BETSY BAIRD

Now Accepting Submission of Volunteered Technical Paper Abstracts for 2001 Annual Meeting
DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2000 —NO EXCEPTIONS
Are you interested in participating at the 2001 IFT Annual Meeting next June in New Orleans, La? It’s time to begin planning for it.

IFT's Technical Presentation Subcommittee (TPS) is now accepting submitted Volunteered Technical Paper abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the 2001 Annual Meeting to be held in New Orleans June 23–27. Deadline for receipt of these abstracts is December 1, 2000; there are NO exceptions to this deadline.

Although this deadline is firm, those submitting abstracts are asked to send in their abstracts prior to December 1 to avoid delays that have been experienced in earlier years (when more than 90% of abstracts were submitted on the final day). Similar to last year, abstracts may be submitted online or by diskette with hard copies. Instructions follow.

Electronic Submission—the preferred method of abstract submission. To conveniently use IFT’s Web site, go to www.ift.org and follow the links to the Abstract Submission page. This format is less costly for both submitters and IFT.

IFT e-XPRESS. If you are unable to submit electronically, but do have a fax machine, simply use the IFT e-XPRESS fax-on-demand service at any time by dialing 1-800-234-0270 in the United States and Canada or 1-650-556-9176 elsewhere, and requesting Document 2220. Follow the instructions included in that document.

IFT Direct. Those with neither a fax machine nor Internet access may call IFT’s Professional Development Department at 312-782-8424 and request a copy of Document 2220 be sent by U.S. mail.

All volunteered technical paper abstracts must be offered in one of two categories: “Poster Only” or “Oral or Poster.” This allows Division TPS reviewers the flexibility necessary to schedule sessions. The recent trend toward increasing numbers of poster displays is a result of limited presentation time and space at the Annual Meeting.

All submitters must follow the same guidelines as last year, which require that all abstracts be designated to only one (1) IFT Division of your choice for acceptance or rejection. If you are also entering your paper in a Division Student Competition, your abstract must be reviewed by the Division sponsoring the competition.

Abstracts are still limited to 300 words or less, but now must be organized under the following five subheadings:
• Justification

• Objectives

• Methods

• Results

• Significance

A sample abstract is available online or within Document 2220. These are the key criteria reviewers will address for acceptance of abstracts.

George F. Stewart International Research Paper Competition
This award is designed to recognize food science and technology research conducted in countries other than the United States. The International Division encourages professionals and students entering the competition to consider global food science and technology issues and the needs of all people worldwide. The competition will help IFT reach its goal of becoming a global organization, promote the diversity of opportunities and needs in a shrinking world, and recognize the diverse, rich research skills of the International Members of IFT.

The Stewart competition is open ONLY to research conducted outside the United States and submitted by a Primary Author who is not a U.S. citizen. At least one author must be a member in good standing of IFT or an IFT Allied Organization. Any papers submitted online will be automatically submitted by IFT to the requested appropriate Division for their review at the appropriate time. Those who use the faxed forms should follow the instructions on the form. Details are available on IFT e-XPRESS (request Document 2260).

Call for Nominations for IFT Achievement Awards
The Institute of Food Technologists is seeking nominations for Achievement Awards listed below. Deadline for the receipt of nominations is December 1, 2000. For instructions and a nomination form for the awards, use the IFT e-XPRESS fax-on-demand service at any time by dialing 1-800-234-0270 in the United States and Canada or 1-650-556-9176 elsewhere and requesting Document 3520, or by writing to Patti Pagliuco at IFT, 221 N. LaSalle St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601 (E-mail: [email protected]) or by visiting the IFT web site at www.ift.org (click on Education and Careers).

Nicholas Appert Award ($5,000 furnished by IFT and a medal from the Chicago Section) honors a person for pre-eminence in and contributions to the field of food science and technology.

Babcock-Hart Award ($3,000 furnished by International Life Sciences Institute–North America and a plaque from IFT) honors an IFT member for contributions to food technology that have improved public health through some aspect of nutrition or more nutritious food.

Stephen S. Chang Award for Lipid or Flavor Science ($3,000 and a Steuben crystal sculpture furnished by the Taiwan Food Industries and the IFT Foundation) honors an IFT member for contributions to lipid science or flavor science. The contributions can be in any aspect of the science, ranging from basic chemistry to applied technology, but must have had some impact on commercial operations.

William V. Cruess Award ($3,000 furnished by IFT and a medal from the Northern California Section) honors an IFT member who has achieved excellence in university teaching of food science and technology. This is the only award for which Student Members can serve as nominators.

Carl R. Fellers Award ($3,000 from the Phi Tau Sigma honorary society and a plaque from IFT) recognizes individual members of IFT and Phi Tau Sigma who have brought honor and recognition to the profession of food science and technology through a distinguished career in that profession displaying exemplary leadership, service, and communication skills that enhance the effectiveness of all food scientists in serving society.

IFT Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award (a plaque to the company or organization involved) recognizes and honors the developers of an outstanding food process or product which represents a significant advance in the application of food science and technology to food production, and which has been successfully applied in actual commercial operation.

Industrial Scientist Award ($3,000 and a plaque furnished by IFT) honors an IFT-member industrial scientist or team of industrial scientists who have made major technical contributions to the advancement of the food industry. The contributions must have had a significant, measurable impact in areas such as production; development of new products, processes, or packaging systems; improvement of food safety, or nutrition.

IFT International Award ($3,000 and a plaque furnished by IFT) honors an IFT member or institution for promoting the international exchange of ideas in food technology and/or successful transfer of food technology to an economically depressed area in a developing or developed nation.

Samuel Cate Prescott Award ($3,000 and a plaque furnished by IFT) honors an IFT member who has shown outstanding ability in research in some area of food science and technology.

 Bernard L. Oser Food Ingredient Safety Award ($3000 and a plaque furnished by the Bernard L. Oser Endowment Fund of the IFT Foundation) honors an IFT member for his or her contribution to the scientific knowledge of food ingredient safety or for leadership in establishing principles for food ingredient safety evaluation or regulation.

IFT Research and Development Award ($3,000 and a plaque furnished by IFT) honors an IFT member or team of members who has made a recent, significant research and development contribution to the understanding of food science, food technology, or nutrition. The contribution may be basic or applied in nature and must advance science or improve the human condition.

Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award ($3,000 and a plaque furnished by IFT) honors an IFT member for pursuit of humanitarian ideals and unselfish dedication that have resulted in significant contributions to the well-being of the food industry, academia, students, or the general public.

Calvert L. Willey Award for Distinguished Service ($3,000 and a plaque furnished by IFT) honors an IFT member or staff who has provided continuing, meritorious, and imaginative service to IFT. The award was first presented to Calvert L. Willey, then Executive Director of IFT, in 1987 and initiated on the 50th Anniversary of IFT in 1989.

UKFFoST offers Young Scientists Fellowships
The United Kingdom Federation for Food Science and Technology (UKFFoST) is offering potential financial support through two awards established in memory of two of its renowned food scientists, John Coppock and John Hawthorn.

These Young Scientists Fellowships aim to encourage young food scientists, technologists, and food engineers, irrespective of nationality but based in the United Kingdom, to travel to and participate in the XI IUFoST World Congress to be held April 22–27 in Seoul, Korea. The awards will cover partial funding towards attending the Congress; reduced-price registration fees and accommodations are also anticipated for the Congress.

Following attendance at the Congress, the John Hawthorn Memorial Award will be made to the writer of the best report on benefits gained from attending.

For further information and application forms, please contact UKFFoST Honorary Secretary Mr. Alex Kent, c/o Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK), 5 Cambridge Court, 210 Shepherd’s Bush Road, London W6 7NJ, England (telephone +44-20-7603-6316; fax +44-20-7602-9936; E-mail: [email protected]). Completed application forms are required by Friday, November 10, 2000, at the very latest.

IFT’s First Annual International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo to be held in November
The accelerating globalization of the food supply, coupled with toughening government standards, is putting food production, distribution, and retail industries under a high-intensity spotlight. Momentum is building to find new ways to detect and identify foodborne pathogens and eliminate food-related illnesses. President Clinton has called for a National Food Safety Initiative, and the industry is responding. The future has arrived! Will we lead the way?

To help answer the call, IFT is sponsoring the First Annual International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., November 15-17, 2000.

The keynote speaker, United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Richard Rominger, will present an update of the Administration’s Food Safety Initiative. A summary of the now completed year-long study by three IFT expert panels addresses the safety, benefits, concerns, and labeling of rDNA-derived foods in a program highlight. Food safety experts from universities, government, and food processors will address specific concerns about fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, meat, and poultry. The conference will examine food safety issues of importance to North and South America, and cooperative regulatory programs between the U.S. and Latin America. A session will be devoted to the need for continual refinement of the HACCP approach to food safety assurance. All sessions are designed to allow for audience interaction and discussion with program speakers, and networking with colleagues with similar interests.

Faster methods of monitoring the safety of foods, including tests for pathogens, chemical contaminants, and allergens, will be discussed. The role of food packaging and new approaches to prolonging food freshness by innovative nonthermal processing techniques will also be covered in this comprehensive three-day food safety and quality conference. 

For information, contact ROC Exhibitions, 1963 University Lane, Lisle, IL 60532 (call 630-271-8210; fax 630-271-8234; E-mail: [email protected]).

IFT announces exciting new 2000–01 video conference programs
Mary K. Schmidl, IFT President, has announced an exciting program of video conferences for 2000-2001. The first, entitled “Genetically Modified Foods: Labeling,” has been scheduled for October 3, 2000, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. This, with both a timely topic and first-rate speakers, promises to be one of the best IFT video conferences ever.

In the video, after Dr. Schmidl provides a five-minute introduction, Susan K. Harlander, Biorational Consultants, will speak for approximately 20 minutes on the scientific aspects of Genetically Modified Foods: Labeling. She will be followed by John E. Vanderveen, Emeritus Research Scientist, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who will speak for about 20 minutes on the regulatory aspects involved. The remaining time has been set aside for an interactive question-and-answer period, with all sites participating.

A second video conference, on a hot topic to be announced later, will take place on April 10, 2001, at the same time. Watch Web site www.ift.org/video, or check out the March 2001 issue of Food Technology for more details on this second conference, which are offered specifically for IFT sections, universities, and other interested organizations.

This is the fourth year that IFT has offered a series of timely, entertaining, educational, and affordable video conferences. As the premier organization for food science and technology, IFT has attracted well-known and extremely knowledgeable speakers for its past video conferences, and will continue to do so.

Participating is easy! Visit the IFT Web site, www.ift.org/video, for further information, and see Videoconference Frequently Asked Questions; or contact Paul Grassman at IFT headquarters (phone: 312-782-8424, fax: 312-782-8348, E-mail: [email protected]). 

IFT Foundation
The Foundation thanks the Washington, D.C. Section for its gift of $404; the Oregon Section for its gift of $2,500; the Muscle Foods Division for its gift of $552; and Bestfoods, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., for its gift of $5,000.


OTHER DEADLINES TO NOTE:
Symposium Proposals–Due September 15, 2000 (See August 2000 issue of Food Technology for details)

New Products & Technologies–Papers due January 15, 2001 (See October 2000 issue of Food Technology for details)

Forums–Due March 1, 2001 for publication May 1, 2001 is Final Deadline. (See October 2000 issue of Food Technology for details)

All guidelines and application forms will be available through IFT e-XPRESS and on the IFT Web site, starting September 1, 2000.

by BETSY BAIRD
Assistant Editor