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Department of Food Science and Technology


Food Science and Technology News: November 2022 Department Highlights

  • Congratulations to Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider who has been awarded the 2022 National Teaching and Student Engagement Award by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). This award celebrates university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service to students.
  • The university held a faculty and staff service recognition luncheon where they recognized milestones of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service to the university. Dr. Lynn Knipe and Julie Townsend from FST were among those recognized for 25 years of service.
  • Dr. Jessica Cooperstone was a featured expert in an article out of Medical News Today that talked about a study linking tomatoes to improved gut health. Ohio State News also wrote an article on this research out of Cooperstone’s lab.
  • Dr. Hua Wang talks food safety and cross contamination of kitchen utensils in an article for WTSP Tampa about defrosting frozen turkeys.
  • Congratulations to FST graduate students Rahul Kamath and Sanjana Sawant on being inducted into Phi Tau Sigma, the honor society of food science and technology. Rahul is advised by Dr. Denny Heldman and Sanjana is co-advised by Dr. Valente Alvarez and Dr. Denny Heldman.
  • Congratulations to FST graduate student Daniel Do who won 2nd place in the University 2022 Interdisciplinary Research Fall Forum for his poster “Pharmacokinetics of tomato steroidal alkaloids in healthy adults following consumption of two doses of tomato juice”.
  • Ohio State News reported on a seminar by FST alum Brittany Towers Lewis that focused on best practices for sharing science and agriculture on social media. Citation Needed, FST’s science and agriculture communication club, sponsored the event.
  • The Flavor Research and Education Center (FREC) recently held their annual meeting where they presented research updates on 13 FREC projects to over 70 participants representing 13 member companies. Click here to learn more.
  • The Food Industries Center, in partnership with the Office of International Programs in Agriculture, hosted an international training program on October 29 – November 12, which was funded through the USDA Cochran Fellowship Program. The two-week training was designed for a diverse group of 17 Fellows from Bangladesh and the Philippines and focused on U.S. Food Safety Regulations and Standards. Dr. Valente Alvarez and Steven Simmons led the group through industry tours and regulatory meetings in Ohio and Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Valente B. Alvarez led the Food Industries Center’s FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food workshop on November 9 – 11, with lectures from Steven Simmons and Brianda D. Gonzalez. This workshop uses FDA-recognized and standardized curriculum that provides food industry employees with an overview of the process of developing a Food Safety Plan to comply with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Foods rule. This workshop meets the training requirements for preventive controls qualified individuals under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • The Food Industries Center offered a customized, onsite training for Abbott Laboratories on November 16 – 18, including a one-day Introduction to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and a two-day Advanced Pasteurization Workshop taught by Dr. Valente Alvarez and industry experts.
  • The department's 2022 Autumn Seminar Series schedule can be found here. The seminars take place from 4:00 -5:00 pm in the Parker Food Science and Technology Building room 118 each week and are open to the public.

    Upcoming Events
    December 7                            FST Seminar Series – Student Presentations
    Jerish Joyner Janahar (PhD), Rahul Venkatram (MS), Lu Xun (MS)

    December 16                          FST Autumn Semester Graduation Party
    1:00 – 2:00 pm    Parker Food Science and Technology Lobby

    December 23- January 2      OSU closed for academic recess & university holidays