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IFT launches educational Web casts
Are you crunched for time? Do you want condensed, specific, and applicable information on current and emerging topics that affect the food industry? Is your budget limited? If so, IFT’s new Knowledge & Learning Center Web casts are exactly what you need.
The first Web cast, Probiotics, will be held on December 12, 2006, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. CST. Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, provide a health benefit to the host. Controlled human studies have documented the positive health effects of probiotics. Participants will learn about the importance of dose, strain, and matrix for delivering probiotic effects and important findings of how probiotics may benefit humans.
Additional Web casts are planned for 2007. For more information and to register, visit www.ift.org/knowledge.
Call for scholarship applications
IFT encourages and supports the study of food science and technology by offering more than 100 undergraduate scholarships and more than 30 graduate fellowships that total almost $200,000 a year. Sponsored by companies in the food industry, organizations, IFT Divisions, IFT Sections, and the IFT Foundation, the awards help young scientists receive the education and training necessary to fill positions in industry, government, and academia.
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 for the 2007–08 academic year can be obtained at www.ift.org 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]).
Rutgers recognizes Kokini’s support
The Rutgers Food Science Alumni Society recently honored Jozef Kokini for his support and dedication to the Rutgers food science alumni community. In 2002, he helped to create the Alumni Society, which has continually worked to establish networking opportunities between alumni and the Dept. of Food Science at Rutgers University. Kokini, chair of the Dept. of Food Science at Rutgers, is a Fellow and Professional Member of IFT.
Philly IFT offers scholarships
The IFT Philadelphia Section is offering financial scholarships for students pursuing degrees in food science and food science–related disciplines. The scholarships are in the amounts of $1,500 and will be given to qualified high school seniors and college undergraduate and graduate students. Those who wish to be considered for these scholarships must be members of the Philadelphia Section. Applications must be received by March 1, 2007. For more information, contact John P. Pcsolar, QC Laboratories, 1205 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966 (phone 215-355-3900, ext. 3340).
IFTSA seeks competition entries
The IFT Student Association invites undergraduate and graduate student members to participate in its 2006–07 competitions.
The Product Development Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase their talent in product design, process development, and marketing by developing an innovative food product. Each team must submit a five-page proposal to the competition chair by February 15, 2007. The top six teams will receive travel grants to attend the 2007 IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo for final judging.
The Chapter of the Year Award is given to the student chapter that has displayed the most active participation at the local and national levels. A letter of intent must be sent to the chair at this time, and the official entry form must be received by May 1, 2007.
The Graduate and Undergraduate Research Paper Competitions provide an opportunity for students to earn recognition for their outstanding research efforts and present their research at the Annual Meeting.
Graduate students should submit abstracts to the competition chair by January 2, 2007. Undergraduates should submit a letter of intent by March 1, 2007, and four copies of their abstract by March 15, 2007.
The College Bowl Competition tests the knowledge of student teams from across the country with food science trivia. Teams from six geographical regions compete in area competitions, and the winning teams receive travel grants to the Annual Meeting + Food Expo to compete in a final contest. Teams should contact their area representative for more information on the regional competitions.
For complete rules, entry forms, and contact information for the competitions, visit the IFTSA Web site at http://iftsa.org.
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Charles J. Bates, 1985–86 President of IFT, died on September 28, 2006, in Crown Point, Ind. After receiving his Ph.D. in food technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957, he started his career at the Procter & Gamble Co. and 15 years later went to work for American Maize Co., retiring in 1993 as Vice President-Technical. He joined IFT in 1951 and was responsible for or involved in many of the changes that contributed to IFT’s growth. He served on and was chair of numerous committees for both the national organization and the three Regional Sections of which he had been a member. He served as a student member of the Education Committee in 1954. In 1963, he became a member of the Committee on Divisions, concerned with the oversight of the then new Divisions. He was on the Executive Committee in 1981–84, was IFT Treasurer in 1989–90, and was instrumental in changing IFT’s fiscal year start from May 1 to September 1. He also chaired a committee that resulted in the hiring of an IFT Finance Director and the eventual formalizing of administrative procedures for the better management of IFT. He was named an IFT Fellow in 1988, and he received IFT’s Calvert L. Willey Distinguished Service Award in 1998.
Ernest J. Briskey, 1975–76 President of IFT, died on June 24, 2006, in Madison, Wis. He received his B.S. degree in meat and animal science from the University of Wisconsin in 1952, his M.S. degree in meat science from Ohio State University in 1955, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry and meat and animal science from the University of Wisconsin in 1958. He then joined the faculty of the Meat and Animal Science Dept. at the University of Wisconsin, where he became professor and director of the Institute of Muscle Biology. He became Vice President, Technical Administration and Director of Research at Campbell Soup Co. in 1970 and Dean of Agricultural Science at Oregon State University in 1979. He took leave from OSU to serve the U.S. Dept. of State for research expansion in Thailand in 1984–86 and served as Senior Science Advisor at the Institute of Scientific Research in Kuwait in 1986–88. He retired from OSU in 1998. He was Scientific Editor of Journal of Food Science in 1970–71 and served on the Board of Editors for both JFS and Food Technology. He was active on IFT committees and juries until the mid-1980s. He received numerous honors, including IFT’s Samuel Cate Prescott Award in 1965 and Nicholas Appert Award in 1975, and was named an IFT Fellow in 1977.
Robert J. Price, Emeritus Member, died on June 1, 2006, in Baltimore, Md. He received his B.A. degree in microbiology from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in food science from Oregon State University in 1969 and 1972, respectively. He joined IFT in 1967, worked for two years at the Food and Drug Administration as a seafood specialist, then joined the University of California, Davis, as Cooperative Extension Specialist in Seafood Products in 1974. He created the seafood HACCP mailing list and the Seafood Network Information Center Web site and was principal author of the Alliance’s Compendium of Fish and Fishery Product Processes, Hazards, and Controls. He retired from UC-Davis in 2003. He served in numerous leadership roles in the Northern California Section of IFT, where he was elected Member of the Year in 1995. He was chair in 1984–85 of what is now the Aquatic Food Products Division; served on the IFT Executive Committee in 2002–05; and was a member and chair of numerous IFT committees and juries, including the Council Issues and Agenda Committee in 2003–04. He received the Minnesota IFT Section’s Harold Macy Award, and was elected an IFT Fellow in 1988.