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Dr. Diane Barrett featured in NPR news story

May 18, 2018

Dr. Diane Barrett, Cooperative Extension Specialist Emerita, was recently featured in a news story on National Public Radio (NPR). 

Dr. Barrett explained her research for a news story titled "Frozen Food Fan? As Sales Rise, Studies Show Frozen Produce Is As Healthy As Fresh".

Listen to Dr. Barrett speak, or read the news story, on the NPR website.

CE Specialst Dr. Kaan Kurtural featured in Capital Press website

May 15, 2018

"In the heart of the Napa Valley, a vineyard produces fine Cabernet Sauvignon with virtually no help from laborers."

"The 40-acre “touchless vineyard” was established by Kaan Kurtural, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist who has devoted much of his career to improving production efficiency in vineyards as labor shortages have worsened."  So begins an article by Tim Hearden on capitalpress.com, "the West's Ag Website". 

Bamforth awarded Brewers Association Recognition Award

May 01, 2018

This week at the at the Craft Brewers Conference, FST Distinguished Professor of Brewing, Dr. Charlie Bamforth was awarded the Brewers Association Recognition Award. 

The plaque Dr. Bamforth received says it's "honoring Charlie Bamforth whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support have contributed to the development of the American Craft Brewing Movement."

Over 14,000 delegates attend the Craft Brewers Conference, this year's conference was in Nashville, Tennesee from April 30-May 3.

Congratulations to Dr. Bamforth!

Linda Bisson reacts to Wine Flavor 101 that honored her career

May 01, 2018

I want to take this opportunity to thank the organizers (Kay and Anita) of "Wine Flavor 101: Managing Wine Quality – Problematic Fermentation", the program held on February 15 to celebrate my career. I also want to thank all the speakers for their kind words, particularly David Block and Charlie Edwards, on the impact I have had on their careers and the industry. It's very humbling to know that these things can mean so much to others.

Dr. Linda Harris interviewed on NBC

May 01, 2018

FST Chair Dr. Linda Harris was recently interviewed by NBC Bay Area for a story about food safety and the confusion consumers have around food expiration dates. 

In addition to being a Cooperative Extension Specialist for the Department of Food Science and Technology, Dr. Harris is also the Co-Principal Investigator and Chair of the Western Center for Food Safety.

Watch the video here.

A new direction for VEN 124L – Winemaking Laboratory

April 30, 2018

In the Fall of 2017, Dr. Hildegarde Heymann stepped into the huge shoes left by Dr. Linda Bisson, who recently retired.  Linda taught the VEN 124L winemaking course for over thirty years and had placed her stamp all over it. When Hildegarde found out that she was designated to teach the class she realized that no one expected her to continue the course in exactly the same fashion.

On Picnic Day, FST treats guests to ice cream

April 30, 2018

On behalf of the Department of Food Science and Technology, we want to thank everyone for helping make Picnic Day a success!

Yet again we had a popular exhibit with long but friendly lines of guests waiting as students handed out vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chips. The ice cream lasted long, throughout the entire duration of Picnic Day from 10am to 2:30pm. We even handed ice cream out past our official end time until the volunteer shifts ended.  All in all, approximately 3,500 servings were distributed!

Great job to all the FST volunteers!

Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Renee Berkus

April 19, 2018

Renee Berkus is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Department of Viticulture and Enology.  She is from Santa Barbara, California where she has returned home the last three summers to spend time with family and gain harvest experience.  Renee’s family is made up of architects, contractors, and interior designers, so she grew up deeply immersed in artistic work.  She hadn't been exposed to the wine industry until she came to UC Davis and became surrounded by it.    

Dr. Carl Winter featured in NBCnews.com

April 19, 2018

Dr. Carl Winter, Cooperative Extension Specialist and Vice Chair of FST, was recently featured in a news story on the NBC news website. 

In it, he explains that the list of the "Dirty Dozen", or the fruits and vegetables with the largest quantity of chemical residue from pesticides should be considered from a scientific viewpoint to truly understand if there's any harm in eating them.

PhD candidate in Marco Lab selected to work in Uganda

April 18, 2018

Annabelle Yu, a 4th year PhD student in the Marco lab, was selected to travel to Uganda this year as part of a Trellis Fund Project from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture. She will join the Mwino Group to focus on enhancing shelf-life of fruits and vegetables for off-season supply.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture's website explained they have "awarded 15 new Trellis Fund grants to organizations in Africa and Asia, matching these new projects to 16 graduate students who will provide agriculture expertise requested by the organizations.

Course Profile: FST 298 - Design Thinking for Food

April 16, 2018

FST 298 Design Thinking for Food seeks to train the next generation of food system innovators to integrate social and technical approaches to addressing complex food system challenges by using the tools of Design Thinking and drawing on the insights of Food Studies. Design Thinking is an approach to innovation that takes technical feasibility and business viability seriously, but its unique strengths come from its insistence on centering the experience of people, including users, collaborators and stakeholders.

Marie and William Cruess Scholarships awarded to nine FST students

April 16, 2018

Nine FST juniors and seniors were recently awarded Marie and William Cruess Scholarships at the NCIFT-sponsored Food Science and Technology Showcase on March 1.  This banquet was created as an annual event to bring together industry, faculty, and students, and to recognize student accomplishment.  The award recognizes Mrs. Marie and Professor William Cruess, who was a pioneer in the production of fruit juice beverages, concentrates, and syrups.