News Bite: Announcing the 2016 IFIC Foundation Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Recipient, Jacob Farr

The IFIC Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship is Jacob Farr, a PhD student in Food Science at The Ohio State University. Farr graduated with a bachelor's degree in food science from OSU in 2014 and is now pursuing his PhD, which is focused on stabilizing natural colorants with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for use by beverage manufacturers. Jacob has a passion for technology: He recently added a graduate minor in computer science and engineering and sees great potential in combining basic research with computer science.

The IFIC Foundation Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award was established as a tribute to the former International Food Information Council and Foundation President & CEO, Sylvia B. Rowe, to foster strong communication skills in promising nutrition and food safety students, giving them knowledge and tools that they can apply in their future careers.

Farr has held several leadership roles within the Institute of Food Technologist’s Student Association, where he has had the opportunity to learn about food communication. He is a proud co-author of “An Open Letter to the Food Babe” and also played a vital role in hosting the organization’s first annual Global Summit to an international audience, focusing on controversial topics related to food.

He has a passion for creative output with food and has taken part in several product development competitions. He has been a finalist for several product development competitions, and his team was most recently the winner of the Ohio State’s Food Innovation Center (FIC) competition. The FIC competition tasked participants to take produce that is donated in abundance to food banks and create a shelf-stable, nutrient-dense product for clientele of food banks.

His career goals include generating tools to enhance research and development occurring in the realm of food science, specifically leveraging programming capabilities to analyze data-intense domains. He also has a passion for communication of food-related topics, which he thinks could greatly benefit from creative programming solutions to empower the general public.

The IFIC Foundation has recognized these goals and has provided a testing ground to see the potential application of creating interactive and engaging content that coincides with its mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good.