Call for proposals now open
Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2010 IFT Annual Meeting Scientific Program.

The deadline for Session Proposals is Nov. 13, 2009, 4:00 p.m. CST; Technical Research Papers is Dec. 15, 2009, 4:00 p.m. CST; and New Products & Technologies (NPT) Abstracts is Jan. 12, 2010, 4:00 p.m. CST. NPT abstracts are open to technology or performance innovations that were introduced between January 2007 and January 2010.

Contribute to the exchange of information and sound science that IFT is known for, and be part of the debut of a new, more focused Scientific Program. In June 2009, the IFT Board of Directors approved a new framework to organize and present the Annual Meeting Scientific Program sessions. Under the new design, IFT Annual Meeting Scientific Program sessions will be organized and evaluated according to eight key issues (Food Safety & Defense; Food, Health & Nutrition; Emerging Technologies & Ingredient Innovations; Food Processing & Packaging; Sustainability; Product Development; Public Policy, Food Laws & Regulations; and Education & Professional Development) and four core sciences (Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Engineering, and Sensory Science).

This new framework was designed to streamline programming; provide increased opportunities for member involvement; reduce the number of programming “buckets” for easier navigation; reduce the number of sessions to minimize overlap and conflicts; highlight key issues and core sciences; and, in so doing, increase attendee satisfaction.

A preliminary session proposal is all that is needed at this time, and speakers need not be confirmed. If your proposal is tentatively accepted, you will be asked to provide details at a later date.

Visit to view the guidelines that describe IFT’s Scientific Program topic framework. For more information, contact the Knowledge & Learning team at 312-782-8424.

Hotchkiss joins MSU packaging school
Joseph H. Hotchkiss, former chair of the Cornell University Dept. of Food Science, has been named Director of the School of Packaging and the inaugural director of the planned Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability at Michigan State University.

Hotchkiss has been on the Cornell faculty in the Dept. of Food Science since 1980 and has taught a broad range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research, for which he holds five patents, has focused on the safety, nutrition, and packaging of food. He has lent his expertise in these areas as a consultant to government agencies and professional societies around the world.

Hotchkiss received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado, and M.S. degree in food chemistry and organic chemistry and Ph.D. degree in food chemistry and toxicology from Oregon State University. He is both a Fellow and Professional Member of IFT.

Marcy named dept. head
Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has named Joseph Marcy head of the Dept. of Food Science and Technology. He has held the position on an interim basis since November 2008.

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Marcy’s academic program focuses on food packaging, food chemistry, and the interaction between food and its packaging, as well as dissemination of knowledge through instruction, research, and outreach. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Marcy served as Business Development Manager with Rampart Packaging Inc., where he developed and implemented a strategic business plan and was responsible for market development and transfer of food processing technologies to its European partners. He started his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Florida. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in food technology and science from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. degree in food science from North Carolina State University.

Marcy is a Professional Member of IFT and a Fellow of IFT.

Lee honored as ACE Fellow
Kenneth Lee has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2009–10 academic year. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is the premier leadership development program in U.S. higher education; it focuses on identifying and preparing senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities. As an ACE Fellow, Lee will immerse himself in the culture, policies, and decision-making processes of another institution.

Lee, a Professional Member of IFT and a Fellow of IFT, is a professor in the Dept. of Food Science and Technology and Director of the Ohio State Food Safety and Security Center at Ohio State University.

Profiling achievement: IFT Foundation scholarship recipient update
IFT Student Association members David Asiamah and Dan Xiao were each awarded General Mills scholarships and internships for 2010. Both students will receive a $5,000 scholarship in April 2010 and a paid internship working in Research & Development at General Mills next summer. IFT Foundation scholarship funding is provided through the generosity of individual donors, companies, and organizations like General Mills who further the education of students pursuing degrees in food science and technology.

As a global company known for developing great leaders, General Mills recruiters selected Asiamah and Xiao because of their exceptional scholastic achievements and leadership experience. Asiamah, a native of Ghana, is currently pursuing his M.S. degree at Alabama A & M University. He received an IFT Foundation Scholarship in 2006–07 and the IFT Quality Assurance Arthur T. Schramm Memorial Scholarship in 2008–09. Xiao, who was born in Xinjiang, China, is working toward earning her Ph.D. degree at the University of Tennessee. She is the recipient of the IFT Quality Assurance William A. Golomski Memorial Scholarship in 2008–09 and was also recognized as the Renmin Scholar in 1998–2002 by the Tianjin University of Commerce.

IFT Foundation scholarship applications for the 2010–11 academic year are available beginning October 15 at For more information about the General Mills scholarship and internship, contact Anna K. Proctor at [email protected].

Section & Division meetings

Nov. 5: golf outing and scholarship awards dinner. Location: Sam Houston Golf Course, San Antonio, Texas. Contact Scott McCormick at 210-351-6261 or [email protected], or visit


Nov. 11: Innovation Now! Forum. Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill. Contact Pamela Vaillancourt at [email protected], or visit

Nov. 11: Suppliers Night. Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill. Contact the Chicago Section IFT Business Office at 630-916-4960, or visit

Southern California

Nov. 11–14: meeting. Location: Kellogg West Center at Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, Calif. Topic: nutrigenomics. Call 714-282-0919, e-mail [email protected], or visit

Dec. 16: dinner meeting. Location: Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif. Call 714-282-0919, e-mail [email protected], or visit

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