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2013 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 19, 2013
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 January 23, 2013
Submit abstracts to Please specify if you are participating in the oral category or poster category.
Please see Abstract Requirements (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.



Dr. Janet Collins currently serves as a senior manager in Corporate Regulatory Affairs, and a charter member of the DuPont Product Stewardship and Regulatory Advocacy Process, Corporate Regulatory Affairs for the DuPont Company, based in the Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Collins’ responsibilities include serving as a scientific and regulatory advisor and issue advocate for internal projects in food chemistry and nutrition, and a policy lead for DuPont, and its agricultural business Pioneer Hi-Bred, in global advocacy with international organizations (focus on agricultural biotechnology and risk analysis).  Identified organizations for targeted advocacy include Codex Alimentarius, Cartagena Protocol on Biodiversity, Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, International Standards Organization and others as identified by DuPont businesses.

In her advocacy roles, Collins is the issue lead for industry coalitions on labeling for foods derived from modern biotechnology, naming for new fats and oils, nutritional strategy for modified fatty acid oils, and serves as the chair of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, LLP Working Group.  She also serves as the Pioneer representative on the Steering Committee for the Global Industry Coalition (Biosafety Protocol), the ILSI International Food Biotechnology Committee (risk analysis, analytical methods and detection, and global advocacy); and is a member of the US Department of Commerce Industry Technical Advisory Committee (#16) for manufactured products.

Dr. Collins is currently the President Elect of the 18,000-member food scientific society, the Institute of Food Technologists.  She is a food scientist and nutritionist, with advocacy and policy development experience relating to food safety assessment, risk analysis, food labeling and health claims, nutritional contribution of foods and dietary exposure assessment, agricultural biotechnology issues, also in regulatory and scientific affairs functions of meat and dairy trade associations.

Collins received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in experimental foods and nutrition from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia; and her Ph.D. in food chemistry/food science (animal science) from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.   Dr. Collins is a registered dietitian.

      9 a.m. Registration
      9:30 a.m. Welcome
    • J. Roy Escoubas - FAPC Director
    • 9:45 a.m. Oral Presentations
    • OSU Graduate Students
    • 10:30 a.m. Break
      10:45 a.m. Oral Presentations
    • OSU Graduate Students
    • 11:30 a.m. Poster Presentations
      OSU Graduate Students
      12:30 p.m.
    • Lunch/Continue Poster Presentations
    • 1:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation
      Janet E. Collins, Ph.D., R.D. - DuPont Corporate Regulatory Affairs, IFT President Elect
      "Impact of Science on Development of Global Food Standards"
      Video Presentation
      2:30 p.m. Awards
      3 p.m. Adjourn
Student Winners
Oral Category
1st place - Ee Chin Ng - The effects of micro-oxygenation on phenolic compounds in Ruby Cabernet and Chambourcin wines
2nd placeKarthic Ramachandriya Dharma - Sodium bisulfite pretreatment of Easter redcedar for fermentable sugar production: Optimization through response surface methodology
Poster Category
1st place - Raj Adhikari - Screening of Bac+ Lactobacillus strains isolated in the lab for activity against E. coli O157:H7, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella species

2nd place - Paul Vijayakumar - Bacteriocins of lactic acid bacteria as potential food biopreservatives: the effectiveness of a multiple mode-of-action approach


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  • Cost: This event is free of charge
  • Deadline: Register by February 8
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