February 2022

Linda J. Harris answers five questions in ANR interivew

In this UCANR News story from Feb. 10th, 2022, Mike Hsu asks FST's new American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, Linda J. Harris, five questions about her academic journey and subsequent career in food science microbiology.  Read on at the link below for her thoughts on the value of extension work, her contributions to the field, UC Davis' support for women in academia, and another priceless vintage budding scientist photo!  Congratulations, Linda!


Erika Estrada featured in "Turning College Into A Career"

FST Ph.D. student Erika Estrada is featured in UC Admission blog's "Turning College into a Career" by Abigail Loomis, February 9th, 2022.  She is featured with another first-generation student, Irving Huerta (Political Science and Sustainable Environmental Design graduate, B.A. '20).  You can read more about their journeys and aspirations at the article here: https://www.ucdavis.edu/admissions/blog/turning-college-into-a-career.  

Why Food Science Departments Need Leadership Boards

Longtime Food Science and Technology Leadership Board members Jacqueline Beckley and Leslie Herzog authored an article for IFT Digital Exclusives, February 7th, 2022: "Why Food Science Departments Need Leadership Boards".  In the article, they start with the history of food science leadership boards, ways in which they offer support to the departments, board member selection, charters, and opportunties for board members.  The pair draw on their considerable experience over the past three decades at four different university food science departments.  

Junior Specialist - Harris Lab

The position of Junior Specialist provides technical or specialized expertise in the planning and execution of research projects in a Biosafety Level II Laboratory. The Junior Specialist stays apprised of the research area and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. The role of this position is to provide specialized expertise in microbial food safety research projects of the laboratory of the Principal Investigator Dr. Linda J. Harris. The Junior Specialist is actively and significantly engaged in research involving isolation and characterization of foodborne pathogens (Salmonella, shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Listeria monocytogenes) from environmental and food samples as part of a project that seeks to understand the prevalence and distribution of foodborne pathogens in the produce growing environment and in harvested products. The Junior Specialist is responsible for setting up and executing experiments and conducting quality control and data management procedures. The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to have creative input into the design of and selection of experiments to meet the study objectives. They will also assist with routine day-to-day lab duties including lab safety duties, supplies acquisition, and will lead undergraduate assistants.