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Food Science and Technology News: November 2021 Highlights

  • Congratulations to Dr. VM ‘Bala’ Balasubramaniam on being elected as a Fellow of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers.
  • Dr. Chris Simons had the opportunity to discuss his lab’s COVID-candy research with Ira Flatow on NPR's Science Friday. Click here to listen.
  • The Washington Post ran a story about when it makes sense to soak your dirty dishes and cited research from Dr. Melvin Pascall.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Kara Morgan, a research scientist with the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention,  on being selected as one of four people awarded the Volunteer Service Award by INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) this year for her work leading and co-organizing a virtual conference on Decision Making for Emerging Risks.
  • Recently, two graduate students from our department contributed to  the IFTSA Science Meets Food Blog. Aishwarya Badiger talked about the physicochemical reasons people pair some ingredients together in  “Does pineapple belong on pizza? The science behind food pairings.” And Allison Howell talks about botulism in “Clostridium botulinum: from sausage-poisoning to home-processing hazard.”
  • Dr. Lynn Knipe recently presented “A Users Guide to Pathogen Modelling Programs,” at the Process Expo, in Chicago.
  • The Flavor Research and Education Center (FREC) recently held their annual meeting where they presented research updates on 14 FREC projects to over 80 participants representing 13 member companies. Click here to learn more.
  • The Food Industries Center held the Cleaning and Sanitation Basics + Advanced CIP Workshop on November 9 - 11, which included multiple hands-on sessions to increase technical knowledge through applied training. Instructors from the department included Dr. Valente Alvarez, Dr. V.M. Balasubramaniam, Dr. Dennis Heldman, Dr. Ahmed Yousef, Steven Simmons, Gary Wenneker, Holly Huellemeier, and Howard Park, in addition to expert speakers from industry and academia.
  • The department’s Autumn 2021 seminar schedule is published on the FST website under ‘About Us’ and takes place on Wednesday’s from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm both in person and via Zoom. Please email if you would like the link to any of the seminars. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events
December 1                  FST Department Ice Cream Social
3:00 – 4:00 pm; Parker 118

December 1                 FST Seminar
Bruce Hamaker, PhD; Purdue University
4:00 – 5:00 pm; Parker 118 or Zoom link available

December 8                 FST Seminar
Student Presentations – Yuehan Ai, Jeff Caminiti, and Klay Liu
4:00 – 5:00 pm; Parker 118 and Zoom link available

December 17               FST Graduation Party
2:30 pm; Parker Food Science Lobby