Food Technology wins design awards
Food Technology magazine in October won three awards at Folio: magazine’s 2006 Eddie and Ozzie Awards ceremony. The Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards are the magazine industry’s highest recognition for work in the mass consumer, association/nonprofit, regional, special interest, and business-to-business publishing areas.

The magazine won a Gold Award for Best Redesign–Nonprofit/Association; a Gold Award for Best Cover–Nonprofit/Association for the July 2005 issue; and a Bronze Award for Best Feature Design–Nonprofit/Association for the feature "Nutrigenomics: The Impact of Food on Genes," which appeared in the July 2005 issue. Food Technology magazine underwent a complete redesign in early 2005, and the July 2005 issue was the first issue published after the redesign.

There were 2,200 submissions for the awards, and the entries were judged by a panel of 130 judges.

Earlier this year, Food Technology and the Institute of Food Technologists won a Gold Award in the 2006 SNAP EXCEL Awards competition conducted by the Society of National Association Publications. The Folio: awards bring Food Technology’s award recognition for excellent design to a total of four awards in 2006.

IFT hosts sodium Web cast
IFT’s Knowledge and Learning Center is hosting an educational Web cast, The Sodium Debate: Pros and Cons, on January 8. The Web cast will address the overall debate about sodium and its use in food and how it affects certain health conditions. Some researchers believe that reducing overall sodium intake will improve blood pressure and hypertension, while others believe that there is little scientific evidence to prove that reducing sodium in the diet will lead to better health.

A panel of experts will discuss the American Medical Association’s new recommendations relative to sodium intake; scientific facts relative to whether or not sodium intake is harmful to the body and at what levels; and actions that food companies are taking to develop sodium-reduced products. Participants will also learn about the public’s reaction to reduced-sodium products.

Researchers, product developers, sales and marketing professionals, research staff, and regulators will benefit from the information.

The Web cast will be held on January 8, 2007, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Central Time.

Another Web cast, The Childhood Obesity Dilemma and How Food Science Can Impact Its Future, will be held on February 13, 2007. For more information about these sessions and to register,

IFT Scholarship and Fellowship recipients 2006–07
More than $193,000 in undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships administered by IFT and sponsored by companies in the food industry, organizations, IFT Divisions, IFT Sections, and the IFT Foundation were awarded to students for the 2006–07 academic year. Visit and click on "Education" for a complete list of recipients.

Undergraduate and graduate students studying food science and technology or closely related fields still have time to apply for scholarships and fellowships for the 2007–08 academic year. Applications must be turned in to the student’s department head by February 1, 2007 (graduate, senior, and junior students), February 15, 2007 (freshman students), and March 1, 2007 (sophomore students).

Applications and instructions can be obtained at under "Education." For more information, contact Elizabeth J. Plummer, Manager of Foundation Development, 525 W. Van Buren St., Ste. 1000, Chicago, IL 60607 (phone 312-782-8424, e-mail [email protected]).

Abstracts deadline
The deadline for receipt of abstracts for papers to be presented at the 2007 IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo®, July 28–August 1, 2007, is 4 p.m. Central Time on January 4, 2007. This applies to Technical Research Papers (Oral, Poster, Division Competitions, Graduate Student Research Paper Competition, and 2007 George F. Stewart International Research Paper Competition) and New Products and Technologies (Oral and Poster) papers.

For more information, contact IFT’s Knowledge and Learning Experiences Dept. at 312-782-8424 or visit

IFT members named IAFoST Fellows
The following IFT members were recently named Fellows of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST), a statutory component of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST).

Those honored were Stella M. Alzamora, Zeki Berk, Fergus Clydesdale, Martin Cole, Vincent Hegarty, Dennis Heldman, Chi-Tang Ho, Yun-Hwa Hsieh, Lucy Sun Hwang, Josef Kokini, Chang Y. Lee, David B. Min, Thomas Ohlsson, David S. Reid, Gordon L. Robertson, Fereidoon Shahidi, Harjinder Singh, Herbert Stone, Barry G. Swanson, Jorge S. Welti-Chanes, and Rickey Y. Yada.

Wagner advises government
Mary Wagner, Chief Technology Officer for E&J Gallo Winery, will lend her food science expertise to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. She was recently named a member of the board, which advises the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economics.

Wagner serves as Treasurer on the IFT Executive Committee and is Past- President of IFT (1997–98), an IFT Fellow, and a Professional Member of IFT.

Labuza, Karel win Riester-Davis Award 
The IFT Food Packaging Division recently awarded the 2006 Riester-Davis Award to Theodore Labuza and Marcus Karel. Labuza is Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor of Food Science and Engineering in the Dept. of Food Science & Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Past-President of IFT (1998–99), and a Professional Member of IFT. Marcus Karel is an Emeritus Member of IFT. Both are IFT Fellows.

They were honored for their collective and individual work in the areas of shelf-life modeling and prediction, barrier packaging, edible packaging, modified-atmosphere packaging and its mathematical modeling, time–temperature indication, and signaling and biosensors for packaging.

The Riester-Davis Award recognizes lifetime achievement in food packaging technology. It was established in 1986 to memorialize Don Riester of American Can Co. and Rees Davis of Continental Can, who helped found the IFT Food Packaging Division.

Lund wins Harris Award
Daryl B. Lund, Executive Director of the North Central Regional Association of State Agriculture Experiment Station Directors, has won the 2006 Ohio State University Harris Distinguished Food Scientist Award.

He was honored for his work and research throughout the years in the field of food engineering, specifically in the areas of heat and mass transfer in foods, kinetics of reactions in foods, and food processing.

Lund is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Food Science, Scientific Editor of the Concise Reviews and Hypotheses in Food Science section of JFS, Past-President of IFT (1990–91), an IFT Fellow, and a Professional Member of IFT.

Min wins research award
David B. Min, Professor in the Dept. of Food Science and Technology at Ohio State University, recently received the Japanese Oil Chemists Society Research Award. The award recognizes his pioneering research on the formation, quenching mechanism, and kinetics of singlet oxygen oxidation in foods. His research provides scientists with the essential information to understand the chemical mechanisms for the formation of "beany" flavor in soybean oil and the rapid destruction of riboflavin under light.

Min is an IFT Fellow and a Professional Member of IFT.

In Memoriam
Robert C. Baker died in Lansing, N.Y., on March 13, 2006. Professor of food science and poultry science at Cornell University from 1957 until his retirement in 1989, he researched and developed innovative ways to use poultry. During his career, he developed dozens of poultry products, among them ground poultry, chicken nuggets, chicken hot dogs, and turkey ham, as well as the Cornell chicken barbecue sauce. He was also involved in developing modified-atmosphere packaging and vacuum packaging to improve the chicken-shipping process. In 1970, he founded Cornell’s Institute of Food Science and Marketing and served as the institute’s first director. He was elected a Fellow of IFT in 1997.

Benjamin Borenstein died in Delray Beach, Fla., on September 7, 2006. He made significant contributions to improving public health through nutrition, particularly vitamin fortification. An adjunct professor and later honorary professor at Rutgers University, he retired in 1987 as director of product development for the Roche Chemical Div. of Hoffman-La Roche and continued to serve the food industry as a consultant for several years. He was named Food Scientist of the Year by IFT’s Philadelphia Section in 1979 and New York Section in 1983. He was elected a Fellow of IFT in 1979 and received IFT’s Babcock-Hart Award in 1996.

Bernard S. ("Barney") Schukraft, former Managing Editor of Food Technology, died in Chicago, Ill., on June 22, 2006. During his 25 years on IFT’s Publications staff from 1972 until his retirement in 1997, he oversaw production of both Food Technology and Journal of Food Science, guided the transition from hot typesetting to electronic publishing, and handled all relationships with printers.

Bernard A. ("Pete") Twigg died in College Park, Md., on February 28, 2006. Former food science professor and chair of the Dept. of Horticulture at the University of Maryland, he was instrumental in developing many of the hybrid tomatoes on the market today. He was coauthor of a still-widely used text, Fundamentals of Quality Control for the Food Industry. After his retirement in 1983, he was a consultant for the food industry and also served as scientific adviser to the World Food Logistics Organization. He was elected a Fellow of IFT in 1982.

Other Death Notices Received: Emily B. Anderson, Robert J. Anderson, Jack Aronowicz, Thomas R. Atwood, James W. Barnett, J.R. Baxley, John B. Bockelmann, Dennis Buege, Harold L. Creamer, Donna J. Demestre, Dennis M. Dignan, Oliver J. Draguesku, Dave Evans, Kenneth W. Hastings, Cho Wai Hong, Robert M. Ikeda, Joseph Jacobs, Albert J. Karas, Charles P. Lattuada, Melvin Lipschultz, George J. Mountney, George Muck, Charles P. O’Hara, Joseph L. Owades, Tom Parks, A.M. Pearson, James Puse, Paul E. Ramstad, Dwight E. Reed, Anthony P. Richards, Wilfried Seibel, Bernard F. Shema, Karen Stammen, Theo P. Svolos, Alan Thomas, Neil Webb, Lawrence S. Weitz, and Xiaohui Xia.