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Course Profile: VEN 170 Wine Regulations

August 08, 2019

VEN 170, Wine Regulations, was taught for the first time in the spring of 2019. The course covered regulation of the wine industry, including regulation at the local, state, and federal levels. This material was covered with the help of outside speakers in a seminar style. Topics included the Taxation and Trade Bureau, Alcoholic Beverage Control, OSHA, FDA/FSMA, and importation and distribution. In addition, Chik Brenneman, former UC Davis Winemaker, went through all of the steps and agencies he had to deal with in order to start his own winery business.

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. 

Student Profile: Ph.D. student Jordan Beaver

July 29, 2019

Jordan Beaver is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group at UC Davis. Growing up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Jordan developed a love for the outdoors, including camping, hiking, rock climbing, and canoeing, as well as a deep appreciation for Southern BBQ.

Student Profile: PhD candidate Mackenzie Batali

July 29, 2019

Mackenzie Batali has finished the second year of graduate study at UC Davis, on track to achieve her PhD.  Born and raised in Seattle in a restaurant family, she received her bachelors degree in chemistry from Lewis and Clark College with an honors thesis focusing in organic sythesis of resveratrol analogues for use in medical devices. 

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. 

FST doctoral student wins Danone national fellowship

May 24, 2019

Congratulations are in order for Nick Jensen, a doctoral student in the Mills lab (Micro Grad Group), who just was recently a national fellowship for $25K from Danone North America.

The fellowship was designed for full-time graduate students in the United States. To be eligible, students had to be US citizens and remain in good standing with their university. 

Course Profile: VEN 126 Wine Stability with Dr. Ron Runnebaum

May 21, 2019

The Wine Stability course (VEN 126) addresses the most important physical, chemical and enzymatic reactions in juices and wines as well as the theory and principles associated with adjustment of acidity, fining, stabilization for shipping and clarification of wines.  The course provides the scientific basis and a quantitative perspective of our understanding of the physical and chemical reactions in wines, besides the ethanol and malolactic fermentations.

By the completion of this class, the student should be able to:

Student Spotlight: Grad Student Cory Marx

May 01, 2019

Cory Marx is a second year Food Science and Technology graduate student. Originally from the east coast, Cory studied Geological Sciences and Chemistry in Miami, FL as an undergraduate before a short stint working as a hydrocarbon geoscientist in Texas. Competitively homebrewing and home-winemaking at the time, he started to progress through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust program as night classes after work. Hooked on the subject, Cory decided to make the move to California to pursue a graduate degree, combining a love for fermentation science and research at UC Davis.

UC Davis College Bowl team update

April 17, 2019

The UC Davis College Bowl team recently traveled to Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete in the 2019  IFTSA Pacific Northwest Area College Bowl competition. The team consisted of Katie Uhl (graduate student and team captain), Kay Senn (graduate student), Madison Dosh (undergraduate student), and Andres Gonzalez (undergraduate student). The event brought together teams from UC Davis, Oregon State University, Utah State University, Washington State University/University of Idaho, and the hosting school, Brigham Young University.

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.

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.

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.