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 →

Dr. Roderick Dashwood-HDAC8 and STAT3 repress BMF gene activity in colon cancer cells

Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are undergoing clinical trials as anticancer agents, but some exhibit resistance mechanisms linked to anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 functions, such as BH3-only protein silencing. HDAC inhibitors that reactivate BH3-only family members might offer an improved therapeutic approach. We show here that a novel seleno-α-keto acid triggers global histone acetylation in human colon cancer cells and activates apoptosis in a p21-independent manner. Profiling of multiple survival factors identified a critical role for the BH3-only member Bcl-2-modifying factor (Bmf). On the corresponding BMF gene promoter, loss of HDAC8 was associated with signal transducer… Read More →

Dr. Clint Allred Receives Teaching Award from AFS

Congratulations to Dr. Clint Allred, associate professor and associate department head of  nutrition and food science, on receiving The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for College-Level Teaching. Dr. Bill Dugas, acting vice chancellor and acting dean for agriculture and life sciences, Dr. Alan Sams, executive associate dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Ms. Kelli Hutka, director of campus programs for The Association of Former Students, surprised Dr. Allred during a departmental faculty breakfast to deliver the good news. Each year, The Association… Read More →

Welcome to Aggieland, Dr. Chew

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Boon Chew is the new head of the nutrition and food science department, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station. “We’re very pleased to have someone of Dr. Chew’s experience and academic credentials serve as the next head of the nutrition and food science department,” said Dr. Bill Dugas, acting vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences and acting dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. “We are confident Dr…. Read More →

Dr. Chapkin Named University Distinguished Professors

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences prides itself in having some of the best faculty in the nation. This was highlighted this spring as two of our faculty members, Dr. Robert Chapkin and Dr. Jeffrey Savell, were named University Distinguished Professors, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Texas A&M University. To become a distinguished professor, faculty must fulfill three criteria: He/she must be considered pre-emenint in his/her own field, indicated when the faculty member is among the top 2-5% of active researchers internationally in his/her area of research, Distinguished professors… Read More →