Election results announced, Lawson to be next IFT President-Elect
IFT Members have chosen Margaret A. Lawson to become IFT President-Elect II, according to election results announced on November 3. She will become President-Elect on September 1, 2004, and President on September 1, 2005.

Lawson is Technical Services Manager at T. Hasegawa U.S.A. Inc., Cerritos, Calif., holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in food science and technology from the University of California at Davis.

LeeAnne Jackson and Mark A. Uebersax were elected Membership Representatives to the IFT Executive Committee for three-year terms starting September 1, 2004. Jackson is Health Science Policy Advisor, Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Md. Uebersax is Professor, Dept. of Food Sci. and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

During the IFT Annual Meeting in July, the IFT Council elected Brian W. Raines and Pamela R. Vaillancourt to three-year terms as Councilor Representatives to the Executive Committee, starting September 1, 2004. Raines is President, Food Information Services, Pompano Beach, Fla. Vaillancourt is Technical Director–Sales, TIC Gums, Inc., Sacramento, Calif.

Also at the Council meeting in July, Richard Hartel, Mary K. Schmidl, and Allison A. Yates were elected members of the Committee on Nominations and Elections for three-year terms starting September 1, 2004. Hartel is Professor, Dept. of Food Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Schmidl, Past President of IFT, is Principal, NFNC, St. Paul, Minn. And Yates is Director, Food and Nutrition Board, National Academy of Sciences—Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C. 

New staff member
Jennifer Cleveland McEntire has joined IFT’s Washington, D.C., staff as a Research Scientist in the Dept. of Science and Technology Projects. She recently received her Ph.D. degree in food microbiology from Rutgers University. While pursuing her degree in the Dept. of Food Science, she had brief work experiences in Washington when she served as a Visiting Scientist with the Food and Drug Administration and also as an Intern with the National Food Processors Association. Her prior educational experiences include the University of Delaware. 

Call for Forums
It’s time to start planning for Forum presentations at IFT’s 2004 Annual Meeting + Food Expo® in Las Vegas, July 12–16. 

Forums differ from symposia in that they consist of brief introductory remarks by 3–5 experts from different organizations, followed by discussion and audience participation. This format presents the opportunity to address late-breaking issues. 

Because of this format, there are several submission deadlines:
Forums submitted by January 16, 2004, can be reviewed and accepted for early scheduling. All forums submitted after that date will be reviewed and accepted based on content and space availability.

Forums submitted before March 1 and accepted will be listed in Food Technology and the IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo Program and Exhibit Directory. 

Forums submitted after March 1 but before May 1 and accepted cannot be listed in the Program and Exhibit Directory but will be listed in Food Technology and on IFT’s Web site, and publicized at the Annual Meeting. 

All forums are subject to review and acceptance by the Forums Committee of the Annual Meeting Management Committee. 

Guidelines and application forms for Forum presentations can be obtained by visiting IFT’s Web site at www.ift.org/cms/?pid=1000503 or calling 312-782-8424. 

New Products papers deadline reminder
Deadline for submission of papers for presentation in the New Products & Technologies session at the IFT Annual Meeting is January 16, 2004. See p. 76 of the November 2003 issue for details. 

IFT’s scientific journals publish new issues
The November/December issue of the Journal of Food Science and a new issue of each of IFT’s electronic journals Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety and Journal of Food Science Education have now been published. 

Both of the online-only journals, which are available free of charge, are completing their second year of publication. CRFSFS now has 18 full-length reviews articles containing 265 pages of information, as well as two of IFT’s contracted reports for the Food and Drug Administration. JFSE now includes 138 pages in 23 papers of interest to food science educators. 

Members and subscribers can view the full text of JFS articles. Nonmembers and nonsubscribers can view and search the JFS table of contents and abstracts at www.ift.org for free and can download full papers for a small fee.

JFS improvements coming in 2004
The January/February issue of JFS will feature two new changes: articles will be posted to the IFT Web site as soon as they are finalized, usually several weeks before the print version is produced; and abstracts will be extended from the previous 110-word limit to 250 words. In addition, IFT Member subscription rates for online access only have been reduced from $70 to $50.