Just the facts. From the experts.
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Meet An Expert: Don Schaffner, PhD


Don Schaffner, PhD, is a distinguished professor and extension specialist in food science at Rutgers University. To get to know Don, we asked him a few questions.

Meet an Expert: Derek M. Heeren, PhD, PE


Derek Heeren, PhD, PE, is Assistant Professor of Irrigation Engineering, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute Fellow, Biological Systems Engineering, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We wanted to get to know Dr. Heeren a bit better, so we asked him a few questions!


Meet an Expert: Anne Cundiff, RD, LD, FAND


Anne Cundiff is a registered and licensed dietitian with Hy-Vee supermarkets in Des Moines, Iowa. To get to know Anne, we asked her a few questions.

Meet an Expert: Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN


Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, is a registered dietitian and one of the newest members of the Best Food Facts team! Sarah has a diverse background in nutrition ranging from foodservice and clinical dietetics to nutrition communications and marketing in the food industry. To get to know Sarah, we asked her a few questions. 

Meet an Expert: Janeal Yancey, PhD


Janeal Yancey, PhD, is a meat science professor in the Animal Science Department, Division of Agriculture, at the University of Arkansas. To get to know Dr. Yancey, we asked her a few questions.

Meet an Expert: Jeffrey Graybill, MS, CCA


Jeffrey Graybill, MS, CCA, is an agronomy extension educator at Penn State. To get to know Jeff, we asked him a few questions.

Meet an Expert: Connie Weaver, PhD


Connie Weaver, PhD, is a Nutrition Scientist and Head of the Department and Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. To get to know Dr. Weaver a bit more, we asked her a few questions.

Meet an Expert: Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N


Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, is a professor and Extension nutrition specialist in the Department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences at the University of Florida. To get to know Dr. Bobroff, we asked her a few questions.

Meet an Expert: Pat Curtis, PhD


Patricia A. (Pat) Curtis is a native Texan and received her PhD at Texas A&M. Before joining the Food Systems Institute at Auburn University as Professor and Director, Dr. Curtis taught at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and North Carolina State University. Dr. Curtis has focused her research on quality and safety attributes of poultry and egg products. To get to know Dr. Curtis, Best Food Facts asked her a few questions.

Meet an Expert: Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD


Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, is an Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. To get to know Danielle, we asked her a few questions.

Meet an Expert: Robyn Metcalfe, PhD


Desert running and a PB&J sandwich – what connects these topics? A tenacious curiosity to see what you can learn by just jumping in! The same sense of wonder that called Robyn Metcalfe, Founder & Executive Director of The Food Lab, to run the great deserts of the world has led her to take on the task of mapping our current food supply. An historian, desert distance runner, and food futurist with a lifelong hunger to take on irrational challenges, Robyn Metcalfe marvels at what it takes to simply create a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Meet an Expert: Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D.


Dr. Julie Garden Robinson is a Professor and Extension Specialist at North Dakota State University, with expertise in Nutrition and Food Safety. Along with Dr. Robinson’s dense expertise, she is also a musician! Dr. Robinson’s passion lies between helping people stay healthy and addressing misinformation about food, nutrition and health. Read below to learn more about our Best Food Facts Expert, Dr. Robinson!


Meet an Expert: Fadi Aramouni, Ph.D.


Dr. Fadi Aramouni is a professor of food science at Kansas State University. Dr. Aramouni enjoys spending time with his family and is in the process of writing a book about the people of Kansas! Dr. Aramouni loves the state and type of people who live in it. Read on to learn more about Dr. Aramouni!


Food Trends - What to Expect in 2015


Local. Vegan. Gluten-free. Umami. Oh, and pumpkin - anything and everything pumpkin. What food trends did you notice this year? These are just five of the top buzzwords/phrases that we found throughout the food industry in 2014. What does the future hold for these 2014 trends and what should we expect to be hot in 2015?

Meet an Expert: William Vencill, Ph.D.


Coming to us from the University of Georgia is Dr. William Vencill, a professor in weed sciences. Dr. Vencill teaches both undergraduate and graduate students, with a passion of educating young people for the future. Read on to learn more about Dr. Vencill!


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