Making News

Welcome to Assistant Professor Andrew Gravelle

July 16, 2021

Please welcome Food Science and Technology's newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Andrew Gravelle.  Andrew comes to us from the University of Guelph, where he earned his Ph.D. in Food Science this year.  His M.S. and B.S. degrees were in Biophysics, also at the University of Guelph, after which he was a Research Associate in Food Science for seven years, 2011-2017, just prior to his doctoral degree studies from 2018-2021.   

New Stewart-Bamforth Educators Award Announced by Institute of Brewing and Distilling

July 02, 2021
Background

The new award is named after Professors Graham Stewart and Charlie Bamforth. It is most appropriate that this award be named jointly as during the 1990s and 2000s both ran a very successful series of educational symposia to aspiring brewing students in Africa, Asia, India and the Americas. Both have written and edited numerous fundamental malting, brewing and distilling texts that are now routinely referred to by students.

Welcome to New FST Chair Chris Simmons

June 30, 2021

Please join our department in welcoming our new Chair, Christopher Simmons.  Chris is a Professor who joined Food Science and Technology in 2013.  He earned his Ph.D. (as well as his B.S. and M.S.) in Biological Systems Engineering, UC Davis.  After earning his Ph.D. in 2011, he was a postdoc at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville for two years. 

Food Science alumnus Martin Yan in the news - New York Times

June 17, 2021

Read food writer Priya Krishna's recent article in the New York Times (June 15th, 2021) on chef and celebrity Martin Yan, titled "Four Decades on, Martin Yan Faces a New Audience and a New World" for a fresh and timely look at a famous UC Davis food science graduate.  Martin Yan earned his bachelor's degree in 1973 and a master's in 1977; he also has a UC Davis Distinguished Achievement Award, 2013.  

Finding New Life for Wine-Grape Residue

April 22, 2021
Chardonnay Pomace May Be Rich in Health-Enhancing Compounds

by Diane Nelson, April 22, 2021

(From UC Davis News)

California produces nearly 4 million tons of world-class wine each year, but with that comes thousands of tons of residue like grape skins, seeds, stems and pulp. What if scientists could harness that viticultural waste to help promote human health?

Spang authors upcycled food article in The Hill website, April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021

Have you ever eaten a banana-peel sandwich?  FST Assistant Professor Ned Spang has, and he uses what he describes as a "pleasantly surprising...palate-expanding experience" in an invited opinion piece in The Hill, April 22, 2021, "Upcycled food: A sustainable second chance for food loss and waste", in which he details how upcycling food can tackle the problems of food waste, the supply chain and, ultimately, the environment - all while keeping the “triple bottom line," the combined economi

Leadership Board Member Leslie Herzog gets IFT's Calvert Willey Award Zann Gates April 20, 2021

Congratulations to Leslie Herzog, hardworking Food Science and Technology Leadership Board member for over a decade, as well as the VP of Operations and Research Services at The Understanding & Insight Group, LLC.  He is the 2021 recipient of the Institute of Food Technologists' Calvert L. Willey Distinguished Service Award. 

Store Foods in Freezer to Prevent Food Waste, says the Washington Post

April 12, 2021

In an April 5, 2021 article, "7 foods you should be storing in the freezer, including yeast, nuts and peppers", Washington Post author Becky Krystal offers advice for freezer storage of common food items such as yeast, tomato paste, ginger, hot peppers and whole-grain flours to increase their shelf life and cut down on wasted food.  She includes nuts and nut flours as prime candidates for refrigeration/freezer storage due to their fatty oil content, and links to the University of Ca

Selina Wang - 2021 Academic Federation Excellence in Research Award

March 19, 2021

Congratulation to FST's Dr. Selina Wang, Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist in Fruit and Vegetable Processing, for being selected for the 2021 Academic Federation Excellence in Research Award!  The award recognizes the outstanding scholarly research efforts and accomplishments of Academic Federation members.  There will be an upcoming UC Dateline story featuring all the awardees, but for now, congratulations to Selina and her lab!  

FST’s Bwalya Lungu and Melissa Huang Feature in March 6th CAES FFA Field Day 2021 Success Zann Gates March 11, 2021

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 45th Annual Field Day, held March 6th, featured 11 virtual contests, allowing 1,104 Future Farmers of America and 4H students to compete in a very complex event which involved a lot of extra work by all Advisors and Coordinators to make changes, create online content, shoot and edit videos, create new rubrics and more.