Policy Brief: Best Practices and Policies in Food Safety Implementation

International Food Safety Workshop: Best Practices and Policies in Food Safety Implementation Organized by: FSSAI, TERI and MSU November 9 – 11, 2010, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India An international workshop on “Best Practices and Polices in food safety implementation” was jointly organized by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and Michigan State University (MSU).  The workshop included more than 60 participants from various regulatory agencies, research institutes, food industry, universities, NGOs, and non-profit ...

MSU Team Visit to University of Jaffna

University of Jaffna hosts delegation from Michigan State University in December 2010
At the invitation of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna, a seven-member delegation from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU traveled to Sri Lanka in December 2010 and visited the University of Jaffna (http://www.jfn.ac.lk). The MSU team met and interacted with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Shanmugalingam, faculty members, and students of the University of Jaffna. The MSU team also made field visits and met with the farmers and farmers’ self-help groups working on community-based programs related to conservation agriculture, crops, fruits and vegetables, fisher...

US Embassy Sponsored Biotech Workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka

WorldTAP has been involved in biotechnology development and capacity building activities in Sri Lanka since 2004. As part of these collaborations, Associate Director of WorldTAP, Dr. Cholani Weebadde, participated in a recently concluded Biotechnology workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka (September 27 - October 5). The workshop was sponsored by the US Embassy. Dr. Weebadde presented several talks and led discussions on biosafety issues, risk assessment, Intellectual Property Rights and global status of biotech crops. Read more on: http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/business/127-local/24...

WorldTAP Congratulates Karim Maredia, the recipient of the 2010 Ralph Smuckler Award

Dr. Karim Maredia will accept this year's Ralph Smucker Award. See the story at the Entomology Department Website: http://www.ent.msu.edu/News/tabid/61/Default.aspx Karim Maredia is the recipient of the 2010 Ralph Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs, presented by the International Studies and Programs at MSU. The award recognizes Karim for outstanding achievements and leadership, internationally. The award will be presented at the Twentieth International Awards Ceremony at the Spartan Club in the Spartan Stadium, Wednesday March 24, 2010 from 3:30-5PM. Congratul...

WorldTAP Congratulates the Participants of the 2009 International Short Courses in Food Processing, Packaging and Value Addition; Environmental Biosafety; Animal Agriculture; Molecular Plant Breeding; Biotechnology; and Biofuels!

Biofuels SC 2009 Group
Participants for the first annual 2009 international Short Course in Biofuels received their certificates upon completion of the program on Friday. The course kicked off with a welcoming reception on Sunday evening, followed later in the week by visits to an ethanol plant, Kellogg Biological Station and Michigan Biodiesel. Participants also enjoyed a trip to Lake Michigan. The course featured presentations by experts from MSU, GLBRC and KBS. For more information about the course, please contact Dr. Callista Ransom (ransomca@msu.edu), Dr. Karim Maredia (kmaredia@msu.edu) or visit the c...

Dr. Callista Ransom shares MSU’s international licensing experiences at ASHS 2009

Dr. Callista Ransom gave a talk at the Annual American Society for Horticultural Science Conference. The title of the talk was "Michigan State University's Experience in International Technology Licensing and Capacity Building," and it was well received. It was part of the Workshop "Current Trends & Issues in IP Protection in the Biological Sciences" and also featured talks by Ms. June Blalock of USDA-ARS and Ms. Elizabeth Vancil of Monsanto's Technology Donation Division.