Dr. Nicole Arnold recently joined The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor and Food Safety Field Specialist with a split appointment between Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Food Science and Technology. She obtained her BS and MS degrees at North Carolina State University where she began working with food entrepreneurs to ensure the safety of foods before sale. At Virginia Tech, she completed her PhD in Food Science with a focus on food technology perceptions amongst consumers and Extension personnel. She has spent the past three years as a research and teaching Assistant Professor in Nutrition Science at East Carolina University, while also supporting ECU's Department of Public Health. Her research aims to assess the current landscape of various food-based activities in practice to make recommendations for more effective food policies and educational initiatives. She primarily focuses on applied food safety, food safety education and interventions, and risk communication - for consumer and food handler populations.