Hasler named to Chiquita board
Clare M. Hasler recently joined the Chiquita Brands International, Cincinnati, Ohio, board of directors. She is Executive Director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California at Davis.

Hasler is a leading authority on functional foods and was an assistant professor in the Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

“Her extensive experience in food science, nutrition, and food safety will help Chiquita as we continue to focus on delivering healthy and convenient food choices,” said Fernando Aguirre, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Hasler is a Professional Member of IFT.

Payne wins food engineering award
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has named Fred A. Payne the winner of the IAFIS-FPEI Distinguished Food Engineering Award. He won the award in recognition of his academic and industrial contributions to the food industry and development of optical technologies for food process control.

Professor in the Dept. of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky, Payne is a specialist in food and bioprocess engineering. His research program focuses on automation applications in food processing plants, with a primary emphasis in the development of optical sensors for monitoring and controlling food processing applications. He is a Professional Member of IFT.

Sebranek wins research award
Joseph Sebranek, Professor of Animal Science and Food Science and Human Nutrition in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture, has won the American Meat Science Association’s Distinguished Research Award.

He has conducted research relevant to the meat processing industry, including studies on meat curing, cryogenic freezing, packaging systems, protein gelation, equipment design, irradiation applications, and food safety. A Professional Member of IFT, Sebranek in 1989 received two patents for a meat grinder/bone chip removal system that is currently used in the meat industry.

Hansen retires from NC State U.
Arthur Hansen, Professor in the Dept. of Food Science at North Carolina State University, has retired after 37 years of teaching food chemistry, quality control, dairy processing, and food analysis courses.

One of the leading authorities on aseptic processing and packaging of dairy products, Hansen researched the ultra-high-temperature process and helped develop the aseptic UHT Milk Processing Center. He is a Professional Member of IFT.

SD State U. hires Yeung 
Po Sai Marie Yeung recently joined South Dakota State University’s Dept. of Dairy Science as Assistant Professor. She will conduct research in dairy microbiology, food safety, and foodborne pathogens and will teach microbiology and processing courses.

Yeung, a Member of IFT, previously was a postdoctoral researcher in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.

Call for abstracts reminder 
The deadline for receipt of Symposium and Technical Research Paper (Oral and Poster) abstracts is January 2, 2006, and the deadline for New Products & Technologies abstracts is February 1. Visit www.ift.org for complete information on submitting abstracts for the 2006 IFT Annual Meeting.