Food for Thought                        July 2013



Registration is now open for Food for Billions: Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050


The world population is projected to increase to nine billion people over the next 40 years, with experts predicting the demand for food to increase by as much as 70%.   Other variables such as climate, competition for resources and concerns about health and wellness have led to high level discussions about the future of our food supply.  The Food Innovation Center is uniquely positioned to bring this important discussion to the campus of the Ohio State University by hosting Food for Billions on September 12, 2013.   "It is a critical conversation among industry partners and academics who want a healthier hunger free world." says FIC Director Ken Lee.   "This goes far beyond better yields-- we need the best innovations from all disciplines, from social science, art, humanities, medicine, agriculture and engineering to create the cultural foundation for a prosperous food future." 


Please join us for this important conversation by registering to attend Food for Billions.  FIC members can take advantage of a discounted rate by using discount code OSUFIC.  Hope to see you there.

Food for Billions Panelist: Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America 


 Bob Aiken serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Feeding Americathe nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization and fourth largest charity according to Forbes. Through a network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 local food pantries, kitchens and emergency shelters, Feeding America provides more than 3 billion pounds of food and grocery items to 37 million people each year. Prior to his role at Feeding America, Aiken served as CEO of Bolder Foods, a company founded to invest in specialty, ethnic, and natural food companies. He also served as CEO of U.S. Foodservice, one of the nation's leading food distribution companies.


Join the Food Innovation Center at Food for Billions, as Aiken engages with four other distinguished panelists as they address the question: How do we provide access to culturally acceptable, healthy, nutritionally replete and accessible foods for all world citizens? Aiken will also co-facilitate a smaller group discussion around issues of hunger and poverty with Food Innovation Center Director Steve Clinton. Learn more about and register for Food for Billions.
In This Issue
Featured Panelist: Bob Aiken
Grad Student Travel Awards
FIC Members in the News
Member Spotlight 
In an effort to overhaul the way our healthcare system approaches nutrition and chronic diseases, Food Innovation Center member and associate professor of medical dietetics and family medicine Christopher Taylor saw the opportunity to create a novel approach to alleviate barriers associated with nutritional counseling.
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Graduate Student Travel Awards Announced

Congratulations to the 8 recipients of the summer 2013 Graduate Student Travel Awards!

These awards were for graduate students currently advised by a full FIC 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 or fall of 2013.
  1. Mohamed Ali, Microbiology
  2. Morgan Cichon, Food Science and Technology
  3. Eric DiCaprio, Food Science and Technology
  4. Fangfei Lou, Food Science and Technology
  5. Zhongyan Lu, Veterinary Preventive Medicine
  6. Ashley Predmore, Food Science and Technology
  7. Stephen Vadia, Microbiology
  8. Yuji Wang, Electrical Engineering
 Read more about the Graduate Student Travel Awards.
Upcoming Events

Food For Billions: Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050
Time: September 12th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Performance Hall, The Ohio Union
Come Join the FIC as we discuss how to improve and innovate our global food system to advance us toward a healthier, hunger-free world.
Food Situations Exhibit
Time: October 9th 5:00 PM - December 20th 5:00 PM
Location: Banvard Gallery, Knowlton Hall
In accompaniment to the Situating Food Symposium, a gallery featuring "Food Innovations in the City" will be on display at the Banvard Gallery of the Knowlton School of Architecture. Read More


Situating Food Symposium
Time: November 8th 2:00 PM - November 9th 8:00 PM
Location: Knowlton Hall
Join our Food Innovation Center members as they host Situating Food: Planning and Design for New Urban Food Sstems. Read More
FIC Members in the News
Tapping into the Subconscious: New Sensory Science Lab to Explore Mysteries of Flavor, Aroma, and Appetite.
Fellow FIC Member Chris Simons gives us his take on the new sensory testing going on at Ohio State. Read More
New Study Shows Fish Oils may Increase Cancer Risk in Men
In a new s story published by the Columbus Dispatch, a new study has been published citing that fish oils may increase the risk of prostate cancer in men. Our Associate Director Steve Clinton provides insight to the article. Read More
FIC Member Provides Food Safety Tips to The Columbus Dispatch 
Linnette Goard provided a variety of tips and advice for properly washing and cleaning fruits and vegetables before consuming. Read More
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