About the Authors

Susan BrewerSusan Brewer's research interests include the relationship of production, slaughter, and processing factors to quality characteristics of pork and beef. She particularly is interested in color and flavor stability, and shelf-life promotion of fresh and frozen meat products. Additionally, she developed, with faculty in the Department of Animal Science, a model HACCP (Hazard Analysis/Critical Control Points) training program for small meat processors. The federal requirement for all meat processors to have functioning HACCP plans by the year 2000 resulted in a large demand for assistance provided by the University to the industry. In addition, the development of this model program has allowed Dr. Brewer to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in reducing the level of disease-causing and spoilage microorganisms in the plant and in the finished product. Brewer is a professor emeritus of food science at the University of Illinois.


Karen Chapman-NovakofskiKaren Chapman-Novakofski's research interests focus on identifying and changing food habits of groups of people. She uses needs assessment, theoretical-based program development, and outcomes or impact evaluation in all nutrition education interventions. Outcomes may be framed as knowledge change, attitude change, or dietary change.  Validity and reliability of evaluation instruments is another avenue of her nutrition education research. Currently she also has been exploring web-based education for food science and human nutrition topics. Chapman-Novakofski, is an Extension Specialist, Nutrition and a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois.

Karen Chapman-Novakofski, RD, PhD
Professor, Nutrition and Extension Specialist
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
343 Bevier Hall MC-182
905 S Goodwin Ave
Urbana, Illinois 61801
FAX 217-265-0925


Jan NovakofskiJan Novakofski's research interests include adipose and muscle development, use of technology to improve the quality and safety of meat products and currently focus on prion disease. He is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance and is a faculty member in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. He has been a professor of animal sciences since 1983 where he teaches courses in animal growth and development as well as metabolism. He has over 100 publications with colleagues from the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Applied Health Sciences, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and the Illinois Natural History Survey.