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Food Science and Technology News: October 2022 Department Highlights

  • The Department hosted over 85 students and guests at the recent FST Scholarship Dinner. Special guests included CFAES Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs Dr. Ann Christy, several FST faculty and student leaders representing department clubs and programs. This past year, the department awarded over $275,000 in scholarships to 65 undergraduate students. A photo album of the event can be found here: 2022 scholarship dinner
  • Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk has been named to an Independent Expert Panel for the Reagan Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This panel will conduct the operational evaluation of the FDA’s human foods program to develop recommendations to equip the FDA to better carry out its regulatory responsibilities, strengthen its relationships with state and local governments, and secure the nation’s food supply for the future.
  • Healthline featured research published in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry from the lab of Dr. Osvaldo Campanella. The research found that the protein in meat alternatives made from wheat and soy may not be digested as well as protein from chicken breast. Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores and PhD student Shengyue Shan were also listed as co-authors in the study.
  • Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam and PhD student Jerish Joyner Janahar published a High-Pressure Processing factsheet through Ohioline. Ohioline is an information resource produced by Ohio State University Extension.
  • Research on flavor volatiles from the lab of Dr. Sheryl Barringer was referenced in an article by the Daily Meal.
  • Congratulations to PhD student Jennifer Janovick who was selected to receive funding for her proposal to the Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship competition. 
  • The Food Industries Center held the Cleaning and Sanitation Basics + Advanced CIP Workshop on October 18 – 20, which included multiple hands-on sessions to increase technical knowledge through applied training. Instructors from the department included Dr. Valente Alvarez, Dr. V.M. Balasubramaniam, Dr. Dennis Heldman, Dr. Ahmed Yousef, Steven Simmons, Gary Wenneker, Rahul Kamath, and Howard Park, in addition to expert speakers from industry and academia.
  • Dr. Valente B. Alvarez and Steven Simmons led the Food Industries Center’s Introductory HACCP workshop on October 25 – 26. Upon successful completion of the course, food industry employees were certified through the International HACCP Alliance.
  • The Food Industries Center conducted a virtual Better Process Control School for Darigold (Boise, ID) on October 27 – 28. Lead instructor, Dr. Valente Alvarez, Steven Simmons, and industry experts trained employees in aseptic processing of low-acid foods.
  • 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
    November 9               FST Seminar Series
    Dr. Richard Bruno, OSU Department of Human Sciences

    November 9 – 11       Food Industries Center Training Course
    PCQI Training: Preventive Controls for Human Food

    November 16             FST Seminar Series
    Dr. Nora Bello, OSU Department of Animal Sciences

    November 30             FST Seminar Series – Student Presentations
    Zoey Fu (MS), Ruiya Bao (MS), and Simone Fishel (MS)

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

    December 16              FST Autumn Semester Graduation Party
    1:30 – 2:30 pm    Parker Food Science and Technology Lobby