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Academic Speaker Series


Featured Speaker: Dr. Ted Labuza

Monday, September 20, 2004 - "Bioterrorism and the Food Chain: What Should We Be Doing?"


Theodore P. Labuza is the Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Food Science and Engineering in the Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science at MIT and taught Food Engineering there until 1971. Labuza teaches courses in food physical chemistry, reaction kinetics, food safety and risk assessment, food processing and food law. His research is related to the properties of water and influence of temperature on the processing, packaging and storage stability of foods, drugs and biologics. His recent work on biosecurity has been with both the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety and the new Homeland Security funded center at the University of Minnesota. Labuza is an author of 220 scientific refereed research articles, 16 textbooks, 70 book chapters, and 7 patents. For his teaching and advising Labuza was given the Univ. of Minnesota H.T. Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 1988. During Operation Desert Storm, Labuza served as a member of the U.S. Defense Dept. High Heat Environment Food Quality Task Force.