• Congratulations to Dr. Emmanuel Hatzakis who has been awarded the 2017 Young Scientist Award by The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). The IUFoST Young Scientist Award recognizes an individual in the initial phases of her or his career for the potential to make outstanding scientific contributions to the field of food science and technology and the potential for future scientific leadership.
    • The department had over 100 students and families in attendance for the first annual FST scholarship dinner last week. Students who received a departmental scholarship this year and their guests were able to enjoy dinner and hear from department chair Dr. Sheryl Barringer as well as visit with and learn about the clubs and programs that are unique to the department. This past year, the department awarded 48 scholarships that totaled $125,000.00.
    • We are pleased to announce the 2017 OSU FST Hall of Distinction recipients: 
      Mr. David H. Brown
      Dr. Surinder Kumar
      Mr. John Miller
      Mr. Donald Schriver
      Mr. Timothy Smucker
      Dr. James Harper - posthumous

    • Congratulations to Dr. Hamed Faridi who has been selected as the 2017 Harris Award recipient. The 2017 Harris Award lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 28th at 4 pm in the Parker Food Science and Technology building.
    • Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Cooperstone who has accepted the position of Assistant Professor in Functional Food Biochemistry and Metabolomics. This is a joint appointment between OSU’s department of Horticulture and Crop Science and Food Science and Technology.
    • IFT17 was held in Las Vegas this month and our department was well represented during the annual meeting. We had over 30 students and faculty participating this year in some capacity that included, but not limited to, poster presentations, competition finalists, student leadership, panelists, and speakers. OSUFST highlights during the meeting included:
      Dr. Denny Heldman received a special recognition award from Phi Tau Sigma
      Peren Aykas placed 1st in the Fruits and Vegetable Division poster competition
    • Planning to attend the IFT Annual Meeting this Year? Don’t forget your ticket to our OSU at IFT reception. The reception is set for Monday, June 26th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and will be held at the Venetian. Contact Kelly Elisar at if you have any questions.
    • We are pleased to announce that the following people will be joining our department in June (Dr. Snyder) and in August (Dr. Klein and Dr. Kowalcyk):
    • Welcome to Cambree Moser, who is the department’s new Academic Program Coordinator.
    • The Ohio State University Board of Trustees has approved establishment of the Kurt Deibel Family Fund. The annual distribution from this fund shall be used to support a graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
    • Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam has been named the 2017 recipient of the Calvert L. Willey Distinguished Service Award and will be recognized at the IFT Annual Meeting.
    • Dr. Emmanuel Hatzakis has been named the 2017 recipient of the Samuel Cate Prescott Award for Research and will be recognized during the IFT Annual Meeting.
    • Congratulations to Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Saona who is the recipient of the 2017 OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
    • Congratulations to the following faculty who have recently received award recognition from the OARDC:
      Dr. Melvin Pascall who has been named the 2017 OARDC Innovator of the Year.
      Dr. Jiyoung Lee who has been selected to receive the 2017 OARDC Distinguished Junior Faculty Award.