Study shows dried plums aid in colon cancer prevention

Dried plums — the fruit formerly known as prunes — aren’t just your grandmother’s go-to snack anymore. As Texas A&M University professor Nancy Turner explained, there may be some good news for fans of the fruit. Turner was among a team of researchers who found in a recent study that the inclusion of dried plums in a balanced diet helped prevent colon cancer. The positive effect, Turner said, is being attributed to the plum’s ability to promote the health of microbiota in the colon. Although the study was… Read More →

Student Research Week-Shannon Swickard

Shannon Swickard is a pre-medical, senior nutritional science major, graduating this May. She has completed two years of student research in Dr. Turner’s lab. Dr. Turner’s research focuses on the chemoprotective ability of certain foods against colonic diseases. My specific research project involves the protective and preventive qualities of plum against colon cancer. Being involved in research has really improved her understanding of science, hard work, and time that goes into research. This year at Student Research Week Shannon was awarded first place in the life science category… Read More →

May 2015 Graduation

Congratulations to all of the Nutrition and Food Science students who graduated today! We wish you the best.

2015 Convocation Student Awards

Senior Merit Award Based on leadership, scholarship and service at the department, college and university level, the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Senior Merit Award is the highest award given to undergraduates by the College. To be eligible for the award, students must be projected to graduate during the current calendar year.   Alpha Zeta Award The College also presents three Alpha Zeta Awards to an outstanding freshman, sophomore and junior. This is the highest award given to non-seniors.   Agricultural and natural Resources Policy Internship… Read More →

2015 AgriLife Convocation Faculty Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Murano and Dr. Clinton Allred! Dr.Pete Murano received the 2015 Marion Teaching Award given to a professor who is an exceptional teacher and who has demonstrated outstanding mentorship to underclassmen in our college. Dr. Clinton Allred was the recipient of the 2015 Honor Scholar Award in recognition of his outstanding record of Academic Achievement and Distinguished Leadership.

First Place at IFT College Bowl Regionals

Congratulations to our College Bowl team on winning first place at Regionals. Their next competition will be at nationals, in Chicago!  Since 1985, the IFTSA College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia. The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students  from different universities, stimulate the students’ desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and provide a forum for students to… Read More →

Student Research Week

TAMU Student Research Week 2015:  “We would like to recognize Dr. Susanne Talcott’s Ph.D. student from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vinicius Venancio, MS, on winning in two separate categories: 1st  place within the research areas of Health, Nutrition, Kinesiology and Physiology and 1st place in the Sigma Xi Theme Symposium Award for best investigation in disease prevention

Professor Improves Lives Inside & Outside the Classroom

Between conducting cancer research, performing administrative duties as an associate department head, and teaching three nutrition courses, Dr. Clinton Allred, an associate professor of nutrition and food science, fills his schedule improving lives both inside and outside the classroom. Through the chaos, however, Dr. Allred keeps his students as his top priority ­­­– most recently being awarded The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for College-Level Teaching. This award is special to Dr. Allred because the nominations came from students and, ultimately, students choose the award winners…. Read More →

Food and Nutrition Extension: Safely Thawing a Turkey

Safely Thawing a Turkey There are several ways of thawing a turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. Thawing in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave are the methods suggested most by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In terms of food safety and proper thawing habits, it is best to thaw turkey in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth. The slow thawing of frozen foods allows for minimum growth of bacteria, which can cause foodborne illness. Approximately 1 in 6 people become infected with a… Read More →

Murano named director of Texas A&M AgriLife’s Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Elsa Murano, professor and president emerita of Texas A&M University, has been named director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. She had been interim director since June 2012. “It is a great honor to be named director of an organization whose mission is to help improve the lives of poor farmers and their families around the world,” Murano said. “I’m humbled and very grateful to be doing my part in furthering the legacy of such a great man and dedicated scientist as… Read More →