On June 2, Dr. Theodore P. Labuza, the world-renowned Professor in the area of Food Science from Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Qinchun Rao, Assistant Professor in Food Safety, Florida State University, United States paid a visit to the International School. Professor Xiyang Wu, the vice Dean, and Professor Shuze Tang, the former Dean hosted the guests. Professor Labuza has great impression on the unique international educational environment of the school and is willing to help in developing the partnership between these two universities.
Professors Labuza and Dr. Rao (2nd from right) visited Food Science Department
During his visit, Professor Labuza presented two academic seminars in the Main campus and South campus respectively. His topics “The texture of 3Cs foods (crackers, cookies, and candies) related to glass transition” and “Revolution of food science with a case study of water activity and its application in food industry” attracted great attention and discussion from hundreds of audiences of faculty members, postgraduate and undergraduate students.
Professor Labuza received his PhD in Food Engineering from MIT in 1965 and worked there until 1971 when he moved to the University of Minnesota. He is known internationally as one of the top experts on kinetics of reactions related to loss in food quality, nutrient degradation and pathogen growth and death kinetics. He has helped over 50 mentees gain faculty positions around the world. In 2002, ISI cited Labuza as one of six researchers as the "Most Highly Cited Scientists" in the Agriculture and Food Science area. He is the author of over 280 scientific refereed research articles, 18 textbooks, 78 book chapters, 8 patents and more than 100 other semi-technical articles. He served as President of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in 1988-1989 and co-chair of International Food Safety Committee. In August 2015, he has been appointed as a new member of the Food Advisory Committee of the FDA.
Professor Labuza’s seminar to faculty members and students in the main campus
Professor Labuza’s seminar to students on South Campus