School of Food Science

Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

Reducing Waste While Improving Snack Nutrition

April 26, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash. – Your favorite puffed snack food may soon contain more fiber and nutrition, thanks to research from Washington State University food scientists. Girish Ganjyal and some of his graduate students have discovered how to add carrot pomace – the pulpy leftover from juicing the veggies – to cornstarch, increasing the […]

Whey Facility Will Clean Waste, Provide Career Training

April 5, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash. – When the Washington State University creamery makes cheese, only 10 percent of the milk purchased from WSU’s Knott Dairy winds up in the final product. That will change soon when ground is broken on a new expansion. Until now, 15,000 pounds of milk has resulted in 1,500 pounds of […]

CAHNRS Honors Recognize Top Students and Volunteers

  March 24, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash.- Agents of excellence were recognized at the 2016 CAHNRS Honors awards ceremony, held Thursday, March 24 in Pullman. The annual gala highlights students, volunteers, donors, faculty and staff who represent the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at its best. Dean’s Wall of Honor Award: Chuck Eggert […]

Degree Option Supports Growth of Fermentation Industries

MARCH 21, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash.- By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – From beer and pickles to cider and cheese, U.S. food industries that rely on fermentation are proliferating – and so is the need for an appropriately skilled workforce. Starting in the fall, Washington State University will […]

Girish Ganjyal is the Provost’s Featured Faculty Member:

February 1, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash.- Ganjyal, an Assistant Professor and Extension Food Processing Specialist in the School of Food Science at WSU, was honored during the men’s basketball game against Utah on January 21, 2016. Ganjyal emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to him.   “It is an honor and fun to work with […]

Groundbreaking E. coli Research Funded

UI research scientist Haiqing Sheng has received a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to combat enteropathogenic E. coli bacteria that kills hundreds of thousands of children worldwide every year. Read more about his research here. Dr. Sheng works with faculty members Dr. Carolyn Bohach and Dr. Scott Minnich.

Paszczynski Receives Title of Honorary Professor

Professor Andrzej Paszczynski of the University of Idaho received the title of Honorary Professor of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University. The title was awarded to Professor Paszczy?ski two years ago, on November 27th 2013, but the ceremony was held last Wednesday, October 28th 2015. The title of Honorary Professor is given to the best of the best […]

Student Wins National Food Product Competition

Quinoa twist on Brazilian street food wins award for WSU food science student by Seth Truscott, CAHNRS Communications Washington State University graduate student Jessica Murray used the crunch of quinoa, a popular new superfood, to put an international award-winning twist on a Brazilian snack. Her dessert recipe, “Brazilian Delight,” won first place in the American […]

Rasco Appointed as Director for 4-Year Term

WSU announces new Food Science director July 8, 2015 PULLMAN, Wash. — Barbara Rasco, a Washington State University professor, has been named director of the School of Food Science, a joint program between WSU and the University of Idaho. Rasco has served as interim director since March 2014 and will serve a four-year term as […]

WSU Academic Coordinator Wins Crimson Spirit Award

Jodi Anderson, beloved academic advisor to all WSU School of Food Science undergrad and grad students, was selected as the April 2015 recipient of the Crimson Spirit Award. The School congratulates her on this award and wholeheartedly agree that she is full of Crimson Spirit! Jodi Anderson is the Academic Coordinator and Advisor for the […]

Salvadalena Wins WSU AP Contribution Award

WSU Creamery Manager Russ Salvadalena was chosen by the Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) as a WSU 2015 AP Contribution Award recipient. He was presented his award at the APAC meeting on Thursday, May 14th. Barbara Rasco, Interim Director of the School of Food Science, nominated Russ for the award. “The WSU Creamery is an icon […]

Award Winners Spring 2015

The WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) and the UI College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) held their annual award banquets this spring and many School of Food Science people were honored there. CAHNRS Awards: Faculty member Karen Killinger was awarded the CAHNRS Faculty Excellence in Extension Award and Cathy […]

Joyner Earns Grant for Enhancing Food Safety

Dr. Helen Joyner was awarded a $248,408 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Her grant will be used to enhance food safety research as follows: “Improve understanding of the interaction between saliva with food components and how it affects perceived food texture using rheological, tribological, and […]

Möller’s N-E-W Tech™ Project Proposes Better Water Treatment System

Congratulations to School of Food Science professor Greg Möller for receiving a $427,000 grant for a one-year project to demonstrate the feasibility of his latest invention, N-E-W Tech™! Read the full press release here.  

Möller Wins USDA National Teaching Award

School of Food Science professor and environmental chemist Greg Möller received one of the nation’s most exclusive and prestigious teaching awards Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. He became the first professor at the University of Idaho and neighboring Washington State University since 1996 to win a National USDA Excellence in Teaching Award given by the Association […]

SFS Faculty Member Greg Moller Wins Film Award

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO’S GREG MÖLLER AND NICK WOOD SELECTED A WINNER IN THE 35th ANNUAL TELLY AWARDS The Telly Awards has named University of Idaho as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards in the Animation Category for their piece titled “Principles of Environmental Toxicology Opening Sequence.”  With nearly 12,000 entries from all […]

Summer 2014 Graduates

  Trent Millin (Masters in Food Science, WSU) Thursday, July 10th Title:  “Physicochemical and structural changes in potato French fries during processing.” Chair: Girish Ganjyal         Nageshwar Tammineni (PhD in Food Science, UI) Monday, July 14th Title: “Development of Fish Gelatin Films with Enhanced Physical, Antioxidants and Antimicrobial Properties.” Chair: Gulhan Unlu. […]

WSU Creamery’s Nial Yager: Cheese Wiz

The WSU Creamery has a celebrity of sorts– Nial Yager, Certified Professional Cheese Expert. After his certification in 2012, Nial has continued developing our world-famous Cougar Gold Cheese but he has also participated in the World Cup of cheese. Read more about it here.

New Faculty Member Lin Receives “Best Paper” Award

  Dr. Amy Lin’s recently published paper entitled “Mammalian mucosal a-glucosidases coordinate with alpha-amylase in the initial starch hydrolysis stage to have a role in starch digestion beyond glucogenesis” was adjudged as the best paper published in a peer review journal in 2013 by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology and is the […]

Nominees honored at WSU CAHNRS award events

Faculty, staff and students in the School of Food Science were nominated for awards within the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University. Award banquets were held during the spring semester to honor the nominees and announce winners. Here are a list of our nominees and the winners: Award celebrations: […]

SFS Represented Well at CALS Awards Banquet

Award nominees and supporters from the School of Food Science (SFS) gathered to celebrate colleagues’ accomplishments at the University of Idaho (UI) College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Awards Banquet at the UI SUB Ballroom on Monday evening, April 28th. Ron Luedeman was presented a Distinguished Associate Alumni award. Mr. Luedeman continues to make significant […]

Dick Dougherty Retires after 23 Years of Service

For 23 years, Dick Dougherty has been the “go-to guy” for food safety issues in the state of Washington. In January, Dr. Dougherty retired as Professor Emeritus from Washington State University’s School of Food Science. His years of service as a Professor and Extension Specialist will be remembered for all the help he provided to […]

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 […]

Young Scientist Research Award

Our new faculty member Girish Ganjyal was a recent winner of the Young Scientist Research Award from the American Association of Cereal Scientists International. Congratulations to you, Girish!

Editor-in-Chief of Cereal Chemistry

Congratulations to Western Wheat Quality Lab Director Craig Morris on his recent appointment to Editor-in-Chief of Cereal Chemistry. Cereal Chemistry is the AACC’s flagship research journal. Craig will oversee significant changes to Cereal Chemistry, which is building on its fifth consecutive year of impact factor increases under the leadership of his predecessor, Carl Hoseney. In […]

Service Awards for 2012

Congratulations to three of our SFS employees who earned service awards at WSU this year! Jodi Anderson for 25 years, Mike Costello for 30 years and Karen Weller for 40 years. They will be recognized at the Employee Recognition Reception on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in the CUB Senior Ballroom from 3:30-5 pm. Thanks for […]

A Man Who Knows His Cheese

Capital Press – Nov 2012 Nial Yager knows cheese. And now he’s one of only a few people in the nation with the credentials to prove it. Yager was among 121 people in the U.S. and Canada to pass the first Certified Cheese Professionals examination administered by the American Cheese Society. Yager said the goal […]

Creamery Employee is Recognized for His Cheese Knowledge

Nial Yager, WSU Creamery employee was recently named a Certified Cheese Professional™ by the American Cheese Society (ACS). He is now a member of the inaugural class of ACS CCPs™ who have successfully demonstrated their cheese knowledge and skills by passing the rigorous Certified Cheese Professional™ Exam in North Carolina last month. Congratulations to you, […]

Global Online Course Recognized

The Telly Awards has named Greg Möller and the University of Idaho as a Bronze winner in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards for their global online course titled Principles of Sustainability. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. Professor Möller’s course Principles of Sustainability is a global […]

2012 University Distinguished Professor

We want to congratulate Dr. Carolyn Bohach who was chosen to receive the top honor given by the University of Idaho to faculty. Carolyn has been selected as a 2012 University Distinguished Professor. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!        

20 Year Service Award

WSU Creamery Buyer/Planner Nial Yager just received his 20-year service award from the university. Congratulations!

WSU CAHNRS Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Barb Rasco has been chosen as the year’s WSU CAHNRS Faculty Excellence in Research Award. She will be presented this award during the upcoming CAHNRS Awards Banquet on April 14. Congratulations, and great work!        

SFS Faculty Appointed Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Boon Chew has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Advanced Food Science and Technology. The American Journal of Advanced Food Science and Technology publishes reviews and research articles on a variety of topics pertaining to food science and engineering including – but not limited to – food safety, sensory, properties, nutrition, measurement, instrumentation, quality […]

Cranberry Research

A grant has been received by Boon Chew, Bridget Mathison, Lindsey Kimble. Their research will focus on Cranberry beverage consumption on anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and glucoregulation in humans. The grant was $400,452 from Ocean Spray.  


Congratulations to Dr. Karen Killinger! Karen has received tenure and promotion to associate professor at WSU.  Thank you, Karen for your hard work for the School of Food Science.      

Dr. Gulhan Unlu – Sabbatical

Dr. Gulhan Unlu has been approved for sabbatical leave in Spring 2013. With the goal of expanding the scope of her research, Prof. Unlu will work with Lactic Acid Bacteria as health-promoting probiotics. She will spend a semester as a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey to carry out research in the laboratory of Prof. Gurakan of Middle East Technical University […]

A Superhero in Our Midst!

October 2011– Kerry Huber won the Idaho Innovator of the Year Award, Early Stage Development Category, for his work with resistant starch. CALS food scientist Kerry Huber’s research on all things starch drew him to potatoes like a bee to nectar. Huber’s innovative work with potatoes has yielded a discovery that may make fans of […]

IFT William V. Cruess Award

Jeff Culbertson will be awarded the 2011 IFT William V. Cruess Award for excellence in teaching food science and technology. He’ll be recognized at the Awards Celebration during the IFT Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 11, 2011 in New Orleans. Congratulations, Jeff!      

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Innovation awards are given to recognize individuals who have moved technologies from their research labs into the marketplace via licenses or have been issued U.S. patents. Greg Moller was honored on April 29, 2011 at the University of Idaho Entrepreneurship and Innovation Celebration hosted by the UI president. He received an Innovations Impacting Society Award […]

2010-2011 CAHNRS Banquet Awards

Saturday, April 9, 2011 Congratulations to Jake Fischer who was selected from other CAHNRS Freshman as the Outstanding Freshman. Also recognized at the CAHNRS Banquet were: Stephanie Martinez was selected by the Food Science Faculty as the Outstanding Senior in Food Science. Mikaela Easter was nominated by Food Science as Outstanding Junior in CAHNRS. Bridget […]

We’ve Got Spirit Yes We Do!

Barbara Smith, Administrative Manager for Entomology and the School of Food Science, was selected as the February 2011 WSU Crimson Spirit Award recipient, for her superior quality of service and noteworthy extra effort. The Crimson Spirit Award is a monthly recognition for individual employees who perform in an exemplary manner and make outstanding contributions to […]

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