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Food Science and Technology News: April 2023 Highlights

  • Congratulations to Dr. Monica Giusti who has been named a 2023 IFT Fellow. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow designation is an honor bestowed upon an IFT member by their peers to recognize career excellence and significant service, leadership, and contributions to IFT and the profession. Monica will be recognized during the IFT Annual Meeting in July.
  • Congratulations to Kelly Elisar, FST’s Communication Manager and Industry Liaison, on receiving the 2023 OSU Distinguished Staff Award.  The Distinguished Staff Award annually honors staff members for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to Ohio State, as well as their demonstration of the university’s shared values.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Emmanuel Hatzakis for being selected for the first cohort of the Provost's Midcareer Scholars: Scarlet and Gray Associate Professor Program which honors and recognizes tenure-track faculty who have recently been appointed to the rank of associate professor with tenure and have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their discipline(s).
  • Dr. Jiyoung Lee received the Graduate Advisor of the Year award from the Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP). This award is for a graduate advisor who goes above and beyond to make OSU and the ESGP program an ideal place to conduct graduate research.
  • Dr. Dennis Heldman was selected to give the 2023 J.G. Woodroof Lecture at the University of Georgia. The Dr. J.G. Woodroof Lecture Series was initiated in 1981 to recognize a nationally and internationally recognized pioneer in food science research, teaching and extension. Each year a preeminent leader in food research, education, industry, or policy is invited to present a lecture in Dr. Woodroof’s honor.
  • Congratulations to the OSUFST College Bowl Team on winning the IFTSA Midwest Regional College Bowl Competition that took place this year at Ohio State. They will go on to compete at the national competition during the #IFTFirst Annual Meeting in July. Team members include Sherry Bansal, Megan Booth, Noah Dameron, Xinyue Fan, Gabriella Gephart, Sayaka Iimura, Aayasee Nanda, Shreya Nuguri, Thomas Reis, and Danielle Voss.
  • Dr. Nancy Cordoba, postdoctoral researcher at FREC, was named to The Sprudge Twenty Class of 2023, an annual tradition honoring and amplifying leaders in the global coffee community.  Read the full article here.
  • The department hosted the Ohio Valley Institute of Food Technologists (OVIFT) industry networking event and poster competition. Congratulations to the following students who placed in the poster competition: Undergraduate category – Gabriella Gephart placed 1st, Murphy Carroll placed 2nd, and Alicea Gosal placed 3rd; Graduate category – Brianda Gonzalez Orozco placed 1st, Ziqi Li placed 2nd, and Yutong Li placed 3rd.
  • FST graduate student Allison Howell was selected to give a speed talk presentation and display during the poster session about her research on food safety at the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) 2023 in Houston, Texas.
  • The department has opened the search for the Dale A. Seiberling Professorship in Food Engineering. You can view the position description here.
  • Nominations are open for the 2023 FST Hall of Distinction. Established in 2013, the Hall of Distinction seeks to recognize graduates and friends of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University who have made significant contributions to the food science and technology profession. Click here for more information and the nomination form.
  • Know of a great food scientist in industry or academia but they’re NOT from Ohio State? Nominations are being accepted for suitable candidates from all persons or groups in the food science profession for the 2023 OSU Harris Award for Excellence in Food Science & Technology. The purpose of the Harris Award at The Ohio State University is to celebrate excellence in food science, food technology or related disciplines. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

May 4                     Phi Tau Sigma Annual Fun Run/Walk
2 pm      Front of Howlett Hall

May 5                      FST Spring Semester Graduation Party

2:30 pm         Parker Food Science and Technology Lobby

June 13 – 16                      Food Industries Center Training Course
Better Process Control School (Spanish virtual)

August 15 – 18                Food Industries Center Training Course
Better Process Control School (hybrid)

September 11 – 12          Food Industries Center Training Course
Introductory HACCP

September 13 – 16          Food Industries Center Training Course
FSPCA - Preventive Controls for Human Food Training