KAREN BANASIAK

Discovery Channel films at IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo®
Cameras will be rolling in New Orleans, as representatives from Discovery Education walk the halls and exhibit floor of this year’s IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo.

IFT has recently partnered with Discovery Education, a new division of Discovery Communications, Inc., a leader in digital media and multimedia-based learning. This partnership will develop a new career guidance program which provides food science and technology–based educational and career materials to teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and students across the country.

The field-tested educational and career materials, including a multimedia educational kit, will be distributed to approximately 18,000 schools in total, reaching a potential audience of 9 million students, 38,000 guidance department chairs and counselors, and 95,000 science department chairs and teachers.

The multimedia educational kit will feature DVDs, videos, a teacher’s guide, student take-home resources, classroom posters, links to a Web site, a 30-minute food science program on Assignment Discovery, experiment books, and career brochures. The 30-minute food science program will air on the Discovery Channel four times between January and May 2006 and will reach an estimated 90 million viewers.

Discovery will capture footage of IFT’s food science and technology professionals on this year’s IFT exhibit floor and will conduct in-person interviews with preselected IFT members representing the diverse profession of food science and technology.

IFT launches Career Center
IFT is proud to announce the launching of the new IFT Career Center, which provides access to the best employers and jobs in the food science and technology industry.

Job seekers can browse postings, receive e-mail notifications when new jobs are listed, and post their resumes in a secure environment—all for free. Employers can find the most talented and qualified candidates by completing a short online registration form.

Also available on the Employment page are a variety of employment services offered by IFT to help professionals advance in their career. This includes the Annual Meeting Employment Bureau, salary surveys, and information for non-U.S. job seekers and those trying to find their first job in the food science field. Visit www.ift.org and navigate to the “Employment” link for more information.

Butts Wins Food Safety Award
John Butts, Vice President of Research, Land O’Frost Inc., Searcy, Ark., recently won the 2005 NSF Food Safety Leadership Award for Systems Improvement. The award recognizes groundbreaking achievements in foodservice safety that help protect the public from foodborne illness.

Butts was honored for his leadership in the development of Land O’Frost’s “Seek & Destroy” program, which helps manufacturers identify and eliminate harborage points for Listeria organisms in processing equipment. This ultimately reduces potential causes of foodborne illness outbreaks. He is a Professional Member of IFT.

NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich., is an independent, non-profit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water, air, and consumer goods.