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Food Science and Technology News: February 2022 Department Highlights

  • Congratulations to FST undergraduate students Meegan Gould, Thania Ortiz-Santiago, Lydia Tantalo, and Emily Thimmes who have been named 2022 CFAES Distinguished Seniors. They are four of the twenty-six seniors who have received the most prestigious undergraduate award at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The Distinguished Senior Award honors top graduating seniors on the Ohio State Columbus campus who exemplify the CFAES mission in areas such as academics and scholarship, research and innovation, service and involvement, and influence and leadership.
  • CFAES News reported on the installation of ultra-shear technology in the department’s Advanced Technologies Pilot Plant. Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam is leading the project along with Dr. Ahmed Yousef, Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores, and Dr. Christopher Simons. The group plans to introduce an outreach program to food and beverage companies. Click here to learn more.
  • Congratulations to Xiaoyan Tan who has recently been inducted into Phi Tau Sigma, the honor society of food science and technology. Xiaoyan is a master's student and is advised by Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Saona.
  • Congratulations to our Food Science, Food Business Management, and Culinary Science students who were named to the CFAES Dean's List for the 2021 Autumn Semester. Click here to see the list of students.
  • Dr. Kara Morgan, Associate Director of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) is the lead author of an article published in the Risk Analysis journal. She has also been appointed chair of the Advocacy and Governance Committee of INFORMS.
  • Dr. Valente B. Alvarez led the Food Industries Center’s virtual Better Process Control School in Spanish on February 21-24, with lectures from Dr. Osvaldo Campanella, FST graduate student Brianda Gonzalez Orozco,  and expert industry collaborators. This course received an international audience from Ecuador, Mexico, and the United States. Daily lectures were offered in microbiology, acidified and low-acid foods, container closures and handling, thermal processing, and recordkeeping. This course satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations designed to prevent public health problems in low-acid and acidified low-acid canned foods.
  • 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 2022 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.

  • Nominations are open for the 2022 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.
  • The department’s Spring 2022 seminar schedule is published on the FST website under ‘About Us’ and takes place on Wednesday’s from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm in Parker Food Science and Technology room 118 and also via Zoom. Please email or if you would like the link to any of the seminars. All are welcome to attend.

    Upcoming Events
    March 2               Department Seminar
    Student Presentations: Ariel Garsow and Jennifer Janovick
    March 4               Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum
    March 9               Department Seminar
    Student Presentations: Kym Man and Shengyue Shan
    March 14 – 18      The Ohio State University Spring Break
    March 14 – 17      Food Industries Center Training Course
    Better Process Control School
    March 23             Department Seminar
    Student Presentations: Ellia La and Xiaoyan Tan
    March 24             CFAES State of the College

    March 30             Department Seminar
    Food Industry Professional Panel
    April 6                 Department Seminar
    Student Presentations: Drew Barkley and Mrunmayee Joshi
    April 11-14          CFAES Annual Research Conference
    April 12               OVIFT/CIFT networking Event and Student Poster Competition
    April 13               Department Seminar
    Student Presentations: Elliot Dhuey and Fenfen Tang
    April 19-20          Food Industries Center Training Course
    Introductory HACCP

    April 20              Department Seminar
    Student Presentations: Erica Grush and Audrey Kuei
    April 26-28         Food Industries Center Training Course
    FSPCA - Preventive Controls for Human Food Training

    May 6                 FST Spring Graduation Party
    2:30 – 3:30 Parker Food Science and Technology Lobby