Food Science News

Summer 2006

Vol. 34, No. 2


brian farkas Dr. Brian Farkas Named Associate Department Head

The position of Associate Department Head became vacant when Dr. Donn Ward was promoted to head the Department of Food Science. Dr Farkas has been selected to serve in that position.  Among other duties, Farkas will assume leadership for the overall departmental teaching function. These responsibilities include being the department’s “Teaching Champion” with respect to long term planning, assessment and leading efforts for curriculum integration and coordination.  Congratulations Dr. Farkas.  We know that you will be excellent.

Dr. Farkas was also selected to receive the Emerging Food Engineering Award for 2006.  This prestigious award will be presented to Brian by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers during the ASABE annual meeting in Portland, Oregon this July.  Congratulations Brian!

Dr. Farkas was also elected to the NC State’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers.  Other current faculty members in this elite group are Dr. Lynn Turner, Dr. Dan Carroll and Dr. Chris Daubert.  Congratulations.


In Memory of Dr. Neil Webb

neil webbDr. Neil B. Webb succumbed to pneumonia on February 17, 2006.  He is survived by his wife Jane Little Webb and numerous children, grandchildren, step children and their families.  He is preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Nancy in 1998 and his wife of 11 months, Mary in 2000.

Neil was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He was fond of his grandchildren and he especially loved the happiness that the little ones brought to his life.  Neil was also devoted to his church and to the Rotary Club where he had been a member for almost 25 years. Dr. Webb was a food scientist who spent his 50 year career teaching and advising on safer and better food products.  He pursued his masters and doctorate in meat science and taught as an assistant professor at Michigan State University.  He worked in the meat industry until 1966 when he became a professor at North Carolina State University.  At State, he taught and consulted on the latest meat technologies.  In 1976 he left academia and devoted his full-time efforts to his company, Webb Technical Group.  With his first wife Nancy as his partner, he ran their research development and testing company for the food and environmental industries.   After 25 years as the head of the company, he sold the business and pursued his professional love, consulting for food companies.  In recent years, he focused on promoting food safety in the meat and packaged ice industries. 


Neil was well-recognized for his accomplishments and received numerous awards and recognitions including the NC Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence in 1984, the Meat Processing Award from the National Live Stock and Meat Board and the American Meat Science Association in 1988 and the Signal Service Award from the American Meat Science Association in 1995. 

We will miss Dr. Webb and are honored that he was a member of the Food Science Department’s family.


lynn turner  Dr. Lynn Turner will be honored as the 2006 winner of IFT’s Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award.  This award honors an IFT member for his pursuit of humanitarian ideals and unselfish dedication that have resulted in significant contributions to the well-being of the food industry, academia, students or the general public.  Dr. Turner certainly fills the bill.  Congratulations Dr. Turner!









ken swartzelDr. Kenneth R. Swartzel has received the prestigious Holladay Medal Award (the highest award given by NC State). Dr. Swartzel has served NC State for 30 years. His discoveries coupling kinetic theory and engineering principles have globally revolutionized the processed egg and other food industries. He has produced 110 scientific publications, 20 U.S. and 28 foreign patents; generated $13 million in external funding and equipment donations.  He has advised eight masters, 16 doctoral and 14 postdoctoral students. Licensed patent royalties to the university have exceeded $20 million. He has lectured in 14 countries on four continents. He founded CAPPS (Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, which after 19 years exists as a multi-site center dedicated to advancing technologies in food and bioprocessing. Swartzel has been recognized with nine international research awards and named Fellow of both the Institute of Food Technologists and The Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food and Biological Systems. He served 11 years as department head of NC State’s Department of Food Science and directed the UNC General Administration’s North Carolina Technology Development Initiative. In 2004 he became the founding director of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC)/Kellogg Food Systems Leadership Institute, and more recently began coordinating bioprocessing programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He has been recognized with the NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award.





allen foegeding Dr. E. Allen Foegeding was named an IFT Fellow in February, 2006.  Election as an IFT Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred for outstanding and extraordinary contributions in the field of food science and technology.  This is well deserved by Dr. Foegeding.  Congratulations. 

Also, Dr. Foegeding was named as an Alumni Outstanding Research Award recipient for 2005-06.  This award is one of the highest honors that a faculty member can receive at NC State.  Congratulations on this too!








lee ann jaykusDr. Lee-Ann Jaykus was selected to receive the 2006 Educator Award from the International Association for Food Protection.  This prestigious award recognizes an active IAFP member for dedicated and exceptional contributions to the profession of the Educator. This award reflects Dr. Jaykus’s contributions and service to industry, education, government and the public.  Congratulations to Dr. Jaykus.







New Faculty


lisa deanDr. Lisa O. Dean joined us as a graduate student and then was hired as a Research technician.  After working in Dr. Tim Sanders’ lab for several years, she has been has been hired as a new USDA ARS faculty member.  Congratulations Lisa!









New Staff


rosemary sanozky-dawes Rosemary Sanozky-Dawes was hired in January 2006.   She is a new Research Assistant working in Dr. Todd Klaenhammer’s lab.







sarah o'flaherty Dr. Sarah Josephine O’Flaherty a native of Ireland is a research associate post doc working in Dr. Todd Klaenhammer's lab.







richard tallon

Richard Tallon, a native of France was hired in January 2006.   He is a Research Associate, post doc working in Dr.  Todd Klaenhammer’s lab.






ashlee webber Ashlee Webber was hired in May 2006.  She will be working for Ilenys Diaz-Muniz in the Dr. Roger McFeeters lab in the USDA section.





The Pancake Breakfast


chefs den and lisaOn February 14, 2006 we flipped a flock of fluffy pancakes and they were served up with savory sausages and fresh fruit juices to a large group of hungry students, staff and faculty.  The lobby was full of good food and good fellowship.  This activity raises money for our flower and card fund.








dean oblinger and david greenA look under the hood Feb. 1, 2006
Jacksonville Daily News, New Bern Sun Journal, The Daily Tar Heel

Left to right: Oblinger, Bowles and Green
— The new president of the University of North Carolina system was full of questions Tuesday. “What else can we do?  What do you really need?”, asked Erskine Bowles as he began his two-hour visit of N.C. State University’s Center for Marine Science and Technology in Morehead City. Bowles, a former candidate for U.S. Senate and White House Chief of Staff in the Clinton administration, tried to satisfy his curiosity as he took a glimpse of Carteret County’s niche in marine sciences. Bowles joined N.C. State Chancellor James L. Oblinger on a four-stop tour of eastern North Carolina. For Bowles, who began his job as head of the 16-campus system on Jan. 1, it was all about listening. “I hope to hear from you about what you need in order to capture what’s here,”he said. The tour of the CMAST facility gave Bowles a first-hand look at some of the research being done in Carteret County in areas such as fisheries, water quality, seafood processing and coastal resources.  

In the zoology lab, where graduate students worked on fisheries research, Bowles stopped at each station to talk with them about their work. And each time, the questions flowed. “How has your experience been here? What type of work do you want to do?” he asked one student. “What brought you to this facility?” he asked another, who was examining the over-wintering of blue fin tuna. Nate Bacheler, a graduate student, talked with Bowles about a tagging project he is working on tracking red drum, particularly in the Neuse River. Bacheler said Bowles’ visit was more than just a chance to talk about his research but to show him the importance of the work being done to address many issues in marine fisheries. The entire marine sciences field was a major focus during the stop in Morehead City, and it wasn’t just the work within the CMAST walls that was discussed. The emphasis Tuesday was on partnerships between CMAST and the other many other education and research facilities clustered in Carteret County.

CMAST Director David Green noted the importance of partnerships and the formal coalition that has been formed to promote and coordinate efforts by the various entities. The N.C. Marine Science and Education Partnership were formed in 2002, when Carteret County Economic Development Council Executive Director Dave Inscoe invited all the agencies to meet. They agreed to continue to meet to discuss how they could work together for the greater good of both their programs and the entire county. “It’s exciting the things we can do when we work together,” Green said. Carteret Community College President Joe Barwick said that while the agencies and institutions in Carteret County know the benefit of this partnership, the challenge is making others outside the area aware of the resources that exist in the county. Bowles said he sees the potential in the concentration of marine science resources in Carteret County, and he sees it developing into something similar to the technological hub that has grown in the central area of the state. “I believe that we have the potential here in Carteret County to have a Research Triangle Park for marine sciences,” Bowles said.


marlu boltonMarlu Bolton of CMAST is the2006 Award of Excellence recipient.  Marlu was honored on April 5 with the 7 other campus-based recipients.  We hope that she will win the University level Award of Excellence on May 22.  Food Science has been the home of the last two winners from CALS.  Congratulations Marlu!  You deserve it!



Other Departmental Updates

yifat yaniv Yifat Yaniv, Masters’ candidate working in Dr. Farkas’ lab was elected as the President of the IFT Student Association.  She will serve as President-elect during 2006-07, President in 2007-08 and Past President in 2008-09.  She will be working on her Ph.D. during this time also.  Congratulations Yifat!





gary cartwright Gary Cartwright was elected secretary/treasurer of the Carolina/Virginia Dairy Producers Association.  This non-profit trade association promotes the general welfare of the dairy industry in North Carolina and Virginia.






Dr. Brian Farkas and Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus were approved for promotion to full Professor, effective on July 1.  Congratulations to you both!


lab tech - pennyMystery Photo:  Who is this staff member?  Answer below.






Spring 2006 Graduation


graduation capThe graduation for the university was on Saturday, May 13 at the RBC center.  The departmental graduation ceremony was at the University Club on May 13. 

Recipients of the Bachelor of Science in Food Science were Stephen B. Adams, Andrea K. Andrason, Dana M. Brown, Matthew M.Ballard, Holly D. Deal, Phanin Leksrisompong. Masters of Science in Food Science recipients were Edith Ramos Daconceicao Neta, and Alleson E. Dobson. 

Logan Buck received his Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology. 

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition recipients were Kimberly E. Alexander, Kristen M. Andrey, Mary A. Barry, Abbe E. Bonnevie, Dana M. Brown, Leah D. Boulter, Jenna M. Covey, Caitlin  E. Cudic, Alyse G. Dason, Elizabeth M. Dixon, Jessica I. Faulk, Laura A. Fletcher, Lauren E. Hooker, Rebecca L. Jenkins, Teresa A. Kreis, Michael H. Land, Amy C. Mappes, Sarah R. Matthews, Tiffany L. Ann Morton, Abigail R. Nelkie, Adam J. Palo, Hemali G. Patel, April D. Piercey, Joanna E. Rogerson, Caroline M. Rueda, Jennifer L. Sawyer, Lindsay E. Sawyer, Amber A. Stanley, Lauren E. Troxclair, Jarrel L.Tustin and Gilbert Y. Whitten.. 

Kholoud Sabha was the recipient of the Masters of Science in Nutrition.



Hotdog Lunch

cooks karl and evanThe Social and Recreation Committee put out a fabulous spread for the annual Hotdog Lunch on May 3, 2006.  In addition to chilidogs, there were baked beans, cole slaw and chips along with Karl’s famous iced tea. This was topped off with ice cream sundaes. The weather cooperated so we were able to enjoy eating outside. Kudos to the committee for the good food and thanks for all the work you do.



              Karl  Hedrick
& Evan Miracle


Alumni News

Wendy Jackson Dunlap, MS 1999, married Chris Dunlap in 2002 and had a daughter, Elena Grace in 2005.  Wendy works as a packaging application specialist at Cryovac in Duncan, SC.



Staff News

Charles Robert Miracle was born to Evan Miracle and his wife Audrey on May 7, 2006.  Charles was born at home and everything went very well.


Answer to mystery photo: Penny Amato



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