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  1. The Dale A. Seiberling Professorship in Food Engineering Search Announced

    Apr 20, 2023

    Department of Food Science and Technology opens search for the Dale A. Seiberling Professorship in Food Engineering.

    View the position description here.

    Search Committee

  2. Pancakes won’t turn you into a zombie as in HBO’s ‘The Last of Us,’ but fungi in flour have been making people sick for a long time

    Mar 9, 2023


    Originally published in the Conversation.
    by Dr. Sheryl Barringer

    In the HBO series “The Last of Us,” named after the popular video game of the same name, the flour supplies of the world are contaminated with a fungus called Cordyceps. When people eat pancakes or other foods made with that flour, the fungi grow inside their bodies and turn them into zombies.

  3. Chocolate chemistry – a food scientist explains how the beloved treat gets its flavor, texture and tricky reputation as an ingredient

    Feb 13, 2023

    Originally published in


    By Sheryl Barringer
    Professor of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University

  4. Pohlschneider receives National Teaching and Student Engagement award

    Dec 15, 2022

    Congratulations to Food Science and Technology Senior Lecturer Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider on receiving the 2022 National Teaching and Student Engagement award, which “celebrates university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service to students.” She was honored with three other awardees from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Pohlschneider has been a lecturer in the department since 2008.

  5. David Brown receives CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award

    Sep 30, 2022

    Congratulations to David H. Brown who is a 2022 CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. All recipients were recognized at the recent CFAES Alumni Awards event that took place as part of the College’s FallFest Homecoming celebration.

    The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership.

  6. Belury Elected ASN President

    Jul 21, 2022

    Dr. Martha Belury is currently serving as the Interim Chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology.

  7. Interim Chair Named for Food Science and Technology

    Jun 29, 2022

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Martha Belury as Interim Chair of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Department of Food Science and Technology effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Dr. Belury earned her B.S. in Nutrition in 1987 and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in 1992 from the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Martha Belury joined The Ohio State University as the Carol S. Kennedy Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) in 2002. Dr.

  8. Virginia Dare Scholarship Awarded

    May 17, 2022

    Congratulations to Cameron Jordan for being awarded the 2022 Virginia Dare scholarship. This scholarship goes to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated a strong interest in a future career in food science and has shown exceptional scholarship and leadership as a student. The award announcement was made during the department’s spring semester graduation party.

  9. FST's Kowalcyk appointed chair of FDA Science Board

    Apr 26, 2022

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Barbara Kowalcyk, who directs the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has been appointed chair of the Science Board

  10. FST Faculty Receive IFT Achievement Awards

    Apr 14, 2022

    Congratulations to Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores and Dr. Melvin Pascall on being named 2022 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Achievement Award recipients. Dr. Jimenez-Flores received the Excellence in Education Award in Honor of William V. Cruess and Dr. Melvin Pascall received the International Food Security Award in Honor of Bor S. Luh. They will be recognized during the IFT Annual Meeting this July in Chicago.