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September 2012 



Thank you for making the Food Innovation Center's third annual meeting a success. We are pleased to report that we had a record-setting 147 participants. The Food Innovation Center is committed to fostering ideas and creating conversations designed to facilitate food discovery at Ohio State. Post-event evaluation data shows that we are building momentum and connecting food innovators across this campus as 78% of respondents reported meeting a new collaborator on September 6. Remember that FIC has Team Award funds available for members to build upon those connections and plan new cross-college projects. 


Carla Miller facilitates conversation during a breakout session at the FIC Annual Meeting. View a slideshow of more scenes from the event on September 6, 2012.


Of course we could not have orchestrated a successful event without great programming, facilitators, and speakers. Special thanks go to Mary Wagner, Caroline Whitacre, Michelle Battista, Josh Bomser, Colleen Spees, Charles Emery, Carla Miller, Barbara Piperata, Sally Miller, Rich Bruno, Gail Kaye, Matt Habash, Greg Lesinski and Martha Belury for their presentations and facilitation of breakout sessions, and to the 2011 seed grant and team award poster representatives. And of course, thanks to everyone who was able to participate and contribute ideas for a healthier, hunger-free world.





FIC Directors and Staff 

Apply for an FIC Team Award by October 19

Do you have a multi-college idea that could benefit from support during the networking and planning phase? The FIC Team Awards are designed with you in mind. Teams emerging from the annual meeting breakouts are encouraged to apply as well as teams not at the meeting. Funds of up to $2,500 per award support networks and development of new project ideas, not project execution per se. Research, education, and outreach ideas are welcome. The application, due Friday, Oct. 19, is only two pages; we look forward to your submissions. View the RFA.

Kudos to Poster Award Winners at Annual Meeting

For the first time, FIC incorporated poster awards into the annual meeting poster reception and invited all attendees to vote. Congratulations to the winning posters; each recognized team received a pack of gift cards totaling $100. Full team lists are on our site.

  • Best presentation (oral, visual): Influence of Strawberries on Air Pollution-induced Cardiovascular Disease. Chris Weghorst, PI; Thomas Knobloch, Presenter. (2011 seed grant)
  • Most transdisciplinary: Phytochemical Study of Sacoglottis gabonesis. Esperanza Carcache de Blanco, PI; Ulyana Munoz-Acuna, Presenter. (2011 seed grant)
  • Most likely to impact the world in 10 years: Local Food Security and Health. Colleen Spees, PI;  Amy Alwood, Presenter. (2011 team award)
In This Issue

New Grad Student RFA Coming Soon

FIC is developing a new funding program to support innovative research by post-candidacy doctoral students. Watch your inbox in October for the RFA.

Member Spotlight
Jiyoung Lee
Between her recent FIC Seed Grant to improve local food security and health in urban environments with hydroponic food systems and her grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study safer drinking water coming in from Lake Erie, Food Innovation Center member Jiyoung Lee keeps busy with her research.


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Ulyana  Ulyana Munoz-Acuna (Pharmacy) Presents Research Poster   

Congratulations to 2012 Social Science Data Grant Teams     

Four teams were recently awarded FIC social science data grants, one-year awards of up to $2,500. FIC developed this novel small grant competition to support scholars in identifying, obtaining, or developing primary or secondary data about the economic and organizational systems used to produce and distribute food. The call was targeted at social scientists as part of FIC's plan to broaden engagement beyond the STEM disciplines. Congratulations to the funded teams led by Jeffrey Cohen (Anthropology), Cristina Connolly (AED Economics), Lindsey Ibaņez (Sociology), and Justin Miller (Management & HR).

Congratulations to the 10 Recipients of the Summer 2012 Graduate Student Travel Awards

These awards were for graduate students currently advised by an FIC faculty member who have worked on research projects consistent with the FIC mission. The awards were designed to help students travel to professional meetings and conferences of national or international significance in the summer and fall of 2012. As a result, the following students will be attending a professional meeting in their field in the coming months:

Jennifer Ahn- Jarvis, Food Science and Technology; Basavaraj Binjawadagi, Comparative and Veterinary Medicine; Greg Bricker, Food Science and Technology; Jeff Galley, Oral Biology; Kara Kliewer, OSUN; Sherry Liu,Public Health; KayLoni Olson, Clinical Psychology; Anil Persad, Comparative and Veterinary Medicine; Kristen Rhoda, OSUN; Lei Wan,OSUN.


Read more for further information about these awards. Visit our program page for more information about criteria and future application deadlines: Graduate Student Travel Awards.

FIC-CCTS Pilot Award Announced
This summer the Food Innovation Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) were partners on a collaborative pilot RFA to create integrated translational research teams across the health sciences. The $50,000, one-year award is intended to facilitate acquisition of extramural support for new and expanded research efforts on the functional aspects of disease, health processes, or interventions. Congratulations to the recipient of the FIC-CCTS Pilot Award (2012-2013):
Bioavailabiltiy and distribution of black raspberry phytochemicals from novel OSU functional foods designed for cancer prevention
Yael Vodovotz, FAES (PI); Ronney Abaza, COM; Steven K. Clinton, COM; Gregory Lesinski, COM; Dennis Pearl, A&S; Steven J. Schwartz, FAES; Christopher Weghorst, CPH
Upcoming Events                                          

October 2012 is Celebration of Research Month
Throughout the month of October, The Ohio State University will be hosting events to highlight and recognize research progress achieved here at the university. Check out the following events below for what's in store for the Celebration of Research.

OSU Research Expo
Time: Oct. 2, 2012 @ 9:30 AM to 12 PM

Location: Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room
The OSU Research Expo will showcase of more than 50 exhibitors (research centers, institutes, core laboratories, campus vendors). Come and learn about the programs and services available to support your research. The Expo is open to all members of the Ohio State research community - faculty, staff, and students. The Food Innovation Center will be an exhibitor, so please stop by to hear the latest news about food innovation on campus! Read More.

OSU State of Research Address
Time: Oct. 11, 2012 @ 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Location: Wexner Center Film/video Theater
Caroline Whitacre, Vice President for Research, will deliver the 2012 annual State of Research address. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the Wexner Center Flim/Video Theater. Dr. Whitacre will also be presenting the Innovator of the Year Awards. A reception follows in the Mershon Hall lobby. Read More.


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FIC News

"Food's in the Forefront"--Food Innovation Center Featured in onCampus


The FIC was recently highlighted in The Ohio State University's faculty and staff newspaper onCampus. The article, "Food's in the Forefront," highlights achievements made by the FIC, particularly Yael Vodovotz's proposal to use food trucks as a way to provide cancer-fighting foods to consumers. Director Ken Lee also provides information about the FIC and its progress.   

Read the full article.


Chandan Sen Speaks in Webinar on Neuroprotection Research Using Palm Mixed Tocotrienols


 FIC Member Chandan Sen is a featured speaker on an on-demand webinar titled "Research Updates on Neuroprotection Properties and Pharmacokinetics of Tocotrienols." The session includes information about the latest neuroprotection research studies published, the potential of palm mixed tocotrienol complex in protecting against stroke-induced injuries to the brain, and more.   

Watch the complete webinar.


 Ouliana Ziouzenkova Finds Link Between Estrogen Level and Increased Abdominal Fat in Females 

Ouliana Ziouzenkova


Research conducted by FIC member  Ziouzenkova suggests estrogen (especially estrogen-loss during post-menopause) suppresses the key enzyme to burn fat in the abdomen which increases belly fat despite consuming the same amount of high-fat foods as men.  

Read the full article.


FIC Member Jill Clark to Help Alleviate Food Deserts  

Jill Clark


Jill Clark and her team were recently awarded $3.96 million for her project titled "Building Local Government Capacity to Alleviate Food Deserts" to improve food security for farmers and consumers living in food deserts throughout the United States.  

Read the full article. 



Martha Belury Researches the Use of Omega-3 to Lower Inflammation  


FMatha Beluryood Innovation Center member Martha Belury, along with Janice Kiecolt-Glaser and Ronald Glaser, find using omega-3 fatty acid supplements lowers inflammation for healthy, yet overweight adults, who are middle-aged or older. 

Read the full article. 

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