Food Science Grant Awarded to The University of Maine

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The University of Maine was recently announced as the second recipient of the METTLER TOLEDO Food Science Education Grant. The grant, which honors Dr Erhard Mettler -- founder of part of the corporation known today as METTLER TOLEDO, consists of analytical equipment and accessories, balances, software and a PC to establish or enhance the education in current and future collegiate food science programs.

The University of Maine was recently announced as the second recipient of the METTLER TOLEDO Food Science Education Grant. The grant, which honors Dr Erhard Mettler -- founder of part of the corporation known today as METTLER TOLEDO, consists of analytical equipment and accessories, balances, software and a PC to establish or enhance the education in current and future collegiate food science programs. The University of Maine was chosen by the METTLER TOLEDO Food Science Grant review board over numerous applicants belonging to educational institutions in the United States and Canada that award degrees up to the Ph.D. level and provide or intend to provide education in the food sciences.

The University of Maine Food Science and Human Nutrition department offers Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration in Food Science, Human Nutrition or Food Management. The graduate program offers a Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, a combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship and a Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition Sciences. The baccalaureate degree program has been accredited by the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT). The department is additionally involved in several Food Science research projects in Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Product Development and Sensory Science.

Dr. Alfred A Bushway, Project Director and Professor of Food Science, is no stranger to IFT or the Food Science community. In 2003 Dr. Bushway was bestowed the IFT award for Humanitarian Contributions which includes teaching and service. The award is given yearly by the 2,500-member IFT board. The Department has also been represented on IFT’s Executive Committee and one of the Department’s graduate students was recently President of the IFT Student Association.

“The University of Maine Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is thrilled to be the recipient of the 2006 Food Science Education Grant from METTLER TOLEDO,” stated Dr. Bushway, “In a small department such as ours, this generous equipment and training package will impact every student and every faculty member. This grant will allow for curriculum updates that further the development of our Food Science students by ensuring their professional capabilities with modern analytical tools routinely used in both public and private industry. The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is grateful to METTLER TOLEDO for providing this important award -- an award that ensures the viability of Food Science programs at institutions large and small and maintains the relevance of a Food Science degree.”

The grant package, estimated to be worth in excess of $60,000, includes one potentiometric titrator, a volumetric Karl Fischer titrator, refractometer, bench-top pH meter, analytical balance, top loading balance and bench-top personal computer containing LabX Titration software. In addition to the equipment, the University of Maine will also receive software installation and training. The METTLER TOLEDO Food Science Grant is awarded yearly. Qualified organizations are welcome to submit applications for the 2007 Food Science Grant starting in January.

METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global supplier of precision instruments and is the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company also is a leading supplier of several related analytical and measurement technologies. METTLER TOLEDO Direct Laboratory Service supports a worldwide customer base in more than 100 countries.

Additional information about METTLER TOLEDO can be found on the company website http://www.mt.com.

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