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Food Science and Technology News: November 2020 Highlights

  • Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores recently received a $200,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Company. This funding is to advance technology to isolate valuable milk phospholipids as part of the Milk Fat Globule Membrane from buttermilk in partnership with Dr. Shakeel Rehman. These components are gaining momentum as important to human health and wellbeing as nutrients to prevent inflammation, enhance gut function /microbiota and help in cognitive development and neuronal health.
  • Dr. Melvin Pascall talks about the importance of  post-harvest packaging in this Capital Press article.
  • Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk recently participated as a speaker in Feed The Future’s Food Safety Innovation Lab Webinar titled “Food Safety and One Health: Approaches to Reducing Foodborne Pathogens and Zoonotic Diseases.” Feed The Future is the U.S. Government’s Global Hunger & Food Security Initiative.
  • Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam chaired the session "Innovation and Emerging Technologies in Food Processing" and presented "Ultra Shear Technology for the Preservation of Food and Pharmaceutical Liquids" as a part of the 3rd Food Innovation and Engineering (FOODIE) Virtual Conference organized by American Inst of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Balasubramaniam was also an invited departmental graduate seminar speaker at the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and presented "Food Engineering for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems."
  • Dr. Valente Alvarez and the Food Industries Center has been selected to host the Cochran Fellowship Program on “Overview of U.S. Food Safety Regulations and Standards for Bangladesh and the Philippines.” Due to COVID-19, program implementation dates will be set once it is safe for the Cochran fellows to travel. The Cochran Fellowship Program provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies.
  • Congratulations to MS students Peyton Greenwood, Wooju Lim, Abigail Krentz and PhD student Chong Teng who have recently been inducted into Phi Tau Sigma. Phi Tau Sigma (ΦΤΣ) is the one and only Honor Society for Food Science and Technology.
  • Congratulations to PhD student Brittany Miles who won the Jean F. Caul Award for Outstanding presentation on the Use of Scientific Principles at the 2020 virtual conference for Society of Sensory Professionals. Her presentation was titled “Elucidating an oral detection mechanism for high-viscosity solutions using tissue isolation”.
  • If you are a member of IFT, the Ohio Valley Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (OVIFT) is hosting a Virtual Food Drive. Click here for more information about this event.
  • *The department’s Autumn 2020 seminar schedule is published on the FST website and takes place on Wednesday’s from 4-5 via Zoom. Please email or if you would like the link to any of the seminars or to the graduation party. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events
December 2
                            FST Seminar Series
Rachel Kopec, PhD. Assistant Professor Ohio State Department of Nutrition
4-5 pm Zoom Link*

December 9-10                       2020 FREC 10th Annual Meeting

December 11                          FST Autumn Semester Graduation Party
2:30 pm. Zoom link*

January 11-14                        Food Industries Center Training Course
Curso de Mejor Control de Proceso Térmico y Envasado de Alimentos: FDA Certified Better Process Control School (BPCS) en Español
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