Top 12: OARDC Names 2013 Research Poster Winners

OARDC Poster competition

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) has announced the winners of its annual research poster competition, which took place yesterday (4/25) during the center’s 2013 annual research conference in Columbus.

The competition honors outstanding posters -- displays detailing research projects -- by OARDC-supported Ph.D. and master’s degree students, postdoctoral researchers, and research assistants and associates.

OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Ph.D. Students

  • First place: Nicholas Teets, Entomology, “Calcium Signaling Mediates Cold-sensing in Insect Tissues”; David Denlinger, adviser.
  • Second place: Fabiola Gutierrez Orozco, Human Sciences, “Alpha-mangostin Exacerbates Pathology in a Mouse Model of DSS-induced Colitis”; Mark Failla, adviser.
  • Third place: Fangfei Lou, Food Science and Technology, “Inactivation of Human Norovirus by High Pressure Processing Using Virus-like Particles as a Model”; Jianrong Li, adviser.

M.S. Students

  • First place: Jedediah Stinner, Environmental Science Graduate Program, “Ecological Impacts of Organic Dairy Production on Primary Headwater Streams in Northeast Ohio”; Richard Moore, adviser.
  • Second place: Kayla Perry, Entomology, “Widespread Ash Mortality Caused by Emerald Ash Borer Impacts Ground Beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) Assemblages”; Dan Herms, adviser.
  • Third place: Timothy Frey, Plant Pathology, “Root-knot Nematodes Regulate the Jasmonic Acid Pathway in Order to Suppress Host Defenses”; Chris Taylor, adviser.

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • First place: Jennifer Ahn-Jarvis, Food Science and Technology, “Isoflavone Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism After Consumption of Soy and Soy-almond Bread in Men with Asymptomatic Prostate Cancer”; Yael Vodovotz, adviser.
  • Second place: Jiying Zhu, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Co-digestion of Soybean Processing Waste and Deteriorated Hay in Solid-state Anaerobic Digestion (SS-AD) for Biogas Production”; Yebo Li, adviser.
  • Third place: Victor Ujor, Animal Sciences, “Unravelling the Role of Calcium (Ca2+) in Acetone-butanol-ethanol Fermentation by Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052”; T.C. Ezeji, adviser.

Research Assistants/Associates

  • First place: Wenshuang Xie, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Identification of Natural Rubber Siosynthesis-related Proteins of Hevea brasiliensis by Photoaffinity Labeling”; Katrina Cornish, adviser.
  • Second place: Marcal Plans Pujolras, Food Science and Technology, “Monitoring Authenticity and Adulteration of Peruvian Pisco by Infrared Spectroscopy Combined with Pattern Recognition Analysis”; Luis Rodriguez-Saona, adviser.
  • Third place: Sarah McNulty and Griffin Bates, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Cold-induced Rubber Production in Taraxacum kok-saghyz”; Katrina Cornish, adviser.

The first-place winners in each category received $500; the second-place winners, $300; the third-place winners, $150.

The members of the competition’s selection committee were OARDC faculty and staff members David Benfield (ex-officio), Connie Britton (ex-officio), Randy Nemitz (ex-officio), Gireesh Rajashekara, Omprakash Mittapalli, Kristy Daniels, Luis Canas (chair), Feng Qu, Kris Jaeger, Farnaz Maleky, Peter Ling, Steve Vickner, Josh Bomser and Laura Lindsey.

The conference’s speakers included Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES; OARDC Director Steve Slack; OARDC Associate Director David Benfield; Henry Thompson, director of Colorado State University’s Cancer Prevention Laboratory; Steve Schwartz, Carl E. Haas Endowed Chair in Food Industries and director of CFAES’s Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship (CAFFRE); and physician-scientist Dr. Steve Clinton, associate director of CAFFRE and molecular carcinogenesis and chemoprevention program leader at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The conference’s theme was “How Food Impacts Human Health.”

OARDC is the largest university agricultural bioscience research center in the U.S. The center works not just on food and farming but also, for instance, on biofuels, bioproducts, health, nutrition, sustainability and the environment.

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Kurt Knebusch
For more information, contact: 

Steve Slack, OARDC Director