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Apr 4 / chelsealeung

Last Monday Class!

Hey everyone!

Here is the picture we took in class today! Thank you for all your hard work this term!

See you on Wednesday for our last class,
Bee and Chelsea

FNH 490 004 Class_Spring 2011

Mar 13 / Bee Ramos

GMO Rice

Hey everyone!

Erika wanted to share this article about  GM foods containing human genes:

Feel free to comment below or share more interesting articles.


Bee and Chelsea

Mar 2 / chelsealeung

Home Fortification Talk

Hi everyone!

Judy has invited us all to a talk by Dr. Stanley Zlotkin – the developer of micronutrient Sprinkles – about Sprinkles and home fortification. He will be speaking during the FNH 355 class on March 25th at 4pm in WOOD 2.

Dr. Zlotkin is also the founder of the Sprinkles Global Health Initiative.
Here is some information about his background and research interests.

We hope to see you there!
Chelsea and Bee

Feb 28 / chelsealeung

Class Schedule Clarification

Hi there!

So here is the plan for the next couple of classes. There was some confusion about the class during which we would discuss individual proposals because this was pushed back one class (because of Module II presentation date changes), so we just wanted to make sure everyone was this – this will happen one week from today (see below). If you are still wondering about the schedule, an updated version of the schedule was posted earlier this month.

Bee and I will be bringing the rubrics for participation evaluation on Wednesday but please remember to bring your paper/presentation rubric ideas!

Wednesday March 2nd 2011

1  Module II class participation peer evaluation
Facilitator rubric
3  Collaboratively develop final group project rubrics (paper and presentation) *

* Reminder 1: the final group project is a detailed group proposal for a product or food science strategy to address nutrient deficiency in developing countries/regions
* Reminder 2: look up rubric ideas before class!

Monday March 7th 2011

Module III Assignment 4 – Individual proposals

Chelsea and Bee

Feb 28 / chelsealeung

Facilitator Rubric

Hi everyone!

As promised, here is the facilitator rubric that Tasnia kindly drafted up for us based on the discussion we had in class about it. Please take a look and see if there are any additions or changes you would like to suggest. We will discuss the facilitator rubric as well as develop rubrics for the final group presentation and paper in class on Wednesday (so please think about this as well, as we would like everyone to have a say in how we will be graded).

Facilitator Rubric

Chelsea and Bee

Feb 21 / chelsealeung

Module II Class Attendance

Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a restful reading break!

Something that has come to our attention is that a few people have been unable to make it to class lately. This happens sometimes and while there are definitely valid reasons for this, we wanted to address this issue in terms of how it affects participation and peer evaluation. Because regular attendance is an important part of class participation, we wanted to make sure this was treated fairly – for example, if someone has a valid reason for being unable to attend class and has emailed Bee and me ahead of time to let us know, we want to make sure the class knows that this is what happened, as opposed to the person simply missing class without reason. Because of this, Bee and I wanted to find a place to share this information in a simple way and decided to create a page with class attendance information (accessible through the blog’s main menu or  at

In particular, since regular class attendance is a part of everyone’s participation mark (which is peer evaluated), we wanted to make sure that everyone has the correct information about attendance/absences, including reasons for absences, whenever available. This will ensure that attendance is evaluated in as fair a manner as possible through the peer participation evaluations.

Thanks! See you all tomorrow!

Chelsea and Bee

Feb 6 / chelsealeung

Module II Reminders

Hi everyone!

Here are some friendly reminders for what to do for Module II classes…

For each class (if you are not facilitating):
– Read the source/paper/reading posted by group facilitating before class
– Bring your copy of the Assignment 3 grading rubric (if you have misplaced yours, you can find it here)
– Bring your Peer Evaluation sheets for Assignment 3 (except for the first class, during which Bee and I will provide them)

If your group is facilitating:
– Two days prior to your facilitation date, please post a brief reading for students to read before class
– Pick up the projector (if your group needs it) before class; return the projector after class
– Please remember to leave a few minutes at end of class for filling in the grading rubric

If you facilitated the previous class:
– The group that facilitated the previous class is in charge of collecting the completed evaluations at the end of next class and inputting the comments and grades into the Evaluation Template and forwarding the filled-in template to Bee and Chelsea
–> Examples: on Feb 9th, the Home Fortification group will collect the evaluation sheets; on Feb 21, the water & sanitation group will collect the evaluation sheets
– Groups should return the physical paper evaluations to Bee and Chelsea

As usual, let us know if you have any questions!


Chelsea and Bee

Feb 2 / Bee Ramos

Food-aid or Band-aid?

Hey everyone

After today’s discussion on positive and negative aspects of food aid I wanted to make a post so people could participate via the blog.

Please post anything you would like to share with the class about this topic here.



Jan 26 / Bee Ramos

Citrate Enhances Iron Absorption

Hey everyone,

Today in class the group presenting “Iron Fortification of Fish Sauce” mentioned that citrate enhanced the absorption of iron.  I thought that only Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) enhanced iron absorption by reducing Fe3+ (ferric iron) to Fe 2+ (ferrous iron) which is more bioavailable. Citrate ( conjugate base of citric acid) however, also enhances the absorption of iron by binding to this metal rather than reducing it. Citric acid is categorized as a food additive which functions as a chelating agent ( binds to different metals). By adding citrate to iron fortified fish sauce the iron might be more bioavailable and also unable to oxidize the food product or cause undesirable color changes.

Please correct me if I am wrong or comment if you have any further questions.




Miller, D.D. (2007). Chapter 8 Minerals. In S. Damodaran, K.L. Parkin, O. R.  Fennema,(Ed.), Fennema’s Food Chemistry (pp. 542-543). Boca Raton: CRC Press.

FNH 401 (2011) Notes.

Jan 19 / Bee Ramos

The Influence of Culture and Customs on Food Choices

Hey everyone,

Here are the readings I referred to in class today. They are not required or will be included in the quiz, but if anyone is interested they are available below. (Edit: Click on the link below and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There is a link there to open the chapter PDF.)

Chapter #3. Role of Religion, Spirituality, and Faith in Food Choices

Chapter #4. The Influence of Culture and Customs on Food Choices

Many thanks


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