Newsletter scientifique #3 - February 2012



Foremost, this month we would like to bring attention to the 2nd Call for Applications for University Chairs of Excellence by the Universities of Paris, deadline March 21st. The RBUCE-UP project is looking for 12 junior and 2 senior researchers willing and able to develop a strong international scientific partnership.

Furthermore, we present a link to the latest guidance given by the E.U. concerning genetically modified organism and the concerns over food and feed from such livestock and their welfare.

We would also like to highlight the Mathematical Newspaper based at Lycée Français de Chicago. Please discover the links to each of these three topics and many others throughout this edition.


Adèle Martial, Scientific attaché
Cécile Camerlynck, Deputy scientific attaché

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Mathematiquement votre - Newsletter from Lycée Français de Chicago

Mathematiquement votre is a math newspaper based at the Lycee Francais de Chicago. Most of the journalists are students from the scientific section, but they can also be voluntary math-passionnated parents, teachers, and some other journalists from other cities such as : Los Angeles, Paris, Toulouse, Amiens... and very soon from other countries such as : Canada, South America, Spain, North Africa...the goal is to show many faces of math, to prove that math is fun, interesting, and that math are all around us ! This newspaper, with more than 50 pages this month, aims to share our passion for math, and makes you feel alive like never thanks to math ! Please read us, send your comments thanks to the spreadsheet online, and don’t hesitate to make some ad for us all around you in Chicago, or wherever you want !!! You can find directly on the website all newspaper from the previous years. And very soon you’ll find all monthly newspaper in both language french/english. Enjoy your reading ! Follow this link


Second call for applications for the Research-Based University Chairs of Excellence - Universities of Paris (RBUCE-UP) - Jan 25th

Following its first call for applications last year, the RBUCE-UP project is looking for 12 junior and 2 senior experienced talents to strengthen international relations of UniverSud Paris members, providing fellows with career opportunities, attractive compensation and research resources. the deadline to apply is March 21st. To see more information:


European Union - Guidance on the risk assessment of food and feed from genetically modified animals and on animal health and welfare aspects - Jan 26th

This document provides guidance for the risk assessment of food and feed containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified (GM) animals, as well as for the health and welfare assessment of these animals, within the framework of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on GM food and feed. To see more information:

Science & Technology in the US

National News


A Rough, Tough Forage for Rangeland Cattle - Jan 9th

Forage kochia (Kochia prostrata) is a shrubby Asian native that has found a new home on western U.S. rangelands. And although it is not invasive, it is still sometimes more resilient than the North American native plants. to see more information:

USDA to shut 259 offices in cost-saving initiative - Jan 10th

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday it intends to close 259 offices, facilities and laboratories across the United States, as part of an effort to save about $150m a year in the agency’s $145bn budget. To see more information:

Seeding Strategies Help Rangelands Recover from Fire - Jan 20th

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are making sure that money spent on sustaining and repairing arid rangeland ecosystems is spent on programs that work. To see more information:

Multi-Pronged Fight Against Zebra Chip Disease in Potatoes - Feb 8th

Thanks to the investigations of scientists-turned-detectives, potato growers in the western United States and abroad now know the identities of the pathogen and insect responsible for outbreaks of the costly tuber disease known as “zebra chip.” To see more information:


Availability of ‘junk’ food may not affect children’s weight - Jan 10th

A study published in Sociology of Education shows that “junk” food sold at schools may not affect middle school children’s weight. The findings suggest that efforts to combat childhood obesity might best be aimed at parents and the foods available at home and outside of school. To see more information:

US obesity fell (slightly) last year - Jan 13th

The number of obese adults in the United States declined slightly in 2011, according to a new Gallup poll, from 26.6% of the population in 2010 to 26.1%. To see more information:

Fair Trade USA revises multiple ingredient labeling policy - Jan 19th

Fair Trade USA has revised its policy for labeling products with multiple ingredients, introducing a new ‘Fair Trade Certified Ingredients’ label alongside an updated logo. To see more information:

USDA Unveils Historic Improvements to Meals Served in America’s Schools - Jan 25th

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled new standards for school meals that will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation. The new meal requirements will raise standards for the first time in more than fifteen years and improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day. To see more information: and

New opportunities for food marketers as American eating habits shift - Jan 27th

Economic uncertainty is changing the way America eats, creating a series of “virtually untapped” opportunities for food marketers, according to a new report. To see more information:

Plastic packaging GMP guideline released - Feb 1st

A leading US trade association yesterday published its good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines for players operating throughout the plastic packaging supply chain. To see more information:


USDA Announces Support for Advanced Biofuel Plant - Jan 20th

An advanced biofuels project in Iowa is being offered support from the federal government for a plant to make fuel from waste material. To see more information:

USDA launches new energy website - Jan 27th

The USDA is accepting applications for its Rural Energy for America Program. The program is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and costs. To see more information:

US biodiesel production surpasses 1 billion gallons in 2011 - Jan 30th

The U.S. biodiesel industry reached a key milestone by producing more than 1 billion gallons of fuel in 2011, according to year-end numbers released by the EPA on Friday. To see more information:

EPA finds palm oil biodiesel doesn’t meet minimum GHG reductions - Jan 30th

Life-cycle analysis conducted by the U.S. EPA has determined biodiesel and renewable diesel produced using palm oil feedstock does not meet the minimum 20 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction required by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS2). To see more information:

Midwest news


Sweeten up your profits with the right hybrid - Jan 23rd

New University of Illinois sweet corn research shows that higher yield and profitability are possible with greater plant populations of certain hybrids. To see more information:


University of Nebraska to lead $25 million project targeting E. coli threat - Jan 23rd

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $25 million project to reduce throughout the beef production chain the occurrence of E. coli strains that pose a major threat to public health. To see more information:

DNA-nanotech development will move pathogen testing from lab to field - developer - Feb 1st

A breakthrough handheld nanotechnology-based bio-sensor can detect a range of threats including Listeria, Salmonella and E.coli in as little as an hour, a team at Michigan State University has claimed. To see more information:

IFT and FAO Form Partnership to Address Global Food System - Feb 3rd

With mutual efforts towards achieving a safe, sufficient, and accessible food supply, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)". To see more information:


From field to biorefinery: Computer model optimizes biofuel operations - Jan17th

Research into biofuel crops such as switchgrass and Miscanthus has focused mainly on how to grow these crops and convert them into fuels. But many steps lead from the farm to the biorefinery, and each could help or hinder the growth of this new industry. To see more information:

University of Illinois facility to demonstrate new technology in biomass conversion to crude oil - Jan 20th

Researchers at the University of Illinois are preparing to develop an educational and research facility that will be used to demonstrate the process of converting swine manure and algae into crude oil. To see more information:

Algae industry group launches - Feb 7th

In Minnesota, the Algal Biomass Organization launched, a new website designed to showcase the potential of algae-based products to provide sustainable and scalable sources of food, energy and fuel. To see more information:

Other states’ news


E.coli shocked into submission on beef - Jan 16th

Using short bursts of low voltage current on beef carcasses is an effective tool to combat E.coli contamination, according to new research. To see more information:

Food stamp bills seek to restrict junk food - Janv 29th

Florida legislation is the latest to prohibit shoppers from buying ’nonstaple, unhealthy foods’ with federal aid. It’s a trend driven by health concerns but also by tight budgets. To see more information:

Resveratrol’s metabolic mechanism pinpointed? - Feb 3rd

Researchers from the US National Institutes of Health may have identified the ‘missing link’ that help explains how resveratrol influences metabolism. To see more information:

Sugar commentary sparks controversy - Feb 8th

In a commentary published in Nature, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco state that sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health. To see more information:

Georgia Tech develops software for the rapid analysis of foodborne pathogens - Feb 13th

Software developed at Georgia Tech was used to help characterize the bacteria that caused each outbreak. This helps scientists to better understand the underlying microbiologic features of the disease-causing organisms and shows promise for supporting faster and more efficient outbreak investigations in the future. To see more information:

UV and hydrogen peroxide combo most effective listeria reducing treatment - Feb 14th

The study ‘Control of listeria monocytogenes in recycled chill brine using ultraviolet light and antimicrobial agents’ published in the Journal of Food Safety sought to reduce listeria in recycled chill brine with different UV combinations through a frankfurter process in the US. To see more information:


OriginOil, INL to develop direct conversion of algae into bio-oil - Jan 23rd

Los Angeles-based algae technology developer and provider OriginOil Inc. and the U.S. DOE’s Idaho National Lab have announced plans to co-develop an integrated system for direct conversion of algae into renewable crude oil that can be further refined into a host of advanced biofuels and other biobased chemicals by existing petroleum refineries. To see more information:

Joint U.S./Japan project for better biofuels - Jan 24th

A better understanding of how algae can be used to make biofuels is the aim of a new joint project between UC Davis and the University of Tokyo, Japan. It is one of four new grants, jointly funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Japan Science and Technology Agency, to develop environment-friendly fuels and reduce pesticide use. To see more information:

ZeaChem Selected for $232.5 Million USDA Loan Guarantee - Jan 26th

ZeaChem, Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, announced today that it has been selected for a $232.5 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program. To see more information:

Grass to gas: UGA researchers’ genome map speeds biofuel development - Feb 10th

Researchers at the University of Georgia have taken a major step in the ongoing effort to find sources of cleaner, renewable energy by mapping the genomes of two originator cells of Miscanthus x giganteus, a large perennial grass with promise as a source of ethanol and bioenergy. To see more information:

Science & Technology in France

At the National level


National platform for epidemiological surveillance in animal health - Feb 1st

The platform is a tool to facilitate the design, coordination, monitoring and implementation of monitoring devices in animal health. To see more information: (French article)

"No GMO" : new regulation for better consumer information - Feb 1st

This regulation, expected by the association of the consumer, defines the rules for labeling of products for operators wishing to develop a GMO-free production. The indication of the absence of GMO foods allow consumers to fully exercise their choice. To see more information: (French article)

Monsanto scraps GM maize in France - Feb 1st

Agriculture and biotechnology giant Monsanto has announced it will scrap plans to sell genetically modified maize in France this year, or anytime in the future. To see more information:

French BPA ban will ‘jeopardize’ US exports – USDA - Feb 13th

A French ban on food packaging chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) will “jeopardise” US exports to the European country, according to a US government report. To see more information:


Physical and chemical contaminants of food - Jan 18th

Compounds such as food packaging materials and cleaning supplies, physical and chemical contaminants are substances hazardous chemical or physical (foreign bodies, rays) potentially toxic, which may be present in food. To see more information: (French article)

Action sheets of the National Program Food - Jan 27th

The National Program Food gives everyone the means to find, access and appreciate the richness of food in France. Genuine pact between farmers and consumers, it aims to ensure adequate food and accessible to all. To see more information: (French article)

Institutions / Universities


For a sustainable food - Jan 24th

This book presents in ten chapters an overview of the evolution of food systems and identifies the critical points in order to pinpoint areas for future research programs. To see more information: (French article)

Companies and Research Cluster


Technical institute in milk and dairy products in the heart of the Franche-Comte - Jan 24th

Actilait institute, Technical Institute of milk and dairy products, is focused not only to better understand and optimize items produced from ruminant milk, whether farm, trade or industrial, but also to control them and to value them. To see more information: (French article)

Get in touch with science

Many organizations give you the opportunity to learn and improve your mind about agriculture and food science. Please find below some of website about these:


Website to see

For the United States information

Federal agencies

JPEG : The department of Energy provides a lot of information about energy, regulations, programs, … in the United States.

JPEG : The United States Department of Agriculture gives you information about agriculture and nutrition actions, regulations, studies, …

JPEG : The Environmental Protection Agency provides you lot of information about environment and sustainable actions.

JPEG The US Food and Drug Administration protect and promote your health.


JPEG : Chicago Nutrition Association offers you advices and events to know and understand nutrition facts.

JPEG : American Dietetic Association website is for professional and non-professional person. You can find advices, studies, videos and lots of things about nutrition.

JPEG : All information about nutrition, food, nutriments and healthy eating.

JPEG : Information about algae for food, biofuel, other uses. Explanation, photos and video to understand all about algae.

News articles

JPEG : News from United States about science and technology advanced in the country (French articles).

For France information

Research centers

JPEG : The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety give you some information about these fields in France.

JPEG : The French National Center for Scientific Research presents you the research news in France.

JPEG : The French National Institute for Agricultural Research has a mission-oriented research institute that addresses core development issues, from the local to the international level.

Information centers

JPEG : News from France about science and technology advanced in the country (French articles).

JPEG : Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fishing, Rural Affairs and the Planning poses news and information about these fields.

JPEG : This site deals with food policy (obesity, eating habits, ...), addresses our efforts in research in this area, and provides summary sheets including French agriculture and food industries.

European informations

JPEG : The European Food Safety Authority commit to ensuring that Europe’s food is safe.

Coming events

17th Annual National Ethanol Conference The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center Orlando, Florida February 22 to 24, 2012 http://nation...
The Paris International Agricultural Show Paris Porte de Versailles
1 place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris, France February 24 - March 4, 2012 http://en.sal...
Cheese and dairy products exhibition (Salon du fromage et des produits laitiers) Paris expo - Porte de Versailles Pavillon 5.1 Paris, France February 26-29, 2012
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Gaylord Convention Center Washington DC February 27-29, 2012 http://clean...
Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer Hyatt Regency Austin - Downtown, On The Lake
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas February 28 – March 1, 2012 http://www.park...
14th Annual Dairy Ingredients Symposium InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, California March 1-2, 2012 http://www.calpo...
Future of Midwest cattle-feeding Sauk Valley Community College Dixon, Illinois March 2, 2012 http://www.aces...
National WIC Association (NWA) Washington Leadership Conference Westin Georgetown Hotel Washington, DC March 4-6, 2012 http://www.nwica...
IPU Grid School 2012 Charleston Marriott Charleston, South Carolina March 5-8, 2012 http://ipu...
Globalcon 2012 Atlantic City Convention Center – Hall B Atlantic City, New Jersey March 7-8, 2012
Nutracon Anaheim Hilton Anaheim, California March 7-8, 2012 http://www.nutra...
The Sustainable Packaging Virtual Conference Online March 8, 2012 http://www.sustain...
FDA Dairy Laboratory
Analyst Course
Cornell University
B82 Morrison Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853 March 20-22, 2012 http://food...
Cleantech Forum San Francisco, 2012
The Power of Global Partnerships
Hyatt Regency San Francisco San Francisco, California March 26-28, 2012 http://event...
Wellness 12 Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Rosemont, Illinois March 28-29, 2012 http://www.ift...


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