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April 2016 | Volume 4, Issue 2

STEC CAP News CONTROLLING SHIGA TOXIN-PRODUCING E. coli TO IMPROVE BEEF SAFETY

Director’s Update

The Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) will be held in St. Louis Missouri on July 31-August 3 (https://www. foodprotection.org/annualmeeting/). As we have done in past years, we will have a STEC CAP breakfast there on Monday August 1. The breakfast will be Room 100 at the America’s Center Convention Center and start at 7:00 AM. All collaborators should have received the Year 5 funding by this point. The grant

is formally scheduled to end on 12/31/2016. The request for a Year 6 no-cost time extension will be submitted in the next few months. As part of the submittal, we will be judged on our accomplishments to date. Please make sure that all your Points on the Board (journal papers, conference presentations, interns,…) are up to date at the reporting hub (http://www.stecbeefsafety.org/ points-board). As part of this process, we are having each of the Objective Team leaders make presentations at the Annual Conference summarizing their team’s accomplishments, key impacts, and what is left to finish. The team leaders have received the template each group will be using. Please work with them to identify our accomplishments and to justify the funding we have received.

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reetings from the EMT. As usually, there are several important upcoming events we all need to be aware of. The 2016 Annual STEC conference will be held June 14-16 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln NE. Registration is open at http://www. stecbeefsafety.org/2016-steccap-collaborators-meeting. The site also contains a link to the draft agenda. Registration is free, but we do need confirmation of your attendance. Poster session abstracts are due on May 2, 2016, so if you haven’t submitted your abstract please do so as soon as possible. All interns are expected to present a poster. Feel free to contact Jill Hochstein (jhochstein2@unl.edu; 402-472-8564), our Project Manager, with questions or for more details.

On the administrative side, we would like to thank Dan Schaefer of Cargill for his work with the Stakeholders Advisory Board. Mr. Schaefer has stepped down and so we would like to welcome Dr. John Ruby, Vice President of Technical Services

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A new face at STEC CAP

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s part of the education and outreach component of Objective 5 of the STEC CAP, 74 internships have been offered to students across the country since 2013. These internships provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and abilities in all aspects of food safety by partnering with a faculty mentor and their research team. In turn, this helps the STEC CAP team to recruit, mentor, engage, and train the next generation of food safety researchers. Biological Science Laboratory Technician (BSLT) Laura Shane is one of the first of these interns to be selected. Since 2013 Shane has worked with Anna Porto-Fett and John B. Luchansky and their team at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. Shane was selected for one of these highly-competitive STEC CAP internships while in college, and was then hired as a temporary BSLT in 2013 after graduating from Delaware Valley University with a B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology. Once a permanent

...continued page 5 Inside this issue Director’s Update ...........................................1 New Face ..........................................................1 Pepperoni..........................................................2 Student Perspective........................................6 STEC Conference coming ..............................6

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