FDSN Seminar Series

The Department of Food Science and Nutrition hosts a number of virtual events through its Seminar Series and its Virtual Food Industry Friday series.

The FDSN Seminar Series features guest lectures by invited speakers that broaden understanding and knowledge of various scientific topics and original research in food science and nutrition. Speakers include experts from academia, federal government agencies, and the food industry. These seminars are held every Thursday at 1 p.m. Central Time.

Our Virtual Food Industry Friday events showcase food industry professionals, board members, and alumni who are available to meet with students, providing career path insights to the broad and important field of food, science, and technology. Speakers represent a wide range of experience and roles in the food industry such as quality, product development, packaging, regulations, research and development, and more, providing a broad perspective on the food industry. Virtual Food Industry Friday events are held every third Friday of the month during the spring and fall semester from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST. The open seminar forum lasts approximately 45 minutes with a 10-15 minute Q&A session included.

Fall 2022 Seminars

Date

Title

Speaker

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Sept 15

Controlling Enteric Pathogens on Wheat Grain

Teresa Bergholz

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Sept 22

An Introduction to Kosher and Halal Food Laws

 

Joe Mac Regenstein

 

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Sept 29 Optimizing Protein in a Carbohydrate World Donald Layman Watch the Video

Oct 6

Managing Food Safety Along the Supply Chain

Sandhya Krishnankutty

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Oct 13

How Can Ultrasound Make Food Sound?

Hao Feng

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Oct 20

Food Safety Needs in the Egg Industry

Urvi Shah

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Oct 27 Anti-inflammatory Interactions of Gallotannins with the Intestinal Microbiome

Susanne U. Talcott

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Nov 3 Legal Issues for Food and Beverage Startups Sean Swidler

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Nov 10 Use of Next-Generation Sequencing Methods for Surveillance and to Study Bacterial Adaptation Séamus Fanning

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Nov 17 Nutrition in the News: Science Fact or Science Fiction Melissa Joy Dobbins

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Dec 1 Craft Distilling–Combining History and Science  

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Spring 2022 Seminars

Date

Title

Speaker

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Jan 20

Nutrition and Immune Resilience: A Clinical Perspective

Chelsea Preiss
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and Clinical Research Associate
Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Institute of Technology

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Jan 27

Interlaboratory Comparison of SARS-CoV2 Molecular Detection Assays in Use by U.S. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories

 

Kaiping Deng
Biologist, Staff Fellow
FDA/CFSAN/OFS/DFPST

 

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Feb 3

Disruption by the Pandemic: Future Proofing the Food Industry

Kantha Shelke
Principal, Corvus Blue | Sr. Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University

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Feb 10

OPEN

 

 

Feb 17

The Continued Search for Suitable Surrogates for Clostridium Botulinum

Kristin Schill
Associate Scientist @ University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Food Research Institute (FRI)

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Feb 24

Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Blackberry Phenolic and Volatile Extracts

Dr. Luke R. Howard
Department of Food Science at the University of Arkansas since 1997 (Associate Research Professor 1997-2002, Professor 2002-present

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Feb 25 Building Career Capital in the Food Industry: How to Stand Out from the Rest

Kantha Shelke, principal at Corvus Blue 

Matthew Botos, CEO of ConnectFood

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Mar 3

Leading with Heart – A Career from Illinois Institute of Technology to Impossible Foods

Ravi Tadapaneni

Product Development & Commercialization

Impossible Foods

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Mar 10

The USDA Pesticide Monitoring Program for Foods Consumed in the United States

Shanker Reddy Ph.D.
USDA, AMS, S&T, MPD, PDP

 

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Mar 23 Building Career Capital in the Food Industry: The Three L's: Listen, Learn, Leverage

Kantha Shelke, principal at Corvus Blue 

Matthew Botos, CEO of ConnectFood

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Mar 24

Topic to Be Announced

Dr. Bhaskar Janve, QA manager at the Honest Kitchen

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Mar 25 Research & Development and Food Safety at Hormel Foods Kevin Myers, Senior Vice President of R&D, Hormel Foods

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Mar 31

Cocoa Flavanols - The Journey from Flavor Inhibitor to Potent Nutraceutical and Beyond

John Hammerstone

 

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Apr 7

Emerging Pathogens and Pathogens of Emerging Concern

Purnendu C. Vasavada, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin- River Falls

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Apr 14

Sadie Shake: An Entrepreneurs Journey to Bring Ground-breaking Nutrition to Children in Schools

Margaret Hyde
Sadie Shake

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Apr 21

Innovation Process

Dr. Valeria Acquarone
Tate & Lyle

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Apr 28

Experimental, modeling, and genomics-approaches to studying and characterizing risks associated with foodborne pathogens

Ruixi Chen PhD Candidate,
Wiedmann Lab - Cornell University

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Apr 29 Overview of B2B industry and role of Technical Service Scientist in growing the B2B business Neeraj Kamath

Sr. Technical Service Scientist Dairy Category and Certified Food Scientist, Tate & Lyle

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Fall 2021 Seminars

Date Topic Speaker Web Link
Sept 9 Sugar Reduction in Food Applications Eric Shinsato - Ingredion

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Sept 16

The Evolution of Bacterial Symbionts and Microbiomes Professor Patrick Keeling, University of British Columbia

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Sept 23 All About Stevia Leaf Sweetener Fernando Martinez - Ingredion

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Sept 24 Food Safety and Quality from Concept to Commercialization at Vital Farms Liang Bennett (BCHM ’15, M.S. FST ’16), Vital Farms

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Sept 30 Academia is an Exciting Career! Cheryl Rock, Ph.D. California State University - Long Beach  

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Oct 7 Overview of Sensory Analysis of Foods Dr. Charles Sims - University of Florida

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Oct 14 Existing and Emerging Detection Methods for Botulinum Toxin Catherine Rolfe - FDA

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Oct 15 A Food Safety Leader's Perspective on Risk and Risk Management in a Complex World David Clifford - Nestle USA

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Oct 21 Technological Advances in Processing and Packaging That Will Reduce Carbon Emissions Chuck Sizer - Pilot Aseptic, LLC 

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Oct 28 The Exploration of Anti-Obesity Effects of Potential Probiotics on C57BL/6 Mouse Model Kequan Zhou - Wayne State University

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Nov 4 Nutrition and Immune Resilience: A Clinical Perspective Chelsea Preiss - Center of Nutrition Research @IIT 

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Nov 11 The Pennsylvania Genome Trakr Consortium Advances Understanding of Salmonella Transmission, Antibiotic Resistance, and Bugs in My Food Edward Dudley - PSU 

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Nov 18 The Migration of Engineered Nanomaterials Out of Nanotechnology-Enabled Polymers and into Foods Tim Duncan - FDA

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Nov. 19

Creating a Bigger Table: Impactful Philanthropy in the Food Industry

John Shapiro, Partner, Complex Litigation Practice Group, Freeborn and Peters LLP

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Dec 2 Inferring Protein Function by Structural Homology — A Case Example with Microsporidia Jean-Francois Pombert, IIT and Academic Editor

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Spring 2021 Seminars

Date Topic Speaker Web Link
Feb 4 Data Analytics and Why Modelling Matters Dr. Clare Thorp, Ph.D., Creme Global

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Feb 11 OPEN    
Feb 18 Deciding What to Eat: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach Akram Bakjour, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

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Feb 19 INDUSTRY: Overview of Wine Making Processes and Project Management Cycle Udit Mankad, Corporate Project Engineer at Constellation Brands, Inc.

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Feb 25 Development of a Genomic Framework for Quality Assessment of Live Microbial Supplements Carmen Tartera, Ph.D., FDA

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Mar 4 Conscious Eating: How to Become Healthy and Blissful in 21 days Dr. Huan Xia, Founder and CEO, LucOasis Inc.

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Mar 11 What We Learned from Recent United States Listeriosis Outbreaks Dr. Yi Chen, Microbiologist, FDA CFSAN

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Mar 18 Protective Effects and Mechanisms of Muscadine Grapes or Wine on Gut Inflammation Dr. Liwei Gu, University of Florida

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March 19

INDUSTRY: Biotechnology, Taste, Nutrition, and Food Security: Perspectives in Industrial Life Sciences

Scott Hagedorn, Ph.D., SRH Consulting LLC, Science, Innovation, Risk Management 

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Mar 25 Simpler Better Fruit Preparation for Yogurt Application Dr. Jie Sun, Principal Scientist, NTS (Nutrition and Technology Solutions) General Mills

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Apr 1 Statistical Methods, Tools & Concepts for Scientific Research Dr. Jingyun Yang, Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center

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Apr 8 NO SEMINAR – COVID STUDY DAY    
Apr 15 Byproduct and Waste Protein as a Building Block for Polymer Applications in the Food and Non-food Industries Nandika Bandara

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Apr 16 INDUSTRYFood Safety & Quality Influence Across Business Functions and Strategies Kurt Deibel, VP Food Safety & Quality — Americas at H.J. Heinz Company 

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Apr 22 How Vascular Endothelial Cells Regulate Transendothelial Migration: Intravital Microscopic Studies in Real Time Dr. William Muller, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Apr 29

X-rays: Sources, Techniques, and Applications in the Food Industry

Ali Khounsary, Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

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May 6 Metabolically Activated Macrophages in Obesity and Insulin Resistance Dr. Becker - UOC

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