Week showcases interior design student projects

Lynsey Mogck, left, and Matthew McCarty are showcasing a boutique hotel and restaurant in historic Boston focused on offering upscale guest amenities during Interior Design Senior Show Week April 27 through May 1 in the NDSU Memorial Union.

Lynsey Mogck, left, and Matthew McCarty are showcasing a boutique hotel and restaurant in historic Boston focused on offering upscale guest amenities during Interior Design Senior Show Week April 27 through May 1 in the NDSU Memorial Union.

NDSU’s graduating interior design seniors will showcase their talents during Interior Design Senior Show Week April 27 through May 1 in the Memorial Union.

The Interior Design Senior Show, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Prairie Rose Room, displays creative and technical talents across the residential and commercial spectrums.

Projects include an interactive learning environment housed in the Portland State University Library, a sustainable family-owned equine facility and home located in rural Kentucky, a boutique hotel and restaurant in historic Boston focused on offering upscale guest amenities, a multi-use building that provides an fine dining experience and condos in Miami and a hotel located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile offering a unique cafe and day spa experience for guests.

This year’s show includes a keynote presentation by Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, fellow senior associate at MSR Design, scheduled Thursday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m.

Presentations for each project will be on Friday, May 1, in the Memorial Union, Century Theater.

10 a.m., Tandem + S Designs, Nadine Smith, Shelby Sorum
11 a.m., Ultraviolet Interiors, Anna Hansen, Katie Schulz and Marjorie Laney
1 p.m., A+B Creative Interiors, Abby Chappell and Brittany Indergaard
2 p.m., Delve Commercial Interiors, Haley Kaspari and Brad Bauck
3 p.m., M|M Interiors, Lynsey Mogck and Matthew McCarty

A closing reception following the final presentation, hosted by the Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management, is scheduled Friday, May 1, from 4-5 p.m. in the Prairie Rose Room.

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Agriculture marketing team has national success

An agriculture marketing team comprised of NDSU students is among the best in the country.

The NDSU National Agri-Marketing Association team, known as NAMA, earned third place at the organization’s student chapter marketing plan competition held during the April 15-17 national conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

NDSU team members include senior Thomas Peterson, an agricultural and biosystems engineering major from Mandan, North Dakota; senior Emily Schubert, an agricultural communication major from Chanhassen, Minnesota; Isaac Anderson, a senior agricultural economics major from Maple Grove, Minnesota; senior Audrey Mascal, a university studies major from DeKalb, Illinois; sophomore David Ehlers, an agricultural economics major from Elbow Lake, Minnesota; Mylie Herman, a sophomore economics major from Brinsmade, North Dakota; Hayden Strickler, a freshman agribusiness major from Warren, Minnesota; and Jodi Boe, a senior majoring in crop and weed sciences from Golden Valley, North Dakota

“To add perspective, they finished ahead of Iowa State, Minnesota, Kansas State, Florida, Purdue, Ohio State, Arizona State, Missouri, Tennessee, Nebraska and about 20 other universities,” said David Englund, lecturer in agribusiness and applied economics, who is a faculty adviser for the squad along with Tom Wahl, professor of agribusiness and applied economics.

“In every round of competition, the judges sang the highest of praise for our students. They demonstrated the very best that our students are capable of achieving,” Englund said. “We could not have asked for better representatives for our department, college and university.”

According to Englund, the team also was recognized as one of the top 11 chapters of the year for their annual report.

The NDSU team’s stated goals are to develop marketing and presentation skills, network with professionals and encourage leadership and communication skills. The National Agri-Marketing Association is described as the nation’s largest association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness.

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Creating healthy meals on campus

NDSU dietetics students have scheduled the final 800 Café lunches of the semester. All meals will be held in the Food Production Complex on the third floor of the Katherine K. Burgum Family Life Center. The first seating is 11:00 a.m. and the last seating starts at 12:15 p.m.

A sustainable dining-themed lunch is scheduled for Thursday, April 23. NDSU dietetics student Alexa Stelzer, along with her classmates, will manage the meal that will begin with summer squash soup and homemade pumpernickel croutons. The main entrée is maple-glazed salmon served alongside a zesty quinoa salad and thyme roasted asparagus. The final course is a zucchini brownie, drizzled with a homemade raspberry sauce.

A Japanese-inspired lunch is set for Friday, April 24. Dietetics student Monica Belsaas will manage the meal with her classmates. Lunch will begin with a soba salad and spicy honey soy sauce dressing. The main entrée is a miso salmon on a bed of ginger rice, accompanied by lightly pickled daikon and cucumber and a side salad with carrot ginger dressing. Dessert is a sweet and savory mitarashi dango, or chewy rice ball with sweet soy sauce glaze.

A spring-themed lunch is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1. Students Emily Pearson and Lane Lipetzky will manage the meal. Lunch will begin with assorted breads topped with strawberry jam. The main entrée is a strawberry fields salad topped with a grilled chicken breast, strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, edamame and homemade poppy seed dressing. The final course will be two spring mini cupcakes consisting of a strawberry and blueberry flavor made with real fruit, served with cream cheese frosting and fresh berries on the side.

A Cinco de Mayo lunch is scheduled Thursday May 7, and Friday, May 8. Students Ashley Gehl and Sam Schell are managing the meal. Lunch will consist of a Mexican-inspired pizza topped with fresh lettuce, green peppers, tomatoes and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. It will be served alongside freshly made salsa and tortilla chips. Dessert is a fruit bowl consisting of fresh strawberries, cantaloupe, bananas and apples with a drizzle of cinnamon yogurt dip.

Meals in the 800 Café are 800 calories or less. The café is operated by students in a class taught by Sherri N. Stastny, associate professor for health, nutrition and exercise sciences.

The luncheon is $10 per meal and includes a choice of beverage. Four-meal punch cards also are available for $35 at the door. Payments can be made in cash or check.

Parking is available in the NDSU visitor’s lot on campus. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged because seating is limited.

Make reservations by contacting ronda.klubben@ndsu.edu or 701-231-7487. Email reservations are encouraged. Indicate your preferred serving time, number and names of attendees, food allergies, and email and phone number of the person in charge of the reservation.

For more information, visit www.ndsu.edu/hnes/program_contact_information/department_restaurant_800_cafe/.

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Two NDSU students named Goldwater Scholars

Bridget Eklund and Cody Ritt

Bridget Eklund and Cody Ritt

Two outstanding North Dakota State University students have been selected to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Juniors Bridget Eklund and Cody Ritt are among the 2015 Goldwater Scholars selected from a field of 1,206 science, technology, engineering and mathematics students who were nominated from across the nation.

“Both Bridget and Cody already have had excellent research experiences, including presentations at conferences and publications,” explained Scott Wood, NDSU dean of science and mathematics. “They have excellent GPAs, are majoring in a STEM field, have participated in important activities outside the classroom and plan to obtain doctorates in an eligible STEM discipline.

Eklund, who is a microbiology major from Scandia, Minnesota, is currently working in the laboratory of Nathan Fisher, assistant professor of veterinary and microbiological sciences. She is using cockroaches to study a bacterium that can cause a potentially deadly disease called tularemia.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as a Goldwater Scholar, and it is a testament to the priorities the NDSU microbiology department places on preparing its students to be competitive at this prestigious level,” Eklund said “The faculty and staff I have had the pleasure of working with have provided me with numerous opportunities to succeed both through academics and research experiences.”

Eklund plans to earn her doctorate in microbiology, then conduct research in pathogenic bacteria and infectious disease and teach at the university level.

Ritt, who graduated from Wayzata, Minnesota, High School, is majoring in civil and environmental engineering. His primary research is water treatment, where he has taken a potentially revolutionary product for phosphorus removal and made it practical for removing phosphate from lakes and wastewater. His adviser is Achintya Bezbaruah, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

“The feeling of being recognized with this reputable award for the strenuous work I have put in to help progress the field of environmental engineering is indescribable,” Ritt said. “The NDSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering always strives for excellence, and I can think of no better way to give back to the faculty for their effort in developing me as a student and researcher than to represent the department in such a manner.”

Ritt plans to earn a doctorate in environmental engineering. His goals are to develop desalination research as he teaches in a university setting.

Congress established the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education program in 1986 to honor Goldwater, who served as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years as a U.S. senator.

The program’s one- and two-year scholarships cover tuition, fees, books and living expenses up to $7,500 per year.

The foundation’s goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to students who intend to pursue research careers in the fields.

Since its first award in 1989, the foundation has presented more than 7,400 scholarships worth approximately $48 million.

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Students learn about interdisciplinary collaboration on the Sanford Fargo Medical Center project

Panelists (l to r): Kate Gausman, a nurse and Sanford Health’s director on the project; Clint Rossland, Sanford Health process improvement coordinator; Todd Medd, principal architect and Fargo market leader at JLG Architects; Joanna Slominski, construction executive with Mortenson, the prime contractor; and Don Marty, Sanford Health vice president.

Panelists (l to r): Kate Gausman, a nurse and Sanford Health’s director on the project; Clint Rossland, Sanford Health process improvement coordinator; Todd Medd, principal architect and Fargo market leader at JLG Architects; Joanna Slominski, construction executive with Mortenson, the prime contractor; and Don Marty, Sanford Health vice president.

An architect, a construction manager, an engineer, a nurse and a process improvement coordinator discussed the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration on the $494 million Sanford Fargo Medical Center project during a panel symposium for North Dakota State University students today.

Each of the panelists has a major role in the construction underway in Fargo, North Dakota, and one of them is in charge of the entire project. They spoke to NDSU students in architecture, construction management, engineering and nursing about how they are working together to meet Sanford Health’s objectives for the building, its patients and the health professionals who will care for them.

“This project is a tremendous illustration of how experts in very different but complementary areas work together to maximize a facility’s functionality,” said NDSU College of Engineering Dean Gary Smith. “There aren’t many learning opportunities like this in our students’ own backyard, so we want to make sure we use it to complement what they’re learning in their classrooms every day.”

Joanna Slominski, the Mortenson construction executive who is responsible for construction of the new facility, said a project of this scale is highly complex and any alteration necessitates adjustments in other areas.

“So much of our business is about people, not just about building. A lot of people have the talent to build. It’s about getting them to work together to come up with a final product,” she said. “We keep going back to Sanford’s guiding principles – patient first and dedication to health and healing – to make sure what we are doing and the decisions we make as a team are really about that.”

Don Marty, the Sanford Health vice president on the new medical center construction project, said, “The opportunity to bring people together from such diverse professional backgrounds to provide input in the early stages, and throughout construction, is a dream come true in my 33 years in this business. What we learn from each other influences design decisions every day.”

Marty is a professional engineer and the owner’s executive on the project. He oversees construction with a focus on staying within budget and on schedule. Marty graduated from NDSU in 1982 with a master’s in community and regional planning.

Nancy Rossland, director of advancement in the NDSU College of Engineering, moderated the discussion. In addition to Marty and Slominski, who is a 2004 NDSU construction engineering graduate, the panel included:

  • Kate Gausman, Director of Facilities and Planning, Sanford Health
  • Todd Medd, Principal Architect and Fargo Market Leader, JLG Architects
  • Clint Rossland, Process Improvement Coordinator, Sanford Health

Gausman has been a registered nurse at Sanford for 35 years. She serves as the link between the patients, medical staff and construction design team for the new medical center.

Medd, a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, has been with JLG for five years and has been a principal for the past two years. JLG is the local architect and landscape architect, and the company has been collaborating with HKS Architects, Dallas, which is an international leader in healthcare design.

Clint Rossland is a process improvement coordinator at Sanford Health. He helps physicians and staff prepare for new workspace and ensures the new medical center building design works in concert with staff workflows. He is a 2003 NDSU graduate with a bachelor’s in industrial engineering and management.

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 43 hospitals and 243 clinics in nine states and three countries. With 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas.

Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.

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Student service project thanks community

More than 500 students will be volunteering in the community on NDSU’s largest single-day, student-organized event. The BIG Event has NDSU students performing indoor and outdoor chores for nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout Fargo-Moorhead. The annual event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21.

The BIG Event was first established by Texas A&M University in 1982 by a former student body president. It has become the largest student-organized event in the country. NDSU first participated in 2009.

Volunteers signed up for two-hour time slots throughout the day. Some of the larger nonprofits the volunteers will be helping are Lakes and Prairies Community Action, FirstLink, Atonement Lutheran Church, Red River Valley Fair, CHARISM and the Great Plains Food Bank.

The NDSU Volunteer Network will match volunteers to nonprofit organizations or private homes based on the number of volunteers needed for each project. Projects range from raking leaves and painting to cleaning facilities and sorting food donations.

The tagline for the event is “One big day. One big thanks.”

“The BIG Event not only engages students in service, but it is a great way to say thank you to the local community for supporting NDSU throughout the year,” said Hailey Goplen, NDSU assistant director for service learning and civic engagement.

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NDSU introduces safety service that uses smartphone application

PSSA_Promo_for-WebThe North Dakota State University Police and Safety Office is piloting a new personal safety and security service that includes a smartphone application.

The NDSU Personal Safety and Security Assist service includes a smartphone security application called Pathlight®. It allows NDSU dispatchers to remotely track a user on a monitor in the NDSU Police Communications Call Center any time the user initiates a safety assist, such as prior to walking alone across campus at night. The call center is staffed around the clock every day of the year.

The NDSU Personal Safety and Security Assist service complements the Campus Safety Escort Service, which has been providing security escorts to students, staff and faculty since 1992. NDSU also offers dozens of informational training opportunities related to safety and security throughout each academic year.

“The safety of our students, staff and faculty is our top priority at all times, and we continuously look for new ways to help them take more control of their welfare,” said Michael Borr, director of the University Police and Safety Office. “We want to make sure all NDSU community members are aware that this new service exists and is available for their use.”

Borr said NDSU selected Pathlight for several reasons. First, because it is integrated into other NDSU systems, it connects an individual’s photo with an assist so dispatchers and officers know exactly who they are looking for if they need to respond to an alarm. It provides a way to send a silent alarm when a user requests help so an attacker will not be aware authorities are on the way. Finally, the app uses GPS as well as wireless networks, so dispatchers can locate a user’s phone at any time between the point of origin and the designated destination.

To initiate a safety assist, a user enters his or her destination and estimated travel time in Pathlight, then selects “Follow Me Now.” The NDSU dispatcher is able to view the location of the user’s phone during the safety assist.

A user also can call police with one touch or send a silent alarm to an NDSU dispatcher with the swipe of a finger if he or she feels threatened or there is an emergency. In addition, if the person does not arrive at his or her destination within the designated timeframe, an alarm notifies the dispatcher on duty, who is able to view information regarding the assist on a monitor in the NDSU Police Communications Call Center.

The pilot release includes a new Web page at www.ndsu.edu/besafe, where people can learn more and begin the process for downloading the app.

NDSU cannot track a phone unless a user enables the app, and he or she can disable tracking at any time. When officers are dispatched, their primary concern will be the user’s safety.

The CBORD® Group, Ithaca, New York, created the Pathlight app. NDSU selected it because it integrates with other systems already in use on campus. For example, CBORD technologies enable access to buildings, help track dining meal plan usage and allow students to print in NDSU computer labs.

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NDSU residence hall team recognized at annual conference

DSC_0230Members of NDSU’s Residence Hall Association/National Residence Hall Honorary received several awards at the Midwest Affiliate for College and University Residence Halls’ No Frills Conference at the University of Iowa.

The Midwest Affiliate for College and University Residence Halls has more than 30 member institutions from Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba. The organization advocates for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, while also providing opportunities for personal growth and development. Its annual conferences give students the chance to network, learn and grow together.

NDSU students and staff earned the following recognition:

  • School of the Year
  • President of the Year: Shiloh Susag, accounting student from Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Distinguished Service: Luke Lassonde, nursing student from Apple Valley, Minnesota
  • National Residence Hall Honorary Chapter of the Year
  • National Residence Hall Honorary Excellence in Service
  • Hallenback Award: Rian Nostrum, director of Residence Life
  • National Residence Hall Honorary Outstanding Member of the Year: Katie Martinez, criminal justice student from Custer, South Dakota
  • Midwest Affiliate for College and University Residence Halls Three-year Outstanding Service and Academic Recognition Award: Rachel Kinsel, Amanda Christianson and Tom Clawson
  • Midwest Affiliate for College and University Residence Halls Four-year Outstanding Service Pin: Christianson and Amanda Lee

The three-year award recognizes students who have given their time and energy to improving their residential living environment throughout their collegiate career. The four-year pin recognizes students who have given their time and energy to improving their residential living environment throughout their collegiate career.

The National Residence Hall Honorary is a leadership honorary focused on service and recognition and includes the top 1 percent of students who live in the residence halls. It is the sister organization of the Residence Hall Association.

The NDSU Residence Hall Association is the residence hall government that assists with policies/procedures, hall issues and concerns, and plans events for residents.

“We attend MACURH to learn more of what is happening around the region and nation in regard to residence hall government,” said Jen Kacere, assistant director for leadership development in the Department of Residence Life. “It also gives our student leaders opportunities to network and develop new programs and initiatives based on what they learn.”

NDSU is scheduled to host the National Association for College and University Residence Halls’ annual conference in May.

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Alumni honored by national agriculture group

Randal and Kristi Melvin and Patricia and Matthew Erickson were honored at the 59th annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress.

Randal and Kristi Melvin and Patricia and Matthew Erickson were honored at the 59th annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress.

Randal, BS ’99, agricultural economics, and Kristi Melvin, BS ’04, elementary education, were national winners at the 59th annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress held Feb. 12-15 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

The couple was among four national winners selected for an award based on progress in their agricultural career, extent of soil and water conservation practices and contributions to the well-being of the community, state and nation.

The Melvins operate a 1,800-acre farm near Buffalo, North Dakota. Randal serves on the Public Policy Action Team for the National Corn Growers Association, is the treasurer for the North Dakota Corn Public Action Committee and secretary of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. Kristi keeps books, and helps with the farm’s marketing and office operations.

Matthew, BS ’98, animal and range sciences, and Patricia Erickson, BS ’99, veterinary technology, of Fertile, Minnesota, were among the 10 finalists for the award. The Ericksons are partners in Matthew’s family farm, which encompasses 2,730 acres and produces corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and cattle.

The purpose of the National Outstanding Young Farmers program is to bring about a greater interest in the farmer to foster better urban-rural relations through the understanding of the farmers’ endeavors, to develop a further appreciation for their contributions and achievements, and to inform the agribusiness community of the growing urban awareness of farmers’ importance and impact on America’s economy.

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Research shows pears could help manage diabetes

While the phrase “an apple a day” is a popular saying, a new study suggests that pears as part of a healthy diet could play a role in helping to manage Type 2 diabetes and diabetes-induced hypertension.

The results of research published in Food Research International show potential health benefits of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears. Building on their previous studies, the research team from NDSU and the University of Massachusetts studied whether the peel, pulp and juice of pears could impact the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which plays a role in intestinal ulcers.

The research team includes Kalidas Shetty and Dipayan Sarkar, now at NDSU, previously at the University of Massachusetts with co-authors Chandrakant Ankolekar and Marcia Pinto. Shetty, professor of plant sciences at NDSU, serves as the director of the Global Institute of Food Security and International Agriculture, as well as associate vice president for International Partnerships and Collaborations.

The in vitro lab experiments by researchers in the study provided metabolic insights into how two varieties of pears could play a role to better manage early stage diabetes and associated hypertension, commonly called high blood pressure. More research would be needed to determine if the results of the in vitro studies can be replicated in humans.

Naturally occurring phenolic compounds found in fruits may provide a variety of health benefits, as this study shows. More varied and higher phenolic content is found in the skin of the pear than in its flesh or pulp. The study showed that Starkrimson peel had the highest total phenolic content, and that peel extracts had significantly higher total phenolic content than pulp. The pulp extracts of the Bartlett cultivar had higher total phenolics when compared with Starkrimson.

“Our results from in vitro assays suggest that if we consume Bartlett and Starkrimson pears as a whole fruit (peel and pulp) it may potentially provide better control of early stage diabetes as part of an overall healthier diet,” said Shetty.

“Such dietary strategy involving fruits, including pears, not only potentially could help better control blood glucose levels, but also reduce over dependence on drugs for prediabetes stages, or complement a reduced pharmacological dose of drugs with side effects to combat very early stages of Type 2 diabetes,” said the study authors in their article.

World Health Organization statistics show that diabetes affects approximately 387 million adults worldwide, with the number expected to jump to 592 million by 2035. Some references consider Type 2 diabetes a rapidly emerging epidemic in children due to unhealthy diets.

Effects on blood pressure
Researchers also examined whether the pears studied might provide benefits to controlling high blood pressure. ACE (angiotensin-I-converting enzyme) inhibitors are medications that are sometimes used to help treat elevated blood pressure. The study showed that the watery extract of Bartlett pulp had low to moderate ACE inhibitory activity. The pear peel and pulp did not show any ACE inhibitory activity in this study.

“Our results suggested that Bartlett pulp could be utilized as a potential mild ACE inhibitor following further evaluation with different concentrations and extraction processes,” said the study authors.

Pears and gut bacteria
Researchers also studied whether fermented whole pear juice of Bartlett and Starkrimson pear extracts could inhibit the bacteria H. pylori. This bacteria found in the gut often is associated with gastritis and stomach ulcers. No pH adjusted samples after fermentation inhibited H. pylori. Starkrimson pear without pH adjustment inhibited H. pylori after 24, 48 and 72 hours of fermentation. Fermented samples of Bartlett pear inhibited H. pylori only after 48 and 72 hours, when pH was adjusted before fermentation.

Results suggest that fermented pear extract can inhibit H. pylori without affecting the growth or function of probiotic bacteria and has the potential to sustain probiotic function of beneficial bacteria.

More studies are needed, said Shetty, to further investigate the bioactive compounds in the peel and pulp of these pear varieties. Study of other properties such as fiber content, amino acids, and vitamin C could provide additional insight on the role of pears in a healthy food system.

Results show opportunity for agriculture
Shetty said results of this study and others point to the use of foods that can help combat disease, which in turn, can impact agriculture around the world. “This research helps make the case to build better ‘food crops for health,’” he said. He sees additional opportunity for agriculture, particularly in North Dakota. “We now can develop a wide diversity of crops in North Dakota that not only meet global food security and nutritional security, but also are wholesome to counter chronic diseases from poor diets,” he said. More information will be available at a Food for Health conference to be held in Fargo on July 5-8.

Currently, NDSU students in Shetty’s research group are working not only on pear research, but also on a range of crops grown in North Dakota, including beans, squash, and cereal grains.

Results of this study suggest that eating Bartlett and Starkrimson pears as whole, fresh harvested fruits can provide higher health benefits, due to their phenolic-linked high antioxidant activities.

So when you reach for that apple a day, maybe grab a pear, too. Just remember to eat the peel.

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