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2014 Congratulations: Nancy Keller appointed to WARF professorship. FRI Executive Committee member Nancy Keller, professor, Med. Micro. & Immunol., whose research is on the genetic regulation of metabolism and fungal development, focusing on the virulence of the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus, has been appointed the "Robert L. Metzenberg and Kenneth B. Raper Professor of Mycology" Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation named professorship in 2014. (CALS News).
2014 Congratulations: American Meat Institute honors Andy Milkowski. FRI Executive Committee member Andy Milkowski, adjunct professor, animal sciences, received the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation's Scientific Achievement Award during the International Production & Processing Expo, in Atlanta, January 2014 (American Meat Institute).
2014 Congratulations: Jeri Barak elected to join FRI Executive Committee. Jeri Barak, associate professor, plant pathology, joined FRI as a Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster faculty. Jeri studies bacterial colonization of plants with a focus on food safety of fresh produce.
2014 Insights from Parasites. FRI Executive Committee member Laura Knoll presents research on studying the host/pathogen interactions of the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The Knoll laboratory studies the natural ability of microbial proteins to stimulate immune responses, has purified microbial proteins that have immunotherapeutic activity against bacterial infections, and will be testing these immunostimulatory proteins as treatments for a broad range of infections and cancers. (Wednesday Nite @ the Lab).
2013 Congratulations: Two former FRI trainees granted Ph.D. degree. Lori Neal, Ph.D., (an FRI Foster fellowship awardee in 2012) studied under FRI Executive Committee member Laura Knoll.
Regina Whitemarsh (an FRI Schantz Undergraduate Traineeship awardee in 2009) studied under FRI Executive Committee member Eric Johnson.
2013 Congratulations: FRI affiliated faculty member Dorte Dopfer, Veterinary Medicine, promoted to Associate Professor.
2013 Meat, With a Touch of Fruit. Protecting organic meats from deadly bacteria calls for developing new antimicrobial agents from natural sources. FRI Executive Committee members Jeff Sindelar and Kathy Glass seek to ensure the safety of organic meats by developing antimicrobials from fruits and vegetables (CALS Grow magazine, Fall 2013).
2013 Targeting a Killer. CALS researchers, including FRI affiliated faculty member Mark Cook, are making important advances in detecting and treating septic shock, which is responsible for more than 200,000 deaths a year (CALS Grow magazine, Fall 2013).
2013 Congratulations: FRI affiliated faculty member Jeri Barak, Plant Pathology, promoted to Associate Professor.
2013 FRI gives thanks: Schreiber Foods Scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Vincent Zehren, board-of-director member emeritus and 35-year employee of Schreiber, and in memory of Dr. Edwin (Mike) Foster, former director of the Food Research Institute. Dr. Foster provided serum that was an essential element of Schreiber's cheese testing program. The scholarship shall be awarded annually by FRI to a UW-Madison undergraduate or graduate student.
2013 Discovering the History and Science of Meat Products. FRI Executive Committee member Jeff Sindelar presents a history of meat processing back to Roman times and explores how the meat industry has developed over the past 2,000 years. Jeff describes different types of meat products and compares how they are made, how various ingredients function, and why the range of spices plays a critical role. (Wednesday Nite @ the Lab).
2013 Keeping organic meat safe and tasty. FRI Executive Committee member Jeff Sindelar and other UW researchers are testing a wide variety of microbe-inhibiting natural extracts, such as cranberry concentrate, grape seed oil and tea tree extract. "A number of different natural-based organic acids offer a significant improvement to food safety," says Sindelar. Naturally occurring nitrates in vegetable extracts can be converted to meat-preserving nitrites by adding certain types of bacteria. (CALS News).
2013 In Memoriam: Dr. E. Michael Foster. Dr. E. Michael Foster passed away at the age of 96 on February 11, 2013. It was through his efforts that the Food Research Institute moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966. We were privileged to have worked under Professor Foster's guidance as Director (1966-1986) and are indebted to his service to our Institute, the UW-Madison, and the food industry. A celebratory memorial event was held 21 May 2013, preceding the 2013 FRI Annual Spring Meeting, this year dedicated in Dr. Foster's honor.
2013 Congratulations: Jeff Sindelar honored by American Meat Science Association. FRI executive faculty member Jeff Sindelar, associate professor and extension meat specialist, Dept. Animal Sciences, is one of three recipients of this year's American Meat Science Association Distinguished Achievement Award. The award is goes to young AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology that contribute to the animal products industry and the AMSA. (CALS News).
2013 Congratulations: Mark Cook, 2013 recipient of the Jung Excellence in Teaching Award. FRI affiliated faculty member Mark Cook, professor, animal sciences (CALS News).
2013 Grind, grill, taste, repeat: Students aim for the perfect burger. Profile of the better burger research project co-developed by FRI Executive Committee member Jeff Sindelar (CALS News; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
2013 Congratulations: Jeri Barak receives Vilas Associate Award. The UW-Madison Graduate School has selected Jeri Barak-Cunningham, associate professor of plant pathology and FRI affiliated faculty, as a member of this year's class of Vilas Associates. In recognition of each of their outstanding research efforts, Vilas Associates receive salary support and flexible research funding to support and advance new and ongoing projects. (CALS News).
2013 Kikkoman Scholarship in honor of Dr. Edwin (Mike) Foster. The Kikkoman Foods Foundation has named a new scholarship fund in Mike Foster's honor. The scholarship will be awarded by FRI each year to a deserving undergraduate student with a demonstrated interest in food microbiology and food safety. Contributions to the Kikkoman Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Edwin (Mike) Foster fund are welcome at UW Foundation.
2013 Meats Made in Wisconsin. Profile of the Master Meat Crafter program developed by FRI Executive Committee member Jeff Sindelar. Wisconsin has long been home to a thriving meat industry as well as being America's Dairyland. "We're trying to use our knowledge, expertise and facilities on this campus to help people grow and succeed" says Sindelar. (CALS Grow magazine).
2013 FRI Alumni Who Are Making a Difference. Four FRI alumni profiled in CALS Grow magazine:
Rhona S. Applebaum, Ph.D. 1981, Dr. Elmer Marth.
Donald H. Burr, Ph.D. 1983, Dr. Hiroshi Sugiyama, and current FRI affiliated faculty member.
James Pestka, post-doc under Dr. Fun Sun Chu, 1980-82.
Virginia N. "Jenny" Scott, M.S., 1975, Dr. Charles Duncan, and research staff with Duncan and Dr. Stephen Taylor.
2013 Congratulations: Feed additive that fights infections earns Mark Cook a WARF Innovation Award. FRI affiliated faculty member Mark Cook, professor, animal sciences, has received a WARF Innovation Award for developing a feed additive that reduces common infections in poultry. The product comes in the form of an antibody that controls coccidiosis, a common parasitic infection in poultry that hampers growth and reduces resistance to other infections (CALS News).
2012 Congratulations: Jeff Sindelar elected to join FRI Executive Committee. Jeff Sindelar is an assistant professor/extension meat specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff developed the Master Meat Crafter program as well as the Food Safety & Meat Microbiology School summer training course. Sindelar studies quality and sensory of processed meats; non-meat ingredient functionality; intervention strategies to control pathogenic bacteria in meat products Jeff has recently been awarded tenure and will be promoted to Associate Professor July 1, 2013.
2012 Safe tomato canning FRI affilated faculty member Barb Ingham interview (3:02 total time) / transcript (CALS podcast)
2012 Sausage-making and other spectator sports. FRI affiliated faculty member Jeff Sindelar demonstrates sausage making at the Wisconsin State Fair (CALS News).
2012 Congratulations: Laura Knoll elected to join FRI Executive Committee. Laura J. Knoll, associate professor, medical microbiology and immunology, joined FRI as a Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster faculty. Knoll studies Toxoplasma gondii, which ranks second (after Salmonella) as a cause of death and fourth as the cause of hospitalizations resulting from foodborne illness. Infection is usually acquired from consuming undercooked meat (usually pork or lamb) or handling or cross-contaminating other foods with raw meat. It can also be spread by feces of infected cats.
2012 Congratulations: Andy Milkowski is a recipient of the 2012 American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Signal Service Award. FRI Executive Committee member Andy Milkowski, adjunct professor, UW-Madison Meat Science and Muscle Biology Lab, will be honored at a special reception and awards presentation at the AMSA 65th Annual Reciprocal Meat Conference June 19 in Fargo, N.D. The AMSA Signal Service Award was established in 1956 and is given to members in recognition of devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry and to the association. All Signal Service Award winners (current, past and future) are designated as an American Meat Science Association Fellow.
2012 Congratulations: Laura Knoll receives Romnes Fellowship. FRI affiliated faculty member Laura Knoll, associate professor, medical microbiology and immunology, studies interactions between parasites and their hosts and is leading efforts to purify an active antimicrobial protein from Toxoplasma for its development as a novel therapeutic. Knoll teaches the popular Emerging Infectious Diseases course and recently obtained a NIH large equipment grant to purchase an imaging system to track biological processes in living animals.
2012 Aspergillus Can Kill Us. FRI Executive Committee member Nancy Keller presents (Wednesday Nite @ the Lab).
2012 CALS graduates the first-ever Wisconsin Master Meat Crafters. FRI affiliated faculty member Jeff Sindelar developed and ran the Master Meat Crafter Training Program for this first class of 18 Wisconsin meat processors from small plants around the state. (CALS News).
2011 Organic Isn't Always Safer When It Comes to Botulism. FRI Executive Committee member Eric A. Johnson quoted regarding a new botulism outbreak in Europe. (National Public Radio).
2011 Detectives in Training: A new internship puts undergrads on the trail of foodborne pathogens. Profile of one FRI Summer 2011 Undergraduate Research Program in Food Safety project: to study keeping the growth of the foodborne pathogen Clostridium perfringens in check as large volumes of uncured, processed meats are cooled after cooking. (CALS Grow magazine).
2011 Congratulations: FRI affiliated faculty member Stacey Schultz-Cherry receives alumni award from UW-Platteville as a Female Pioneer.
2011 Joy of Making Homemade Bratwurst. FRI affiliated faculty member Jeff Sindelar food safety interview and demonstration at the recent Wisconsin Science Festival (Wisconsin State Journal).
2011 Six Degrees of [Curing] Bacon. FRI affiliated faculty member and UW-Madison meat scientist Jeff Sindelar is Master Meat Crafter Training Program director. This new program teaches the art and science of working with meat (On Wisconsin magazine).
2011 Who'd Ever Guess People Were Talking About Food Safety Here A Century Ago? FRI Associate Director Kathy Glass interview at IAFP (International Association for Food Protection) Annual Meeting 2011 (WUWM News).
2011 Congratulations: IAFP Fellow Award. FRI Associate Director Kathy Glass received the 2011 IAFP Fellow Award in honor of her contributions to IAFP and its affiliates with distinction over an extended period of time. (CALS News).
2011 Congratulations: NRC FSIS Standing Committee on Food Safety. FRI Associate Director Kathy Glass will serve a 2+ year term on the NRC FSIS Standing Committee on Food Safety. This standing committee responds to requests for advice and assistance from FSIS associated with the agency's efforts to develop improved inspection, verification, and surveillance systems. Under the auspices of this standing committee, ad hoc committees are appointed to review data collected by the FSIS and methods used by the agency in risk assessments and in planning for risk-based food inspection.
2011 Congratulations: American Chemical Society Spencer Award. FRI Executive Committee member and Director Emeritus Michael W. Pariza will receive the Kenneth A. Spencer Award for contributions to ag and food chemistry from the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society (CALS News).
2011 Congratulations: FRI Executive Committee member Jae-Hyuk Yu promoted to full professor.
2011 Breaking a cycle of human/food pathogens in fresh produce FRI affilated faculty member Jeri Barak interview (4:03 total time) / transcript (CALS podcast)
2010 Master Meat Crafter Program promotes artisanship in meat. FRI affiliated faculty member Jeff Sindelar, CALS meat scientist, launches the Master Meat Crafter Training Program, a two-year advanced course that covers the principles of meat processing. (CALS News).
2010 CALS Honorary Recognition Award. FRI Honorary Fellow William Sperber will receive the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Honorary Recognition Award, presented to leaders in agricultural and food industries (CALS News).
2010 The Pathogen Path: Scientist tracks how bacteria hitch ride on plants to get to humans. FRI affiliated faculty member Jeri Barak interview (CALS News).
2009 Working with Companies to Safeguard Foods. FRI Associate Director Kathleen Glass and her Applied Food Lab team are profiled to illustrate the WIsconsin Idea in action, here testing whether a group of emerging pathogenic E. coli strains can survive the pepperoni-making process. (Wisconsin Idea News) (Glass).
2009 Tracking bacteria evolution FRI core faculty member Professor C. W. Kaspar and UW-Madison veterinary epidemiologist Dorte Dopfer a National Science Foundation $1 million grant to study E. coli O157:H7 (UW-Madison News) (Kaspar). FRI Faculty member Eric Johnson and FRI Affiliate Faculty Laura Knoll also received awards funds in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government's economic stimulus package.
2009 Vet Medicine launches a new approach to E. coli food safety FRI research grant recipient Dorte Dopfer with FRI Executive Committee member Charles Kaspar: Vet Medicine launches a new approach to E. coli food safety (UW-Madison news service)
2008 FRI affiliated faculty member Steve Ingham appointed administrator of DATCP's food safety division (eCALS News)
2008 Harnessing Microbes in Food. FRI Associate Director Kathy Glass describes research on how microbes can flavor and preserve food and add nutrients while impeding food-borne pathogens. (Wednesday Nite @ the Lab).
2008 CLA approved as food ingredient FRI core faculty member and Director Emeritus Professor M. W. Pariza (UW-Madison News)
2008 Charles Czuprynski to become Interim Director of Food Research Institute FRI Executive Committee member Charles Czuprynski, School of Veterinary Medicine (eCALS News )
2007 Mutant parasites, unable to infect hosts, highlight virulence genes FRI affiliated faculty Laura Knoll (UW news release)
2007 Gene that governs toxin production in deadly mold found FRI joint faculty Nancy Keller (UW news release)
2007 CALS-hosted food safety hearing draws national media attention FRI Director M. W. Pariza (CALS news release)
2006 Vet school names director of food safety laboratory FRI affiliate faculty Charles Czypryinski honored (UW News Release)
2006 Mining for gems in the fungal genome FRI joint faculty Nancy Keller (UW news release)
2005 New technologies target food-borne illness FRI core faculty member Amy Wong and affiliated faculty member Frank Denes (UW News Release)
2005 A fatty acid found in milk may help control inflammatory diseases FRI affiliated faculty member Mark Cook (CALS news release)
2004 Researchers investigate ways to detect deliberate food contamination Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HS) to FRI core faculty member Eric Johnson and David Beebe, associate professor of biomedical engineering (UW News Release)
2003 Scientists devise new nutritional solution for cat hairballs FRI affiliated faculty member Mark Cook (UW News Release)
2003 Researchers identify Botox receptor FRI core faculty member Eric Johnson (UW News Release)
2003 FRI Program Manager Ed Traisman inducted into Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame (UW CALS News Release)
2002 Update: new FRI Faculty: food safety cluster hire initiative Jaehyuk Yu (mycotoxins), Nancy Keller (mycotoxins), Ferencz (Frank) Denes (food safety engineering), Laura Knoll (molecular parasitology) (UW News Release)
2001 New method softens up germs FRI core faculty member Eric Johnson and researcher Byron Brehm-Stecher (UW News Release)
2001 Zapping food pathogens at the source FRI core faculty member Amy Wong and affiliated faculty member Frank Denes (UW News Release)
2000 New FRI Faculty: food safety cluster hire initiative Jaehyuk Yu (mycotoxins), Nancy Keller (mycotoxins), Ferencz (Frank) Denes (food safety engineering) (UW News Release)
2000 Dr. E. M. Foster to be inducted into Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame CALS Press Release
2000 "Researcher Finds Way to Raise Chickens with Fewer Antibiotics" CALS Press Release
1998 Hunting down a dangerous intruder FRI core faculty member C. W. Kaspar and graduate students Kathy Bartlett and Jack Shere hunted for E. coli O157:H7 on dairy farms in Wisconsin to learn where the pathogen lives on the farms and how it's transferred. (CALS news report and Science Report)
1998 FRI receives NFPA Food Safety Award The first Food Safety Award from the National Food Processors Association was awarded to FRI on August 19, 1998, in Nashville, at the annual meeting of the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians. The award recognizes an individual, group or organization with a long history of outstanding contribution to food safety research and education. (CALS news release)
1997 A Fat that Reduces Cancer, Heart Disease, and Body Fat? CLA: conjugated fatty acid. Report from FRI core faculty member M. W. Pariza and affiliated faculty member Mark Cook (CALS news release)