The deadline for the 2007 IFT Leadership Election, which is being conducted again this year electronically, is April 5, 2007.

In the online election, IFT members will choose the President-Elect and Membership Representatives to the Executive Committee. The nominees for President-Elect are Sheri Schellhaass (General Mills) and Lamartine (Lam) Hood (Pennsylvania State University). The nominees for Membership Representative are Faye Dong (University of Illinois), Brain Farkas (North Carolina State University), John Ruff (Kraft Foods Inc.), and Anne Goldman (Applied Consumer & Clinical Evaluations).

This year, Councilors will elect Councilor Representatives to the Executive Committee. The nominees are Jozef Kokini (Rutgers University), Juan Silva (Mississippi State University), Robert McGorrin (Oregon State University), and Janet Collins (Solae Co.).

Members can access candidate biographical information for reference and vote online at a secure Web site from any Internet-connected computer in the world. Access to this Web site is restricted by a required login, and usernames and passwords will be verified to ensure single, unique votes.

On March 5, active-paid members of IFT received instructions via e-mail explaining the online voting process. If you have a new e-mail address, please visit www.ift.org, click on Membership and Member Center, and update your member profile. Election information, bios for the candidates, and tips for voting are available at www.ift.org/election.

IFT offers short courses
With IFT’s Knowledge and Learning Center’s upcoming short courses, you will learn about the latest best practices, gain insightful perspectives from industry experts, share practical knowledge about important food industry–related topics, and network with peers.

IFT is offering four courses: The No Trans Fat Challenge: Replacing Current Oils (April 10, 2007); Developing New Food Products for a Changing Marketplace; Labeling Requirements for U.S.-Marketed Foods (Intermediate Level); and Microencapsulation and Controlled Delivery of Food Ingredients (all on April 11-12, 2007). They will be held in Newark, N.J.

For more information, visit www.ift.org/knowledge.

Mallangi joins Sweet Success
Sweet Success Enterprises Inc., San Antonio, Tex., recently named Chandrasekhara Mallangi Chief Scientist. His responsibilities will include the oversight of product formulation and quality control.

He has more than 35 years of experience developing beverage lines, including 25 years with Nestlé SA. There he managed the nutrition product development team that produced health-care nutritional supplements and functional beverage lines, including Carnation Instant Breakfast™ and the original Nestlé Sweet Success™.

Sweet Success Enterprises acquired Nestlé’s Sweet Success brand in 2002, including all formulas, copyrights, trademarks, records, and research.

Mallangi is a Member of IFT.

Register now for IFT in Chicago
Registration for the 2007 IFT Annual Meeting and Food ExpoSM, July 28–August 1, in Chicago, Ill., is open. Join thousands of other food professionals from around the world to network with peers and receive up-to-date information about the latest scientific developments.

Hundreds of suppliers will be on hand to showcase the newest ingredients, products, and services at the IFT Food Expo®. Also returning to the Expo floor will be several Special Interest Pavilions specifically designed to showcase important and emerging ingredients and food technologies.

IFT’s Knowledge and Learning Center is offering several pre-meeting short courses that will cover a wide range of topics, including nanobiotechnology, flavors, food packaging, oils, nonthermal food processing, ingredient applications, and others.

Visit www.am-fe.ift.org for updates and comprehensive information.

IFT members endow professorship
Yongkeun and Sunny Joh, president and owners of Advanced Food Systems, Somerset, N.J., have endowed a new professorship, the Yongkeun Joh Professorship of Food Ingredient and Product Formulation, at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) at Cornell University.

With its industry focus, the professorship will foster greater collaboration with industry and thereby promote economic development, as well as add to Cornell’s leadership in applied research, said Susan A. Henry, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Yongkeun and Sunny, an IFT Professional Member and Member, respectively, met and married as students at Cornell and have supported scholarships and programs over the years.

IFT debuts Food Expo Innovation Awards
In conjunction with the upcoming IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, July 28–August 1, 2007, Chicago, Ill., the Institute of Food Technologists has announced the IFT Food Expo Innovation Awards program, which will honor outstanding innovations in products, ingredients, technologies, instrumentation, equipment, and services. The program will be open only to exhibiting companies at this year’s IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo. The winners will be announced at the Sunday morning keynote session, just prior to the opening of the exhibit floor. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2007. For more information, please visit www.am-fe.ift.org.