Minnesota Section IFT Meeting Event
Cosponsored by ΦTΣ Phi Tau Sigma, The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology

Topic: Food, Foodborne Disease and Food for Thought

When: December 12, 2016
  • 4 - 5:00 PM ExComm Meeting
  • 5 - 6:00 PM Check-in/ Social Time
  • 6:00 PM Buffet
  • 7:00 PM Speaker
  • 8:00 PM Questions/Closing Remarks

The Common’s Hotel
615 Washington Avenue SE

Speaker: Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, Professor in the School of Public Health, past Minnesota State Epidemiologist

Register on line at . Online credit card payment is preferred or you can pay the night of the event by cash or check if needed. Reservations are due by Tuesday December 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM.
If you have additional questions or need to cancel please call Lori at 952-210-6739 or email If you cancel after the deadline you are still responsible for payment but please let us know you will not be attending.

More About Our Speaker, Dr. Osterholm
November 8, 2016
Phi Tau Sigma
The co-sponsor of this month's MN IFT Meeting is Phi Tau Sigma, The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology, founded in 1953 with the mission to raise the stature and recognize scholarly achievements in Food Science and Technology. There are 41 Chapters (primarily at educational institutions) in the U.S., Mexico and China. These are formed to better serve the members at the local level. Members are elected as students or later as professionals in recognition of their achievements. Benefits of membership include recognition, opportunities for leadership and to connect with others of similar values along with scholarships and awards. The process to become a member is one of nomination and review. 

For more information, contact Jenny Hayek at or Chelsey Hinnenkamp at

Visit the national website and the University of Minnesota chapter website to learn more.
Dr. Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.

He is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council of Foreign Relations. In June 2005 Dr. Osterholm was appointed by Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to the newly established National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity. In July 2008, he was named to the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center’s Academy of Excellence in Health Research. In October 2008, he was appointed to the World Economic Forum Working Group on Pandemics.

From 2001 through early 2005, Dr. Osterholm, in addition to his role at CIDRAP, served as a Special Advisor to then–HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. He was also appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Council on Public Health Preparedness. On April 1, 2002, Dr. Osterholm was appointed by Thompson to be his representative on the interim management team to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With the appointment of Dr. Julie Gerberding as director of the CDC on July 3, 2002, Dr. Osterholm was asked by Thompson to assist Dr. Gerberding on his behalf during the transition period. He filled that role through January 2003.

Previously, Dr. Osterholm served for 24 years (1975-1999) in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the last 15 as state epidemiologist and chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section. While at the MDH, Osterholm and his team were leaders in the area of infectious disease epidemiology. He has led numerous investigations of outbreaks of international importance, including foodborne diseases, the association of tampons and toxic shock syndrome (TSS), the transmission of hepatitis B in healthcare settings, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in healthcare workers. In addition, his team conducted numerous studies regarding infectious diseases in child-care settings, vaccine-preventable diseases (particularly Haemophilus influenzae type b and hepatitis B), Lyme disease, and other emerging infections. They were also among the first to call attention to the changing epidemiology of foodborne diseases.Dr. Osterholm has received numerous honors for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Luther College; the Pump Handle Award, CSTE; the Charles C. Shepard Science Award, CDC; the Harvey W. Wiley Medal, FDA; the Squibb Award, IDSA; Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UMN; and the Wade Hampton Frost Leadership Award, American Public Health Association. He also has been the recipient of six major research awards from the NIH and the CDC.
Register For December IFT Meeting Here
Call for College Bowl Judges
The IFTSA North Central Area Meeting and regional College Bowl competition will be hosted at the UMN on April 8. We are looking for individuals who are willing and qualified to judge that Saturday. Student teams from 7 Midwest schools will compete in this food science, quiz bowl style competition. If interested, contact Chelsey Hinnenkamp at!
Dr. Mallikarjunan Selected as Next FSCN Department Head
Please help us in welcoming, Dr. Mallikarjunan, the new department head for the University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition.
A message from CFANS Dean Brian Buhr:

I am very pleased to announce that P. Kumar Mallikarjunan, an accomplished academic leader and highly regarded international researcher in the field of food engineering will assume the role of Department Head in Food Science and Nutrition in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) effective January 2, 2017.  

Dr. Mallikarjunan will lead a department that is an international leader in education, research and outreach for food and nutrition sciences in the agricultural and health sectors. Having earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India, Dr. Mallikarjunan completed a M.S. from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph, Canada. In his current position as Professor of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, his research encompasses food process engineering and development. He also conducts research in biomedical diagnostics and development of novel sensing systems.

Kumar is noted for his collaborative leadership style especially in bringing together people from diverse disciplines and spanning from academia to industry and alumni as well as mentoring students from underserved communities. His strong presence with industry and commitment to building international research and public/private/ government partnerships offers unique global potential to the department.

I want to express my gratitude to Dan Gallaher for providing interim department leadership since July. He will continue serving in this capacity until Kumar's arrival in January.

My thanks to Dr. Shri Ramaswamy for chairing the search committee process along with the committee members: David Baumler, Ryan Cox, Justin Carlson, Xiaoli Chen, Carrie Earthman,  Dorit Hafner, Pam Ismail, Dan Kennedy, Mindy Kurzer, John Larkin, Jon Ploeger, Marla Reicks, Tonya Schoenfuss, and Chery Smith, and also Jean Burdick for HR support.

We look forward to the energy Kumar will bring to charting a new course for advancing the strategic vision and programmatic mission of Food Science and Nutrition. Please join me in welcoming Kumar to his leadership role.

From Dr. Mallikarjunan: "I am excited for the opportunity to become a part ofand to lead this renowned Food Science and Nutrition department. Being a foodie, I am also delighted to come to the food capital of the world."

Candidates Sought for the 2017 Harold Macy
Food Science and Technology Award


The Minnesota section of IFT is seeking nominations for suitable candidates from all IFT sections for the 2017 Harold Macy Food Science and Technology Award.
The award, established in 1981, is given annually to recognize an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists or technologists in any two of the following settings: academic, government, and private industry.  The purpose of the award is to advance the profession and practice of food technology and to honor Harold Macy, former Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota and a Founding Member of IFT. The award consists of a plaque, $2500 honorarium and travel expenses. The awardee will be invited to address the Minnesota Section at the annual Macy Award meeting to be held in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2017. Completed nomination forms should be submitted via Email: Dr. Mary K. Schmidl Email:
Suppliers Expo Recap 

More than 200 exhibitors presented new concepts, technologies and services to the 400+ attendees at the 42nd Annual Suppliers Expo on October 25. In addition to the Exhibition Hall, MN IFT also hosted a luncheon panel with industry experts on the topic of "Implementing FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Foods- Issues and Challenges."

Next years Expo is scheduled for October 26, 2017. Look for more details and links for exhibitor and attendee registration this summer. 

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