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Food Science and Technology News: May 2023 Highlights

  • The department hosted their annual graduation party and celebrated 14 undergraduate students, 3 Masters students, and 7 PhD’s who graduated during spring semester. We also published a special edition graduation newsletter that gave the graduates a chance to share some of their favorite memories as well as acknowledge some of the people who supported them. Congratulations and best of luck to our newest alumni.
  • FST Interim Chair Dr. Martha Belury participated as an invited speaker at the recent President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) meeting at the White House. Dr. Belury, along with Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center, spoke to the topic of ‘The Future of Food.’  Click here for the link to the recording. PCAST consists of distinguished individuals from sectors outside of the Federal Government who advise the President on policy matters where the understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Cooperstone on her promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure. This action was officially taken at the May 2023 meeting of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
  • Congratulations to Erica Kosmerl and Danielle Voss who have been awarded the Pamela Parker Garten and Tom Parker Graduate Scholarship. This award is given to a student(s) with a high caliber of leadership experience in addition to significant research experience and activity.
  • FST recent graduates, Dr. Fenfen Tang and Dr. Shengyue Shan, have each received an FST Graduate Student Research Award. This award recognizes and celebrates graduate student success in publishing high quality research in a timely manner.
  • The Atlantic included Dr. Monica Giusti in an article titled “American Food Will Never Look Natural Again.”
  • FST graduate student Charles Bashiru Bakin’s research was recently featured in a post by Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety.
  • The Phi Tau Sigma Buckeye Chapter hosted their 3rd annual ‘Phive’-K fun run/walk earlier this month.  Faculty, staff, and students turned out to participate in the event which took them through many beautiful outdoor spaces on the Ohio State campus.
  • Congratulations to the new leadership teams of these FST student organizations for 2023-2024: Food Science Club:  President – Isabelle Kocz; Vice President – Dom Goodman; Secretary – Gretchen Gates; Treasurer – Eric Armstrong; Industry Liaison – Cam Jordan and Cam Rich; Social/Volunteer – Amanda Adams; IFT Liaison – TBD; CFAES Liaison – Andrea Esselburn; Product Development Liaison – Sieun Kim. Citation Needed: Co-Presidents – Maria Sholola and Celeste Miller; Treasurer – Sakura Sugiyama; Social Media – Shoshana Ginsburg; and CFAES Liaison – Daniel Do.
  • The Food Industries Center was selected for a five-year contract by FDA to continue delivering the FD152 – Food Processing and Technology Course. Two courses were offered in May 2023 to train FDA, NOAA, U.S. Army, and state regulators. Dr. Valente B. Alvarez lead a team of collaborators from FST, FABE, and the food industry, including numerous staff and graduate students, and the following faculty: Dr. V.M. 'Bala' Balasubramaniam, Dr. Sheryl Barringer, Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores, Dr. Dennis Heldman, Dr. Melvin Pascall, Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider, and Dr. Sudhir Sastry. The 5-day course provided an overview of the basic principles in food processing, technology, and awareness of associated.

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

August 8 – 11                    Food Industries Center Training Course
Better Process Control School (hybrid)

September 18 – 19          Food Industries Center Training Course
Introductory HACCP

September 20 – 22          Food Industries Center Training Course
FSPCA - Preventive Controls for Human Food Training