Carl R. Fellers Award: Mary K. Schmidl
$3,000 honorarium from Phi Tau Sigma and a plaque from IFT
Mary K. Schmidl
, Principal, National Food & Nutrition Consultants and Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota, has received the 2012 Carl R. Fellers Award for her service to the field of food science and technology and for bringing honor to the profession. Fellows, and a listing of this year's Section and Division Outstanding Volunteers will all be on display. The Hall of Honor also includes lists of past award winners.
For 40 years, Schmidl has had a distinguished career as a scientist, research director, educator, and leader to public and private agencies both domestically and internationally. One of her major contributions is her ability to effectively communicate on issues related to food science, technology, and public health not only to food scientists but to the entire scientific community as well as to governments, international agencies, students, and consumers. She has played an active role in the International Union of Food Science and Technology and serves on the European Union's Advisory Board on Risk Communication. Schmidl was the President of IFT (2000–2001); chaired IFT Nutrition Division and Minnesota Section; and was a leader/member of more than 25 IFT committees. During her term as IFT President, she worked with the IFT Committee for Global Interests to develop a relationship with food science professionals and food industry officials in China. Her vision, commitment, and diplomacy contributed to the current relationship that IFT has with the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology.