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?"
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."