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Food Science and Human Nutrition Newsletter | Fall 2021 Recap

The Food Science and Human Nutrition newsletter publishes twice per year, in January and June.

From the Interim Department Head

Chris Melby taking a selfie in front of a glacial sceneGreetings from the Gifford Building on the Colorado State University campus, where we have received a beautiful blanket of new snow to start the new year.

We were back in the swing of things in Food Science and Human Nutrition this fall, with research laboratories operating at capacity and students attending face-to-face (or should I say mask-to-mask) classes and laboratories with a healthy sense of excitement and enthusiasm in being on an active and vibrant campus. We are now looking forward to a great spring semester, characterized by continued flexibility and resilience.

Mike Pagliassotti, our Lillian Fountain-Smith Endowed Chair and FSHN department head from 2013-2021, retired this summer to spend more time with his spouse, Tracy, his guitar, and his mountain bike. I am wearing the hat of interim department head for this academic year, during which time the college is conducting a national search for a permanent department head.

I hope you enjoy reading our annual department newsletter, Food. Highlights include faculty and student spotlights, new instructors and collaborations, research information, and alumni features.

Please stay in touch. We would enjoy hearing from you!

Chris Melby, Professor and Interim Department Head


Brayden Smith conducting research with a patient

Outstanding nutrition grad nourished his undergraduate experience through research

Although he is an undergraduate student, outstanding grad Brayden Smith has been able to gain some remarkable experience conducting research in the CSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Fermentation Science and Technology students in the Ramskeller brewery

Fermentation science students gain hands-on experience at the Ramskeller brewery

Located on the first floor of the Lory Student Center, the production and teaching brewery located in the Ramskeller Pub provides the opportunity for Fermentation Science and Technology Program students to brew up innovative beer flavors.

A FSHN student interning at a brewery stands in front of a beer tank

FSHN students, part of Health and Human Sciences, participate in a range of summer activities

The College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University recognizes several students from the college who completed internships over the summer.

Research and Outreach

Sylvia Lee smiling

FSHN graduate student Sylvia Lee recognized for outstanding research in CSU’s Grad Show

CSU College of Health and Human Sciences graduate students showcased their research recently at the 2021 Grad Show. Eight students brought home awards.

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Tiffany Weir featured in new podcast on the impact of CSU Health and Human Sciences research

Health and Human Science Matters is a podcast that highlights the impactful research and researchers within CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. Listen now!

Five members of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center smiling together

Silver linings for Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center’s virtual nutrition counseling

After adjusting to the challenges of going remote when COVID-19 hit, staff in the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center have noticed some positive impacts Nutrition telehealth sessions are convenient, safe, and build trust.


outdoor portrait of Bunning

Food science faculty help prepare students for careers in the food and health industries

Food science faculty are helping students prepare for the future.

members of the hospitality management faculty posing outside with different hats on

Meet CSU’s hospitality management facility

Hospitality management faculty are a fun group inspiring students to follow their dreams.

Outdoor portrait of Leslie Cunningham

Community nutrition faculty make a difference in the lives of our students and the community

Community nutrition faculty help students reach communities with public health information.


Jenica Sounart in a kitchen with several different types of produce

Alumna Jenica Sounart launches her own personal chef business in Denver

Chef Jenica Sounart (B.S., hospitality management, ’17) has had a lifelong love of cooking. When she was four or five years old, she was caught by her family making pancakes on the stove.

portrait of Riley Erekson over teal background

CSU alumni brewing up bean-less coffee

Several Colorado State University alumni are involved in an innovative new company changing the way consumers get their morning caffeine – through the development of a new coffee brewed without the beans.

Lindsey Morales cutting an onion in her kitchen

Food science and human nutrition alums talk about what came next

Alumni of Food Science and Human Nutrition take on interesting jobs after completing their degrees. Lindsey Morales and James McDonald discuss how they get started in their careers.

Josie Fouts smiling on a bike during a cycling race

CSU alum and cyclist Josie Fouts encourages persistence in face of adversity

When Josie Fouts graduated from Colorado State University in 2016, she left with more than a master’s degree in food science and nutrition. She kindled a passion for the great outdoors that would eventually lead to an attempt to make the Paralympic Games.


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