The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Food Science and Technology News
January 2016 Highlights
  • Do you have an interest in helping educate the public on science relating to food and agriculture? Come join [Citation Needed] to learn about how to edit and produce short videos to help convey your message! We will have Ilona Jalics, a multimedia coordinator and instructor, here to teach us some simple ways to make our own videos to promote science! This event will be held on Wednesday, February 3 in Parker 118. Food will be served at 5:30pm. Programming will begin at 6:00pm. Click here for more information.
  • Congratulations to this year’s CFAES alumni award recipients. Carolina Azcarate Espinoza received her MS in Food Science in 2010 and will be recognized with the Young Professional Award.
  • Congratulations to the 41 FST students who were named to the Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2015.  Students completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher for any given term will be named to the Dean's List for that term in the college in which they are enrolled.
  • Ohio State’s Food Innovation Center, in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, has developed a new student product development competition designed to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need. Creative solutions are sought in the form of new food products that incorporate the fresh supply of fruits and vegetables and the basic needs of food pantry clients. Ohio State student teams are invited to propose new products that make underutilized foods more appealing, affordable, longer lasting and nutritious. Read more:
  • Bala Balasubramaniam recently co-edited a new Springer book called High Pressure Processing of Food: Principles, Technology and Applications with Gustavo V. Barbosa-Cánovas of Washington State University and Huub L.M. Lelieveld, formerly of Unilever R&D. Through 31 chapters grouped into seven relevant sections, the new book summarizes various aspects of high-pressure processing, from process engineering, packaging, industrial scale equipment, consumer acceptance and regulations to application of high pressure in food pasteurization, sterilization, extraction, homogenization, and freezing and thawing.  A network of 83 international authors, including faculty and students from FST and FABE, worked as a team for more than four years and made this effort possible.
  • Congratulations to PhD student Mei-Ling Shotts who has been accepted to present at Pittcon on March 9th and AOCS in May (date TBD). Both are on the same topic which is Application of Mid-infrared Portable Spectrometry in Determination of Trans-fatty Acid Content in Bakery Products.
  • FST lecturer Dr. Brian Waters successfully led the effort which enabled our department to achieve IFT HERB approval of our program for another year.
  • The IFT Nonthermal Processing Division is hosting a Webcast on February 25th from 12:00-1:30 pm EST. IFT members from all Divisions are welcome to attend. The topic is "Extended Shelf-Life Foods – Ensuring food safety through high pressure based technological solutions" and presenters include FST faculty Ahmed Yousef and Bala Balasubramaniam. The webcast is available through  and is free for IFT members.
  • Bala Balasubramaniam recently traveled to South China University of Technology, Zhuhai, China. He was part of an invited North American Panel to talk at Ultra-high pressure technology and technology forum hosted by the University and local province.
  • Registration is now open for the 2016 Syft Users Meeting. For a third year, Ohio State and Syft, Inc have organized this meeting to promote the exchange of ideas and best practices in using the SIFT-MS technology. This two day meeting will include user presentations on recent advances, applications and techniques using SIFT-MS. Day two of the meeting will include training in some of the nuances of method development and refining, adding new compounds to the library and using all of the features of the software. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Dates:

February 3rd                         [Citation Needed] Editing the Message
                                                5:30 pm Parker 118

February 18th                       Faculty/student dinner with FST External Advisory Board
                                                5:00 pm Lobby

February 19th                       Department Meeting
                                                3:00 pm Parker 114

March 7th – 8th                     FST Graduate Recruitment Event

May 18th – 19th                    Syft Users Meeting

September 12th – 14th       Conference of Food Engineering (CoFE) 

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