The Ag e-Dispatch The newsletter of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences en Copyright 2013 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:55:08 -0500 A month with many profitable opportunities for the food savvy award iconConcord Foods, Eggland's Best, Hellmann's and Bob's Red Mill Steel Cuts Oats all have  contests with entry deadlines in July.

The entry deadline is July 7 for Hellmann's "Bringing the Best Together Contest," which is offering a four-day trip for three to New York City for the mayo maker's 100th birthday celebration in September: $750 in spending money in addition to transportation, hotel and meal costs. Entries should be makeovers (add as many as three different ingredients) of one of Chef Mario Batali's recipes on the contest website.

The entry deadline is July 22 for Bob's Red Mill Steel Cuts Oats Third Annual U.S. Porridge Making Championship — a cook off with a somewhat unconventional entry format. Only recipes using Bob's Red Mill Oats that can be prepared on a stovetop in less than 30 minutes are eligible, and the official entry medium is a video of less than three minutes that details the recipe and prep work. Three finalists will be selected for trips to Portland, Ore., to compete in a cook off for a $2,500 grand prize and a trip to Scotland for the World Porridge Making Championship.

Concord Foods has $250 gift vouchers on the line for appetizer, entree, and salad recipes utilizing any flavor of Concord's guacamole mix. There will be a voucher for an additional $250 awarded to a grand prizewinner, selected from among the three categorical champs.

There's also a July 31 entry deadline for a contest for food savants whose talents are stronger in expository prose and persuasive pontification than recipe concocting. Eggland's Best, a Pennsylvania company with a national distribution network that includes Costco and Walmart, has announced a contest to select "Eggland's Best Chief Egg Officer!" The grand prize is $5,000 and a one-year supply of Eggland's Best eggs, and two runners-up will receive $500 and a six-month supply of eggs. Contestants are asked to submit short (less than 100 word) answers to four questions concerning their qualifications for Chief Egg Officer, the positive roll Eggland's plays in their diets, why Eggland's eggs are superior to other brands and a favorite way to prepare Eggland's eggs.]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:55:08 -0500 Colorado Rockies get sampling of Piedmont research research iconDr. Salam IbrahimA delegation of SAES researchers traveled to the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting in Denver in mid-May with five poster presentations covering research projects under way in SAES labs. Dr. Salam Ibrahim, an SAES food scientist, was a contributor for all five projects, and Dr. Abolghasem Shabazi contributed to two of the five. Three other members of the SAES faulty — Drs. Omon Isikhuemhen, Radiah A. Corn Minor and  Tammy Song — were part of project teams.

SAES presentations at the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting were:
• "Microbiological Quality and Safety of Dietary Supplements in Saudi Arabia," research led by Dr. Sulaiman O. Aljaloud, who received his doctorate at A&T and is now on faculty at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. Also on the team were Song and Shahbazi, and Dr. Angela Fraser of Clemson University.
• "Interaction between Bifidobacteria Strains and Medical Drugs," research led by Temitayo O. Obanla, an SAES master's student who received assistance from Ibrahim and Rabin Gyawali, an SAES research assistant.
• "Isolation and Evaluation of Potential Probiotic Bifidobacteria from Sow Milk," which was led by Rabin Gyawali, whose team included Minor and Ibrahim.
• "Viability and Survival of Bifidobacterium breve ATCC 15701 and Bifidobacterium Adolescentis ATCC 15704 in Skim Milk in the Presence of Shiitake Mushroom Extract During Refrigerated Period," a project led by Dr. O. A. Hassan, an SAES research associate, that included Ibrahim, Isikhuemhen, Shahbazi and Dr. A. A. AbuGhazaleh of Southern Illinois University.
• "Synergistic Effect of Lactobacillus paracasei 441 and Inulin to Improve the Viability of Bifidobacteria in Fermented Milk," a project led by Amira Ayad, who is working on his doctorate at A&T, with assistance from Gyawali, Ibrahim and D. El-Rab, an Egyptian scientist.]]> Agricultural Research Animal Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Natural Resources and Environmental Design Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:53:59 -0500 Tomato growers and connoisseurs to unite The fourth annual Great Tomato Festival at the A&T State University Farm will be Saturday, July 20, from 8 a.m. until noon. Tomato Tasting Saturday will feature short seminars with expert advice on selecting, planting, maintaining and cooking and canning tomatoes. The fun stuff lineup for younger tomato celebrants includes face painting and vegetable sculpting. There will also be tours of University Farm research plots (tomatoes and other vegetables produced in high tunnels, on plastic mulch and with drip irrigation) that will get under way at 9 a.m. and then again at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in the tomato-cooking contest and for the largest homegrown tomato.

Great Tomato Festival admission will be $5 per person — a fee that will be waived for children under 10 and for those who have official entries in the tomato cook-off recipe contest. (One of North America's largest tomato growers, Florida-based Lipan Produce, has a consumer-focused website that may serve as a source of online inspiration for recipe creators. The Lipman Kitchen website has a recipe collection that makes its way from juices to cornbread.)]]> Cooperative Extension Food Sciences Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:46:09 -0500 Research funding for small farms in sub-Saharan Africa Grant IconThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has a July 1 deadline for three-page pre-proposals for a funding program for agricultural research that will accelerate the growth of sustainable production practices on small farms in developing nations in sub-Saharan Africa.

Scientists not currently residing in sub-Saharan Africa but willing to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa to implement proposed projects are eligible, provided they will be able to devote at least 70 percent of their time to the project. Funding proposals must also have a sub-Saharan national agricultural research institute or university that has agreed to serve as a local host, and the PI must have at least a master's degree. Proposals are also required to have an international collaboration, and also involve one or more of the following crop and livestock enterprises: maize, wheat, rice, millet, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, beans, cowpeas, chickpeas, groundnuts, banana, chickens, small ruminants or cattle.

Three-page pre-proposals submitted must be accompanied by a basic budget (of less than $500,000); a letter of support from administration at the primary host institution and the international partner; and the applicant's CV (which cites at least two recent publications).

Pre-proposals received by July 1 will be considered for early decision. Early decision full proposals will be invited in September 2013, and training in writing and developing proposals will ]]> Agricultural Research Animal Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:40:56 -0500 Defined dining Dr. Patricia Lynch, an assistant professor of food and nutrition in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, has received an appointment for a three-year term as a program reviewer for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (A.N.D.) Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The 12-member ACEND board is the governing body of the A.N.D. (formerly the American Dietetic Association), which is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Lynch and the other 29 program reviewers have been selected in recognition of careers that reflect commitments to quality dietetics education programs and demonstrated willingness to provide professional leadership. Primary responsibilities for the ACEND program reviewers are participation in two site visits and review of two program assessment reports annually.

The A.N.D. has approximately 75,000 members and registered dietitians comprise 72 percent of the membership. Educators, researchers and students are also well represented on the A.N.D. membership roster.]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:52:18 -0500 Food distributors have cash awards for student scholarship The Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) has set a June 14 deadline for its 2013 William Applebaum Memorial Scholarship Awards, which includes cash stipends of $750 for the best master’s thesis submitted, and the top master’s level case study or research paper submitted.

The winners in both categories also will have their travel expenses paid for a trip to the FDRS annual meeting Oct. 4 to 8 in Chicago.]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:50:26 -0500 Research mentoring helps students up the Hill and across the ocean Dr. Paula FaulknerDr. Patricia LynchDrs. Paula Faulkner of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education and Patricia Lynch of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences were the faculty mentors for a poster Jasmine Scott, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education, was invited to present at Posters on the Hill, an annual event established by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) to give members of Congress personal insights into the importance of undergraduate research. Scott's poster topic was "Lessons Learned from 4-H Rural Youth Concerning Living Healthier Lifestyles." The project was a comparison of attitudes toward nutrition and physical activity among rural youth participating in Cooperative Extension afterschool programs and those who aren't, and it was one of only 60 projects selected from more than 800 submissions (from undergraduates across the nation) for this year's Posters on the Hill competition.

Faulkner's talents as a mentor for student research were also lauded in email from Minnie Battle Mayes, director of International Programs at A&T, announcing A&T's first-ever student Fulbright Scholar, Emmanuel Johnson. Johnson is a senior, majoring in computer engineering, whose Fulbright award will be used to pursue a master's in robotics at the University of Birmingham in England. The email from Mayes announcing Johnson's Fulbright noted that "Special recognition and appreciation must go to Dr. Paula Faulkner who specifically worked with Emmanuel throughout the entire summer of 2011 and into the fall semester to help him prepare his research proposal."]]> Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 08 May 2013 15:30:37 -0500 Gold Skillet, Silver Spatulas and Bronze Butter Knives for cheesy inspirations award iconMidnight on the twelfth of May is the entry deadline for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board's "2013 Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown." The prizes for the  "tastiest and most unique grilled cheese masterpieces" this year include a $4,000 gourmet cookware set and a $1,000 MasterCard Gift Card for the first-place "Gold Skillet Award"; $500 Williams-Sonoma gift cards for the two second-place "Silver Spatula" winners; and $100 Williams-Sonoma gift cards for the eight Bronze Butter Knife Award winners who come in third. There will be Wisconsin cheese basket for all prize winners. Last year's top prize went to a South Carolinian whose gouda-and-provolone-grill was spiced up with arugula, spinach, fresh blackberries and bacon. Second place, which came from upstate New York, was for a grilled sandwich that complemented sharp cheddar with a Granny Smith apple and barbecued pulled pork. Third place went to another South Carolinian, for a recipe that congeals shrimp, smoked sausage and other "Low Country Boil" ingredients with Gruyère and cream cheese.]]> Dietetics Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 08 May 2013 15:27:26 -0500 Funding for cream dreams info iconThe National Dairy Shrine (NDS) has set April 15 as the application deadline for an annual scholarship program that awards more than $40,000 to students at U.S. colleges and universities majoring in agricultural fields relevant to the human resources needs of dairy industries. The National Dairy Shrine’s support for higher education includes scholarships of $2,500 and $1,000 for high school seniors who will begin work on a major in dairy or animal science with a communications emphasis next fall; a $1,500 scholarship and five-to-eight $1,000 scholarships for sophomores and juniors majoring in animal sciences, ag. economics or ag. education who are planning to pursue careers in marketing dairy products; a $1,000 grant for a current freshman with a major related to dairy or animal sciences and an interest in working in the dairy industry in the future; and seven scholarships of $1,500 for students now completing their first, second or third year at a college or university who have been involved in showing dairy cattle. ]]> Animal Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:27:24 -0500 April 12 is Kitt Scholarship application deadline beaker iconThe American Association of Candy Technologists' (AACT) John Kitt Memorial Scholarship is a $5,000 annual award to a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in a food, chemical or biological science who has a demonstrated interest in confectionary technology. For the AACT, evidence of interest in confectionary tech. includes research projects and work experience. Applicants should also have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Applications for the 2013-14 John Kitt Memorial Scholarship must be submitted by April 12.]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:24:01 -0500 Food science crews making news research beaker iconDr. Leonard WilliamsWith newspapers across the state providing such unsettling reports as "A new strain of norovirus could make this a busy year for the nasty intestinal disease [norovirus] (Raleigh News & Observer) and that "State health officials say a new strain of norovirus is making North Carolinians sick," (Asheville Citizen-Times) media inquiries to the N.C. Research Campus reached critical mass for a Web page and a news release devoted to recurring questions regarding norovirus. The authority on foodborne pathogens selected for guidance is Dr. Leonard Williams, director of the SAES's Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies at the N.C. Research Campus. Williams' advisories for avoiding norovirus are to wash produce thoroughly in warm water, and that "Vegetables like lettuce that have multiple folds need to be scrubbed meticulously." He's also an advocate of frequent and conscientious hand washing when the hands will be handling food.

Dr. Jianmei YuDr. Jianmei Yu, an SAES assistant research professor, is the co-author of an article that appeared in a late fall issue of the International Journal of Food Science and Technology that provides an extensive review of research into the "Functional components of grape pomace: their composition, biological properties and potential applications." Yu's co-author for the article is Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna, a former SAES food science professor and director of the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies who is now at Qatar University. Yu and Ahmedna's review of research work with the wine industry by-product includes grape pomace's health and nutritional benefits (it increase the fiber and antioxidant when added to other foods) and its untapped potential as a food preservative.

The current issue of The Open Mycology Journal has an article on the potential medicinal mushrooms hold for providing poultry producers a non-chemical method for "keeping birds healthy and free of disease in an intensive, confined rearing environment." The team of authors for "Open Access Effect of Level and Type of Mushroom on Performance, Blood Parameters and Natural Coccidiosis Infection in Floor-Reared Broilers" is led by Dr. Willie Willis of the Department of Animal Sciences, and includes Dr. Omon Isikhuemhen of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design, Dr. Salam Ibrahim of Family and Consumer Sciences, SAES Research Associates Felicia Anike and Steven Hurley, and two SAES graduate students, Joi Nicole Jackson and Dannica Wall.]]> Animal Sciences CEPHT Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:34:46 -0500 General idea lightbulb iconFeeding Tomorrow, a foundation that partners with General Mills and the Institute of Food Technologists, has a Feb. 4 application deadline for a program that awards two graduate students $5,000 scholarships and also 12-week paid internships for this coming summer. Applicants must be full-time graduate students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral food science program, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and have coursework and extracurricular activities that reflect lab experience and an interest in food processing R&D.]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:15:10 -0500 Food flight food iconWorking in cooperation with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, a not-for-profit association of U.S. Italian restaurateurs has established a scholarship program that will send six culinary and food sciences students to Tuscany for a week of classes and tours of  the Italian province's food and restaurant industries. To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduates enrolled full time and not on schedule to graduate before May of 2013. Among other requirements, applicants must also have at least two years of culinary experience or viticulture training. In keeping with the commitment of the funding agency — Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani  — to increasing public appreciation of authentic Italian cuisine, applicants are also asked to submit essays that touch on both their personal knowledge of Italian cuisine, and what their plans will be for disseminating what they’ve learned about authentic Italian cuisine following their visit to Tuscany.

Complete details on scholarship program stipulations are available along with the application at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation website. The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 6.]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:25:07 -0500 <![CDATA[American Chemical Society Regional gets good helping of  SAES research]]> Dr. Jianmei YuSAES research groups headed up by two scientists whose specialties include foods and nutrition, Drs. Jianmei Yu and Salam Ibrahim, had a total of 10 posters reflecting research project results on display at the 64th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Raleigh Nov. 14-17. Both Yu and Ibrahim had poster presentations covering one of their own research projects, and Yu was the advisor for two student poster presentations and Ibrahim Salam Ibrahimthe advisor for six. Yu's project, research into the "Fatty Acid Composition of Grape Seed Oils from Some Grape Cultivars in North Carolina," is getting assistance from Bryce Holmes and John Carver of the SAES's Analytical Service Lab, and a graduate student, Ivy Smith. Ibrahim's Raleigh poster presentation, "Survival and changes in cell morphology of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in the presence of caffeine," received contributions from Rabin Gyawali, an SAES research assistant), Dr. Radiah Minor of the Department of Animal Sciences and an SAES undergraduate.

Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazi of the SAES's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design was on Ibrahim's team for student research into cultivation of lactic acid bacteria, the growth of Lactobacillus reuteri in laboratory medium and use of shiitake mushroom extract in production of skim milk. Dr. Omon Isikhuemhen, the SAES mushroom specialist, contributed to the latter project also. ]]> Biological Engineering Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Natural Resources and Environmental Design Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:04:59 -0500 Now they know the way from San Jose globe iconThree FCS students will soon know their way to — and from — San Jose, as they were invited to California for the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) to present overviews of their research. The students who were in San Jose Nov. 7 to 12 to put the SAES's undergraduate research into a national spotlight were:

• Kayla Brooks, a master’s student majoring in food and nutritional sciences, who presented, “Lessons Learned from Rural Youth Concerning Healthier Lifestyles.”
• Alani Adkins, a senior majoring in food and nutritional sciences with an emphasis on dietetics, whose presentation covered “Antimicrobial Activity of Caffeine Alone or in Combination with Cinnamon against Escherichia Coli O157:h7 in Laboratory Medium.”
• Marcella Cheek, a senior majoring in food and nutritional sciences with an emphasis on food sciences, who presented her research into “Developing a Food Protection and Defense Educational Curriculum for Students.”  

This year's ABRCMS included scientific sessions led by researchers from Cornell, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, the University of Kansas, the University of Texas, UCLA and other major research institutions. Among the topics that were covered at scientific sessions were biomapping, cell biology, traumatic brain injury, plant biomass-based fuels and programs sponsored by the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Society for Microbiology. The research faculty guest list at the 2012 ABRCMS also included Dr. Paula Faulkner of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, and Dr. Radiah Minor of the Dept. of Animal Sciences, who were invited to serve as judges for the student competition. ]]> Family and Consumer Sciences Food Sciences Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:29:06 -0500