect and reconnect on careers, academics, and advancements in […]

Idaho and Washington FFA CDE Winners

Idaho FFA

FFA Students on the UI Campus

The trademark navy blue corduroy jackets emblazoned with gold lettering worn by FFAers have once again dotted the campuses this year at WSU in May and at UI in June. While hundreds of students came from high schools across the state to compete, only an elite few earned the top scores in food science related events.

Student Teams Take First and Second Place in Food Product Competition

FS 489 Team project-- Greek Yogurt Cake

PULLMAN, WA – Two student teams representing the Washington State University/University of Idaho School of Food Science earned a first place award for a Greek yogurt cake named “Aphrodite’s Treats” and second place for a sweet potato pasta appetizer called “S.P. Stuffed Puffs”. The teams won the DuPont Knowledge Award, a national food product development competition. The use of emerging food ingredients helped propel their novel products to the top spots in the contest.


Take a University Food Science Course While Still in High School

Due to rising costs for higher education, the interest in earning college credit while students are still in high school is increasing. In addition, some higher achieving students want (and need) the challenge of college level courses while in high school. With these facts in mind, the School of Food Science (SFS) has created an […]

Good to The Last Drop: From Wine Grapes to Granola Bars

April 2013 | Voice of the Vine, by Rachel Webber The remains of wine grapes picked and pressed typically return to fields as fertilizers, but scientists are also finding ways to recycle those edible remains into healthy foods. Take Gena McKahan’s gluten-free, merlot grape-seed flour granola bar, for example. As a food science undergraduate at […]

Student Night with Lewis and Clark Section of IFT

Lewis and Clark Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (LCIFT) hosted their annual student night at Banyans on the Ridge in Pullman WA on Thursday, April 11, 2013.  Five graduate students and 10 undergraduate students from the School of Food Science (Washington State University-University of Idaho) attended, along with 20 professionals from industry and […]

Undergraduate Researcher Earns Trip to National Conference

When he found out his undergraduate research qualified him for the the Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Washington State University food science undergraduate Pablo Corredor submitted a poster in hopes of sharing his research on the Bartlett Pear. Corredor’s poster was chosen to compete at the national conference and he […]

Innovative New Food Science Degree to Meet Growing Industry Demand

This fall WSU and the University of Idaho will launch a new online Master of Science in Agriculture program that integrates food science and management. The new degree is the first in the nation to combine food science with business management courses, giving graduates an edge in the industry and helping to meet growing demand. […]

Chocolate Lust – Class Covers Beans to Bonbons

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 By Linda Weiford, WSU News PULLMAN, Wash. – As a chocoholic known to slip out nights in search of a fix, this reporter was tantalized by the idea of covering a chocolate lecture at Washington State University. Even better, it included taste-testing. But first, a morsel of history. In what could […]

Concern for Future Food Informs WSU Grad Student’s Trip to Nation’s Capital

To win, she had to write a short essay on what she considered the greatest challenge facing agriculture. Waldrop said she’d just finished a 20-page paper on sustainable agriculture—could she adapt an idea from that paper and whittle it down to a mere 500 words? Focusing on climate change, she wrote a succinct essay, then […]

Jeff Kronenberg helps food processors stay profitable — and out of the headlines.

Idaho’s “Food Safety King” Jeff Kronenberg is featured in an Idaho Statesman article in the Business Insider Section about UI and TechHelp food processing outreach. BY LENNON S. REID SPECIAL TO BUSINESS INSIDER © 2013 Idaho Statesman Idaho food and dairy processors have largely been spared the customer malaise, corporate financial ruin and bad publicity […]

Fish in Drug Tainted Water

US News and World Report published an article entitled “Study: Fish in drug tainted water suffer reaction”. Dr. Greg Moller was quoted in the article. February 14, 2013 By JEFF DONN, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — What happens to fish that swim in waters tainted by traces of drugs that people take? When it’s an […]

How Washington Tastes – The Apple Meets Cougar Gold

February 2013 – Washington State Magazine Much of Carolyn Ross’s work involves training people to quantify their taste. The sensory evaluation panels that she and her graduate students organize assess taste attributes in fruit and other foods and beverages such as sweetness, acidity, bitterness, and astringency. And “mouth feel,” which contributes enormously to the taste […]

Northwest Food Processors Association

Twenty Two of our Food Science Club students travelled to the NWFPA Expo in Portland just over a week ago during the MLK holiday weekend. They attended the expo and toured 9 food processing facilities—Full Sail Brewing Co., Darigold, Bull Run Distilling Co., Frito Lay, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, OSU Food Innovation Center, YoCream, […]

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