FST Archived News

Archived News

FST student wins spot in the Grad Slam Top 10

February 15, 2019

Mackenzie Batali is a 2nd year graduate student in FST.  She recently learned that she won a spot in the Grad Slam Top 10. The Grad Slam is an annual contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students across UC campuses – in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience. Students should present the significance and fundamental points of their work at UC Davis in a clear, direct, and interesting manner.

Professor Emeritus Bamforth to work with Sierra Nevada as Senior Quality Advisor

February 14, 2019

Dr. Charlie Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences Emeritus, retired at the end of 2018 after twenty years at UC Davis. 

On Wednesday, February 13, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. issued a press release titled "'Pope of Foam' Charlie Bamforth Joins Sierra Nevada Brewing Company".  As the company's Senior Quality Advisor, Bamforth will evaluate all areas of production and train employees on beer quality.

FST Professor Maria Marco joins ISAPP board of directors

February 04, 2019

Congratulations to our own Dr. Maria Marco, who has just joined the board of directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics! 

From the ISAPP website: "ISAPP is an association of academic and industrial scientists involved in research on fundamental and applied aspects of probiotics and prebiotics, and more broadly that of human microbiomes and gut health."

Biodiversity Museum Day

February 04, 2019

Looking for a family-friendly, free activity for President’s Day weekend? On Saturday February 16, 2019 from 9AM to 1PM you can learn about the importance of microbes in research, biotechnology, and food and beverages, and about the proud history of two of the world’s prominent microbe collections. UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day features twelve biological collections, including the Phaff Yeast Culture Collection in the Food Science & Technology department, and the Viticulture & Enology Culture Collection.

Assistant Professor Ned Spang named ASI Fellow

December 20, 2018

Assistant Professor Ned Spang has been invited to be among the select group of “Fellows of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute.”  Dr. Spang was nominated based on his service to ASI and contributions to the types of research, education, and outreach valued at ASI.  Everyone invited to be designated as an ASI Fellow has made distinguished contributions in two or more of these categories.

Dr. Spang will celebrate this honor at the ASI Winter Party on Friday, January 17, 2019 at the Putah Creek Lodge after the ASI's annual External Advisory Board meeting.

Dr. David Mills on Global List of Most-Cited Researchers

December 09, 2018

Clarivate Analytics has released its annual Highly Cited Researchers list for 2018, and FST's own Professor David Mills is one of 19 faculty from UC Davis on the prestigious list.

All of the UC Davis researchers are listed in a UCD News article by Andy Fell.  He explains, "the list identifies exceptional scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence by publishing multiple papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations in a particular field and year, over a 10-year period."

Student spotlight: Food Tech Club president Gary Adrian

December 05, 2018

Gary Adrian is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Food Science & Technology. Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, he moved to the United States in September 2015 to pursue higher education at UC Davis. From a young age, Gary has always been fascinated by how food connects people and how it serves as an integral component in many festivities. Growing up around diverse, vibrant, and flavorful Indonesian cuisine, he knew that he wants to have a career in a food-related industry that brings people together.

FST PhD graduate Ryan Dowdy managing ISS food systems

November 13, 2018

Dr. Ryan Dowdy is a former PhD student in Associate Professor Chris Simmons' lab. 

Dowdy was recently hired by NASA as the Food Systems Manager for the International Space Station.  He was interviewed by the Washington Post recently for a "KidsPost" article about what astronauts eat, as part of a larger series of articles about U.S. human spaceflight.  The article is titled "Ever wondered what’s on the astronauts’ menu?"

Assistant Professor in Sensory and Consumer Science

November 30, 2018
The Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is recruiting an Assistant Professor specializing in sensory and/or consumer science with a PhD in sensory science, consumer science, food science, neurophysiology & behavior, psychology, behavioral nutrition, behavioral economics, marketing or a related field.

FST Alumna named Director of the Western Regional Research Center

October 16, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Tara McHugh, who has been selected as the new Center Director for the Western Regional Research Center (WRRC)!  Dr. McHugh is the Research Leader of the Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit at WRRC and has been serving as Acting Center Director since last July.

Dr. McHugh, who has received her PhD from from U.C. Davis in Food Science, is an internationally recognized expert in innovative food processing, edible films and nanoscience and a leader in high impact technology transfer.

NSF Grant Will Fund Food and Tech Study

October 16, 2018

Technological innovation is transforming agriculture and a UC study funded by a $492,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will explore the booming connections between new technologies, agriculture and food. Charlotte Biltekoff, associate professor and chair of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s American studies program, is part of the multi-campus study team.

Successful International Conference of Food Science and Technology held at UC Davis

October 16, 2018

The 12th International Conference of Food Science and Technology (ICFST) was held at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) on October 2-3, 2018. The ICFST was initiated and has been organized jointly by Jiangnan University and UC Davis, since 1991.  The 12th ICFST continued the tradition of a premier scientific food science gathering with participants from around the world that have links to both Universities.  This year marked the 60th anniversary of Jiangnan University and the 5th anniversary of the Confucius Institute (hosted by teachers from Jiangnan University) at UC Davis.

Professor Ben Montpetit leads study awarded $1M Keck Foundation grant

October 04, 2018
 

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Alberta, Canada, have made preliminary discoveries about how Zika and hepatitis C viruses reproduce at the cellular level, providing new insight into a family of viruses that also includes West Nile and dengue. Now their cutting-edge research will be supported by a $1 million grant from the prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation. The foundation primarily focuses on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical research, science and engineering, and undergraduate education.

Distinguished Professor Charlie Bamforth to be honored at College Celebration

October 03, 2018

FST's Distinguished Professor of Brewing Sciences, Charlie Bamforth, is going to be honored with an Award of Distinction at it's 30th annual College Celebration on October 12.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences bestows the Awards of Distinction at College Celbration each year at harvest time to celebrate the advancement and accomplishments of our college and its impact on agriculture and the environment.  

View a write up on Charlie and the other award recipients at the link below.

Congratulations to Dr. Bamforth!

FST Professor David Mills featured in UCD News story on Bifidobacterium research

September 28, 2018

Dr. David Mills' research on the gut microbe Bifidobacterium is featured in a recent UCD News story.  The microbe can help keep antibiotic resistant infections at bay, according to his research.

Dr. Mills was a senior author on a research article called Bifidobacterial Dominance of the Gut in Early Life and Acquisition of Antimicrobial Resistance.  He was quoted, along with Post-doc Diana Taft, who was first author of the publication.