Deirdre Ortiz: Standing in the Gap for NutritionWith nearly 20 years of experience in the food industry, Ortiz has spent most of those years with the Kellogg Company and currently leads the research activities of the Global Snacks Group. Her research topics include wheat and flour quality, baking, and technical troubleshooting. Her passion for good food, working with others, and building relationships between the food industry and growers has resulted in lasting relationships with several Michigan-based agriculture groups.
Simon Tripp: Agbiosciences - A Leading Driver of Science and Technology-Based Economic Growth for North AmericaTripp is the senior director of the Battelle Memorial Institute’s Technology Partnership Practice (TPP). Tripp has performed multiple high-profile impact assessments in biomedical and life science arenas, including assessments for the Human Genome Project, Mayo Clinic, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Advanced Medical Technologies Association, and the American Clinical Laboratories Association.
Michael (Mike) B. Hofherr: Is the Landscape of Higher Education shifting? MOOCS and Everything in Between...Hofherr is Ohio State’s associate vice president for distance education and eLearning. In this role, Hofherr oversees all forms of distance education and eLearning at Ohio State, and has extensive experience working with educational technology and learning management platforms.
The John Karling Annual Lecture is MSA’s most prestigious invited talk presented by an outstanding scientist. This year’s Karling Lecturer is Barbara Howlett, a professor in the Department of Botany at the University of Melbourne in Australia. An internationally recognized expert on fungal interactions and diseases of plants, she focuses on Leptosphaeria maculans, which causes blackleg, the major disease of canola worldwide. Her work spans molecular, genetic, and genomic approaches wed with field work. Her overall goal is to develop improvedstrategies for control of this important plant crop disease.
Work-life leader and author Joe Robinson shows through the science how to manage the demands of an always-on world with key adjustments to how we work, set boundaries, manage information, and control stressors. His presentation provides crucial tools to reduce stress, increase effectiveness, and strike a better balance between work and life.