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Florence Uruakpa-Nweke

Dr. Florence Uruakpa-Nweke

Florence Uruakpa-Nweke, Ph.D., R.D., C.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Health Sciences
Arena B-72
Phone: 812.237.8753
E-Mail: Florence Uruakpa-Nweke@indstate.edu

Education

2004 – PhD (Food & Nutritional Sciences), University of Manitoba, Canada
Dissertation: Evaluation of Canola Protein Functionality in Mixed Food Systems. 282 pp. Dissertation Abstracts International # NQ97312

1992 – MS (Food Science), Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Thesis: Development and Evaluation of Sorghum-African Yam Bean Blends. 70 pp

2011 – BS (Dietetics), University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA

1989 – BS (Food Science & Technology), Federal Univ. of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Thesis: Quality of Canned Achara: A Traditional Vegetable. 117 pp

Certification, Professional Development & Training

2012 – Registered Dietitian
2011 – Foundational Studies Certificate, Indiana State University     
2009 – ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certificate

Experience

2011 - Present; Assistant Professor; Department of Applied Health Sciences, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
 
2011; Teaching Assistant; Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
 
2007 - 2008; Assistant Professor; Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
 
2005 - 2006; Assistant Professor; Department of Human Sciences, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX
 
2000 - 2004; Graduate Research Assistant; Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
 
2004; Teaching Assistant; Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

2004; National Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Viventia Biotech Inc., Winnipeg, Canada
 
1999; Teaching and Research Assistant; Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
 
1994 - 1995; Fulbright Scholar; Department of Food Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 
                         
1993; Research Trainee, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria

1992 - 1994; Assistant Lecturer, Department of Food Science & Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
 
1990 -1992; Teaching Assistant, Department of Food Science & Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria

1989 - 1990; Production Supervisor; National Youth Service Corps, UAC Foods Nigeria PLC, Lagos, Nigeria
 
1987; Industrial Trainee (Internship); Cadbury Nigeria PLC, Lagos, Nigeria
 
1985; Industrial trainee (Internship); Nat’l Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Nigeria

Graduate Courses

AHS 623 – Advanced Nutrition II
AHS 627 – Trends in Foods

Undergraduate courses

AHS 428 & 528 – Food Science (undergraduate & graduate)
AHS 428 & 528L – Food Science Laboratory (undergraduate & graduate)
AHS 420 & 520 – Advanced Nutrition (undergraduate & graduate)
AHS 322 – Nutrition Intervention Methods
AHS 226 – Fundamentals of Foods
AHS 226L – Fundamentals of Foods Laboratory
AHS 201 – Fundamentals of Nutrition

Research

Functional foods and wellness
Plant protein chemistry and functionality

Publications and Presentations

Book(s) & Chapter(s):
Uruakpa, F.O. (Editor). Bioactive Molecules in Plant Foods (2012), Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY.

Uruakpa, F.O. & Utioh, A. (2012). Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides): A powerhouse of phytochemicals. In: Bioactive Molecules in Plant Foods. F.O. Uruakpa (Ed.), pp. 163-189. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY.

Uruakpa, F.O. (2009). Influences of Processing on Protein Functionality. In: Food Processing: Methods, Techniques and Trends. V.C. Bellinghouse (Ed.), pp. 331-361. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NY, USA

Uruakpa, F.O. (2005). Evaluation of canola protein functionality in mixed food systems. Library and Archives Canada: Ottawa. ISBN: 0612973123

Uruakpa, F.O. (Co-Editor). Proceedings of the Workshop on Development of Indigenous Food Products (1988). Department of Food Science & Technology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
 
Refereed Journal Papers (since joining Indiana State University):

Uruakpa, F.O., Moeckly, B.G., Fulford, L.D., Hollister, M.N., Kim, S., (2013). Awareness and use of MyPlate guidelines in making food choices. Procedia-Food Science, 2: 180-186

Uruakpa, F.O., Hurst, E., Siela, A., Gwinnett, T., Hestness, A., Tipton, L., Fleischer, A., Lance, K. (2013). Consumption of Raw and Unprocessed Foods among Indiana State University Students: A bench report.  Natural Products - An Indian Journal, 9: 213-216

Olawuni, I., Uzoma, A., Uruakpa, F.O., Mejeha, I.M., Edema, M.O. (2013). Effect of maturation and pre-treatment on the physicochemical properties of plantain flour. Natural Products - An Indian Journal, 9: 217-222

Uruakpa, F.O. (2012). Gelling behavior of plant protein and polysaccharides in food systems. Journal of Food Science & Engineering, 2: 247-256

Osuji, I., Uruakpa, F.O., Ekot, U. (2012). Characterization of three varieties of brown cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata) grown in Nigeria. Natural Products: An Indian Journal, 8: 89-95

Osuji, I.; Uruakpa, F.O.; Uduak, E. (2012). Characterization of three varieties of brown cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata) grown in Nigeria. Natural Products: An Indian Journal, 8: 89-95

Uruakpa, F.O. (2011). Microstructure of canola protein-guar gum gels: A bench note. Macromolecules: An Indian Journal, 7: 85-89

Uruakpa, F.O.; Clarke, S.J. (2011). American groundnut (Apios americana) protein isolate: Amino acid profile. Macromolecules: An Indian Journal, 7: 90-92

Refereed Journal Papers (before joining Indiana State University):

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2006). Impact of urea on the microstructure of commercial canola protein-k-carrageenan network: A research note. International Journal Biological Macromolecules, 38: 115-119.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2006). Structural thermostability of commercial canola protein-hydrocolloid mixtures. LWT-Food Science & Technology, 39: 124-134.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2006). Surface hydrophobicity of commercial canola proteins mixed with k-carrageenan or guar gum. Food Chemistry, 95: 255-263.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2006). Network formation of canola protein-k-carrageenan mixtures as affected by salts, urea, and dithiothreitol. LWT Food Science & Technology, 39: 939-946

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2005). Emulsifying characteristics of commercial canola protein-hydrocolloid systems. Food Research international, 38: 659-672.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2005). The physicochemical properties of commercial canola protein-guar gum gels. International Journal of Food Science & Technology, 40: 643-653.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2004). Rheological characteristics of commercial canola protein isolate-k-carrageenan systems. Food Hydrocolloids, 18: 419-427.

Uruakpa, F.O., Aluko, R.E. (2004). Heat induced gelation of whole egusi (Colocynthis citrullus L.) seeds. Food Chemistry, 87: 349-354.

Uruakpa F.O., Ismond, M.A.H., Akobundu, E.N.T. (2002). Colostrum and its benefits: a review. Nutrition Research 22: 755-767.

Uruakpa, F.O., Akobundu, E.N.T. (1998). Chemical, nutritional and sensory properties of malted and unmalted sorghum-African yam bean blends. J. Science Tech. 4: 87-93.

Uruakpa, F.O. (1996). Optimum blending ratio for sorghum-African yam bean food mixture.  Nutrition Research, 16: 747-750.
 
Technical Report(s) and Conference Proceedings:

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A., Banabas, O. (2010). Functional characteristics of brown lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus): Impact of wet dehulling. In: Proceedings of the 15th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science & Tech., Cape Town, South Africa. August 22-26, 2010.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A., Banigo, E.O.I. (2006). Dehulling treatments impact on sensory/nutritional characteristics of African Yam Beans (Sphenostylis stenocarpa). In: Proceedings of the 13th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology (CD-ROM version), Nantes, France. September 17-21, 2006.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2004). Canola as a gelling agent in food systems. Farmers’ Independent Weekly, July 22, 2004. Page 8.

Published Abstracts and Conference Presentations (since joining Indiana State University): 


Fleischer, A., Uruakpa, F.O., Johnson, M., Bermudez, E. (2013). Acceptability of brownies supplemented with black bean puree by college students at Indiana State University. Poster presented at the 2013 Institutes of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo, Chicago, IL, July 13-16, 2013. Finalist, IFT 2013 Graduate Research Paper Competition – Nutrition Division

Pierce, A., Dong, Q., Uruakpa, F.O. (2013). Innovative curricular models in support of undergraduate research. Oral session speaker at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2013) Faculty Administrator Network (FAN) session, La Crosse, WI, April 11-13, 2013

Toni, T., Cline, H., Uruakpa, F.O. (2013). Influence of calcium chloride on quality characteristics of apples and carrots during cold storage. Poster presented at NCUR 2013, La Crosse, WI, April 11-13, 2013

Fulsom, M., Middaugh, S., Uruakpa, F.O. (2013). Recipe modification and sensory evaluation of chocolate mousse. Poster presented at the 2013 Indiana Dietetic Association (IDA) Annual Conference and Expo, Indianapolis, IN, April 17-18

Moeckly, B., Duerr,L., Uruakpa, F. O., Ferng, S. (2013). Behaviors and Perceptions Concerning Online Nutrition Information Among Young Adult Midwest University Students. Poster presented at the 2013 Indiana Dietetic Association (IDA) Annual Conference and Expo, Indianapolis, IN, April 17-18

Uruakpa, F.O. (2012). Technical presentation tips and strategies in making learning visible. Poster presentation at the CIRT Conversations on Teaching Conference, ISU, April 3, 2012.

Uruakpa, F.O., Moeckly, B., Fulford, L., Kim, S., Hollister, M. (2012). Awareness and use of MyPlate guidelines in making food choices. Poster presentation at the 36th National Nutrient Databank Conference, Houston, TX, March 26-28, 2012.

Uruakpa, F.O., Erin Hurst, Theresa Gwinnett, Angela Siela, Amanda Hestness, Lauren Tipton, Amanda Fleischer, Kim Lance (2012). Consumption of Raw and Unprocessed Foods among Indiana State University Students. Poster presentation at the 36th National Nutrient Databank Conference, Houston, TX, March 26-28, 2012.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I., Osobie, C. C. (2012). Functionality of protein fractions from black Crowder cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). Poster presentation at the 36th National Nutrient Databank Conference, Houston, TX, March 26-28, 2012.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I., Osobie, C. (2012). Water absorption capacity and swelling index of black Crowder cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) proteins as influenced by processing treatments. Poster presentation at the 2012 Institutes of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo, Las Vegas, NV, June 24-28, 2012.

Uruakpa, F.O. (2012). Beyond bench and published studies: Technical Presentation strategies for communicating food science findings. Poster presentation at the 16th IUFoST World Congress, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, August 5-9, 2012.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I., Igboanugo, C.  (2012). Water absorption capacity and swelling index of protein isolate from brown African yam bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) as influenced by pH. Poster presented at the 16th IUFoST World Congress, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, August 5-9, 2012.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A, Igboanugo, C. (2011). Functional characteristics of African yam bean (Sphenostylis sternocarpa) flour fractions. Poster presented at the 2011 IFT Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. June 11-14, 2011.

Published Abstracts and Conference Presentations (before joining Indiana State University): 

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A, Ogonna, E. (2011). Chemical composition and hydrogen cyanide of flour and meal made from three bitter cassava cultivars as affected by traditional processing method. Poster presentation at the 35th National Nutrient Databank Conference, Bethesda, MD, April 8, 2011.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A, Eboh, B. (2011). Functional properties of pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) flour and protein fractions. Poster presentation at the North Dakota Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Grand Forks, ND. April 20-21, 2011.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A, Asaga, C.K. (2010). Functional properties of black cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) seeds as influenced by wet-dehulling.  Poster presented at IFT Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. July 2010.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A, Iloabuchi, G. (2010). Physical, chemical, functional & sensory characteristics of hard-to-cook white African yam beans (Sphenostylis sternocarpa). Poster presented at the 34th National Nutrient Databank Conference, Grand Forks, ND. July 12-14, 2010.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A, Ekot, U. (2010). Characterization of three varieties of Nigerian brown cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) seeds. Poster presented at the 2010 Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Canada.  May 30 - June 1, 2010.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2008). Microstructure of commercial canola protein-guar gum gels: Influence of urea and diothiothreitol. Oral paper presented at the 2008 Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology Annual Conference, Charlottetown, Canada. May 25-27, 2008.

Harrison, V., Seo, C.W., Uruakpa, F.O., Song, D., Ibrahim, S.A. Evaluation of buffering capacity of amino acid and milk protein ingredients in acidic conditions. Poster presented at the 2008 IFT Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. June 28 - July 1, 2008.

Uruakpa, F.O., Osuji, I.A., Banigo, E.O.I. (2006). Dehulling Treatments Impact on Sensory/ Nutritional Characteristics of African Yam Beans (Sphenostylis stenocarpa). Poster presented at the 13th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science & Technology, Nantes, France. September 17-21, 2006.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2004). Microstructure of commercial canola protein-k-carrageenan networks and molecular interactions involved in structure formation. Poster presented at the 2004 IFT Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. July 12-16, 2004. In: 2004 IFT Annual Meeting Book of Abstracts #114A-16. (2nd prize, 2004 IFT Food Chemistry Division Graduate Student Research Paper Competition).

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2003). Influence of salts on the functionality of canola protein-hydrocolloid mixtures. Poster presented at the 2003 IFT Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. July 12-16, 2003. In: 2003 IFT Annual Meeting Book of Abstracts #60B-11.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2003). Improving the surface activity of commercial canola protein-k-carrageenan-stabilized emulsions by addition of salts. Poster presented at the 12th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science & Technology, Chicago, Illinois. July 16-20, 2003. In: 12th IUFoST World Congress Book of Abstracts #PS 7D-12.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2002). Surface and gelation properties of commercial canola protein isolate-carrageenan systems. Oral paper presented at the 2002 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, Anaheim, CA. June 15-19, 2002. In: 2002 IFT Annual Meeting Book of Abstracts #11-2.

Uruakpa, F.O., Arntfield, S.D. (2002). Heat-induced gelation of commercial canola protein isolate-based systems. Poster presented at the 2002 Manitoba Institute of Agrologists Information Night, Winnipeg, Manitoba. September 17, 2002.

Awards

(since joining Indiana State University)

2013 – Kids Eat Right Campaign Family Meals Mini Grant; funded by Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics - $200  
 
2012 – Zietlow Awards; funded by Indiana State University (ISU) - $800
 
2012 – Center for CE&EL Course-related Domestic Travel Grant; funded by ISU - $1000
 
2011 & 2012 – National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC) - USDA New Investigator Travel Award; funded by NNDC Organization - $2000

 (before joining Indiana State University)

2010; President’s Honor Roll, University of North Dakota
 
2010; Dean’s Honor List, College of Nursing, University of North Dakota, Grand forks, North Dakota
 
2006 -2007; National Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship in Government Laboratory
 
2004; 2nd Prize, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Chemistry Division Graduate Student Research Paper Competition
 
2004 - 2005; NSERC Postdoctoral Industrial Research Fellowship
 
2003 - 2005; NSERC Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship in Government Laboratory
 
2000 - 2004; Graduate Research Assistantship (Ph.D.), Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba, Canada
 
2003 & 2004; Conference Travel Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba, Canada
 
2003 & 2004; Conference Travel Award, Alumni Association, University of Manitoba, Canada
 
2002 - 2004; Conference Travel Award, Graduate Students Association, University of Manitoba, Canada
 
2001 - 2002; James W. Barlow Graduate Fellowship Award (Ph.D.), University of Manitoba, Canada
 
1994 - 1995; Fulbright Scholarship, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
 
1993; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Research Scholarship, Ibadan, Nigeria