Make the Last Day Count with Sunrise Sessions
by Kelly Hensel
I know, I know … it’s the last day of the meeting and you feel like you have been up for the past 72 hours straight. However, you don’t want to miss out on Tuesday’s Sunrise Sessions, which take place from 7:15–8:15 a.m. Don’t worry, there will be free coffee to perk you up. And you can always sleep on the plane ride home. Tuesday’s bonus sessions are as follows:
Structure-function of carbohydrate polymers
Session 211, Tuesday, 7:15–8:15 a.m.
Track: Food Chemistry
Knowledge of macromolecular architecture helps to explain functionality. In polymer science, form and function are inseparable, i.e. shape dictates observed properties. In the carbohydrate arena, there is a big gap in our knowledge between atomic structure and its intrinsic relationship to the macroscopic behavior. This session will delineate these puzzling properties of carbohydrate polymers from insights of structural features and assembly. Further, it provides a strong platform for sharing existing methods and techniques from experts in the field, and promotes collaboration between academia and industries, leading to innovation of new functional ingredients.
Non-targeted analytical approaches for detecting economically motivated adulteration of food and food ingredients: Part 1
Session 212, Tuesday, 7:15–8:15 a.m.
Track: Food Safety & Defense
Economically motivated adulteration presents a huge challenge in the marketplace and threatens the integrity of the food supply chain. A developing approach for detecting adulteration is screening food and food ingredients for adulteration using non-targeted approaches. This symposium will highlight promising research done to date and identify challenges and opportunities to transform these approaches into tools that can be used in routine quality assessment settings for raw material screening to guard against adulteration in the food supply.
How to obtain and manage AFRI competitive grants
Session 213, Tuesday, 7:15–8:15 a.m.
Track: Food, Health & Nutrition
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant programs of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), formerly CSREES, of the USDA are of high relevance to the food science and nutrition community, especially in improving quality of food and ensuring food safety. NIFA National Program Leaders will provide overviews on the peer review process, attributes of a winning proposal, and tips for post award management.