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Food Science and Technology News: February 2024 Highlights

  • Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Simons who been selected for the 2023-2024 CFAES Distinguished Junior Faculty Research Award. He will be recognized during the CFAES Awards held in conjunction with the State of the College on April 5th.
  • Congratulations to Danielle Voss who placed first in the Phi Tau Sigma Research Competition. This first annual competition was open to Phi Tau Sigma students and post-doctoral student members that have presented their research at a Food Science and Technology professional meeting or conference between November 2022, and October 2023. Danielle is a PhD student advised by Dr. Monica Giusti.
  • Dr. Lynn Knipe is part of a team of Ohio State Meat Science faculty that were awarded a training project for Smithfield Company employees to be held in the Meat Lab.  Dr. Knipe and others met with Smithfield management in early February to plan a four-day course on meat cutting and further processing to be held in May 2024.
  • Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores received funding from Mead Johnson Nutrition for work titled “Exploring the role of milk fat globule membrane in enhancing gut barrier function and cognitive mechanisms: A study on the intestinal epithelium, mucin induction, and oligodendrocyte stimulation.” This work allows Dr. Jiménez’s lab group to continue working on the link between food and health in particular the area of gut-brain axis and opens a collaboration with researchers working on Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Colorado. FST graduate students Celeste Miller and Isha Patil will be involved in this project.
  • Dr. Ahmed Yousef and Dr. Sudhir Sastry recently received an award from the American Egg Board to moderate electric field processing for improvement of quality and shelf-life of liquid eggs and egg products.
  • Dr. Christopher Simons and Dr. Sheryl Barringer were part of a team that received an award with Iowa State University to fund the research project “Farmed fish fillet as a functional food: Technology for enhanced fish diets to create value-added fish projects.”
  • Dr. Farnaz Maleky received an award with Texas Tech University to research the Characterization of 3d printed protein links with customization using machine learning.
  • The Food Industries Center conducted a virtual Better Process Control School for AGRANA Fruit US, Inc. on February 7 – 8. Lead instructor, Dr. Valente Alvarez and Steven Simmons trained employees from multiple states in thermal processing of acidified foods.
  • Nominations are open for the 2024 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. Click here to see the 2023 Hall of Distinction celebration.
  • The department's 2024 Spring Seminar Series schedule can be found here. The seminars take place from 4:00 -5:00 pm in the Parker Food Science and Technology Building room 118 each week and are open to the public. Any questions can be directed to the seminar chair Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores.

Upcoming Events
March 5-8                           Food Industries Center Training Course
Better Process Control School (hybrid)

March 6                               FST Seminar Series – Student Presentations
Danielle Voss, Celeste Matos
4-5 pm Parker Food Science 118

March 11 – 15                   Spring Break

March 20                           FST Seminar Series – Student Presentations
Allison Howell, Minseung Kim
4-5 pm Parker Food Science 118

March 22                           FoodSURE Spring Poster Presentations
12 – 3 pm Parker Food Science Lobby

March 27                             FST Seminar Series – Student Presentations
Carlos Porras Guardado, Kevin Kim
4-5 pm Parker Food Science 118

April 3                                 Harris Award Lecture and Reception
Dr. Wamwari Waichungo, Vice President, Global Safety Assessment and Regulatory Affairs at SC Johnson
4-5 pm Parker Food Science 118
5-5:45 pm public reception, Parker Food Science Lobby

April 10                               FST Seminar Series – Student Presentations
Devin LaPolt, Ankur Upadhyay
4-5 pm Parker Food Science 118

May 3                                   FST Graduation Party
2:30 – 3:30 Parker Food and Technology Lobby

June 25-28                          Food Industries Center Training Course
Food Extrusion Workshop
Contact Heather Bell for course information.


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