Making News

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."

VEN 112: Soils and Climate in Viticulture

December 07, 2018

The Soils and Climate in Viticulture class presents essential principles of soil science and climate for viticulturists and winemakers, to help prepare them to sustainably manage vineyards and soils during their careers. The emphasis is on material that will be useful to these future professionals for optimizing grape production in vineyards, understanding environmental impacts, and developing sustainable practices. This 3-unit class is taught during the winter quarter by Dr. Jean-Jacques Lambert.

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?"

VEN 3 in France: Introduction to Winemaking

November 08, 2018

One of the Department's more popular courses for non-majors and a required course for majors is VEN003, also known as Introduction to Winemaking. The curriculum includes an overview of the history of wine, viticulture, fermentation, winery operations, the physiology of wine consumption, wines produced in California and other major wine-producing regions and finally, the sensory evaluation of wine. Throughout the regular academic year, the course is taught to hundreds of UC Davis students, who want to learn more about wine. 

VEN 3 Summer Session in France with Chik Brenneman

November 06, 2018

One of the Department's more popular courses for non-majors and a required course for majors is VEN003, also known as Introduction to Winemaking. The curriculum includes an overview of the history of wine, viticulture, fermentation, winery operations, the physiology of wine consumption, wines produced in California and other major wine-producing regions and finally, the sensory evaluation of wine. Throughout the regular academic year, the course is taught to hundreds of UC Davis students, who want to learn more about wine. 

Student spotlight: DEVO president Jordan Axe

October 25, 2018

Jordan Axe is in her third year as an undergraduate in the Viticulture and Enology program.  She grew up in Walnut Creek, California where she enjoyed the downtown atmosphere and watching her favorite East Bay sports teams play. Growing up so close to wine country, she often accompanied her parents as they went wine tasting on weekends to Napa, Sonoma, and sometimes Monterey.  She had always admired the sophisticated mood in the tasting rooms and watched as people swirled a beautiful assortment of colors and tilted their glasses to their noses to smell all the different aromas.

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 Andrea Thompson 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.