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2016 Research Symposium

The FAPC and the Institute of Food Technologists-Oklahoma section are pleased to hold its annual Research Symposium during OSU Research Week.
February 16, 2016
2nd Floor Atrium - FAPC

The FAPC and the Institute of Food Technologists-Oklahoma section are pleased to hold its annual Research Symposium during OSU Research Week.

The symposium will include oral and poster presentations of research conducted at the FAPC and OSU and a keynote address featuring topics pertinent to the food and agricultural industries.

Abstract Submission
Deadline Dec. 18

Submit abstracts to Please specify if you are participating in the oral category or poster category.

Abstract Requirements (PDF document)
Judging Criteria (PDF document)

Presentation Requirements
Posters are to be 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall. Oral presentations are 10 minutes with a 5 minute question and answer period.

Jairus David
ConAgra Foods

Application of Natural Antimicrobials in Food: Food Industry User Perspective - Presentation Slides - Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Jairus R. D. David, Ph.D., is Senior Principal Research Scientist, Innovation & Research – Applied Science & Technology, ConAgra Foods, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska. He leads and manages the company’s natural antimicrobial program and has responsibilities that include science leadership and development of intervention technologies, process and quality optimization. Beyond natural antimicrobials, his 30-plus years of food industry experience also include innovation, aseptic technologies, microbiology, thermal processing, food safety and risk mitigation. Prior to ConAgra, David worked at Real Fresh Aseptic Operations in Visalia, California, and Gerber Baby Foods, Fremont, Michigan. Jairus has a B.Sc. in Agriculture, MSc in Food Technology and earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology with Thermal Processing emphasis from the University of California at Davis, under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Larry Merson.   He is a Certified Quality Manager (CQM) and Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), American Society for Quality. Jairus is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), 2008, and is the recipient of IFT’s prestigious Industrial Scientist Award, 2006. David is recognized for developing and influencing public health food safety policy on use of honey in cereals and bakery products for prevention of infant botulism in infants under 12 months of age.  Currently all honey and honey containing food products in commerce carry a warning label “Do not feed honey to infants less than one year of age.” Jairus has served on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Food Safety & Quality Enhancement, University of Georgia at Griffin, and the Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin at Madison. Jairus has extensive scientific publication and presentation record. Jairus has participated in leadership development program at Center for Creative Leadership, Kellogg School of Management, Dr. Stephen Covey Forum, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tentative Agenda


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  • Cost: This event is free of charge
  • Deadline: Register by February 5
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