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Talented Young Food Science team seeking Innovation challenges

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“Science Into Food are proud to sponsor Junior Consultants, their Innovationautics ™ program is a novel approach for accelerating innovation practice in the food industry, mutually beneficial for students, food manufacturers and universities.Are you an student needing business life skills to enhance your future career prospects, would you like to do this with an innovative and forward thinking environment?Experience a unique training and development program, learn new skills and techniques in working environments geared towards innovative learning and practises .”


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Opportunities for students to gain work experience of this level while at university are limited. Programmes like this should be advertised clearly  and to the fullest extent possible by universities as it genuinely allows for real work experience. Students and recent graduates tend to complain about getting turned away from jobs due to "lack of experience" so this is at least one way that you can gain more...

 

At the same time students are made aware of this experience gap while at university and it is well publicised in the media. there is room for some motivational prompt early into degrees to let students know this type of thing exists and they need it to enhance their degree.

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Dairy state to bring beer, cheese to college classroom - UW Badger Herald

Dairy state to bring beer, cheese to college classroom - UW Badger Herald | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
Dairy state to bring beer, cheese to college classroom
UW Badger Herald
University of Wisconsin students will soon be able to bring their passions for beer, wine and cheese to the classroom, with a new certificate program in food sciences.
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Maybe this could be used as a note to other universities running food science courses. If you tailor your course to suit what is around you, students are more likely to get something directly useful out of it at the end. Having skills that your local employers want is also likely to dramatically improve employability rates.

 

Some of the interviews that I went on this year for placements wanted specific experience within their field. My first year and a half at university was very generic key science and broad theory rather than specifics so I had issues with that. This is a push to both students and universities. Talk to your potential employers, If you have someone on your doorstep that could be employing a decent amount of your graduates but aren't... there's probably a reason for it.

 

To students, if you know you want into a particular industry or employer, find out what they want and use your electives to model your course in that direction. Its tempting to try and fit in a bit of everything at university but that can't always be timetabled so if you know what your future employer wants then you have valuable knowledge to help you prioritise your choices.

 

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Job-worthy degree combines admin and tech - Cornell Chronicle

Job-worthy degree combines admin and tech Cornell Chronicle The Council of Graduate Schools has approved a PSM designation for two master's degree programs at Cornell, in the fields of food science and applied statistics, making Cornell the first...
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nice idea but surely clever uses of elective modules while an undergraduate can achieve a similar goal?

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satya_poppy's photo on Instagram (Making Chicken nugget at Food Science Class today :)) @ Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna… http://t.co/7vAHYoe4Bn)...
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You never know quite what you'd end up making during your time as a food science student. I've seen projects ranging from determining the exact dimensions of the bubbles in Aero chocolate bars and how they affect mouth-feel to reducing the microbial load of salmon using novel methods or even working on new pet food formulations. Food Science is such a mixed bag of jobs that it really is open to interpretation and you can pretty much get what you want out of it provided you focus in the right areas. 

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Student debt growing, number of university financial education programs still deficient

Student debt growing, number of university financial education programs still deficient | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
A financial planner finds most universities are lacking a financial education program, and outlines in a new article the different types of successful programs and how to get started.
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This article is written about the American system and the majority of the scare mongery doesn't apply here because of the way student finance works but students still worry about the debt especially after the fee rise. The main issue with England's student fees is the reliance on the parents if they have any sort of income. Student finance should take into account the parents outgoings not just income in order for it to be a fair assessment.

 

I think America is likely missing out overall by making university an elitist thing. Money does not make a student, intelligence and the ability to use it does. More scholarships and financial system that supports current and past students when they fall on hard times is the bare minimum.

 

I am quite lucky with The University of Nottingham as the financial help is pretty good overall. There is a large range of different bursaries available and the core bursary applies to quite a lot of students.

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Student-made goods take center stage at new NMSU storefront - Las Cruces Sun-News

Student-made goods take center stage at new NMSU storefront - Las Cruces Sun-News | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
Student-made goods take center stage at new NMSU storefront
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The store's main business is selling the gelato, sorbets and baking mixes developed and packaged by students taking the ACES in the Hole Foods class that Biel teaches.
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This sounds amazing, it would be great if there was room in the new building at my university for student run ventures like this as I bet a lot of students have something to offer and it would prove to be a great stage to get over that initial fear of "is it viable and how do I do it"

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Confuse Students to Help Them Learn - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

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About a decade ago, Mr.
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So apparently being confused is good. I can sort of understand that, for me personally, if I am stuck between confusion and a deadline, the only thing that can give is learning. Sure you can miss your deadline but that will serve no purpose. I have always liked a challenge but never really faced one like this in the classroom. A teacher that didn't directly teach? I can't see it working on a grander scale to be honest. I think there would be rather a lot of complaints, but being spoon fed isn't working either, so what will give in this situation?

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The Science of Taste & Flavour - Disaronno Mixing Lab - Marsala, Sicily

The Science of Taste & Flavour - Disaronno Mixing Lab - Marsala, Sicily | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it

A former student from the university Taste is personal they say, taste sits between your ears. Everybody knows that, but it seems that taste goes even further than that. From our genes to our immediate environment, our history and eve...

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A former student from The University of Nottingham gives a good explanation of flavour science for Disaronno in Siciliy. All this after working for some big names in the food industry such as Heston Blumenthal and Herve This.  A really good example of just where some education in food science can take you.

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Urban food desert pilot project an 'oasis' for at-risk youth - Phys.Org

Urban food desert pilot project an 'oasis' for at-risk youth - Phys.Org | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
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They also were visited by graduate students from Texas A&M University in College Station who showed them the scientific technique for extracting DNA from strawberries.
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Students are capable of running some amazing projects like this, what is missing is often the motivation and organisation. Students passing on useful skills to people that need them is a great place to start. The learning system in the UK for people out of work needs massive reform. speaking from my own experience it is often repeated, and tailored just to tick boxes. Having to attend meetings to learn how to make a CV when I have made and sent 20 in the last week was extremely frustrating. When the person that is meant to teach these people IT, has to read how to click a button to underline a title.... it is impossible to learn anything. Projects like the one above would be extremely valuable as it provides some skills needed for the jobs, not just the basics on how to apply for one and get rejected due to the lack of these skills.

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UC Davis Launches Wine Processing Center - Sustainable Wine & Food Research Program

UC Davis Launches Wine Processing Center - Sustainable Wine & Food Research Program | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
 
University of California, Davis Sustainable Wine & Food Processing Center executive director Jill Brigham stands in the Teaching and Research Winery near a control system panel for the winery’s new clean-in-place fermentation tanks.

 
Davis, Calif.—Former NASA engineer Jill Brigham’s new mission is to launch the Sustainable Wine & Food Processing Center at the University of California, Davis.
The center is a joint project between the university’s Department of Viticulture & Enology and the Department of Food Science and Technology. Brigham became the first executive director of the new center in March.

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Food science is a hugely broad subject, wine and other types of fermentation usually only make up a small part of it. I feel bad for students that really know what they want to do and it only makes up a small part of the course that they have to take. Specialisations like this will open up at the earlier levels of education would be hugely beneficial not only to the students but to the industry as it will allow those who want to study wines to gain a much broader knowledge base before working. If only this could happen for other specific areas...

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"a priority project will be implementing a fully functional rainwater capture system, with reverse osmosis (RO) filtration of collected water that will supply the winery’s cleaning and operational needs"

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Success story for debut Food Science Summer School at Leeds University

Success story for debut Food Science Summer School at Leeds University | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
Well done on a fantastic food science summer school! @UoNBioscicareer
Check out some other success stories http://t.co/B27N4eu3Lw
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Summer schools are a valuable resource that is largely unexplored by most courses. The ones run by food science departments at UK universities seem very successful ways in motivating students to apply for their course. If this was opened up to other courses to get a solid trial of the courses they are considering applying for. With media stating that students need to ask more questions, this is a really great way to allow them to do just that.

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Uscream-Iscream- Ice Cream *

Uscream-Iscream- Ice Cream * | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
You scream, I scream, we all transform an off-the-shelf Cuisinart soft-serve maker to extrude super-cooled and 3D-printed shells of ice cream! Three students..
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Another viable new technology developed by students. If this is able to scale up well it could open up the market to a wide range of new shapes and formations as it is generally limited by what you can put into a mould right now.

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A Classroom Leaves the Syllabus to the Students - New York Times

A Classroom Leaves the Syllabus to the Students - New York Times | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
New York Times A Classroom Leaves the Syllabus to the Students New York Times “We want to create sustainable farming that can be done anywhere, even an urban environment, and we're trying to get Lehigh to use the food we raise,” said Kimberly...
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More proof that universities and their students could benefit hugely from trusting its undergraduates more.

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Even Online Classes Have a Gender Gap. Here's How to Close It. - Slate Magazine

Even Online Classes Have a Gender Gap. Here's How to Close It. - Slate Magazine | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
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Even Online Classes Have a Gender Gap. Here's How to Close It.
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My question on this is do we really need to push for a class to be 50/50  male to female? Isn't it up to the student what they want to learn? If females don't want a degree in STEM subjects why should they be pushed into it? All of these offers of funding, scholarships, guaranteed employment ect are having the exact opposite effect. They are creating an inequality because the males in this area are not being offered the equivalent.

 

To put this into perspective. I have a female friend who is taking an engineering degree because she wants to. Purely because she is female, she had lower entry requirements, she got to skip the bachelors and go straight into masters, had a full scholarship and has guaranteed work at the end of it. While I am sure she is brilliant at her subject too, she acknowledges herself that very few if any males got similar opportunities.Is that equality?

 

According to the academics on my course, food science was always female dominated but this year there are more males in the classroom than there have ever been. Equality is great but the way forward isn't to push students into the subjects by giving them preferential treatment  as this leads to students not following what they want but going with what seems best and unhappy workers are no good for anyone.

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[Photos: Rachel Leah Blumenthal / Eater] - Eater SF

[Photos: Rachel Leah Blumenthal / Eater] - Eater SF | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
[Photos: Rachel Leah Blumenthal / Eater]
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Harvard University's annual Science & Cooking public lecture series brings chefs from around the world to lecture on the intersection of science and cooking.
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I'm so happy this is back, I recommend all food science students to watch these videos as they give a really great insight into how the stuff you are learning in the classroom can translate to reality by some of the people at the forefront of the food community.

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The Kid Who Crowdfunded His College Education — In 1987 - WBAA

The Kid Who Crowdfunded His College Education — In 1987 - WBAA | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
The Kid Who Crowdfunded His College Education — In 1987 WBAA Hayes paid off his college bills, graduated with a degree in food science and said he planned to pay the remainder forward, by giving it to a college student from one of the families that...
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If you REALLY want that education, you will find a way. These days a source of funding is likely just a google search away. What is often lacking is the motivation to really do the hard work involved. University and education in general can yield amazing rewards if you look for them. The first hurdle is paying for it for most students, when you hear £50,000~ worth of debt, its a scary number, but if you read further and find out how you pay it back, the amount is a tiny percentage of your wages per month in the UK and the debt is written off if you cant pay it all.

 

Once you are at university there is a whole range of extra opportunities available. It's about how you make the most of them. University competitions? extra-curricular research? Study abroad? Online education? I figure that I am a little different from most students who prefer the party life to the academic one but that's just me and if I am not busy I get bored. You have to fit so much into university life that it can be extremely difficult to juggle it all but remember that there are a whole lot of opportunities while your there that you are unlikely to get again after graduation.

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Drexel Food Lab Concocts Recipes to Prevent Waste at Local Homeless Shelter ... - DrexelNow

Drexel Food Lab Concocts Recipes to Prevent Waste at Local Homeless Shelter ... - DrexelNow | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
Drexel Food Lab Concocts Recipes to Prevent Waste at Local Homeless Shelter ...
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Food science needs to go hand in hand with sustainability. Things like this are a solid example of how students can make a huge difference to the local community when given the opportunity. What students maybe do not realise though, is that something like this on your CV is hugely beneficial. Chances are everyone attending an interview will have your degree, employers ask "what makes you different?" and things like this would really stand out.

 

On the same footing I think universities could do more to make services like this available. If a university opened its doors to ideas like this and gave students the facilities to assist them it would prove mutually beneficial to all parties.

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School board okays food class change - The Wahkiakum County Eagle

School board okays food class change
The Wahkiakum County Eagle
The class will incorporate food science and the students will learn about nutritional needs and healthy food choices. Students will use the new school garden.
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A high school adding food science into the curriculum for food technology. What an amazing thing, when is that going to happen everywhere?! This is a subject that I do feel rather strongly about and this is why:

 

I once worked at my old school for a short period of time cooking in their brand new college facilities. Going on around me were NVQ's in professional cookery. I was hugely disappointed in the teachers as they still continued to teach all of the old fallacies, "seal the meat to keep in the juices" to name but one. I raised the question with them one day and they became rather aggressive over the subject, defending what they thought was right without as much as attempting to see truth in what I was telling them. I subsequently lost my job at the school which was probably a good thing all around.

 

It is up to the teachers to remain up to date on knowledge! teaching 100+ year old poor science simply should not be allowed as it gives the countries future workforce a poor grasp on reality.

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Students Reveals Science Behind Ice Cream

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A student explains how food science plays an important role in the creation of ice cream. Maya Warren, PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and member of the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) explains how food science plays an important role in the... http://www.haccpeuropa.com/2014/08/22/students-reveals-science-behind-ice-cream/


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Food Science plays an important role in lots of food manufacture just that up until recently consumers have been completely ignorant of the process things go through. It seems to be a very thin line between those that know science is a good thing as it allows for product improvement in all aspects or those that think everything science related is bad as it could only mean "chemicals" that will cause illness in the long term.

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Science & Cooking lecture series returns to Harvard on September 8 - Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Science & Cooking lecture series returns to Harvard on September 8 - Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
Science & Cooking lecture series returns to Harvard on September 8 Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences August 18, 2014 – Harvard's popular Science & Cooking lecture series will return on September 8, bringing world-class chefs and...
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I cant express how much I loved taking this online course last year but I was hugely disappointed that they didn't put the lecture series on YouTube like previous years. Seems like this year there will be both which is AMAZING news. I cant wait to see the lectures this year! The students at Harvard have an amazing opportunity on campus with this module and now they are opening it up to a wider audience. 

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Clark College eyes food-beer program at Academy - The Columbian

Clark College eyes food-beer program at Academy - The Columbian | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
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Clark College eyes food-beer program at Academy
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Clark College is testing the waters to see whether the community is interested in a student-operated restaurant and brewery at The Academy in downtown Vancouver.
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This type of thing was the best bit about taking a professional cookery course. Being actively able to produce a product and see how the customer reacts to it was amazing experience at the time. This type of thing could easily be tailored to a wide range of courses. Food science has its new product development section but think of things like engineering that could develop new products or actively help design new things. Business, where they help smaller businesses using the knowledge learned on the course as part of the course.

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These 10 Young People Are Changing the Food System in Huge Ways - Huffington Post

These 10 Young People Are Changing the Food System in Huge Ways - Huffington Post | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
These 10 Young People Are Changing the Food System in Huge Ways
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The Ontario resident, a culinary student who has also studied food science and human nutrition, hopes to get people excited about organic, healthy, food.
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Students can make a difference and this article shows it. I wonder how many useful ideas are ignored or never shared because there isn't the facilities in place to make it happen. I have a bunch of ideas that I think could be successful, but I have no idea what to do with them or how to make it happen. I wonder just how many other students are in the same position. 

 

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Student team.s coolest food innovation doesn't need to be frozen

Student team.s  coolest food innovation doesn't need to be frozen | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
You may soon find your favourite ice cream brand on the grocery store shelf where you least expected it. It may sound like an oxymoron,...
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More insight into the store cupboard ice cream project from McGill. I could see the idea behind having nitrous oxide dissolved into the mixture having further uses. ready made whipped cream without the need for the pressurised can? other dessert toppings and fillings could also be formulated well using this method to create a whole range of new convenience products. .

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Real Food Challenge | Uniting students for just and sustainable food

Real Food Challenge | Uniting students for just and sustainable food | Students in Food Science | Scoop.it
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Student protests are no new thing, but this one means a lot. I feel that often too much focus is given to feeding Africa or other impoverished countries when those in the developed countries are often force fed bland food that is filled with chemical ingredients as shelf life and consistency is given priority over taste and nutrition. When nutrition comes at a premium, movements like this are very valuable, now where is the UK equivalent?

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Harvard Students Invent Cake You Can Spray from a Can - Boston.com

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Harvard Students Invent Cake You Can Spray from a Can
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A Harvard student's final project in his science of cooking class was inventing a way to get cake batter into a whipped cream-styled can.
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I quite like the sound of this as a product, but it would really need to taste good to sell well. Science focussed chefs have used Isi whipping canisters to produce this type of recipe before and it seems to produce an incredibly light cake, but the texture was a little inconsistent. If these students manage to solve that issue it could be a very viable product. 

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