Clydesdale, F. M. (interviewee)
Oral history with UMass Amherst Professor and Chair of Food Science. (00:00:18) Originally small town in Ontario and worked in oil fields prior to degrees at University of Toronto; graduate study in food chemistry; recruited to PhD study at UMass by Jack Francis; (00:03:00) invited by Provost to join faculty in Food Science with no search committee; has remained since and turned down many positions gladly; appreciates diversity and quality of department. (00:04:10) Concentration in food chemistry for doctorate and plant pigments; got interested in iron and took sabbatical at UC Davis to study mineral availability; later interest in policy and food science. (00:06:50) UMass in the 1960s: weekend retreat with Provost Gluckstern to discuss faculty-student issues; revolutionary time on campus; teaching at times very difficult due to class size and student unrest; occasionally asked to remove people from class for boisterousness; non-students on campus. (00:09:06) Changes in Food Science Department, shifting from food preservation to scientific approaches and molecularization; strong support from university and alumni: first department to achieve a million dollar endowment. (00:13:20) Alumni support in food science; networking and mutual support among Food Science alums and faculty; began with legend of Doc Fellers and has waned and returned. (00:16:50) Other achievements as Dept head: advisory board, research, intersection of nutrition and technology. (00:18:45) Shift in role of technology in food science. (00:23:30) Research on sugar in the diet; attack on sugar; sugar is a component of suitable diet if balanced, but people are consuming too much food; concerns over cultural discussion of American diet. (00:30:33) Attitudes toward food at UMass mirror those in society at large with tremendous amount of scientific misinformation; preservatives in food. (00:33:50) Food Science 101: one of the largest and most popular courses on campus; strong response of students to class. (00:43:10) Work and balancing research and teaching. (00:45:29) Fergus Clydesdale Center for Health and Wellness.