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 →

Research studies show mango may help prevent breast cancer

Texas A&M researchers investigate cancer-fighing properties of mango COLLEGE STATION – In addition to being one of the most important tropical fruits consumed worldwide, recent studies by researchers at the Institute for Obesity Research and Program Evaluation at Texas A&M University in College Station have shown that mangoes also may help prevent breast cancer. “We wanted to investigate the anti-inflammatory and cell-toxicity properties of mango polyphenols on breast cancer and non-cancer cells,” said Dr. Susanne Talcott, director for research at the institute and assistant professor, nutrition and food… Read More →

Messy diapers help show nutrition needs for premature, full-term babies

COLLEGE STATION – A study that began with messy diapers is helping scientists understand how nutrition helps babies grow into healthy children, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research nutritionist.             Because scientists cannot physically examine the infant intestines, a team of U.S. researchers analyzed fecal samples from several groups of infants – from premature to full-term babies – to get a molecular “fingerprint” on how they were developing in relation to breast milk or formula consumption.             “This study is a proof-of-principle that we can noninvasively monitor… Read More →

Chapkin honored as university distinguished professors at Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Robert Chapkin was recently named university distinguished professor. The title, which is bestowed in perpetuity, is one of the highest honors given to Texas A&M University System faculty. Chapkin is a Regents Professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Program in Integrative Nutrition and Complex Diseases of the department of nutrition and food science, as well as a Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow. He is deputy director of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility Core, Center for Translational Environmental Health Research, Texas A&M. In… Read More →