When I visited the new food science building at Purdue University recently, I was greeted with proud and happy smiles wherever I went. And no wonder! This is the first new food science building for some time in the entire country, and it is indeed state-of-the-art. It’s also one of the largest, with 20 faculty members and 180 undergraduates. There are 60–65 graduate students, about 30% of whom are from other countries.

The result of the vision of Department Head Philip E. Nelson, the 120,000-sq-f…

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