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  1. CFAES Distinguished Senior Award

    Ohio State CFAES names its top 25 seniors

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Twenty-five seniors have received the most prestigious undergraduate award at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The Distinguished Senior Award honors top graduating seniors on the Ohio State Columbus campus who exemplify the CFAES mission in areas such as academics and scholarship, research and innovation, service and involvement, and influence and leadership. “The 2021 recipients are our future innovators and leaders who have already made an impact within the academic environment at this university and beyond,” said Steven Neal, CFAES professor and associate dean for academic programs. Listed below are the Distinguished Seniors, including their academic units, majors, and hometowns....
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    Dispelling the myths: Face masks work to prevent COVID-19

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, misconceptions about the effectiveness of face masks have circulated. Today, uncertainties about face coverings still exist, but Sanja Ilic, associate professor and food safety state specialist with Ohio State University Extension, is translating her research and educating the community about how masks can prevent the virus spread. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Through a series of simple home experiments, anyone, including students in grades K-12, can test if their mask stops COVID-19. “These tests,” Ilic said, “demonstrate the droplet transmission and serve as an educational tool of how the viruses are...
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    Chow Line: New dietary guidelines offer some changed recommendations

    I just saw that the new federal dietary guidelines were released. Were there any changes made from the dietary guidelines that were released in previous years? Yes, there were several changes in the new 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines are published jointly every five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The latest version, released Dec. 29, 2020, provides science-based advice on what to eat and drink to promote health, help reduce the risk of chronic disease, and meet nutrient needs. According to those two agencies, the focus of this year’s guidelines is to “make every bite count” by encouraging consumers to focus on choosing healthy foods and beverages that are...
  4. Different flavors of hard candy – uniform in color – will be used to detect any changes in research participants’ senses of smell and taste. Photo: Shutterstock.com

    Using candy to sniff out probable cases of COVID-19

    COLUMBUS, OHIO–Scientists have proposed that using a cheap and simple product – hard candy – to screen for the loss of taste and smell in populations at risk for COVID-19 exposure may help detect probable positive cases in otherwise asymptomatic people. The Ohio State University research team received $305,000 in National Institutes of Health funding in a competitive bid to develop easy-to-deploy strategies that can identify people who are potentially infected with SARS-CoV-2. While symptoms like fever, chills, a cough and body aches vary widely among COVID-19 patients, an estimated 86% of people who test positive report a loss of smell, “which makes it a much better predictor, especially if it’s sudden loss,” said project co-leader ...
  5. Photo of Linda Lobao, Ahmed E. Yousef, and M. Susie Whittington

    CFAES names 2020–2021 Distinguished Professors

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has announced three faculty members as its 2020–2021 Distinguished Professors of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, recognizing the excellence of their work in the college’s three missions—teaching, research, and outreach and engagement—and the significant impact they have had in their fields. They are: Linda Lobao, professor of rural sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources M. Susie Whittington, professor of agriscience education in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) and executive director of Academic Enrichment and the Second-Year Transformational...
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    Chow Line: Saving money on meals using slow cookers

    One of my resolutions this year is to eat healthier but save time and money on food. Got any ideas? One easy, budget-friendly way to save money, time, and energy on food at home is to prepare a hearty meal using a slow cooker. Not only are slow cookers convenient, but they can also help families save money by making less expensive, tougher cuts of meat—such as shoulder, round, and chuck steak—more tender and shrink less. That’s a significant consideration for many, considering that food prices are forecast to increase this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.  Their research found that food purchased at grocery stores is projected to increase an additional 1% to 2%, and food-away-from-home is projected to...
  7. Three green plants showing upward growth

    Share ideas for growing the bioeconomy despite uncertain times

    WOOSTER, Ohio—With the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, the U.S. bioeconomy is facing challenges. On Friday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, The Ohio State University’s Advanced BioSystems Workshop will look at those challenges and will brainstorm ways for research, technology, and the government to address them. Workshop organizer Ajay Shah, agricultural engineer with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), said plant-based fuels and products “have the potential to decrease U.S. dependence on petroleum feedstocks, improving energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating new industries.” Good for industry, climate, the nation But he said the COVID-19 pandemic and...
  8. Red ripe tomatoes

    Workshop set for greenhouse growers: Listen to your plants, improve production

    WOOSTER, Ohio—Drones. Automation. Artificial intelligence. They’re some of the new, cutting-edge ways to monitor greenhouse plants. They’re also some of the subjects to be covered by an upcoming workshop for greenhouse growers. With a theme of “Improving Production Via Listening to Plants,” The Ohio State University’s 2021 Greenhouse Management Workshop takes place online from Jan. 27–29. “Growing ornamental and food crops in a controlled environment requires careful monitoring of plants’ physical and physiological aspects,” said workshop co-organizer Chieri Kubota, professor of controlled environment agriculture with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (...
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    Polar vortex could be on the way

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—If you were thinking this winter has been fairly mild so far, it has been, but gear up.  Frigid temperatures could be gripping Ohio, the Midwest, and the Northeast around the last week of January.  The polar vortex, a wide area of swirling cold air near the North Pole, has weakened and split in two, which happens from time to time when air in the stratosphere above it warms. With the split, forecasts indicate one of the portions of the vortex may drift south toward Canada and the northern United States.  These weakened polar vortex conditions often drop temperatures well below normal (think single digits and sub-zero) and may lead to more snow, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural,...
  10. CFAES Wooster Science Building

    Media advisory: Virtual ribbon-cutting for new CFAES Wooster science building

    WOOSTER, Ohio—Please join us on Thursday for the official opening of the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Wooster Science Building.  What: Virtual Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for CFAES Wooster Science Building When: 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 Who: Join Ohio State vice president and CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress and special guests How: View the ceremony via YouTube Live at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATygXHKZDQM&feature=youtu.be Register:  https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8Jn3BlujbR8LQ21 Background: The 60,000-square-foot, $33.5 million Wooster campus science building is a “great bright spot” for both students and researchers. Teaching labs, entomology research...

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