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Food for Thought                        May 2013



Please save the date: September 12, 2013

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM for our inaugural

event, Food for Billions: Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050 at The Ohio Union.

To sustain nine billion people by 2050, the world's food supply must increase by a staggering 70%. But increasing production is not enough to eradicate hunger and improve human health. Roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally to flaws in process, economics, energy, behavior, and policy. Our global food system must improve and innovate to advance us toward a healthier, hunger-free world. Food for Billions is a pivotal event conceived by members of the Food Innovation Center at The Ohio State University. We aim to inspire researchers, policy makers, community organizers, industry leaders, and food enthusiasts to brainstorm, innovate and invent the food system that satiates billions in a nutritious, healthy and sustainable way.


Keynote Speaker: Michael Specter 



New Yorker Staff Writer Covering Science, Technology, and Public Health Issues; Author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives.


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Did you know...?
Over the last year, membership in the Food Innovation Center has increased by 49%. Even more significant is that the FIC has yet to lead a major membership drive across campus. 
In This Issue
Did You Know?
Innovation Initiative Awardees
Neal Hooker Video
Grad Student Travel Awards
Upcoming Events
FIC News
Member Spotlight 
Residents of urban areas are experiencing unemployment and inadequate access to basic food sources such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Food Innovation Center member and Assistant Professor in the Knowlton School of Architecture, Katherine Bennett, decided to take initiative towards empowering the community. Read more.
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Congratulations to our 2013 Innovation Initiative Award Winners 
Congratulations to the five teams that were awarded funding through the FIC 2013 Innovation Initiative competitions. These teams include 34 individual collaborators from 10 different colleges and VP units, and 3 community partner organizations! 

2013 Innovation Initiative Awards
  1. Prospective open pilot of low vs. higher dose vitamin D in D-deficient asthmatic children: Does diet predict immune function and asthma symptom response to vitamin D supplementation? ($50,000)
    Barbara Gracious (PI), COM; Diane Habash, COM; Gregory Lesinski, COM; Martha Belury, EHE; Ouliana Ziouzenkova, EHE; Mark Hall, COM; Elizabeth Allen, COM; Sarah Keim, COM; Christopher Simons, FAES
  2. Mapping the Food Environment to Inform Multi-Dimensional Intervention Strategies to Enhance Community Health and Well-Being ($50,000)
    Michelle Kaiser (PI), CSW; Ola Ahlqvist, CAS; Morton O'Kelly, CAS; Jill Clark, Glenn School; Rick Hicks, Columbus Public Health; Casey Hoy, FAES; Michael Jones, Local Matters; Matthew Kleinhenz, FAES; Jack Nasar, Engineering; Kristy Rogers, Law- Kirwan Institute; David Norris, Law- Kirwan Institute; Nicholas Stanich, Franklinton Gardens; Christopher Taylor, COM
  3. The effect of early alterations in energy balance on immune markers ($25,000)
    Susan-Olivo Marston, CPH; Gregory Lesinski, COM; Tracey Papenfuss, Vet Med
  4. Keeping a Finger on the Pulse of the American Diet: National Nutrition Examination of Research Data (NNERD) ($50,000)
    Christopher Taylor (PI), COM; Colleen Spees, COM; Martha Belury, EHE; Gail Kaye, CPH; Sarah Anderson, CPH; Steven Clinton, COM; Diane Habash, COM
  5. Evaluation of functional snack foods containing soy and safflower oil on endpoints of energy metabolism in adolescents ($25,000)
    Yael Vodovotz (PI), FAES; Rebecca Andridge, CPH; Martha Belury, EHE; Robert Murray, COM
What Does the Food Innovation Center Mean to You?
Neal Hooker - What Does the Food Innovation Center Mean to You?
Neal Hooker, Professor of Food Policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs answers the question, "What does the Food Innovation Center mean to you?"
Proposals requested for Graduate Student Travel Awards 

The Food Innovation Center would like to remind you about the upcoming deadline for our Graduate Student Travel Award program. These awards are designed to help students travel to present at professional meetings and conferences of national or international significance. For more details please view the program RFA. Awards are up to $500 per graduate student with a required 1:1 match of the requested amount, guaranteed by the student's advisor. Apply by 5:00 P.M. on July 8, 2013 for travel during spring semester and summer term (August - December 2013).
Upcoming Events


Analyzing Sustainability in Ohio's Food Supply Chain Workshop

Time: May 31, 2013 @ 10am to 3pm
Location: Ohio Union
Join the FIC, OSU faculty, researchers, and food industry leaders for a one-day workshop on sustainability. Read more.
Pelotonia 2013
Time: Aug. 9-11, 2013
Location: Columbus Commons, 160 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
You are invited to join the Crops to the Clinic Peloton, a unique combination of scientists, students, supporters, clinicians, and patients, with the common interest of using diet, food and nutrition as a method to fight cancer. Register as a rider, a virtual rider or simply donate directly to the team. Read more.
FIC News
The Compound in the Mediterranean Diet that Makes Cancer Cells 'Mortal'
New research suggests that a compound abundant in the Mediterranean diet takes away cancer cells' "superpower" to escape death. Read More.
Ohio State's Collaborative Efforts Provide Fresh Produce for Cancer Patients
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James) collaborated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to provide the Garden of Hope as part of the JamesCare for Life program for cancer patients. Read More.



Research Reveals Potential Benefits of Vitamin E for Former Smokers


FIC member Richard Bruno was featured in Huffington Post and Time, finding vitamin E may help reduce cardiovascular risks for those who have recently quit smoking.  


Is Your Home a Health or Hindrance? Experts Weigh In

FIC researcher Charles Emery gives insight into how he and his research team will be investigating homes and how home structure affects our food choices and health.


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