Call for nominations for IFT Fellows
The Institute of Food Technologists is seeking nominations for IFT Fellows. A Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions in food science and technology. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and must be a Professional Member at the time of nomination. If a nominee is an IFT Professional Member from outside the United States, the 15-year Member requirement may be waived by the Awards Committee.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is February 1, 2006. For Fellow nomination forms and instructions, visit www.ift.org and click on "Awards" or contact Patti Pagliuco at IFT, 525 W. Van Buren, Ste. 1000, Chicago, IL 60607, or [email protected].

Call for nominations for Achievement Awards
IFT is seeking nominations for the 2006 Achievement Awards. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is December 1, 2005. For instructions and nomination forms, visit www.ift.org and click on "Awards" or contact Patti Pagliuco (see item above),

Also, the Awards Committee invites readers to visit the newly created IFT Awards Gallery site at www.ift.org/awardsceremony.

Call for applications for Marcel Loncin Research Prize
Also available this year, the IFT Marcel Loncin Research Prize will honor and provide research funds for a scientist or engineer (IFT member or nonmember) conducting basic chemistry/physics/engineering research that is applied to food processing and the improvement of food quality. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 1, 2005. For instructions and an application for the prize, visit http://members.ift.org/IFT/Awards/MarceLoncinResearchPrize.

Call for abstracts for 2006 IFT Annual Meeting
IFT is seeking qualified papers in the following categories for presentation at the 2006 IFT Annual Meeting: Symposium; Technical Research Paper (Oral & Poster); and New Products & Technologies. The online Call for Papers in these categories opens in mid-November 2005. The deadline for receipt of Symposium and Technical Research Paper (Oral & Poster) abstracts is January 2, 2006, and the deadline for New Products & Technologies abstracts is February 1. The full Scientific Program Schedule will be posted on IFT’s Web site on March 1.

IFT’s Technical Presentations Committee asks those submitting abstracts to send in their abstracts prior to the deadlines to avoid delays with the system.

Guidelines for each of the categories will be found at www.ift.org with links to the Abstract Submission page for details. The guidelines have changed somewhat, so read them carefully for the particular category you are submitting in. All abstracts are limited to 300 words or less. Sample abstracts are available online.

The George F. Stewart International Research Paper Competition is designed to recognize food science and technology research conducted in countries other than the United States. The competition is open only to research conducted outside the U.S. and submitted by a primary author who is not a U.S. citizen. The deadline is January 2, 2006.

For more information, contact Luci Landberg in IFT’s Knowledge and Learning Experiences Dept. at 312-782-8424 or lalandb[email protected].

Scholarship offered
The Philadelphia Regional Section of IFT offers financial scholarships to full-time students pursuing degrees in food science, food technology, or closely related fields. Scholarships are in the amount of $1,500 and will be offered to high school seniors, college undergraduates, and college graduate students who meet the eligibility requirements.

Students must submit an official Philadelphia Regional Section IFT Application Form by February, 15, 2006. For forms and more information, contact Mark Cullison, Merck and Co., WP 28-70, P.O. Box 4, West Point, PA 19486-0004 or [email protected] or visit www.philadelphiaift.org

IFT member serves as Chancellor
The majority of IFT members work in the food industry, as either scientists, technologists, engineers, or teachers and professors. One IFT Professional Member has left the laboratory to serve as Chancellor of North Carolina State University.

James L. Oblinger, who is the 13th chancellor of the university, previously served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the university and as Dean of the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is a tenured professor in the Dept. of Food Science and an expert in the microbiology of red meats and poultry, decontamination techniques, and foodborne pathogens. He is a Professional Member of IFT.

Oblinger is the second food scientist (and IFT member) to become Chancellor of a major institution of higher education; Emil Mrak at University of California, Davis, was the first.

Bamforth appointed department chair
The University of California, Davis, has named Charles Bamforth Chair of the Dept. of Food Science and Technology. He replaced Charles Shoemaker, who has returned to teaching and research.

Bamforth, who holds the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professorship of Malting and Brewing Science, has been a faculty member since 1999. He has taught courses on malting and brewing science and conducted research on beer quality, including the stability of beer flavor and foam. He is a Professional Member of IFT.