Awards and Honors

FST's Vanessa Lieberman wins UC Davis Safety Star Award Andrea Thompson January 24, 2020

Congratulations go out to Vanessa Lieberman, FST's Department Safety Coordinator in Biosafety and a Lab Assistant in the Harris Lab, who has won the UC Davis Safety Star Award for the 4th quarter of 2019!

Two separate nominators submitted Lieberman's name for the award: Philip Barruel, the Campus Biological Safety Manager, and Dr. Erin DiCaprio, Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology.

Dr. Paul Singh named Harraways Visiting Professor by the University of Otago

January 22, 2020

New Zealand's University of Otago named FST Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Singh the 2020 Harraways Visiting Professor.

The university's website announced his appointment with a news story, explaining, "Professor Singh is highly recognised in the field of food engineering education, research, development, consultation and technology transfer programs.

"Professor Singh will give workshops and public lectures in Dunedin and Auckland during his August visit, and also attend the Institute of Food Science and Technology 20th World Congress in Auckland."

Drs. Marco and DiCaprio win USDA grant to study produce fermentation Andrea Thompson December 17, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Maria Marco and Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. Erin DiCaprio, who won a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the science and education of fermented fruits and vegetables.

The news was covered by UC Davis Magazine.  Click here to read all about it!

Dr. David Mills on Global List of Most-Cited Researchers for 2nd year

November 25, 2019

Clarivate Analytics has released its annual Highly Cited Researchers list for 2019, and FST's own Professor David Mills is one of 16 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."

Congratulations to Dr. Mills and his team!

Lewis Brews a Place in the Smithsonian

November 05, 2019

New display “Brewing a Revolution” honors Michael Lewis as “The Professor” and includes the “well-used and beat-up” textbook he used for years, training and mentoring multiple generations of brewers.  Read the full article at UC Davis News by clicking the link below.

Harris Lab wins Lab Safety Award for the College

September 18, 2019
Congratulations to the researchers in the Harris Lab, who won a UCD Lab Safety Award! Labs across the campus were assessed by the School/College (College of Letters and Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine); each lab's review/audit/inspection findings were weighed against those within their School/College. The Safety Services Lab Safety Awards are part of our commitment to recognizing labs with a strong safety emphasis who are doing their part to Think Safe.

FST Chair Dr. Linda Harris named Fellow of IAFP

September 10, 2019

Department Chair Dr. Linda Harris was awarded Fellow at the Annual International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting in Louisville KY on July 21, 2019.  Dr. Harris served as President of IAFP from 2017-2018.

Also notable at the same meeting: Professor Michelle Danyluk (Ph.D. UC Davis FST 2006 in the Harris Lab) was appointed incoming Secretary to the Executive Board of IAFP, and as a result, she is slated to serve as President of the association in 2022-2023.

Congratulations to Dr. Harris and Dr. Danyluk!

Congratulations to VEN scholarship winners

August 06, 2019

Congratulations to all of our students who won scholarships this year!  Scholarship winners were celebrated on June 4 at a barbecue overlooking the Good Life Garden at UC Davis.  Many donors were present at the celebration and mingled with the students.  The Department is grateful to our generous donors who make these opportunities possible. 

Professor Sue Ebeler's ASEV Honorary Research Lecture

August 05, 2019

Professor Sue Ebeler recently gave the ASEV Honorary Research Lecture at the ASEV annual meeting in June.  Her lecture, titled "Perspectives on Grape and Wine Flavor: Past, Present, and Future" is summarized in the abstract below:

Title: Perspectives on Grape and Wine Flavor: Past, Present, and Future

UCD team wins 2nd place in Ocean Spray Student Product Development Competition

June 12, 2019

Congratulations to the UC Davis FST team who received second place in the 2019 Ocean Spray Product Development competition!

The team was led by Melvinna Tania, and includes Olga Lawrence, Mary-Ann Chen, Tonya Xie, and Bryan Magaline.  They created their product, Cranwich: 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.