Alumni

Glen Fox & Charlie Bamforth featured in Chile - CA Brewing Webinar

August 30, 2021

At the end of July, Drs. Glen Fox and Charlie Bamforth were the keynote speakers in the "Chile-California Seminar: Strengthening the Local Brewing Industry".  The webinar was an opportunity for exchange of experiences and collaboration between the UC Davis Brewing Program and brewers in Chile.  Sponsors were the UC Davis Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center and CORFO.

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.  

Virtual Department Seminar Series, Winter 2021 Zann Gates January 28, 2021

Here is the schedule of Food Science and Technology weekly department seminars for the remainder of the Winter 2021 quarter.   (Please email Zann Gates at zgates@ucdavis.edu to get the Zoom link if you don't already receive it via internal communication channels.)

Alumni Profile: Nate Weis Caroline Firman January 18, 2021

Nate Weis graduated from UC Davis with his MS in Viticulture & Enology in 2006. He is currently the Vice President of Winegrowing for Silver Oak Cellars, Twomey Cellars, and Timeless Napa Valley.  
 
What have you been up to since you graduated?  

Margaret Lawson creates Scholarship & Fellowship for FST Undergrad and Graduate Students Zann Gates August 25, 2020

In recognition of the value of her UC Davis Food Science degrees, Alumna Margaret Lawson ’77, MS ’79, has made an estate commitment to create the Margaret A. Lawson Scholarship for undergraduate students in food science, and the Margaret A. Lawson Fellowship to support graduate students in food science. These funds will be endowed in perpetuity to support and encourage generations of UC Davis students seeking food science degrees.

Kat Fernandez, finalist for the IFTSA Excellence in Leadership Award Zann Gates June 10, 2020

Congratulations to recent 2020 Food Science & Technology graduate, Kat Fernandez, for being selected as one of three finalists for the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association's (IFTSA) Excellence in Leadership Award for the Undergraduate Category.  The award recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their execution of student activities that furthers the mission of IFT.  Great achievement, Kat!

Kat Fernandez: a finalist for the IFTSA Excellence in Leadership Award Zann Gates June 10, 2020

Congratulations to recent 2020 Food Science & Technology graduate, Kat Fernandez, for being selected as one of three finalists for the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association's (IFTSA) Excellence in Leadership Award for the Undergraduate Category.  The award recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their execution of student activities that furthers the mission of IFT.  Great achievement, Kat!

Congratulations to our 2020 IFT Achievement Award Recipients! Zann Gates May 12, 2020

The Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT’s) Achievement Awards recognize an individual or team for remarkable contributions in research, applications, and service in the food science and technology industry.  Congratulations to our five UC Davis Food Science and Technology-affiliated awardees for 2020!

FST Chair Dr. Linda Harris named Fellow of IAFP Andrea Thompson 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!

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?"

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 and Chair David Block returns from sabbatical

April 03, 2018

Department Chair Dr. David Block returned in January from a three-month sabbatical trip to Europe and South Africa. Along the way, he had the opportunity to connect with wonderful hosts! Some were old friends, some were alumni, and some were new friends that he made along his trip through Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and South Africa.

Dr. Block says, "Thanks to all. It was great to make new connections to wineries and research centers around the globe and to strengthen our connections."