INSTITUTE OF FOOD TECHNOLOGISTS                                     April  2003                No 45





The LSU Food Science Club has had an extremely active and productive year. We had the opportunity to raise awareness of our department and club's presence through student organization fairs, Fall Festival, TAger and Tiger Days, Super Science Saturday exhibition and majors fair. Hands-on experiments were used to attract students and explain what Food Science is about. The process of making pimentos was an example we had on display. Taste-tests on sugar-free vs. sugar lemonades and WOW vs. Original Doritos chips drew hundreds of people to our booth that learned about the process of Product Development.

In October 2002, the FDSC club organized a campus-wide food drive and collected over 600 lbs of food for the Greater Baton Rouge's Food Bank. We also helped sell tickets for the local Kiwanis ClubTM Pancake Festival. At the Pancake Festival, a number of our club members volunteered to cook pancakes and clean tables. All of us enjoyed working at these community services.

On March 13, 2003, our college bowl team traveled to Irving, TX to compete in the IFTSA South-Central Region College Bowl Competition. The competing teams were Mississippi State U, Oklahoma State U, U of Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and LSU. This year's competition was extremely stiff and we were able to come away as the 2nd Runner-up team.

This has been a great year and we hope that next year will be just as great!


Siow Ying Tan

President of Food Science Club


Adapted from the IFTSA website:


The IFTSA College Bowl Competition tests the knowledge of student teams from across the United States. Teams consist of four players with a maximum of two graduate students.  College Bowl questions may come from any area applicable to food science and the IFT, including chemistry, biochemistry, processing, microbiology, sensory evaluation, product development, marketing and general IFT information.  Questions come in two forms: the first is answered by the fastest (correct) player on either team, while the second type are bonus questions, answered with the help of the entire team. There are a total of 40 questions in each round.



Judging for the Science Fair will take place on April 7th.  Stay tuned for the results of the LA Gulf Coast IFT section awards in the LA Science and Engineering Fair for the senior and junior divisions.  There will be first, second and third place prizes to be awarded.


Visit our website:        www.ift.org/sections/gulf/index.htm


To contact the newsletter:  Isabel Lima  (504)-286-4515    Fax: (504) 286-4419     imlima@srrc.ars.usda.gov



Chair  (8/2003)
Dr. Witoon Prinyawiwatkul
LSU Dept. of Food Science
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
(225)-388-5188; FAX (225)-388-5300

Chair-Elect (8/2003)
Dr. John C. Beaulieu
1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504)-286-4471; FAX (504)-286-4419

Secretary (8/2004)
Dr. Isabel Lima
1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd
New Orleans, LA  70124
(504) 286-4515; FAX (504) 286-4419

Treasurer (8/2003)
John Reuther
Central Analytical Laboratories
101 Woodland Hwy
Belle Chasse, LA  70037
(504)-393-5264 ; FAX(504)-393-5268

Mary An Godshall (8/2004)
Sugar Processing Research Inst. Inc.
1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70124
(504)286-4329; FAX (403)282-5387
Fatemeh Malekian (8/2004)
Pennington Biomedical Research Center - LSU
6400 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 763-0945;  FAX(225)763-2525


Dr. Joan M. King
LSU Dept. of Food Science
Baton Rouge, LA  70803
(225)388-5157; FAX (225)388-5300

Alt. Councilor:  
Kenneth W. McMillin (8/2005)
LSU Dept. of Animal Science
Baton Rouge, LA  70803
(225) 388-3438; FAX (225) 388-3279

COMMITTEES (2002/2003)

Membership: Fatemeh Malekian
Newsletter: Isabel Lima
Nominations: Joan King
Program: Witoon Prinyawiwatkul
Publicity: Ruth Patrick
Student Affairs: Siow Ying Tan
Scholarships: John Reuther and Javed Rash
Science Fair: Joan King
Web Site committee: Joan King


Student Scholarship Winners

Kandasamy Nadarajah, was the winner of the $400 Central Analytical Laboratories award, for his abstract entitled, “Extending the Shelf life of Fresh Catfish Fillets”.

Richelle Lynn Beverly, was the winner of the $250 LA Gulf Coast IFT Section award for her abstract entitled, "Antimicrobial Effect of Cranberry Juice against Listeria monocytogenes".

Hiba A. Bawadi, was the winner of the $250 Tom Quinn and Associates award for her abstract entitled,  "In vitro and in vivo inhibition of angiogenic differentiation by rice bioactive polypeptides"

Honorable Mention to Sandeep Bhale, for his abstract entitled "Efficacy of Chitosan Coating on Improving the Shelf Life of Eggs during a 5-week storage at 25C".


We need volunteers for IFT GCS chair for the scholarship committee

John Reuther has been in charge of the scholarship committee for 5 years.  We appreciate his extreme dedication and the great job he has done coordinating the scholarships.  He is ready to pass on his position, so if you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please contact either John Reuther or any of the IFTGCS officers.


Ballots will be sent soon to elect a new IFTGCS chair-elect.  You can turn in your vote at the crawfish boil.  If you would like to nominate yourself or somebody please email Isabel lima (imlima@srrc.ars.usda.gov).

Our last Meeting "Fresh-cut Versus Functional Foods" was a real success.  Thanks to all who came out in support of our local IFT Section and to have a wonderful evening.  The fresh-cut and produce facility portion of the tour at Dixie Produce, Inc. was highly liked by all in attendance.  I don't think anybody else in the crowd knew there was such a large produce facility right here in Na'Lins.  The consigned painting on one facade of the building was quite impressive too!  The dinner portion at Smiles's was really good and our stimulating presentation by the former IFT President & IFT Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Mary Schmidl was great.  Dr Schmidl's polished talk on "Advances in Functional Foods: Hope or Hype" was highly interesting and her recent book (Essentials of Functional Foods, Schmidl & Labuza) is still available!  By the way, congratulations go out to Dr. Mike Moody (LSU) who won the door prize - a copy of the book!  Thanks again for helping make the meeting a great time.

John C. Beaulieu, Chair-Elect






Where:            Ingram Hall (building #325 on LSU campus map)                When:       Friday, April 11, 2003

Food Processing and Technology Lab

Tower Drive, LSU campus

Baton Rouge, LA.

Meal:              Freshly boiled crawfish, sausage, corn, potatoes, bread & roll, salad, desserts and soft drinks

Schedule:        5:00 – 6:00pm              -           Social Hour

                        6:00 – 7:00pm              -           Crawfish Boil

                        7:00 – 8:00pm              -           Student Scholarship Presentations

Cost:               Members $15.00, Students $10.00                   by Friday, April 4, 2003

Registration:  Call, fax or email registration to John C. Beaulieu: Tel (504) 286-4471; Fax (504) 286-4419, Email: beaulieu@srrc.ars.usda.gov.  Please send payment (cash or check payable to LA Gulf Coast IFT) to John C. Beaulieu, USDA-ARS-SRRC, 1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd, New Orleans, LA.

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2003 IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo

The Institute of Food Technologists has launched the official site for the 2003 IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo. For information on events, registration, technical presentations, hotels and much more see www.am-fe.ift.org.  If you are attending the Annual Meeting in Chicago, please plan to register prior to the Opening Event on Saturday, July 12.  Registration desks will be open until the start of the event.  Badges will be required this year to be admitted to the Opening Event.  We look forward to your participation in the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo.


Registration for the 2003 IFT Annual Meeting + FOOD EXPO® is now open! In addition to the technical sessions and FOOD EXPO® activity, check out these exciting career programs:

   Employment Bureau, McCormick Place, July 12-16. Looking for your next opportunity?  Have a vacancy to fill? Find out what others have already learned . . . the bureau is the number one place to go to find top-notch applicants or that hard to find position!

-Open Daily during the annual meeting

-View Nationwide Job opportunities in the bureau – new ones posted daily

-Apply for an interview with participating companies of your choice

-Face to face interviews with individual company representatives

-Pre-registered candidates list your career profile in the IFT Resume List

-Large, mid-size and small companies represented

-Representatives from Academic, Industry, Nonprofit and/or Government

-Separate Registration required to participate (New Unemployed Member Rate)!

-Annual Meeting General Attendee Pre-Registration Fee waived for qualified

   unemployed IFT members in good standing who register with the Employment Bureau

   (Note: a written request and supporting documents must arrive at IFT before June 10)

Download forms and learn more at www.am-fe.ift.org (under Employment Bureau) or www.ift.org/employment/ambureau

   Career Development Workshop Empowering Your Career, Strategies for Success, Tuesday, July 15, 9:00am-5:00pm, McCormick Place South

You have the education, skills and experience to get the job done, but . . .

Are you really prepared for sudden change?

Do you have an understanding of current industry trends and how they affect your workplace and job performance?

Do you know how to maneuver your way toward a career that you enjoy?

Hear the tactics and learn techniques needed to develop and ensure a successful career. Keynote speaker and facilitator is Joan Lloyd, CSP, widely known nationally syndicated columnist on career and workplace issues. Sessions will be segmented to allow attendee flexibility. Admission is free. Locate more info at www.am-fe.ift.org (under Career Services)

Take your career to the next level! Mark your calendar and plan to attend these events!


IUFoST's World Congress returns to the U.S.

For more than 40 years, the World Congress of Food Science and Technology has fostered the international cooperation and exchange of information among scientists, food technologists, and specialists in the areas of food processing, manufacturing, preservation, storage, and distribution. After 33 years, IUFoST's World Congress returns to the United States.  The Congress is sponsored by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists.  Congress XII will be held July 16-20, 2003, immediately following the IFT Annual Meeting (July 12-16), at the Hilton Hotel & Towers in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The general theme is "Feeding the World-Opportunities without Boundaries." This theme points to the major challenges and global responsibility of food scientists and technologists. This is a rare opportunity to meet, hear, and interact with food scientists from all around the world.  Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen, the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate, and until recently Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC, will give the keynote address.  Dr. Ismail Serageldin who is presently Director of Egypt's Library of Alexandria, and formerly a Vice President of the World Bank, will deliver the IUFoST Distinguished Lecture.  IFT hosted the World Food Congress in 1970, and is the first organization to host it a second time.  If you miss this opportunity, you will have to wait until September 2006 when the next Congress will be held in France, or maybe wait about 30 years until it is again hosted by IFT. 12th World Congress registrants will have the opportunity to attend the IFT FOOD EXPO®.  The full program and registration kit is included in the February issue of Food Technology or you can register online at www.WorldFoodScience.org/worldcongress.

You will save $100 if you register early.  For information and questions call: 1-(708)-486-0715 or email: IUFoST@compusystems.com.  The IFT FOOD EXPO® will be held at McCormick Place South, shuttle bus service will be available from the Congress hotels to McCormick Place. For more information visit www.worldfoodscience/worldcongress.

If you are coming to the IFT Annual Meeting all you need to do is arrange to stay another three days.      


Malcolm Bourne

Chair, IFT IUFoST Delegates Committee




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LA-Gulf Coast Section IFT Newsletter

c/o Isabel Lima


1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70124