Food Science and Entrepreneurship Student
Ayna is a senior in Food Science at Ohio State with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She attended pastry school in Australia, after which she worked under some of the best pastry chefs across the Asia Pacific region. She is currently working on commercializing Banzo Bites, a chickpea cookie free from the top 8 allergens. Ayna's Sweet Talks Project is focusing on creating dialogue about sensitive topics through social media and in-person events. You can learn more about her projects on Instragram @banzobites and @sweettalksproject.
Senior Research Associate
Glennon is a senior research associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the Community Assessment and Metropolitan Change unit. She joined Kirwan in 2011 and in 2014 began leading the Institute’s food justice work. Her work focuses on issues related to food security and access, metropolitan neighborhood change, housing, civic engagement, equity and the intersection of jurisdictional fragmentation and social service delivery. A member of the Franklin County Local Food Council and the Worthington Community Relations Commission, Glennon holds a Bachelor’s in geography and political science, a Master’s in city and regional planning, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in city and regional planning.
Assistant Professor in Horticulture
Dr. Jessica Cooperstone is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Horticulture and Crop Science and Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University. Working at the intersection of plant, food and nutrition sciences, she and her group are interested in identifying bioactive compounds in fruits and vegetables to understand how their consumption affects human health. Ultimately, she aims to provide data allowing evidence-based recommendations for health enhancement. You can find her on Twitter @CooperstoneLab.