OSU Bringing Autonomous Food Delivery to Campus

OSU is unveiling a new autonomous food delivery service on campus. The service will let students, faculty and staff order and have delivered food from on-campus cafes and restaurants. The program currently includes 50 rovers, about the size of a picnic cooler, that will deliver food and beverages to the campus community.

Zia Ahmed, Senior Director of Dining, said they are trying to solve two problems here. First, cost of delivery. Second, the delivery time.

Ahmed said that in the surround area of the campus it takes about one hour to food delivered on campus. And that it costs an average of $5-$6 per delivery. The rover program intends to reduce that delivery time to just 30 minutes and only $2.50 per delivery.

Abby Silone, a second-year student, who works for dining services says that long delivery times also affect food quality. Imagine a frozen drink. It gets sat on a counter until someone is available to pick it up for delivery. Within an hour the drink is ruined. It is melted. The whipped cream is gone.

With the robots, she said, we can start the delivery the moment the beverage is completed.

On campus customers will be using the current GrubHub app they already use to order food. There will be an option of rover delivery through the app.


Ohio State Researchers Study Self Control

In a new study researchers observed people’s hands, in real time, struggle over the choice between a long-term goal and short-term temptation. This work represents a new way to study self-control.

In an experiment, participants viewed pictures of a healthy and an unhealthy food choice on opposite sides of the top of a computer screen and moved a cursor from the center bottom to select one of the foods.

People who moved the cursor closer to the unhealthy treat (even when they ultimately made the healthy choice) later showed less self-control than did those who made a more direct path to the healthy snack.

The results may shed light on a scholarly debate about what’s happening in the brain when humans harness willpower. But for those with higher levels of self-control, the path to the healthy food was more direct, indicating that they experienced less conflict. The findings also offer new evidence in a debate about how decision-making in self-control situations unfolds, researchers said.

OSU Receives Grant for “Living Laboratory”

A $5 million gift will extend the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The gift creates the Franklin County Extension Building Capital Fund, which will be used for construction and maintenance of new Franklin County Extension offices and learning spaces on Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Waterman consists of 261 acres of farmland located northwest of West Lane Avenue and Kenny Road.

Waterman is designated for a major renovation into a research, learning and outreach hub. Bringing Franklin County Extension to Waterman will put cutting-edge research at the extension office’s front door. The new office will engage the community in demonstration gardens, large urban farm enterprises, nutrition kitchens and day camps. Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, construction will begin in 2017.

The donation comes from a longtime Ohio State supporter who wishes to remain anonymous.
Currently, the Waterman site houses dairy cows in a fully operational milking facility, as well as numerous faculty and student projects.

OSU Extension provides research-based education programming and has offices in all 88 Ohio counties. The state office will remain at the Agricultural Administration Building on Fyffe Road.

Good Sportsmanship, Good Deeds

The St. Mary Food Bank Alliance had some high-profile volunteers from the 2016 Fiesta Bowl this year. Ohio State University leaders, students and coaching staff families joined forces with other coaching staff families from Notre Dame to volunteer at the food bank. The group created more than 5,000 food kits for Arizona families in need.

The packages contain donated items from the food bank and Cheryl’s Cookies, donated by Kroger, in honor of the Brutus 50th Anniversary Celebration. The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences donated tomato seeds for the packages engineered at Ohio State to promote sustainable food sources.

The wives of the Ohio State and Notre Dame head coaches, Shelley Meyer and Paqui Kelly respectively, led the combined efforts of volunteers from the opposing teams who came together as one to support the less fortunate.

The OSU Office of Student life has planned some kind of bowl game community service for 18 years now and has always extended an invitation to the opposing team. This is the forth year the Ohio State University has worked with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

OSU Gets Back to its Roots

As many know the Ohio State University began life as an agricultural and mechanical college when it was founded. Each year the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences sponsors the the Farm Science Review which is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

The Farm Science review prides itself on having the best and newest agricultural innovations, equipment and technology on display as well as world-class educational programming.

Each year the Farm Science Review – known as “Ohio’s premiere agricultural event” – draws well over one hundred thousand farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada. The show features as many as 4,000 product lines from about 620 commercial exhibitors. The event also features educational workshops, presentations and demos headed by experts from the Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the out reach arms of the college.