FOOD FOR THOUGHT 

AUGUST 2011 

Greetings!

Time flies and innovation flourishes as the Food Innovation Center enters its second year. We had a stellar start thanks to participation by members like you. Our appreciation to Carolee, Alex and Kayla who created this innovative newsletter just for us.

 

We look forward to seeing you September 8 at the Blackwell. There is so much going on we will not be able to mention it all at our annual meeting, so this e-news provides a vital communication link.  Let us know if it helps and how it can be improved.

 

Food innovation is mission-critical for the nation's largest land grant university. We are pleased you are on this team as we do something great.  Please invite your colleagues to join our center as Ohio State will inspire scholarly world food impact with your participation.


I am most sincerely, 
Ken Lee

Professor and Director

Food Innovation Center    

 

REGISTER NOW FOR ANNUAL MEETING (SEPT. 8)

FOOD INNOVATION CENTER 2011: COLLABORATING FOR A HEALTHIER, HUNGER-FREE WORLD

Thursday, September 8

9 AM-3 PM
The Blackwell
at Fisher College (with convenient "A" parking in nearby lots and garages)

Who? All FIC faculty and associate members are encouraged to participate. You also may forward this invitation to a potential FIC member.
What? Expect to network, learn about FIC progress, brainstorm and plan future projects, and preview a new RFP. View the agenda here.

 

Registration required at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/foodmeeting by 5 PM, Wednesday, August 31
IN THIS ISSUE
REGISTER NOW FOR ANNUAL MEETING (SEPT. 8)
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
SEED GRANT CONGRATULATIONS
PROMOTION AND TENURE CONGRATULATIONS
OBESITY CONFERENCE NOV. 1 AND 2
FIC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
FEATURED MEMBER BENEFIT
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

DID YOU KNOW?

         FIC invests

      across campus.

Seed grant PIs to date come from seven colleges (COM, CPH, EHE, FAES, Law, Pharmacy, & Vet Med), and all teams are multi-college.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 

Carla Miller helps those with diabetes make behavioral change.  Find out more...

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SEED GRANT CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the nine interdisciplinary teams awarded 2011 Food Innovation Center Seed Grant Awards.

Two of the nine teams were granted target awards, special investments in new ideas and partnerships between STEM experts and those in business, social science, arts, or humanities. Across the nine total awards, 28 Center members from eleven colleges are addressing food challenges through transdisciplinary inquiry and innovation. View the list of awards.
 

PROMOTION AND TENURE CONGRATULATIONS         

COLLEGE OF FOOD, AGRICULTURAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Promotion to Professor              
V.M. Balasubramaniam, Food Science and Technology
John Moeller, Animal Sciences 
Henry Zerby, Animal Sciences 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN ECOLOGYOSU logo

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Robert Scharff, Consumer Sciences

Tenure [At the Current Rank of Associate Professor]

Carla Miller, Human Nutrition

 

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, REGULAR CLINICAL

Promotion to Associate Professor-Clinical

Maryanna Klatt, School of Allied Medical Professions

Reappointment

Lisa Yee, Surgery


COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Esperanza Carcache de Blanco

 

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, REGULAR RESEARCH

Reappointment

Veronique Lacombe
 

OBESITY CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 1 AND 2

SAVE THE DATE! THE OBESITY AND CHRONIC DISEASE SYMPOSIUM

The Blackwell Conference Center and Hotel; November 1-2

Nationwide Children's HospitalThe Food Innovation Center is co-sponsoring the Obesity and Chronic Disease Symposium together with Nationwide Children's Hospital. Plan to attend to explore the latest medical, educational, community action, and public policy approaches to tackling this international epidemic. Throughout the 1.5 days the faculty and participants will explore:
  • Links between Childhood Obesity and Adult Disease - Prenatal Forward
  • Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes - from Prevention to "Undoing" Extreme Obesity
  • Public Health Initiatives and Industry Collaborations
Full details, including agenda and registration information, are to come. 


FIC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
MARTHA BELURY CO-AUTHORED A STUDY ON OMEGA-3 REDUCTION OF ANXIETY AND INFLAMMATION IN STUDENTS 

A new study gauging the impact of consuming more fish oil showed a marked reduction both in inflammation and, surprisingly, in anxiety among a cohort of healthy young people.

The findings suggest that if young participants can get such improvements from specific dietary supplements, then the elderly and people at high risk for certain diseases might benefit even more.

The findings by a team of researchers at Ohio State University were just published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity .  It is the latest from more than three decades of research into links between psychological stress and immunity.   Read on... 
  
 
 

CHANDAN SEN LED DISCOVERY OF A FORM OF VITAMIN E THAT MAY REDUCE STROKE DAMAGEChandan Sen

Ten weeks of preventive supplementation with a natural form of vitamin E called tocotrienol in dogs that later had strokes reduced overall brain tissue damage, prevented loss of neural connections and helped sustain blood flow in the animals' brains, a new study shows.

 

Researchers say the findings suggest that preventive, or prophylactic, use of this natural form of vitamin E could be particularly helpful to people considered at highest risk for a major stroke: those who have previously suffered a ministroke, or a temporary stoppage of blood flow in the brain.  


Of the almost 800,000 strokes in the United States each year, an estimated 25 percent are repeat events, according to the American Heart Association

Read on...

  

KAREN BRUNS SERVES AS OHIO'S PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR FOR USDA PROJECT FIGHTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Ohio State University Extension is part of a $4.5 million project targeted at combating childhood obesity. OSU Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences program will receive $745,744 for the five-year project, which is being led by Kansas State University and involves an additional five states (Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin).

 

The Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant  was one of 24 funded at the end of April by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The goal of this project is to find ways to help rural communities create a culture of healthy eating and physical activity to prevent childhood obesity in low-income young children, said Karen Bruns, assistant director of OSU Extension in charge of Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences programs. Bruns will serve as Ohio's principal investigator on the project.  Read on...    


Find out about more FIC members in the news 
 

FEATURED MEMBER BENEFIT
Cost share program:  Remember that FIC is pleased to help leverage food innovation competitiveness for its members. Relevant proposals with a cost share requirement may be matched up to $10,000 with FIC support. Requests will be considered case by case by the directors in light of available budget and strategic priorities. Read more.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

People's Garden Grant Program

USDA-NIFA-OP-003503

Range of Awards: up to $150,000

Deadline: August 26, 2011

Summary: The People's Garden Grant Program (PPGP) is designed to facilitate the creation of produce, recreation, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for science-based informal education.
Link:
http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/peoples_garden.html
 

CCTS Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program

Range of Awards: $15,000 - $37,500

Deadline: October 2, 2011

Summary: The CCTS Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program aims to create translational integrated research teams across the OSU Health Sciences. Research must be in one or more of these tracks: Allied Medical Professions, Child Health, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Social Work, or Veterinary Medicine.

Link: http://ccts.osu.edu/news-highlight/rfa-multi-track-collaborative-pilots
 

Home- and Family-Based Approaches for the Prevention or Management of Overweight or Obesity in Early Childhood (NIH R01)

Deadlines (new submission): Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5

Summary: For randomized clinical trials testing novel home- or family-based interventions for the prevention or management of overweight in infancy and early childhood. Focus on infants and young children (to age six years).

Link: PA-10-127 

Note: This R01 runs in parallel with a FOA of identical scientific scope that encourages applications under the R21 mechanism: PA-10-128; Deadlines (new submission): Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16


Diet, Epigenetic Events, and Cancer Prevention (NIH R21)
 
Award Amount: $275,000
Deadline: Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16
Summary:
The aim is to
determine how diet and dietary factors, including dietary supplements, impact DNA methylation, histone posttranslational modification, noncoding RNA, and other epigenetic processes involved in cancer prevention and development.
Link: PA-09-235

Note: This R21 runs in parallel with a FOA of identical scientific scope that encourages applications under the R01 mechanism: PA-09-234; Deadlines (new submission): Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16  

 

US-India Institutional Partnership Grants
 
Award Amount: $250,000
Deadline:
November 1, 2011
 
Summary: OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Agricultural Sciences and Food Security; Energy; Sustainable Development; Climate Change; Environmental Studies; Education and Educational Reform; Public Health; and Community Developmentand Innovation.
Link: http://www.usief.org.in/Scripts/ServicestoInstitutionsForU.S.InstitutionsObama-Singh21stCenturyKnowledgeInitiativeAwards.aspx
Note: Contact Mark Failla or Carolee Barber if you are interested in participating on a proposal team for this opportunity.

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Director: Ken Lee; Associate directors: Steven Clinton, Mark Failla, Michael Leiblein, and Steven Schwartz