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Department of Food Science and Technology


Food Science and Technology News: November 2023 Highlights

  • Congratulations to Wamwari Waichungo, PhD who has been selected as the 2023 Harris Award recipient. Dr. Waichungo is the Vice President of Global Safety Assessment and Regulatory Affairs for SC Johnson. This award is given annually to recognize excellence in and contributions to the discipline of food science. Dr. Waichungo will travel to campus during the 2023-2024 spring semester to receive her recognition and to give a public lecture in the department.
  • Congratulations to FST graduate student Danielle Voss on being named a 2023-24 Presidential Fellowship recipient. The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School to recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Danielle’s research investigates how pyranoanthocyanins, wine-inspired pigments, can be used as naturally derived colorants for foods. Danielle is advised by FST Associate Chair Dr. Monica Giusti.
  • Ice cream produced in the Ohio State Dairy Pilot Plant is now available in the Union Market in the Ohio Union and in the Parker Café in the Parker Food Science and Technology building. Maudine’s Berry Patch, Vanilla, and Microground Coffee are available for a limited time. You can stay informed of flavors and progress through the Parker Dairy website.
  • The Ohio Supercomputer Center recently published an article about the research taking place in Dr. Jessica Cooperstone’s lab.
  • Dr. Jiyoung Lee gave a keynote presentation titled “Microbial and Antibiotic Resistance Hazards in Environments & Human Gut Microbiome: Application of One Health Approach” at the One Health Conference in Jamaica earlier this fall.
  • Dr. Ahmed Yousef offered food safety tips in a recent article by the Ohio State Lantern.
  • Dr. Yael Vodovotz recently served as panelist on the Focus on Sustainability session at the Materials Research Society Fall Exhibit and Meeting.
  • Dr. Nicole Arnold recently received two Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) awards. Dr. Arnold also received a Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP) grant for a project titled “Food Safety Training and Technical Assistance for Cottage Food and Home Bakery Operations in Ohio.”
  • Congratulations to FST undergraduate student Ari Borton on receiving her American FFA Degree during the recent national FFA Convention.

Upcoming Events

December 6        FST Department Seminar
Jessica Badour, Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)

December 15     FST Autumn Semester Graduation Party
2:30 – 3:30 pm Parker Food Science and Technology Lobby

January 8             Spring Semester Begins