Greetings, everyone! It has been another busy and productive year - I’m so proud of the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, alumni and students.
Wendy Dahl, associate professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition received the NACTA Teaching Scholar Award, a prestigious award given to less than 1% of the NACTA membership.
Dr. Liwei Gu was selected as a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, an award to tenured faculty members who have a distinguished current record of research. Dr. Gu has many recent contributions in the area of food chemistry.
Dr. Harry Sitren retired from the University but can still be seen at the IACUC meetings.
You may remember Bridget, our teaching lab manager. She retired after 37 years. And in the administrative office both Carmen and Rhonda retired after 34 years each. We lost a lot of institutional memory! But we have wonderful replacements in Zoey, Annette, and Tracie.
Student Spotlight - Our students are at the top!
Min-Hyun Kim was selected as a winner of the Graduate Student Award Competition at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition in San Diego. He is a student in the Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Program. His abstract was selected along with 12 others from about 500 abstracts to give an oral presentation. His presentation was “Zinc and ZIP14 (Slc39a14) Are Required for Adaptation to ER Stress in Mouse Liver.” Min was chosen by a jury who evaluated the oral presentations and the response to questions. His doctoral advisor, Dr. Bob Cousins has had ten past students give presentations in the contest. Congratulations, Min!
The student team from Dr. Gu’s lab competed in the annual Tomato Food System Network (FSN) Innovative Competition held in NYC in October, and won first place! Congratulations to Shaomin Zhao, Ruiqi Li, Brian Wada, Chi Gao, and Adam Baker. They beat two teams from Cornell University, a team from UIUC, and a team from Penn State University. It was extremely competitive and they won by a very close margin!
Our aim is to educate our undergraduate and graduate students in their respective fields, and to prepare them to go out into the world as young professionals with exceptional critical thinking skills. FSHN is working hard to continue to produce cutting-edge research and educational opportunities for our students, as well as the highest quality extension services to our stakeholders. We have a faculty of accomplished scientists, gifted teachers, and outstanding communicators; along with students who are first-rate, we will become an even stronger presence on the University of Florida campus, in the state of Florida, and worldwide.
Our Open House this year was a resounding success! Representatives from Florida industries are advising us on what the industry needs are. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email me. Thanks for stopping by, and Go Gators!