Heldman becomes President
Dennis R. Heldman, Principal of Heldman Associates, Weston, Fla., was chosen by the members of IFT to be President of the Institute of Food Technologists for 2006–07. He becomes IFT’s 67th President on September 1, 2006.

Heldman holds a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Michigan State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees in dairy technology from Ohio State University.

He began his career in 1965 as Assistant Professor of Food Engineering at Michigan State University, and was promoted to Professor of Food Engineering for the period between 1970 and 1984. In 1984, he accepted a position as Vice President for Process R&D at Campbell Soup Co. In 1986–91, he served as Executive Vice President of Scientific Affairs for the National Food Processors Association. He was a Principal in the Weinberg Consulting Group in 1991–92. At the University of Missouri in 1992–98 he was Professor of Food Process Engineering; Leader of the F21C Foods, Feeds, and Products Research Cluster; Unit Leader for Food Science and Engineering; and Director of Office of Value-Added Agriculture Outreach. Recently, he was Professor of Food Process Engineering and Director of Cooperative R&D at Rutgers University in 1999–2004.

Heldman has served on a number of IFT national committees, including the Book Communications Committee (2002–05, Chair 2004–05); Research Summit Task Force (2001–04, Chair, Research Summit Conference II, 2003); Stier Award Jury (2002–05); Task Force on Research Needs in Food Technology (Chair 2001–05); Publications Committee (1999–2002, Chair 2000–01); Fellows Affairs Committee (1993–99, Chair, 1997–98); Executive Committee (1990–93, Chair, ad hoc Committee on Governance, 1991–93); Board for Office of Scientific Public Affairs (1991–93); Samuel Cate Prescott Award Jury (1982–85); and Program Committee (1972–75, 1984–87).

He has been active in the Food Engineering Division (Councilor, 2004–05, Alternate Councilor, 2002–04, Chair, 2000–01, Executive Committee, 2002–04, 1994–96, 1981–83, 1974–76); New York Section (1998–2004); Nutmeg Section (1998–2004); St. Louis Section (1992–98, Chair 1995–96); Eastern Food Science Conference (1985–93, Chair, Technical Program Committee, 1989–93); Washington, D.C. Section (1986–92); Philadelphia Section (1984–86); and Great Lakes Section (1965–84).

During his career, Heldman has received a number of awards and honors, including Fellow, American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1984); Distinguished Alumni Award, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition, Ohio State University (1984); DFISA-ASAE Food Engineering Award (1981); IFT Fellow (1981); Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Natural Resources, Ohio State University (1978); and FIEI Young Researcher Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1974).

Floros chosen President-Elect
IFT members have chosen John D. Floros to be their next President-Elect. He will succeed Dennis R. Heldman as IFT’s 68th President when he takes office on September 1, 2007.

Floros is Professor and Head of the Dept. of Food Science, Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in food science and technology from the University of Georgia and a combined M.S./B.S. degree in food science and technology from the Agricultural University of Athens.

He began his career as Processing/QA/QC Supervisor at Asteris Inc. He then moved to the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives in 1982, where he held the position of Plant Manager. He worked as a research assistant at the Agricultural University of Athens in 1983–84. In 1984, he accepted a position as a research assistant at the University of Georgia. He began his career at Purdue University in 1988, where he served as Assistant Professor (1988–93), Associate Professor (1993–98), and Professor (1998–2000). In 1995–96, Floros took Sabbatical Leave to work as Senior Research Engineer at Nestlé’s Connecticut R&D Center. He has served as Professor and Head of the Dept. of Food Science at Pennsylvania State University since 2000.

An active member of IFT, Floros has served on a number of national committees, including the IFT Foundation Board (2005–present); Strategic Development Task Force (2005–present); Nominations & Elections Task Force (2005); Communications Management Committee (2003–present, Chair 2005–06); General Communications Committee (2003–05, Chair 2003–04); National Awards Jury (2002–06); New Business Opportunities Task Force (2002–03); Strategic Planning Task Force (2002); Council of Food Science Administrators (2000–06, Chair 2004–05); Frontiers in Food Science—Summit Conferences—Task Force (2000–04, Chair 2000–02); Diversity Committee (1998–2001); Executive Committee (1998–2001); Counselor (1996–99); Annual Meeting Committee (1996–97); Food Technology College Bowl Competition Judge (1993); Annual Meeting Technical Program Committee (1990–97, Chair 1996–97); and Graduate Student Paper Competition Judge (1990).

He has also been active in the Food Packaging Division (Scholarship Awards Committee 1991–95, Executive Committee 1993–96, Chair 1996–97); Food Engineering Division (Scholarship Awards Committee 1989–94, Chair 1991–93, Executive Committee 1993–96); and Indiana Section (Treasurer 1989–91, Chair 1992–93).

Floros has received a number of awards and honors during his career, including Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellow (2005); Elected Professor, Dept. of Food Science & Technology, Aristotelian University, Greece (1999); Honorary Research–Visiting Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, Denmark’s Technical University (1997); Leadership Fellow, Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy/Academic Programs Committee on Organization and Policy (1994); Anderson Award for Research Creativity, University of Georgia (1989); Paper Award for a Publication with Exceptional Engineering Merit, American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1988); Student Scientist Award, Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (1998); Browne Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Research, University of Georgia (1987); Outstanding Scholastic Ability, IFT (1987); Student Scientist Award, Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (1986).

Lawson joins D.D. Williamson
Margaret A. Lawson was recently named Vice President of Science and Innovation for D.D. Williamson.

"Color is becoming an increasingly critical factor in consumer choice of food and beverages around the world, and I’m excited to join a world leader in its field," said Lawson.

She currently serves on the University Industrial Advisory Board for the University of California at Davis and Board of Advisors for Xengaru Fun Foods.

After obtaining her M.S. degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of California at Davis, Lawson worked in technical and managerial positions for FMC, Kelco, NZMP, and, most recently, T. Hasegawa Flavors. She holds eight patents.

Elected a Fellow of IFT in 2001 for her outstanding contributions to the profession of food science and technology, Lawson has served as President-Elect and President for the organization and will begin her one-year term as Past-President beginning September 1.

During Lawson’s term as president, IFT conceived and launched a comprehensive campaign to attract students into food science; entered into partnerships on food science and food safety throughout the world; joined coalitions to increase research funding for food and agriculture; published four new scientific summaries; and developed new programming for the IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo®.

Wallace elected IFTSA President
Taylor Wallace is the newly elected President of the IFT Student Association. He will take office on September 1, 2006.

He is a graduate student at Ohio State University, researching the use of anthocyanins as natural colorants in low-acid dairy products as part of his Ph.D. program.

Born and raised in Hopkinsville, Ky., Wallace received a B.S. degree in food science from the University of Kentucky, where he served as President of the university’s food science club for two years before being selected as IFTSA President-Elect. He held internships in the Marketing and Quality Assurance departments at Fazoli’s and in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

JFS available on Blackwell site
Blackwell Publishing is now handling many aspects of the production and online hosting of Journal of Food Science on its Blackwell Synergy site. New features in the online version of the journal include multiple formats in which to view content; clickable popup tables, figures, and references within each article; and references linking to CrossRef, Synergy, Medline, and other major research databases.

Readers will still access JFS the same way they always have through www.ift.org. Articles will continue to be posted as "Online Early" as upcoming issues take shape, and readers can sign up for RSS feeds through Synergy. As the new Web site evolves, IFT and Blackwell will add a greatly expanded archive of past volumes and increased options to help readers streamline their research.

E-mail [email protected] with comments and feedback about the changes and improvements.

Book of Abstracts on sale
The 2006 IFT Annual Meeting Book of Abstracts is now on sale. Organized by session type and number as well as Division, this resource is a permanent record of the sound science presented at this global forum.

A new feature in this year’s book contains an e-mail address for the primary author of each abstract, making the contact information available right at your fingertips. To order a copy, visit www.ift.org/amfe.

Technical sessions CD available
Recordings of the Technical Program from the 2006 IFT Annual Meeting are available, allowing you to "attend" or revisit a particularly helpful session.

There are several options for purchase. The best deal is a CD package that provides the audio recordings and PowerPoint presentations of nearly 100 sessions. You can download the audio to your MP3 player and listen on the go. Or use your computer and access the PowerPoint slides to accompany the audio. If you need more targeted information, you can purchase audio recordings of individual sessions.

To order, contact Sound Images at 888-649-1118 or visit www.siattend.com.

Section & Division meetings
Visit www.ift.org to view the Events Calendar, including listings for Section and Division meetings, and for information on how to list your event.