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June 2021


Hello Friends of FSHN!


This represents the end of a most unusual academic year. Despite that, we have survived an entire year (plus) of COVID restrictions and as we emerge from this long tunnel towards the light, I would like to thank everyone in FSHN and all our supporters and friends for a great year. I am optimistic that this will be a great transition out of COVID restrictions into a “new normal”. Through our quick adaptations, we have experienced a new realm of online education and virtual experiences that we did not previously realize would be possible. Research continued and the numbers of funded grants and publications was maintained or increased. We have several new programs coming – stay tuned for more information. We look forward to seeing the students return for mostly in person instruction this fall! Congratulations to all the wonderful students who graduated this year!

Hope you all have a great summer!





Melissa Prescott 

FSHN Assistant Professor Melissa Pflugh Prescott
was selected for the 2021 Excellence in Community and Public Health Practice Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award recognizes an outstanding registered dietitian nutritionist who has demonstrated excellence and leadership in this specific area of practice.


Dietetics News


Dietetic Internships, Grad Schools,
and FSHN Dietetics Seniors:
100% Matched Again-
5thYear in a Row!

Congratulations to Justine Karduck
and her dietetic students!


Incoming Freshman FSHN Food Challenge

Food Challenge 

Congratulations to all the
2021 FSHN Food Challenge
Scholarship Winners !

Hospitality Management Theme:
From Plate to Pixel
Mackenzie Lam - Blueberry Muffins
Jenna Spangler - Blue Corn Fajitas and Tortilla Chips

Food Science theme: “2 Weeks on the Shelf
Ava Ralston - Raspberry, Hazelnut, and Honey Biscotti
Laura Harriss - Keto Walnut Apricot Muffin Mix
Summer Goodwin - Cheesy Cheddar and Cherry Bites


Dietetics theme: “Tasty No or Low Food
Brooke Covas - Power Bacon Brownie Bites
Jaylinne Sandoval - Soft Red Winter Wheat Banana Pancakes

Human Nutrition theme: “Healthy Eating on a Budget
Roberto Macher - Open Face Blue Corn Tortilla Breakfast Tacos
Sammie Golemba - Eggless Blue Corn Waffles

Thank you also to our celebrity judges!  For more info see….  


FSHN Faculty Present in Educational Workshops


FSHN Professor Shelly Schmidt participated in The Art of Teaching: Lunchtime Seminar Series on March 4, 2021 by presenting “Harnessing the Profound Connection Between Emotion and Learning to Enhance the Success of All Students”.

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning’s final Art of Teaching seminar of the 2020-21 year: An Exploration of Multi-Modal Assignments faculty panel presentation included FSHN Teaching Associate Professor Dawn Bohn.


FSHN in the News

 More protein

FSHN graduate student Colleen McKenna, kinesiology professor Nicholas Burd and their colleagues tested the hypothesis that a high-protein diet would confer more benefits than moderate-protein intake in middle-aged adults engaged in weight training. FSHN professor Hannah Holscher led the effort to analyze gut microbes during the study. Results of the study are published in the April 2021 issue of American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.


In a recent issue of Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, FSHN Assistant Professor Melissa Pflugh Prescott and ACE Associate Professor Brenna Ellison discuss ways to reduce food waste while promoting healthy nutrition.

They also published a paper “Impact of plate shape and size on individual food waste in a university dining hall,” in Resources, Conservation & Recycling. Authors include Rachel Richardson, Melissa Pflugh Prescott, and Brenna Ellison. The plate study was conducted in two University Housing dining halls on the U of I campus; both round and oval plates were tested in each location, making sure to use the same menu for both plate types. 

 Bryn Grossman


In VOICES OF ACES, FSHN Dietetics student Bryn Grossman reflects on Healthy Habits during a pandemic: Dietetics students teach kids about nutrition.

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Congratulations Graduates!


Video Highlights of FSHN Graduates -- CLASS OF 2021


Congratulations FSHN GSA Symposium Winners!


The annual FSHN GSA Symposium for graduate students was held virtually on May 27, 2021. The symposium presented the innovative Food Science and Human Nutrition research being conducted at UIUC via live oral presentation and poster competition.

Poster Winners
First: Jingwen Cai - Microencapsulation of soybean oil with maltodextrin and sugar beet pectin by spray drying with a three-fluid nozzle.

Second (two winners): Frantz-Lairy Obas - Characterization of the thermal behavior and structural characteristics of gelatin in highsolids confectionary gels (HSGs) using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and total scattering pair distribution function (TSPDF) and Annemarie Mysonhimer - Comparison of microbiota analytic technique.

Oral Presentation Winners
First: Clara Salame - Sweetness Perception in Habitual and Non-habitual Users of Low-calorie Sweeteners – a Pilot Study.

Second: Fidele Abedi - Multiscale modeling of strain and stress development in bananas during hot air drying.

Third: Nahla Kreidly - Non-Thermal Ultrasound Drying (US) to Enhance the Solubility of Almond, Lentil and Pea Proteins.


Alumni In The News


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