A report summarizing the findings of a mock trace-back/trace forward exercise commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition was released by IFT. “The mock trace-back/trace forward exercise was able to show there is potential to expedite trace-backs by visualizing supply chains to find points of commonality based on data availability, capture, and readiness. The exercise also showed the value of collaboration to reach a shared goal and the need for standardization of data elements and interoperability necessary for trace-back/trace forward investigations.” The report and additional materials are accessible at www.ift.org/traceability.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
On January 14, the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station is sponsoring a seminar by Dr. Howard Frumkin, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, titled “Human health and climate change.” The talk is on Thursday, January 14, 2010, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the Union Building, Michigan State University. A networking reception will follow the talk.
Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, is Director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. Dr. Frumkin's interests include: building healthy communities, the health consequences of global climate change, and the mitigation of health disparities.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Dr. Cavanaugh has been a national leader in research on online learning and has published influential meta-analyses on the determinants of quality in online education in K-12 and higher education. In this presentation she will discuss what her research has revealed about predictors of quality outcomes and discuss designs for research on quality in online learning. More information about her research and teaching is available at her website:
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Meeting the Demand for Biofuels: Implications for Land Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Seminar Dec. 3
The Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food, And Resource Economics is sponsoring a seminar by Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Meeting the Demand for Biofuels: Implications for Land Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions".
When: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 3:30-5:00 pm.
Where: Room 75 Agriculture Hall
Speaker: Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
A presentation abstract can be found at: http://aec.msu.edu/seminars/seminar_list09_10.htm
M. Khanna's CV can be found at: http://www.ace.illinois.edu/viewfaculty.aspx?netid=khanna1
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Talking to F. Xavier Medina
(Click here for interview in Spanish)
Academic and program director of the Food Systems, Culture and Society program, International Institute of Graduate Studies of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).
Click here for English translation
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Conversations with Dr. David Acheson, former Associate Commissioner of Foods at the FDA by Helena Bottemiller (Nov 23-24, 2009).
Monday, November 23, 2009
John Hoehn will present the seminar at the Agricultural, Food, & Resource Economics (AFRE) Brown Bag at Michigan State University, Tuesday, December 1st, Noon - 1:00pm, 75 Agriculture Hall. The seminar is titled, “Trade and the Environment.”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Google launched a free online case law search system available through Google Scholar (select scholar as search option, then legal cases). Of course, it's not LEXIS or Westlaw, but it is surprisingly comprehensive and robust. Every citation is hyperlinked to the full text of the opinion cited. It looks like a great tool for preliminary research. One announcement is here.
A Consumer Issues Conference was held September 24 & 25, 2009, titled, “Food Safety, Security and Sources: A Recipe for Tough Times” at the
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. Audio recordings from Conference sessions are available here and on the University of Wyoming’s iTunes U section (reached by going here > public access > Cooperative Extension Service).
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Jackie Jacobs will present a seminar titled "Automatic Milking Systems Could be the Future of Milking for North American Dairy Farms: But are Cows Comfortable Being Milked by Robots?" in 1310 Anthony Hall, Michigan State University, at 12:40 pm on Thursday, November 19. Come early (12:30) as snacks will be provided. All are welcome.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Soren Anderson will present the seminar at the Agricultural, Food, & Resource Economics (AFRE) Brown Bag at Michigan State University, Tuesday, November 17th, Noon - 1:00pm, 75 Agriculture Hall. The seminar is titled, “Using Loopholes to Reveal the Marginal Cost of Regulation: The Case of Fuel-Economy Standards”
At IEB (Institut d’Economia de Barcelona), the research programs “Fiscal Federalism” (Heads: Albert Solé-Ollé & Núria Bosch-Roca) and “Cities and Innovation” (Heads: Prof. Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal & Prof. José García-Quevedo) at the IEB, we are seeking 3 junior researchers in economics. The concrete tasks associated to the positions are: (i) Writing and publishing her own research papers; (ii) Support in the management of the IEB’s events and publications; (iii) A limited amount of teaching. Web Site: http://www.ieb.ub.edu
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
The third annual Making It in Michigan Conference, hosted by the Michigan State University Product Center, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 11 at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing.
Founded in 2003, the MSU Product Center helps Michigan entrepreneurs develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the agriculture, natural resources and bioeconomy sectors. The center’s statewide network of innovation counselors provides business counseling support to Michigan residents interested in starting or expanding a business or product line
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has published an EU Food Safety Almanac, which briefly describes the state structures of food and feed safety in 30 European states. "Smooth cooperation between the state players in Europe strengthens food safety. If the stakeholders and structures in the European countries are known to all those concerned, then we will be able to work together even more effectively and avoid the duplication of work", says Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel.
The EU Food Safety Almanac (German and English) can be downloaded free-of-charge here on the BfR website.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Seminar: "The Partnership Solution to the Common Property Problem: An Experimental Test of the Theory"
Stephen Salant, Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan, will be speaking on Friday, November 6, 2009, 3:30-5:00 pm, in the Koo Room, Marshall-Adams Hall, Michigan State University. The title of his talk is "The Partnership Solution to the Common Property Problem: An Experimental Test of the Theory”.
Thesis Defense: "The acute effects of nutrition and exercise on cognitive function and brain activation in an aging population"
On Tuesday, November 3rd, Natalie Stein will present her thesis defense entitled, “The acute effects of nutrition and exercise on cognitive function and brain activation in an aging population,” at 12:40 pm in room 206 Trout Food Science and Human Nutrition.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University is sponsoring a seminar by Les Bourquin, "Competency-Based Training Programs for Global Food Safety Professionals,” in room 206 Trout Building, Michigan State University, on Tuesday, 12:40-1:30 PM, October 27.
Other upcoming talks in this series include the following:
· November : 3 Natalie Stein, “The acute effects of nutrition and exercise on cognitive function and brain activation in an aging population." (Thesis Defense)
· November: 17 Kate Claycombe, "Obesity-associated adipose tissue inflammation: Role of anti-inflammatory nutrients"
· November: 24 Norm Hord, “Nitrates and nitrites in plant foods: physiological rationale for potential health benefits”
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
A seminar by David Zilberman, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley, Biofuels and OPEC, will be presented Friday, October 16, 2009, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm., Room 75 Agriculture Hall, Michigan State University. Dr. Zilberman's bio information can be found at: http://www.professorzilberman.com/. Sponsored by the Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Seminar: Gregory Jaffe, “Who's Watching What You Eat? Domestic and International Challenges to Regulating Genetically Engineered Foods”
MSU Law College Building
USDA Secretary Vilsack’s address launching the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is available as a video here. Also featured are comments by President Obama's Science Advisor, John Holdren. Food safety and childhood obesity figure prominently in the Secretary's remarks. The entire program runs about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
June 19 - 22, 2010, in Boston USA, will be the 20th Annual World Forum and Symposium of the International Agribusiness Management Association, “Navigating the Global Food System in a New Era." More information is available here.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Michigan Export Growth Program Kick-Off
October 13, 2009 - Michigan State University
Local companies are invited to a breakfast meeting to learn more about the Michigan Export Growth Program (MEGP), and how they can benefit from this innovative new program.
Location: Henry Center
Contact: Sarah Singer, firstname.lastname@example.org
MSU’s new Michigan Export Growth Program helping companies go global
Thursday, October 01, 2009
IFPTI has launched a new website at www.ifpti.org to provide information about IFPTI, training information and course announcements, a calendar of events, links to our partner organizations, and a blog which features the latest news featuring the Institute.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Neal Fortin is quoted in the September 2009 Issue of ABA Journal in the article, “Hungry for Change. You can read the article here. The article by Kristin Choo is subtitled, “The feds consider a steady diet of stronger regulation to help fix the U.S. food safety network.”
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
The Sunday New York Times Opinion section featured advice from several leading educators on how students can get the most from their college experience. Although written for undergraduate students, there is good advice here.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Earlier this year, "Michigan Foodways" traveled with the Smithsonian's "Key Ingredients: America by Food." The Smithsonian's exhibition has left the state, and "Michigan Foodways" has returned to Michigan State University Museum. This transformed exhibit, renamed "Michigan Eats: Regional Culture through Food," is now at the Michigan State University Museum, Heritage Gallery, and will begin touring elsewhere in the state in the fall. For more information: email email@example.com or phone (517) 355-2370.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Please join the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition for the 21st G. Malcolm Trout Annual Lecture on Monday, September 14th.
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
G. MALCOLM TROUT
Keith P. West, Jr, Dr.P.H., R.D.
George G. Graham Professor of Infant and Child Nutrition
Director, Program and Center for Human Nutrition
Department of International Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
“Vitamin A Deficiency:
Evidence, Public Health, and Politics”
“Vitamin A Deficiency:
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
MAIN DINING ROOM, UNIVERSITY CLUB
3435 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48909
6:00 PM RECEPTION
6:45 PM PROGRAM
Speaker bio is available at: http://fshn.msu.edu
From the Law Librarian Blog, “A series of tests show that people who multitask the most have a hard time concentrating and avoiding distractions compared to those multitasking the least. . . . Multitaskers consistently had performance problems when tested. I'd tell you more but I can't remember much about it having checked my three email accounts for the 30th time in the last five hours. Luckily I can remember where the citation is from. Read about it in Wired, here."
The original study is, “Cognitive control in media multitaskers.” By Eyal Ophira, Clifford Nass, and Anthony D. Wagner. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 106 No. 33, August 25, 2009.
Monday, August 31, 2009
On Tuesday, 9 a.m., September 8, 2009, Dr. Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist and Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy, will present, The Work of The Nature Conservancy and the role for University-TNC Partnerships” at the Kellogg Center Auditorium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Dr. Peter Kareiva moved to TNC after 20 years as a university professor and three years working on salmon conservation for NOAA Fisheries. His past publications and research have concerned such diverse fields as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and global climate change. For publications and more details: http://www.nature.org/tncscience/scientists/misc/kareiva.html.
Friday, August 28, 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently launched an enhanced U.S. foreign agricultural trade searchable database called the Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS). The GATS database, which replaces the current U.S. trade data system, will provide users with U.S. agricultural data not previously available from FAS, including U.S. Customs District trade data, monthly and annual trade data going back to 1967, and U.S. state export data. Users will also be able to use GATS to produce charts and graphs. GATS may be accessed at http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats and includes an on-line user help manual.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
On September 30, 2009, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will present a three hour webinar that explores emerging issues in food litigation, with a special focus on issues related to outbreaks and recalls. Participants will learn about recent developments in:
• Food safety legislation and its impact on food litigation
• Criminal implications when outbreaks and recalls occur
• Crisis management during outbreaks and recalls
More information is available here.
Monday, August 24, 2009
The MSU Product Center presents, the "Making it in Michigan Conference" on November 11, 2009, at the Lansing Center. The conference for food entrepreneurs and includes a great speciality food show. Visit www.makingitinmichigan.msu.edu for more information.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD): Harnessing Science and Technology for Africa’s Development by Prof. Diran Makinde and Prof. Aggrey Ambali, NEPAD Office of Science and Technology.
Friday, August 21, 2009, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., Room 201 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Hosted by MSU African Studies Center in Collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Institute for Food Laws & Regulations (IFLR) at Michigan State University is seeking a lead instructor for a course on the OIE and world animal health. This is a three credit course is taught completely over the Internet and is designed for those interested in the global animal health and its relationship to international trade in animals and animal products.
For more information on the opening, visit here.
Friday, July 17, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Online students perform better than students receiving face-to-face instruction
A systematic search of research literature by the U.S. Department of Education identified more than a thousand empirical studies of online learning. Analysts screened the studies and then conducted a meta-analysis. One important finding of the study was that, “on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”
This report holds special interest because online learning is one of the fastest growing trends in educational uses of technology. Other conclusions of the study include the following:
- “The effectiveness of online learning approaches appears quite broad across different content and learner types.”
- “Inclusion of more media in an online application does not appear to enhance learning.”
- “Online learning can be enhanced by giving learners control of their interactions with media and prompting learner reflection. Studies indicate that manipulations that trigger learner activity or learner reflection and self-monitoring of understanding are effective when students pursue online learning as individuals”
- “Providing guidance for learning for groups of students appears less successful than does using such mechanisms with individual learners. When groups of students are learning together online, support mechanisms such as guiding questions generally influence the way students interact, but not the amount they learn.”
The entire U.S. Department of Education report, Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Leaning (2009) is available here.
Monday, June 29, 2009
The Pan America Health Organization (PAHO) is seeking proposals that aim to show how existing or potential agriculture and food policies or technological innovations (e.g., biotechnology) can make a contribution to population health and diet with focus on obesity and non-communicable disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. Proposals that incorporate issues of agriculture sustainability, preservation of culinary traditions or promote collaboration between agriculture and public health professionals are particularly encouraged.
The policies under scrutiny are expected to show potential or actual population impact on health/nutrition by way of modifying one or some of the following aspects: agriculture and trade policies, food security, food and nutrition policies and consumer behaviors (e.g. food-purchasing behavior and food consumption patterns).
The deadline for the submission of proposal is September 4, 2009. More information is available here.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
A series of webinars on “Agriculture in Uncertain Times” will be offered by the North Central Risk Management Education Center between June 9 and December 16 , 2009. Participation is free and open on a first come, first served basis to the first 500 participants in each session. Sessions will also be recorded for later viewing. Details.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Multitasking can make it difficult to get done the things that matter most. Productivity weblog WebWorkerDaily takes a fresh look at singletasking:
Singletasking is just what it sounds like: approaching and tackling one task at a time, sequentially, instead of trying to do a whole bunch of things at once, as has become de rigeur in our modern multitasking age. If you’re like me, the thought is probably at least a little refreshing, and maybe more than a little appealing right off the bat.
The principle is sound. Take on one task at a time, and don’t begin another until the one you’ve already started is complete. It sounds simple, but you know as well as I do that actually implementing that kind of thing in real life will take a lot more effort than you might first think. For one, it means ignoring any urge to procrastinate, and making sure that you prioritize very carefully in advance, lest you realize too late that what you thought was most urgent actually could’ve taken a back seat to something else.
. . . .
Ironically, multitasking may be the ideal way for the brain to procrastinate. Singletasking means have the discipline to focus on what matter most.
The hardest discipline of all may be using just one screen.
Let go of Ctrl+Tab and achieve more!
Friday, June 19, 2009
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thousands of food industry professionals from around the globe convene at IFT to learn about the latest developments in scientific research, technologies, new products, food law, and consumer trends. The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo brings together decision-makers from all of the many disciplines involved in food science, technology, law, and more. The meeting packs in tremendous educational sessions as well as offering great networking for professionals in R&D and other scientific/technical positions, as well as in corporate management, purchasing, consulting, academia, government/regulatory, and technical sales and marketing.
Hope to see you in Anaheim!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure & Governance Conference, May 26 & 27 Univ of WI - Madison
Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure & Governance Conference
Dates: May 26 & 27, 2009 (One and one-half day conference)
Location: University of Wisconsin – Madison, Tong Auditorium in Engineering Centers Building
Registration is free-of-charge but space is limited
To register: http://wage.wisc.edu/events/Index.aspx?ID=527
For the Agenda and more information: go to the website above and click on “event agenda and speaker list” or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop will address consumer safety from imported food by discussing supply chains, private and public regulation and future guidance for global trade.
Learn how food companies are dealing with this issue privately
· through supplier agreements and
· third-party oversight
Explore issues with laboratory testing of imported foods
· including cost effectiveness
· advancements in detection and testing limitations
Find out more about types of violations that have been caught at the border
Learn more about the European experience
Who Will Benefit
· Representatives of the food industry (procurement, research and development, quality assurance)
· Local, state and federal regulators with responsibilities for food safety
- Academics and students
Sponsors: Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), Engineering Professional Development (EPD), European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE), ISyE (Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering), and FRI (Food Research Institute), CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research, The China Initiative.
Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure, and Governance\
Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Sponsored by the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)
May 26 and 27, 2009 (1.5 days)
To register: Send an email with the following information to email@example.com: Name, Title, Affiliation, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, Fax Number, and E-mail
The conference is free-of-charge but space is limited.
8:15am Welcoming remarks:
Lorna Zach, Scientist, Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis;
Steve Ingham, Administrator, Food Safety Division, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Tuesday 8:30 AM: Opening Plenary—Understanding the Scope of the Problem:
8:30 am Wenran Jiang, Mactaggart Research Chair, China Institute, University of Alberta. The Impact of the Chinese Development Model on Food Safety
9:15 am Joe Corby, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials. Experiences with Food Import Violations in New York State
10:30 Gale Prince, Food Product Safety Pioneer, Moderator
11:00 Dale Morton, Director of Food Safety Programs, Quaker Tropicana Gatorade and Pepsi Cola North America
11:30 Joe Shebuski, Director, Global Food Safety Products and Processes, Department of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, Inc.
12:00 Scott Hood, Manager Microbiology Quality and Regulatory Operations, General Mills, Inc.
Tuesday PM: Issues in Detection and Enforcement
1:30 William Nganje, Associate Professor of Agribusiness Finance, Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, Arizona State University. Intelligent Sampling of Fresh Produce
2:00 Wayne Ellefson, Senior Client Manager, Covance, Inc. Testing and Detection Technologies.
2:30 John Spink, Research Faculty, National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, Michigan State University. Counterfeit Products and Food Fraud.
3:00 Irv Rosenthal, Senior Fellow, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Third-party Oversight of Food Safety.
4:00 Moderated Discussion: How to Achieve Stakeholder Cooperation
Moderator: David Trubek, Professor, School of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday AM: The Way Forward
William Sperber, Global Ambassador for Food Protection, Cargill, Inc. Proposed World Organization for Food Protection
9:00 Rhodri Evans, Chief Specialist, Toxicology, Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Experience of Food Safety Authorities in Europe
9:30 Miriam Haritz, Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Food Safety, Trust, and the European Union.
10:00 Neil Fortin, Director and Professor, Institute for Food Laws and Regulation, Michigan State University. The Regulation of Food Imports: Past, Present, and Future.
Belem Avedano, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC, The Role of Public-Private Partnerships on Access to Fresh Produce Export Markets for Small Latin American Producers
11:30 Closing Plenary
Shaun Kennedy, Director, National Center Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota
Sponsoring organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)
Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education
Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis
Center for International Business Education and Research
College of Engineering
Department of Engineering Professional Development
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
European Union Center of Excellence
Food Research Institute
Best Western Inn Towner
2424 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726
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