Food Science and Technology News : November 2019 Highlights

  • Dr. Yael Vodovotz participated in The Atlantic’s annual People v. Cancer Summit. During the Summit, The Atlantic illuminated stories from the frontlines of the cancer community, from the latest oncology breakthroughs to the power of the human experience. Click here to view it.
  • The Food Industries Center hosted a food safety and international training program on November 2 – 16, which was funded through the USDA Cochran Fellowship Program. The two week training was designed for a diverse group of nineteen Fellows from Costa Rica, Pakistan, and Bosnia & Herzegovina, and focused on the scientific and technical aspects of food safety standards, systems, and best practices necessary for ensuring the protection of public health in the United States of America.
  • The department served as a host for the Believe in Ohio Program. Believe in Ohio is a free, comprehensive, experiential learning STEM, entrepreneurship, and innovation program for Ohio high school students that was collaboratively developed by The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) and Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio (EEO). Over 120 students from 9 high schools participated. Presentations from FST faculty included Dr. Sheryl Barringer, Dr. Monica Giusti, Dr. Melvin Pascall, and Dr. Yael Vodovotz.
  • The OSU Office of Research Communications has nominated a study out of the lab of Dr. Yael Vodovotz as “Coolest Science Story of the Year” for 2019. The study showed the potential for Earth-friendly plastic replacement. The study is one of five nominees this year.
  • The Food Science Club hosted a watch party and participated in the IFTSA Global Summit. Dr. Jessica Cooperstone was the keynote speaker.
  • The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) had over 150 people in attedance for their inaugural event at Ohio State. The event included a food safety panel discussion featuring: Mindy Brashears, PhD, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; David Goldman, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Food Policy and Response, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Part 2 of MS graduate Amanda Sia’s blog about building a better Boba Ball can be found here.
  • Faculty, staff, and students of the department enjoyed the annual FST thanksgiving celebration that included a dessert competition sponsored by the Food Science Club.


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