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Food Science and Technology News: October 2020 Department Highlights

  • Ohio State’s Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention received a $100,000 gift from Bill Marler and Marler Clark LLP PS, The Food Safety Law Firm. The gift was used towards the establishment of an endowed fund to support food safety. Click here to learn more.
  • The International Association for Food Protection recement held their virtual Annual Meeting and a number of faculty and students from the department participated.
     - Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam presented in the Beverages and Acid/Acidified Foods technical session.
     - Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk helped organize and convene a symposium and  participated as a panelist in a roundtable  discussion.
     - PhD student Aaron Beczkiewicz gave a Tech Talk titled “Risk Factors for Salmonella Contamination in Poultry Products Following Changes in U.S. Oversight Programs.”
     - FST Post-Doctoral Researcher Ahmed Abdelhamid presented in the General Microbiology technical session.
     - PhD Howard Park was recognized as the recipient of the 2020 Peanut Proud Scholarship.
     - The following students shared their research posters in the Developing Scientist Competition: Aaron Beczkiewicz, Ariel Garsow, Howard Park, Jie Xu, and Yumin Yu.
  • Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam recently presented “Food engineering for healthy and sustainable food systems” during the International Virtual Professional Development Program organized by the Hindustan College of Engineering and Technology in Coimbatore, India.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Monica Giusti on a recently granted patent. The patent deals with colorant compositions and methods of use.
  • The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention recently held a webinar called ‘Translating Science into Policy and Practice.”
  • Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk and the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention recently received funding for a proposal to improve food safety in Kenya. The proposal, Chakula Salama, was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Food Safety Innovation Lab (FSIL) at Purdue University.

*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. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events
November 4                       FST Seminar Series
2020 FST Hall of Distinction Recognition, Industry Career Panel with 2020 inductees
4-5 pm Zoom Link*

November 16-20                Food Industries Center Training Course
Curso de Mejor Control de Proceso y Empacado de Alimentos - Better Process Control School en Español

November 18                       FST Seminar Series
Christie Harman, Scientific Director of Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association
4-5 pm Zoom Link*

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 7-11                  Food Industries Center Training Course
Better Process Control School