Faculty

UC Davis to Lead New Artificial Intelligence Institute for Next-Generation Food Systems Zann Gates August 26, 2020

Food Science and Technology faculty and affiliates including Nitin Nitin (also Bio & Ag Engineering), Jennifer Smilowitz, Chris Simmons, Luxin Wang, Ned Spang, David Mills, and Bruce German are all part of the newly funded NSF-NIFA AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems, described in the UC Davis News story below.  

Iron Brew Undergrad Winners Featured on UC Davis News/Dateline

July 28, 2020

Congratulations to Iron Brew Competition winners (and FST Brewing Science undergrads) Baoluo Gao, Charlie Thudium, Andres Rugama, and Eitan Newfield, who along with Anheuser-Busch Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences Dr. Glen Fox, made the UC Davis main News page and are featured in Dateline UC Davis.  The beer from the winning team is on sale now at supporting brewing partner Sudwerk, and in stores next week after August 3rd (details in article).

FST Emeritus John Bruhn Celebrates 50-year IFT Member Anniversary

July 07, 2020

John C. Bruhn, FST Cooperative Extension Specialist Emeritus, is celebrating his 50-year anniversary as an IFT member.  As related by IFT's Margaret Malochleb in the June, 2020 issue of Food Technology magazine, "For John Bruhn, extension specialist emeritus at the University of California, Davis, IFT has been a part of his life since his university days. “IFT captured my attention first when I was awarded the IFT Gerber Scholarship as a junior (1957) and senior (1958) at Michigan State University,” he says.

Study Finds 82 Percent of Avocado Oil Rancid or Mixed With Other Oils Zann Gates June 19, 2020
FST's Selina Wang Says Standards Needed to Protect Consumers and Industry

Consumer demand is rising for all things avocado, including oil made from the fruit. Avocado oil is a great source of vitamins, minerals and the type of fats associated with reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But according to new research from food science experts at the University of California, Davis, the vast majority of avocado oil sold in the U.S. is of poor quality, mislabeled or adulterated with other oils.

Luxin Wang is PI on Major NIFA Food Safety Grant to Reduce Foodborne Illness Zann Gates June 18, 2020

UC Davis received nearly $1 million (of $8 million awarded nationally) for two grants from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the subject area Food Safety and Defense. The overall grant program is to develop tools to detect and eliminate allergens, infections, or other contaminants in foods. NIFA support enables scientists to develop new and innovative technologies for food processing, manufacturing, and packaging that ensure a safe and abundant food supply. The grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award: Linda J. Harris

May 13, 2020

Congratulations to Linda J. Harris, FST Chair and Cooperative Extension Specialist in Microbial Food Safety, for being awarded the UC Davis Academic Federation’s highest honor, the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, named after the late chancellor.  From the announcement: "She has developed an internationally recognized outreach program and is one of the most successful and important food safety microbiologists in the world today.