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Food Science and Technology News: October 2021 Highlights

  • Congratulations to Professor Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam for being appointed to the USDA NAREEE Advisory Board. The NAREEE Advisory Board provides feedback to the Secretary of Agriculture, to USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, and to land-grant colleges and universities on food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics priorities and policies. The Advisory Board also provides reports and recommendations to the appropriate agricultural committees of the U.S. Congress.
  • Dr. Devin Peterson was awarded a President’s Research Excellence (PRE) Catalyst Grant for the proposal titled “A New Paradigm in Foods for Health at Ohio State: Multi-Omics Integration in the Era of Precision Nutrition.”
  • Congratulations to Dr. Matthias Klein who received an ECM Lightning Talk Award at MANA 2021, the annual conference of the Metabolomics Association of North America. Dr. Klein was honored for the presentation of his work on detection of food microbes by metabolomics technology.
  • The department hosted over 100 students and guests at the recent FST Scholarship Dinner. Special guests included CFAES Associate Dean for Academic Programs Dr. Steve Neal, several FST faculty and student leaders representing department clubs and programs. This past year, the department awarded over $274,000 in scholarships to 66 undergraduate students.
  • WSYX ABC 6 and Fox 28 reported on Dr. Chris Simons research study involving smelling and tasting candy to screen symptoms of COVID. More participants are needed for this study. People ages five and up are able to sign up by clicking here.
  • Congratulations to FST undergraduates Julianna Andres, Rachel Barrett, Hailey Bush, Chris Dible, and Andrea Esselburn for receiving their American FFA degree at the National FFA Convention. As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to their chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career.
  • The following FST graduate students recently received a 2021 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Communication Scholarship: Allison Howell, Erica Grush, Jerish Joyner Janahar, and Ishveen Kaur. Scholars had the opportunity to network with other scientists in academia and industry and participate in various sessions that discussed current agriculture-based issues related to plants, animals, and food at the CAST annual meeting that recently took place.
  • Congratulations to the Ohio Food Science FFA team from Big Walnut-DACC and coach Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider, who won the Food Science & Technology Career Development Event at the National FFA Convention. This is the team’s 3rd win in a row. Previously, they were the only team to win twice, and before that the first team from Ohio to win this event. This year not only did the team come in on top, but all 4 of the students placed in the top 10. Dr. Pohlschneider has served as a coach for the Big Walnut-DACC team since 2016.
  • This past month Senior Lecturer Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider visited with 100 6th-8th grade students at Buckeye Valley Middle School.  These students are in Career Exploration classes, both to learn about careers as well as allowing the students to “work” in the school building when teachers and administrators need assistance.  The students participated in  food chemistry and  sensory demonstrations and learned about career paths in Food Science, Food Business and Culinary Science. 
  • Welcome to Allison Coleman who has joined the department as our Fiscal Officer.

    *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
    November 3             FST Seminar
    Z Tenney, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer; College of Pharmacy
    4:00 – 5:00 pm; Parker 118 and Zoom link available

    November 9             Food Industries Center Training Course

    Cleaning and Sanitation Basics

    November 10            FST Seminar
    Joy Waite-Cusic, PhD; Oregon State University
    4:00 – 5:00 pm; Parker 118 and Zoom link available

    November 10-11       Food Industries Center Training Course
    Advanced CIP

    November 17            OVIFT Webinar
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    November 17            FST Seminar

    Student Presentations – Aishwarya Badiger and Wooju Kim
    4:00 – 5:00 pm; Parker 118 and Zoom link available

    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 Lobb