Food Science

McCoy under lights in lab

Plant science focus makes Purdue ideal for grad student’s research

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example,” said Christine Wilson, quoting Purdue alumnus John Wooden. Wilson, the newly appointed associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture, thought her life would follow a similar path to Wooden’s, but as Wilson noted, “Sometimes plan B is better than plan A.”

Wooden taught high school English, but he is better-known as the first athlete inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. As a teenager, Wilson was determined to earn a scholarship playing basketball, with the goal of becoming a high school math teacher and basketball coach.

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Don’t fear eating your fruits and veggies as virus concerns grip nation

Friday, March 13th, 2020 University News Story

Modern supermarkets with their many open displays of fruits and vegetables are truly a marvel and a reminder that our nation enjoys the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. However, in the face of the current nationwide COVID-19 outbreak,…

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All wine enthusiasts invited to join Purdue Wine Grape Team on tour of Walla Walla, Washington

Thursday, February 27th, 2020 University News Story

Participants of Tour de Walla Walla, April 19-24, will witness wine production from vine to bottle as they visit vineyards and wineries in southeast Washington.

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MANRRS helps groom entrepreneur for life after Purdue

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

“I didn’t want to come to Purdue. I just wanted to get out of the Midwest,” said Brandon Hunter, who grew up in southern Illinois. “I saw myself moving somewhere far away like California, Georgia or Pennsylvania.”

Hunter first heard about the MANRRS-Purdue chapter through Pamala Morris, assistant dean and director of multicultural programs, and Myron McClure, assistant director of student recruitment and retention.

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A handful of crickets that Hall and Liceaga use in their research.

Popcorn in a movie theater bucket

What’s under the shell of this popular snack?

Friday, February 7th, 2020

No country grows or consumes more popcorn than the United States and only one state, Nebraska, produces more popcorn than Indiana. Consequently, it’s surprising that in 2019, only 75,000 of Indiana’s 5 million corn acres contained popcorn.

The hard outer hull of popcorn, called the pericarp, explains why 1.5 percent of the state’s corn pops while none of the rest can.

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Portable device lights the way to better foodborne illness detection

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 University News Story

Foodborne illness hits about one in six people in the United States every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people in the U.S. get sick due to one or more of 31 recognized pathogens, including E. coli O157:H…

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Purdue food science team develops a new take on the classic derby pie

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 University News Story

A team of graduate and undergraduate students from the Food Science Department has been selected as finalists for the American Society of Baking’s (ASB) annual product development competition.

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Food science and entomology collaborate to produce Boiler Bee Honey

Friday, January 31st, 2020 University News Story

There are a number of food products produced by groups within the College of Agriculture, from the Department of Food Science’s Boiler Black and Boiler Gold beers to all the proteins supplied at the Boilermaker Butcher Block. Soon, fans of Purdue Unive…

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Photos of tiny Varroa mites on bees that are endangering the bee population.

The buzz on Boiler Bee Honey

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

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Microbubble findings could reduce chemical, water use in food processing

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 University News Story

Cleaning and sanitizing food processing equipment requires using chemicals and copious amounts of water for rinsing those chemicals away. It’s possible – if it can be done correctly – that creating microscopic bubbles in water could reduce or eliminate…

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Annual Microbiome Symposium to explore relationship between data science and the microbiome

Friday, December 20th, 2019 University News Story

Building on its highly successful inaugural 2019 conference, Purdue University will host the second annual Microbiome Symposium on May 11-13. The symposium will investigate the application of data science in the study of microbiomes and how experimenta…

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Student cadet serves double duty

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Kristen Lansing When the early morning light just began to peek through the windows of Lambert Fieldhouse, Ryann Laky stood at attention in her crisply ironed Army ROTC fatigues, thinking to herself, “This is my duty station; this is where I’m supposed to be.” Laky wakes up every morning at 0430, goes to ROTC…

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Purdue offers multi-day course for food safety professionals

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University is hosting a three-day course for food safety professionals seeking to be certified as a preventive controls qualified individual and learn more about the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Haley Oliver Smiling on campus at Purdue after winning the Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award

Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award presented to Haley Oliver

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

By Abby Leeds Haley Oliver, associate professor in food science, was recently honored with Purdue Agriculture’s 2019 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award.  An expert in retail food safety with an international reputation for her lab’s work on the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, Oliver is the principle investigator and director of the Feed the…

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How the food science Pilot Plant helps drive Indiana’s economy

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Koia is a plant-based protein drink company, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. The company’s co-founder, Maya French, recently made Forbes’ 2019 30 under 30 list. It is one of the country’s fastest-growing beverage brands, currently available in 75,000 retail locations.

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Borlaug Dialogue fuels students’ passion to make a difference

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Twelve undergraduates from the College of Agriculture recently attended the 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2001, the Borlaug Dialogue is named after Norman E. Borlaug, the founder of The World Food Prize, Nobel Prize Laureate and father of the “Green Revolution.” This event honors his…

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Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award winner helping to shape the field of food science

Friday, October 11th, 2019 University News Story

Haley Oliver has spent years working toward developing the first food technology program in Afghanistan.

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State wineries helping Purdue celebrate anniversary with ‘Giant Leaps’ labeled wines

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 University News Story

As Purdue’s 150th anniversary celebration nears its culmination, the university has teamed up with three award-winning Indiana wineries to produce specially labeled wines that will be served at select campus events.

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