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Oct. 27, 2020
By Robby Edwards, director of communicationsDale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Asmita Singh, a food science graduate student in the University
of Arkansas’ Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, recently
placed second in the Rose Marie Pangborn Graduate Student Competition at the annual
national meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Singh is a doctoral student in the department of food science. She works with Han-Seok
Seo, associate professor of food science for Bumpers College and the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station, the research arm of the U of A System Division of Agriculture.
He is also director of the division’s Sensory Science Center.
Singh competed in the oral division of the national contest. Her presentation was
"Influences of Oral Touch Stimuli on Sensory Perception of, and Emotional Responses
to, Cold Tea Beverages: A Case Study of Reusable Straws."
"It is my great honor and pleasure to work with Asmita, who has outstanding talents
in critical thinking skills, communication and leadership," said Seo. "Asmita's research
presentation at the meeting was remarkable and impactful. I am extremely proud of
her great achievement."
Results of her study are scheduled to be published in the March issue of the peer-reviewed
journal Food Quality and Preference.
In Singh's study, 134 participants (70 female, 64 male) consumed unsweetened cold
black tea samples using five straws made from plastic, paper, copper, stainless steel
and silicone. Participants rated the samples with respect to intensity and liking,
overall hedonic impression and evoked emotions.
"Tea samples were found to differ with straw materials in terms of flavor liking,
mouthfeel liking, and sourness intensity," said Singh. "Interestingly, significant
interactions between straw materials and gender were observed in overall hedonic impression
and matching associations of straw materials with cold tea samples. Females liked
cold tea more when consumed with copper or stainless steel straws than with paper
straws while males exhibited no differences with straw material conditions. A gender
effect was also found on cold tea samples consumed with different straw materials,
with females more emotionally expressive than males toward certain straw material
Here's a temporary link to the paper: http://bit.ly/AAES-StrawResearchPaper
Singh was also recently awarded a $2,000 Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship. Singh is the
student representative to the Society of Sensory Professionals, a national society
for sensory scientists.
She earned her bachelor's degree in food engineering from Sam Higginbottom University
of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences in India, where she was awarded the "Meritorious
Student Award." She earned her master's degree in food science from the U of A with
an emphasis in sensory and consumer sciences.
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.
About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates
who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment,
agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice
candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs.
The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S.
senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For
more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Media Contact: Fred MillerU of A System Division of AgricultureArkansas Agricultural Experiment Station(479) email@example.com