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Smart cookies: Media day puts food-related experts at forefront

January 30th, 2020

Reporters seeking soundbites on sound bites — especially their agricultural, genetic, biochemical and psychological influences — assembled at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Food Innovation Center for its second annual Research Media Day.

Patterned after the media days traditionally held on the gridiron, hardwood or diamond, the Jan. 29 event gave reporters access to three highly ranked Husker teams and an emerging star who all focus on what fuels the athlete and non-athlete alike: food.

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FHSS Presenter Donates Carbon Offsets in the Name of NFHC

January 16th, 2020

            The Nebraska Food for Health Center has received special recognition from a company called Terrapass. Thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Dan Knights, 100,200 lbs of carbon offsets have been purchased in the name of the Nebraska Food for Health Center. These carbon offsets will be used to fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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More Collaborative Than a Barrel of Monkeys

January 13th, 2020

In its fourth decade, UNO’s Callitrichid Research Center is strengthening research collaborations and exploring new questions about what marmosets can tell us about ourselves. 

Tucked behind an unassuming door in Allwine Hall, a small team of researchers and about 20 student volunteers care for, watch and learn from a colony of more than 80 marmoset monkeys. 

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IANR Faculty Spotlight: Yanbin Yin

January 16th, 2020

NFHC member- Dr. Yanbin Yin has been featured in this IANR Faculty Spotlight.

What is your position at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?

I am an associate professor and computational biologist in the Food Science Department.

What drew you to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?

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Cahoon, Clemente, Hebets named AAAS fellows

November 27th, 2019

Three University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty have been selected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Fellows are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished achievements that advance science or its application.

Nebraska’s new AAAS fellows are:

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NFHC Director- Dr. Andy Benson Interviewed on AgriTalk

October 24th, 2019

Nebraska Food for Health Center Director Andy Benson, Ph.D., was recently interviewed on AgriTalk by the host, Chip Flory. During his time on the show, Dr. Benson talked about how the Center came to be and the microbiome and crop genetic research happening at the Nebraska Food for Health Center.

AgriTalk is a daily, live national discussion about the latest topics impacting agriculture and rural America. This show is broadcast to over 70 stations across the United States.

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Faculty-led startup takes aim at improving gut health

November 20th, 2019

Nebraska faculty have founded a university spin-off company, Synbiotic Health, to develop a combination of beneficial gut bacteria and the fuel that feeds them.

A synbiotic, the company’s namesake, refers to the mixture of beneficial bacteria and fiber-like fuel that may be more effective at delivering health benefits when paired together. Working with NUtech Ventures, the university’s technology commercialization affiliate, the startup company has licensed its first synbiotic strains and plans to begin human clinical trials next year.

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Two new leaders in internal medicine to arrive Feb. 1

October 29th, 2019

Peter Mannon, M.D., and Roslyn (Roz) Mannon, M.D., will join the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine in leadership roles on Feb 1. Both currently hold positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Dr. Peter Mannon has been named chief of the division of gastroenterology/hepatology in the department. He also will direct the Paustian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.

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Study suggests gut bacteria helped shape mammalian evolution

September 27th, 2019

The call to evolve could be coming from inside the house mouse.

Recent research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and University of California, Berkeley suggests that bacteria residing in the digestive tracts of mouse species have partly directed their evolution and divergence over the past few million years.

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