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Food Science Seminars

The Food Science seminars are scheduled every Thursday during fall semester and every Tuesday during spring semester. Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held at 3:35 pm in Room 131, Food Science building, Athens. Varied topics of interest are presented by speakers from academia, government and industry. The schedule below is updated as information becomes available. In addition to regularly scheduled seminars, special seminars and Food Science graduate student defenses are listed. All seminars are open to the public. Degree award dates of alumni from our department are noted in parentheses.

Fall 2019




Aug. 15

Dr. Rakesh Singh, Dr. Mark Harrison, Dr. Casimir Akoh, Danny Morris, JR Hyatt, Gwen Hirsch, and Carl Ruiz Introduction of Food Science & Technology Staff, Services, and Facilities
Aug. 22 Kelsey Forester, Science and Instruction Librarian "Getting the most out of UGA Libraries' resources and services"

Aug. 29

John Shields "Product Sample Preparation and Imaging for Microscopy"

Sept. 5

Tamanna Ramesh, Scientist at Kraft Heinz "Product Development 101: Ideation to Commercialization"

Sept. 12

Tim Oliver, OSI Atlanta “Food Industry Careers”

Sept. 19

Eyassu Abegaz, Ajinomoto Foods “Food Regulatory Science Activities and the Food Ingredient Business”

Sept. 26

Hendrik den Bakker, Assistant Professor, Center for Food Safety "Lactobacilli, multifaceted microbes in food and food safety"

Oct. 3

Bosoon Park, Ph.D. - USDA, ARS - U.S. National Poultry Research Center - Quality and Safety Assessment Research Unit “Rapid Optical Detection Methods for Food Safety”

Oct. 10

Dario J. Chavez, Assistant Professor - CAES-Horticulture at UGA "Opportunities grown from collaborations: bridging horticulture with food science"

Oct. 17

Jamie A. Cooper, Ph.D. - Director, UGA Obesity Initiative Dept. of Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia “Understanding the Role of Dietary Fatty Acid Composition on Metabolism and Satiety: Implications for Obesity and Chronic Disease Risk”

Oct. 24

Mar Nieto, Ph.D. Senior Principal Scientist, TIC Gums Inc. - An Ingredion Company "Learning Structure-Function of Gum Polysaccharides"

Oct. 31

William Kisaalita, Professor  -  Engineering-Chemistry Material & Biomed at UGA "Empowering Communities in Low-Resource Settings Through Technology-Based Solutions - The  Renewable Energy-Powered Milk Cooler Project."

Nov. 7

Issmat Kassem, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, CAES Food Safety Center


Nov. 14

Patricio R. Lozano, Ph.D. - R&D Innovation - Global Category Development   

Nov. 21

Student Presentations


Dr. Mark Harrison has been selected as the 2017 Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award recipient from International Association of Food Protection (IAFP). The award is in recognition of his many years of outstanding service to the public, IAFP, and the Food Industry.  Congratulations, Dr. Harrison!