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Iowa State University

Iowa State University
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James S. Dickson
Iowa State University
215F Meat Laboratory
Ames, IA 50011-3150
Phone: 515-294-4733
Fax:     515-294-5066

Clemson University Microbiology BS 1977
University of Georgia Dairy Science MS 1980
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science and Technology PhD 1984

1993 - Present
Iowa State University
- Professor, Department of Animal Science, 2003 - present
- Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, 1998-2003
- Interim co-Department Executive Officer, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Preventive Medicine, 1997-98
- Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Preventive Medicine, 1993-97
- Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

1987 - 1993:
- US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Research Food Technologist and Lead Scientist, RLHUSMARC, Clay Center, Nebraska

1985 - 1987:
- Tony's Pizza Service, division of Schwan Sales Enterprises, Microbiologist, Salina, KS
- Adjunct Appointment, Marymount College, Salina, KS (1986)

1984 - 1985:
- Radiation Technology, Inc., Manager, Food Irradiation Applications, Rockaway, NJ

2000: Team Award (ISU College of Agriculture)

Dr. Dickson has developed a predictive model to estimate the growth of salmonellae during the cooling of beef carcasses. This model was used during an evaluation of proposed USDA regulations, to determine the relative probability of salmonellae growth under a variety of cooling conditions. Dr. Dickson's studies of bacterial attachment, carcass washing and sanitizing have been applied to animal processing environments, resulting in the development of an inexpensive, technology neutral process which is very effective in controlling enteric pathogens on animal carcasses. Dr. Dickson has been involved in a variety of training courses, including hosting four International Atomic Energy Agency training fellowships in his laboratory, and teaching the principles of meat microbiology and HACCP to food industry audiences in Japan. He also traveled to the People's Republic of China and Singapore, evaluating meat processing systems. Dr. Dickson served on the National Academy of Science's panel on review of the use of scientific criteria and performance standards for safe food, where he served as chair of the Meat and Poultry sub-committee.

Professional Affiliations
Past President, International Association for Food Protection.
Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, elected 1994.
Member, Phi Kappa Phi (national honor society), elected 1980.
Member, Phi Zeta (Veterinary honor society), elected 1997.
Member, Phi Tau Sigma (honor society of Food Science and Technology), elected 1981.
Member, Gamma Sigma Delta (honor society of agriculture), elected 1979.
Certificate of Merit, from USDA, for outstanding research contributions to FSIS and Industry Needs in Food Safety, 1989.
Certificate of Merit, from USDA, for outstanding performance in research, 1990.
Certificate of Merit, from USDA, for research contributions to support the beef industry and USDA's action agencies, 1991.
Outstanding Performance Award, from USDA, 1992.
College of Agriculture Team Award (with J. Cordray and L. Mayberry), 2000.

Selected Publications

Foong, S.C.C., G.L. Gonzalez and J.S. Dickson. 2003. Reduction and Survival of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Meats After Irradiation. J. Food Protection (accepted 17 August 2003).

Foong, S.C.C. and J.S. Dickson. 2003. Attachment of Listeria monocytogenes on Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Meats. Journal of Food Protection (accepted 19 October 2003).

Gailey,J.K., J.S. Dickson, and W. Dorsa. Survival of Listeria monocytogenes in a Simulated Recirculating Brine Chiller System. Journal of Food Protection. (accepted 31 May 2003).

Lihono, M.A., A.F. Mendonca, J.S. Dickson, and P.M.Dixon. 2003. A Predictive Model to Determine the Effects of Temperature, Sodium Pyrophosphate, and Sodium Chloride on Thermal Inactivation of Starved Listeria monocytogenes in Pork Slurry. J. Food Protect. 66:1216-1221.

Montgomery, J.L., F.C. Parrish, D.G. Olson, J.S. Dickson, and S. Niebuhr. 2003. Storage and packaging effects on sensory and color characteristics of ground beef. Meat Sci. 64:357-363.

Niebuhr, S.E. and James S. Dickson. 2003. Destruction of Bacillus anthracis strain Sterne 34F2 Spores in Postal Envelopes by Exposure to Electron Beam Irradiation. Lett. Appl.Microbiol. 37:17-20.

Shipp, G., J. Dickson, P. Quinlisk, and C. Loff. 2003. Terrorism Preparedness in State Health Departments United States, 2001 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 52(43):1051-1053.

De Roin, M.A., Sally C.C. Foong, Philip M. Dixon, and James S. Dickson. 2002. Survival and Recovery of Listeria monocytogenes On Ready-to-Eat Meats Inoculated with a Desiccated and Nutritionally Depleted Dust-Like Vector. Journal of Food Protection. 62:962-969.

Eggenberger-Solorzano, Luisa, S.E. Niebuhr, G.R. Acuff and J.S. Dickson. 2002. Hot Water and Organic Acid Interventions to Control Microbiological Contamination on Hog Carcasses during Processing. Journal of Food Protection. 65:1248-1252.

Erdmann, J.J., J.S. Dickson and M.A. Grant. 2002. A new technique for Escherichia coli testing of beef and pork carcasses. J. Food Protect. 65:192 195.

Niebuhr, S. and J.S. Dickson. 2002. Impact of pH Enhancement on the Populations of Salmonella, Listeria and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings. Journal of Food Protection 66:874-877.

Dickson, J.S. and D.G. Olson. 2001. Growth rates of Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in irradiated beef. J. Fd. Protect. J. Food Protect. 64:1828-1831.

Lihono, M.A., A.F. Mendonca, J.S. Dickson and P.M. Dixon. 2000. Influence of sodium pyrophosphate on thermal inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes in pork slurry and ground pork. Food Microbiol. 18:269-276.

Venugopal, R.J. and J.S. Dickson. 1999. Growth rates of mesophilic bacteria, aerobic psychrotrophic bacteria and lactic acid bacteria in low dose irradiated pork. Journal of Food Protection 62:1297-1302.

Ho, K.-L. G., A.L. Pometto, P.N. Hinz, J.S. Dickson and A. Demirci. 1997. Ingredients selection of plastic composite-supports for L( ) lactic acid biofilm fermentation by Lactobacillus casei subsp. rhamnosus. Appl. Environ. Micro. 63:2516-2523.

Dickson, J.S., T.R. Manke, I.V. Wesley and A.L. Baetz. 1996. Biphasic culture of Arcobacter spp. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 22:195-198.

Lee, M., J.G. Sebranek, D.G. Olson and J.S. Dickson. 1996. Irradiation and packaging of fresh meat and poultry. J. Food Protect. 59:62-72.

Method for reducing contamination of animal carcasses during slaughtering. US Patent Application # 09/349,056; filed 2 December 1994; allowed 12 December 1995; issued 28 May 1996 as patent number 5,520,575.

Brodsky, M.H., C.A. Davidson, J.S. Dickson, M.J. Pettis and T.L. Tieso. 1995. Delayed incubation method for bacteriological analysis of environmnetal specimens and samples. Journal of Food Protection 58:879-883.

Dickson, J.S. 1995. Susceptibility of preevisceration washed carcasses to contamination by Escherichia coli O157:H7 and salmonellae. Journal of Food Protection. 58:1065-1068.

Dickson, J.S. and M.R. Kunduru. 1995. Resistance of acid adapted salmonellae to organic acid rinses on beef. J. Food Protect.58:973-976.

Dickson, J.S. and G.R. Siragusa. 1994. Cell surface charge and initial attachment characteristics of rough strains of Listeria monocytogenes. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 19:192-196.

Dickson, J.S. and J.F. Frank. 1993. Bacterial starvation stress and contamination of beef. Food Microbiology. 10:215-222.