Awards and Honors

Dr. Ned Spang wins NACADA Region 9 Award

April 09, 2019
UC Davis was recognized with seven of twelve regional honors by NACADA, the global community for academic advising at the NACADA Region 9 Awards, and FST's own Assistant Professor Ned Spang was one of the honorees.   NACADA's website states, "Region 9 is proud to support student success by providing opportunities for recognition and professional development opportunities for students, academic advisors and administration."

FST student product development team in Ocean Spray competition

March 28, 2019

Five FST undergrads are a team of finalists in the 2019 Ocean Spray Product Development competition.

Melvinna Tania, Olga Lawrence, Mary-Ann Chen, Tonya Xie, and Bryan Magaline have created the product, called Cranwich, which consists of bite-sized cookies, naturally flavored and dyed pink with cranberry concentrate.  The cookies sandwich a filling made from real whole cranberries, chia seeds, and agave nectar. 

FST students land spot in Product Development Competition finals

March 28, 2019

Congratulations to IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition finalists Vy Phung, Chia-Yung Su, Jeremy Chuardy, Gary Adrian and Siriyakorn Chantieng.  This UC Davis product development team has created a high-fiber and environmentally-friendly cracker which incorporates soymilk byproduct, or okara, as the main ingredient. The crackers are an up-cycled product that have a subtle soybean flavor and a rosemary aroma, and can be enjoyed by themselves, or is also delicious with dips, nut butter, cheese, or wine.

Professor Sue Ebeler awarded Honorary Research Lecturer for ASEV Andrea Thompson March 08, 2019

Congratulations to  Dr. Susan Ebeler!  She will be awarded the Honorary Research Lecturer this year at the 70th Annual National Conference of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV)!

The ASEV website explains, "the honorary research lecturer is granted to an individual with a current national or international reputation in his or her field of research who is also actively involved in scientific research."

FST student wins spot in the Grad Slam Top 10 Andrea Thompson 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.

FST Professor Maria Marco joins ISAPP board of directors Andrea Thompson 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."

Tyler Barzee Awarded First BAE Dept. William & Nongkarn Chancellor Graduate Fellow Award

January 08, 2019

BAE department graduate student and ASABE CA/NV Public Relations Chair Tyler Barzee was awarded the first ever William and Nongkarn Chancellor Graduate Fellowship. Barzee, who is specializing in the fields of Bioenvironmental Engineering and Environmental Biotechnology received this $4,000 award in support of his research. He is interested in bioprocessing technologies that can be applied to reduce the environmental footprint of humanity, especially by harnessing the energy and nutrients embodied in organic wastes.

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."

Viticulture and Enology’s Anita Oberholster and Linda Bisson honored in Wine Business Monthly Ahmad Hakim October 26, 2018

Anita Oberholster, UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialist in enology, is listed among the Wine Business Monthly’s 2018 list of the 50 most influential leaders in the wine business. Retired professor Linda Bisson was listed as an influential leader in the magazine’s “Hall of Fame.”

The magazine acknowledged Oberholster, who joined the Department of Viticulture and Enology in 2011, for “making wine research useful.” Her research focuses on the influence of viticultural practices and environmental factors on grape ripening and wine quality.

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.

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

2018 VEN Scholarship Celebration

July 24, 2018

On June 5, the 2018 Viticulture and Enology Scholarship Celebration occurred at the Good Life Garden at UC Davis.  The celebration was held to recognize the 15 graduate and 35 undergraduate students who had won scholarships, as well as ten students who were awarded international internships.

Students, donors, staff and faculty mingled and enjoyed a barbecue catered by the faculty of the department, as they celebrated the awards which totaled over $340,000 for scholarships and $57,000 for international internships.

Congratulations to all the student awardees!

 

Awards Pour In for Charlie Bamforth

June 27, 2018

UC Davis brewing legend Charlie Bamforth has been honored this year with not one but three of the most prestigious global awards in his field.

Read all about them in the Laurels section of the UC Davis News site, linked below.

Congratulations to Dr. Bamforth!