Dec 18, 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.

Dec 10, 2013


FRI affiliated faculty member Dorte Dopfer, Veterinary Medicine, promoted to Associate Professor.

Nov 24, 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).

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Nov 24, 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).

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Nov 15, 2013


FRI affiliated faculty member Jeri Barak, Plant Pathology, promoted to Associate Professor.

Oct 24, 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.

Oct 16, 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).

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Jun 18, 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).

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May 21, 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.

May 06, 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).

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Apr 26, 2013

Congratulations: Mark Cook, 2013 recipient of the Jung Excellence in Teaching Award.

FRI affiliated faculty member Mark Cook, professor, animal sciences (CALS News).

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Apr 17, 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).

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Apr 04, 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).

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Mar 28, 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.

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Mar 05, 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).

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Mar 05, 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.

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Jan 03, 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).

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