Margaret Malochleb

Margaret Malochleb

Wong receives promotion

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, recently announced the promotion of IFT member Andrea Wong to senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs. In her new role, Wong will lead the department and CRN’s scientific and regulatory objectives.

“Dr. Wong has consistently played a strong leadership role at CRN and demonstrated commitment to the association and its member companies, dedication to the industry and expertise in scientific research and regulation, making her the obvious choice to lead the department,” said CRN’s President and CEO Steve Mister. “She has led the association in its development of best practices guidelines for such things as protein, melatonin, and probiotics, played an integral role in CRN’s response to the New York Attorney General DNA barcode testing episode in 2015, and advocated on behalf of industry on the implementation of the Supplement Facts label changes.”

Wong joined CRN in 2013 with extensive regulatory knowledge in food and nutrition. She has been a leader of the science and regulatory affairs department in advocating for science-based nutrition and evaluating and responding to scientific and regulatory issues on behalf of the industry. She currently serves as president of IFT’s Washington, D.C., section.

Wallace publishes cookbook

Taylor Wallace recently published a cookbook, Sizzling Science, which is based on dishes he and his grandmother prepared during his childhood. In addition to offering recipes for main and side dishes, appetizers, soups, salads, and desserts, he includes a section detailing the science and chemistry behind great-tasting food.

Wallace is the principal consultant at the Think Healthy Group and an adjunct professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. He has served on the boards of directors of IFT and Feeding Tomorrow and is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He holds a PhD and an MS in food science and nutrition from The Ohio State University and a BS in food science and technology from the University of Kentucky.

Seeking systems to grow edible plants in space

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden recently launched its Growing Beyond Earth Maker Contest, a three-year multidisciplinary endeavor to leverage the ingenuity of minds across the nation to reinvent the systems used to grow edible plants on the International Space Station (ISS) and beyond. The contest is open to professional, college, and high school teams, with entries assessed and judged by NASA engineers and botanists. Winning proposals will be considered for implementation on future NASA missions.

As NASA looks toward a long-term human presence beyond Earth orbit, it faces specific science, technology, engineering, and mathematics challenges related to food production in space. Through the Maker Contest, Fairchild’s goal is to harness the creativity and talent of makerspaces to address those challenges, which include 1) how to efficiently use three-dimensional plant growing space aboard spacecraft, 2) how to maintain plants without human intervention, and 3) how to design a fully automated robotic planting and harvesting system.

“Together with maker leaders, we are looking to inspire a new group of innovators to effectively address the challenges of food technology production in space,” said Amy Padolf, Fairchild’s Director of Education.

In the first phase, Fairchild hopes to attract as many as 100 teams to participate. In the second phase, judges will award $500 to 15 teams to support prototyping and testing of their design. In the final phase, three top winners will be chosen in each category—professional, college, and high school. The winners will receive a stipend to attend the 2020 Nation of Makers annual conference.

To apply for the Maker Contest, visit Instructables. Designs must be submitted by February 3, 2020, and the winning designs will be announced February 14, 2020.

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Margaret Malochleb, Associate Editor, produces content for the News, New Products, Books, and IFT World departments and researches and writes feature articles on a variety of topics.
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