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SEPTEMBER 2011 

Greetings!  

  

We are pleased to feature our newly elected Board Chair, Dan Wampler in this lead article.  Dan is an Ohio State PhD who maintains strong ties with OSU and our center. We were thrilled by the great turnout at our second annual meeting last month. Dan and the board will be in touch as we implement ideas from our successful meeting. 

 

Please continue the food conversation via our team awards (below).  We provide FIC member discounts to both the upcoming Obesity Conference and the Poverty Solutions Conference.  Drs. Grewal, Clinton, Vodovotz, Li and Saif make our national news highlights.  Our apologies to the many other FIC news makers for which we did not have space, but this is a sign of high relevance.

 

The Glenn School of Public Affairs has just posted a new faculty position in food policy.  Many academic units are now providing answers to what they can do to advance food innovation.  Our future is bright at Ohio State as we provide the scholarly basis for a critical global need.

 

I am most sincerely, 
Ken Lee

Professor and Director of the Food Innovation Center    

 

 

Dan Wampler

I am humbled to be elected as director of the Board for the Food Innovation Center. I am excited to work with such an incredible group of talented people all striving to serve the public good. This Center brings an abundance of highly motivated intelligent scientists collaborating for a healthier hunger free world and I consider this a blessing to be part of this endeavor.

I have had the great fortune of growing my company from a dream to one of the premier companies in my food related field. My food technology skills and engineering understanding, just one more gift I received from The Ohio State University having graduated with my Ph.D. in 1982, allowed me to travel a path for the past thirty years that has led me back home to where this blessing began. Now, having emerged with some time, talent and treasure, and believing that it is not by chance I find myself here, I excitedly look for to serving on this board.  

 

Sincerely,

Dan Wampler

President, Sensus, Inc. 

IN THIS ISSUE
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
REGISTER NOW FOR OBESITY CONFERENCE (NOV. 1-2)
ANNUAL MEETING LAUNCHES NEW COLLABORATIONS
APPLY FOR A TEAM AWARD
EXTRAMURAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
RESEARCH RESOURCES
FIC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

DID YOU KNOW?

Eight FIC members are speaking at the Nov. 1-2 Obesity Symposium: 
Cheryl Achterberg, Ihuoma Eneli, Mark Failla, Carolyn Gunther, Sharell Mikesell, Robert Murray, Dara Schuster, and Laureen Smith.

 

FIC members can register now through Oct. 11 at reduced rates.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 

Sandra Barnard

Sandra Barnard, veterinary oncologist at OSU, hopes that her research can help to cure cancer in pets. Find out more...

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REGISTER NOW FOR OBESITY CONFERENCE
(NOV. 1-2)

FIC is pleased to offer reduced registration rates for current FIC faculty and associate members to participate in Obesity and Chronic Disease: Making and Unmaking the Epidemic at The Blackwell Conference Center and Hotel

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1: 7:45 AM-5 PM; optional reception 6:30 PM-10 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2: 7:50 AM-12:15 PM; post-graduate workshop 1 PM-4 PM
 
Come to explore the latest medical, educational, community action, and public policy approaches to tackling this international epidemic. The keynote speaker is Dr. David Kessler, former Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Registration: To receive the discounted rate, FIC members should submit the member form and payment according to the form instructions by Tuesday, October 11. The discount is not available through the Nationwide Children's Hospital online system. See the FIC site for registration information for non-FIC members.


ANNUAL MEETING LAUNCHES NEW COLLABORATIONS

Annual Meeting2At the second annual Food Innovation Center meeting on September 8, 105 participants from 11 colleges, one school, three university units, and eight external organizations engaged in networking, learning, and brainstorming. Sincere thanks to the speakers, facilitators, and poster presenters-and to all who participated. Email fic@osu.edu if you would like meeting materials. Some highlights:  

  • Evaluations were overwhelmingly positive, with the meeting rated a 4.6 on a 5-point scale. Examples of what participants found most beneficial:
    • "Bringing diverse backgrounds together toward a common vision of building a great FIC.
    • "1) appreciate seed grant opportunities. 2) networking and learning about others' research. 3) posters are great!"
    • "Extremely well organized. Surprised at diversity and number of different investigators at the obesity subgroup." 
  • 87% of respondents met at least one potential new collaborator from a college other than their own.
  • Many new project ideas were generated. Team Awards are available to take these ideas to the next level (see below).
  • View more photos of the day
     
  • Annual Meeting
APPLY FOR A TEAM AWARD

Need some financial and administrative support to formulate a new collaborative project? The FIC Team Awards support multi-college teams planning new collaborative projects in food quality, local food security and health, obesity, or industry partnership. FIC will provide recipients with basic administrative support, e.g., scheduling of meetings, in addition to the $2,500 maximum budget. Research, education, and outreach ideas are welcome. Apply (two pages maximum) to fic@osu.edu by Friday, October 14

EXTRAMURAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

USAID and NSF Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program
Range of awards: $30,000 to $50,000 per year (1-3 years). More complex projects may receive up to $100,000 per year (up to 3 years).
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2011
Summary: The program will focus on food security, agricultural development, global health, climate change, disaster mitigation, clean water, renewable energy and other areas.
Link: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/dsc/peer/index.htm

Grand Challenges Explorations Grants - Round 8 (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
Range of Awards: $100,000 each, with opportunity to receive an additional $1 million
Deadline: Nov. 17, 2011
Summary: This is an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Topics being considered: Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses from Field to Market, Design new approaches to optimize immunization systems, Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas, Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children, Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges.
Link: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/TopicsOverview.aspx  

 

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
USDA-NIFA-CFP-003539
Range of Awards:  Up to $500,000 over 2-3 years.
Deadline: November 17, 2011
Summary: To develop self-sustaining Community Food Projects, planning projects to assess the food security needs and plan long-term solutions, or provide training and capacity building on a nationwide basis to entities interested in developing new Community Food Projects.
Linkhttp://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/communityfoodprojects.cfm 

Obesity Policy Research: Evaluations and Measures (R01)
PA-10-027
Range of awards: size and duration of awards will vary.
Deadline: Oct. 5, Feb. 5, June 5
Summary: To conduct evaluation research on obesity-related "natural experiments" and/or develop and/or validate relevant community-level measures. The goal of this FOA is to inform public policy and research relevant to diet and physical activity behavior, and weight and health outcomes of Americans.
Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-027.html

Advanced E-Team Grants (National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance)
Range of awards: $1,000 -$20,000
Deadline: Dec. 3, 2011
Summary: Advanced E-Team grants provide E-Teams with the support they need to bring an innovative product or technology from idea to prototype, and eventually to market. Successful Advanced E-Team grant proposals demonstrate an idea's technical feasibility, social value, and potential for commercialization.
Note: Proposals are not accepted from U.S. researchers. Developing country PIs who apply should either be actively engaged in or plan to be engaged in a collaborative research project with an NSF-funded U.S. researcher.
Link: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/dsc/peer/index.htm  

 

FAZD (Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense) Center Request for Proposals

Range of Awards: up to $250,000/yr per project.
Deadline: January 6, 2012
Summary:  For transformative, evolving and/or maturing R&D technologies that demonstrate significant improvement in the FAZD Center mission or operations of FAZD Center stakeholders. FAZD performs research and develops products to defend the nation from high-consequence foreign animal and zoonotic diseases.
Link: http://fazd.tamu.edu/2011/06/open-call-for-proposals/

RESEARCH RESOURCES

Food Desert Locator

A food desert is defined as a census tract where a substantial number of low-income residents have low access to a supermarket or grocery store.  The Food Desert Locator presents a spatial overview of where food-desert census tracts are located, provides selected population characteristics, and offers downloadable data for community planning or research purposes.  Learn more   


Child Health Behavioral and Social Outcomes Core

Available to faculty at Ohio State, this core based at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides assistance to investigators seeking to incorporate behavioral, social, and economic measures into their research. Fee is $50/hour if an investigator has grants to which services can be billed; otherwise, up to 10 hours of services are available free of charge. Learn more

FIC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
STEVE CLINTON AND YAEL VODOVOTZ HIGHLIGHTED ON NBC NEWSSteven Clinton Yael Vodovotz 


NBC Nightly News recently featured Food Innovation Center Associate Director Steve Clinton and Professor Yael Vodovotz in a segment about disease-fighting foods.  The segment aired on August 22, 2011 at 6:30pm.  The Food Innovation Center thanks all of our members and fellow Buckeyes who raised cancer awareness by participating in Pelotonia. 

Click here to watch the video.

  

 

 


Parwinder Grewal
PARWINDER GREWAL'S STUDY PUBLISHED IN WALL STREET JOURNAL 

 

In the July 20, 2011, issue of Cities, Food Innovation Center member Parwinder Grewal addresses the question "Can Cities Become Self-Reliant in Food?" The featured research is connected to his 2010 FIC seed grant. Dr. Grewal's work has generated much interest with mentions in the Wall Street Journal and  Wired Science. Congratulations to Dr. Grewal and his team.

   


JIANRONG LI AND LINDA SAIF SHARE A $25 MILLION GRANT TO STUDY VIRUS-RELATED FOODBOURNE ILLNESSJianrong Li Linda Saif   

 

Four Ohio State University scientists are part of a multi-state $25 million effort to reduce the number of foodborne illnesses caused by viruses.

 
The five-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is the largest single food safety grant awarded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Read on... 

 

   

 


Find out about more FIC members in the news 

 

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