Upcoming Events

  • September 1, 4-7pm: Back to School Bash
    • Answer questions and toss a cornhole bag for a chance to win prizes.
  • September 21: Trivia and Game Night
    • Rolling out our Creative Contest!
  • October 19: Documentary Screening
  • November 14: Science Communication Speaker
    • Announcement of the creative contest winners and prize handouts.
  • December 6-7: Finals Tables
    • Come to Parker Lobby and grab a relaxing goodie bag.

Past Events

April General Body Meeting: April 21, 6pm. 


Correct Covid Vaccine Misinformation at Scale- With Dr. Tom Wood, Assistant Professor in Political Science.


Time for Change Week Panel Discussion

In partnership with kNOw Food Waste, we are hosting a joint discussion and panel about food waste, ways to reduce it, ways to increase awareness on the topic, recent initiatives/research at Ohio State related to food waste, and shifts in food waste due to COVID-19. Free giveaways will be provided!


Picture a Scientist Documentary Screening: 

In partnership with the Department of Food Science and Technology and Food Science Club, Citaion Needed is hosting a video screening and discussion on the film Picture a Scientist.

More about the film: Featuring geologist Jane Willenbring, chemist Raychelle Burks, and biologist Nancy Hopkins, as well as key social scientists working to understand and reduce gender bias in the sciences, Picture a Scientist brings diversity in science into sharp view at a critical time. The current pandemic is a call to action for scientists to work together globally, with a multitude of different perspectives, to defeat COVID-19. For too long, women and other minorities in science have been left out or driven out, stymied by a system of harassment, discrimination, and general bias. “Any impediment to advancing minorities in science is an impediment to science itself,” says Sharon Shattuck, co-director of Picture a Scientist.

Food, Inc., Documentary Conversation Hour with Dr. Kowalcyk

We will be discussing the documentary Food, Inc. and joined by Dr. Kowalcyk, an expert in food safety and FST department professor who was interviewed as part of the documentary. Join us for what is sure to be interesting conversation on the controversial topics surrounding the big food industry and to ask questions to an expert in the field.




February General Body Meeting: Written Science Communication through Blogs

Time and Date: Wednesday, February 3 at 6 pm

Citation Needed first meeting of the semester will be about communicating science through blogs! Join us on Wednesday, February 3 at 6 pm to learn from OSU students and alum, Abbie Sommer, Elliot Dhuey, and Alex Feldmeyer who are professional writers for the blog Science Meets Food. Hear about their experiences and perspective and learn how to communicate science to the public through writing! (check out their work:

Racism and the U.S. Food System: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Consequences with Kelsey Ryan-Simkins

Documentary Viewing: The Game Changers

Join us as we watch “The Game Changers”, a documentary talking about meat, protein, and strength. The film showcases elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live.

 December 4, 5:00 PM

Parker 311

Pizza provided.










IFTSA Global Summit Watch Party

November 6, 1:00-3:00 pm

Parker 311

Join Citation Needed, Food Science Club, and Know Food Waste in a joint watch party of the global summit! The global summit is a webinar put on by IFTSA for students interested in the science of food. The keynote speaker is our very own professor, Dr. Jess Cooperstone. She will be talking about how to discern a superfad from a superfood!

Keynote: Superfoods or Superfads: Making Sense of Nutrition Claims

  • Jessica Cooperstone, PhD, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Crop Sciences & Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University.

Breakout sessions: 

  • Indoor Farming: Bringing Innovation and Sustainability to Agriculture
    Ed Harwood, CSO, Aerofarms
    Alina Zolotareva, Marketing Director, Aerofarms
  • PepsiCo’s Flexible Packaging Sustainability Journey
    Julie Anderson, Senior R&D Manager, Packaging Frito Lay/PepsiCo
  • Competing to Win: An Insider’s Guide to Product Innovation
    Janam Pandya, Former IFTSA VP of Competitions
    Susie Donnelly, Senior Product Developer, Snickers, MARS Wrigley Confectionery

You can register for the summit yourself online on the IFT Website.

Science Communication Workshop

Friday, March 22 – 6:30 Key Note Speaker: Sally Squires
Blackwell Ballroom

-Join us in for an evening of mingling, heavy appetizers, and a keynote address from Sally Squires of the Wilhelm Group and the Washington Post

Saturday, March 23 – 9:30-1 Student Workshop                                      Nosker Event Spaces

-Grow your skills in communicating science to the general public with 3 unique breakout sessions on podcasting, blogging, and everyday conversation! Breakfast, lunch, t-shirt, and workshop materials included with a small $5 fee

Food Evolution Screening and Discussion with Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam

Animal Genomics and Biotechnology
University of California-Davis

Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30-9PM
Archie Griffin West Ballroom, Ohio Union

Come out to the Union for a special screening of Food Evolution, directed by Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, as we explore controversy around the science of food through the lens of the debate over genetically engineered foods. Then stick around for a discussion with one of the featured scientists, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam.





The Art of (Food) Science Communication – The Goldilocks Principle (not too cold or too short, not too hot or too long…..JUST RIGHT)

Dr. Wamwari Waichungo

Vice President of Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company

Wednesday, April 19th at 3PM
Parker Food Science Bldg, Room 118

Dr. Waichungo is responsible for overseeing and communicating the safety and efficacy of ingredients used in Coca-Cola products. She is a real-life example of how communicating scientific evidence translates into careers in global food companies. Come learn her story and discover what opportunities in science and communication may await for you!

Pancake Breakfast – Columbus March for Science 

Saturday, April 22
8-11am, Location TBD

All Ohio State students, faculty, and staff are invited to fuel up with free pancakes and poster making before the Columbus branch of the National March for Science!


“Dr. Food” David Hughes
Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing
Imperial College, London

Thursday, April 6 at 12PM
Ohio Farm Bureau and 4-H Center
(2201 Fred Taylor Dr)

Whether for a food company, TV station, or academic conference, Dr. Hughes has been sought out for his extensive knowledge and fresh perspective on food marketing. His talk about how science plays into past, present, and future food marketing strategies will provide more than just food for thought for anyone interested in marketing or food!
Register here:

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-3-44-23-pmCoffee Hour: Getting Down and Dirty with Organic Food

Tuesday, March 21
2-3pm, Parker 311

Is food healthier if it’s made without pesticides? What do organic farming practices mean for soil longevity, ecosystem development, and our national pocketbook? We’ll dig into these questions and many more while enjoying coffee and snacks at the Coffee Hour this March!




Dr. Paige Jarreau 2a69a4b

Science Communication Specialist, Louisiana State University
Blog Author – From the Lab Bench

Tuesday, February 28

Dr. Jarreau is an expert at making science accessible. Her reach spans from academic research to classroom learning to online interactions. Her visit will be sure to enlighten anyone with interest in science on the best ways to communicate complex facts and figures through a variety of media.




Coffee Hour: Added Value or Diminishing Returns? A Food Additives Reality Check

Wednesday, January 25
2-3pm, Parker 311

Join us for a casual conversation about what food additives bring to the table, how consumers perceive them, and how we can better communicate their advantages and mitigate their drawbacks. Of course, coffee and snacks provided!