IFT Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals for contributions in food science and technology, leadership in the profession, and service to IFT. Deadline for receipt of nominations for IFT Fellow is Feb. 1, 2010.
The Marcel Loncin Research Prize provides research funding for basic chemistry/physics/ engineering research applied to food processing and improvement of food quality. It is given only in even-numbered years. Deadline for receipt of nominations for the Marcel Loncin Research Prize is Dec. 1, 2009.
Candidates sought for 2010 Macy Award
The Minnesota section of IFT is seeking nominations for candidates from all IFT sections for the 2010 Harold Macy Food Science and Technology Award.
The award, established in 1981, is given annually to recognize an outstanding example offood technology transfer or cooperation between scientists or technologists in any two of the following settings: academic, government, and private industry. The purpose of the award is to advance the profession and practice of food technology and to honor Harold Macy, former Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota and a Founding Member of IFT. The award consists of a plaque, $2,500 honorarium, and travel expenses. The awardee will be invited to address the Minnesota Section at the annual Macy Award meeting to be held in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area.
For a list of previous recipients of the award, visit www.mnift.org/macy.php.
The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2009. Nomination forms are available online at www.mnift.org/macy.php. Completed nomination forms should be submitted via e-mail (preferred), regular mail, or fax to Lamin S. Kassama, Chair of the Macy Award Committee, Food and Nutrition Department HE 223, University of Wisconsin–Stout, 415 10th Ave., Menomonie, WI 54751 (phone 715-232-1623, fax 715-232-2317, e-mail [email protected]).
Refer a member to IFT
The 2009 Fall/Winter Membership Referral Program has begun, and this is your opportunity to spread the word about IFT to your colleagues. Visit www.ift.org, click on “Membership” and “Member Referral Program” for more details.
Congratulations to Larissa Goble, the winner of a drawing for a $500 AMEX gift card awarded at the end of the 2009 Winter/Spring Membership Referral Program.
A special thank you is extended to the following dedicated IFT members who have referred one or more new members: John Beidleman, Kirk Dolan, Larissa Goble, Andy Hirneisen, Teresa Landis, Mary Randzo, and Shanon Trueman.
And thank you to participating members of the IFT Divisions and Sections. Congratulations to the Food Laws & Regulations Division and Intermountain Section for referring the most new members.
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Lonza hires Carilli-Stevenson
JoAnne Carilli-Stevenson recently joined Lonza Inc., Allendale, N.J., as Business Development Manager in the company’s custom manufacturing division. She will be responsible for establishing new business, focusing on custom fermentation products in the nutritional and personal care industries.
Carilli-Stevenson, a Member of IFT, has worked in the beer and cosmetics industries, most recently for White Labs Inc.
IFT members win AMSA awards
Several IFT members recently received awards for their contributions to meat science and research from the American Meat Science Association.
Mindy Brashears, an associate professor at Texas State University and an IFT Member, won the Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes and fosters the development of AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology. She developed and launched a food safety course that is available not only to university students but to meat industry professionals. The award is sponsored by Cryovac Sealed Air Corp.
Randall Huffman, Chief Food Safety Officer, Maple Leaf Foods, received the Distinguished Extension–Industry Service Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in meat science extension and service to the industry and is sponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation. As President of the AMI Foundation, Huffman was part of a very significant effort to create a unified scientific funding body for critical food safety research known as the Food Safety Initiative. In the past eight years, the initiative has funded more than 60 food safety research projects. Huffman is a Professional Member of IFT.
Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, Professor of animal science at Iowa State University, was the recipient of the Distinguished Research Award. The award recognizes members with outstanding research contributions to the meat industry and is sponsored by ConAgra Foods. Huff-Lonergan’s research has focused on the fundamental mechanisms underlying the development of fresh meat quality attributes. She is a Member of IFT.
Tom R. Carr received the R.C. Pollock Award, which recognizes an individual whose work through teaching, extension, research, or service represents an extraordinary and lasting contribution to the meat industry. Carr has held a teaching/extension position at the University of Illinois since 1974, where he instructs courses in meat animal and carcass evaluation. Carr, a Professional Member of IFT, was honored for his commitment to teaching and mentoring, and for his collective contribution to the education and advancement of a new generation of meat industry scientists.
Cal Poly professors honored
Phillip Tong, a dairy science professor and Director of California Polytechnic State University’s Dairy Products Technology Center, was recently named the 93rd president of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA). His colleague, Rafael Jimenez-Flores, also a professor, won the International Dairy Food Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing.
The award recognizes individuals whose research allows for the development of new products and improvement in the quality, safety, or processing efficiency of dairy foods. The award, given by the ADSA, includes a plaque and a $1,500 honorarium.
Tong is a Professional Member of IFT, and Jimenez-Flores is a Member of IFT.
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Frederick John (Jack) Francis, IFT President (1980–81), died on June 27, 2009, at age 87.
Francis received his B.A. and M.A degrees from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts. In 1954, he joined the Dept. of Food Technology at University of Massachusetts, serving as department head from 1971 to 1977.
His lifelong contribution to the field of food science is illustrated by his numerous professional awards including the Chancellor’s Medal at the University of Massachusetts and three IFT Achievement Awards: Nicolas Appert Award, Carl R. Fellers Award, and Bor S. Luh International Award. He was elected a Fellow of IFT in 1975. Additionally, he was President of Phi Tau Sigma, Chairman of the Board of the American Council on Science and Health, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a board member of several U.S. government organizations.
Hans Lineweaver, IFT President (1970–71), died on June 10, 2009, at age 101. He was an internationally recognized authority on food technology and poultry science.
During his 44-year career with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, he and his team developed the first USDA-approved method of pasteurizing egg whites and established a process of converting waste feathers into feed. During World War II, his work on poultry and powdered egg flavor and processing led to advances in wartime K-Rations, powdered cake mixes, and related foods. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in chemistry from George Washington University and his Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Other notices: William D. Davidson, Shimon D. Eider, Dana Gong, Gordon K. Jensen, Frederick R. Meyer, Gary M. Nolen, Robert Noyes, William H. (Bill) Root, Donald Smith, Donald C. Vosti, and Joseph C. White.
If you would like to make a memorial gift in honor of someone special, please contact the development staff at IFT Foundation at 312-782-8424, or visit IFT Foundation at www.ift.org/foundation.
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 www.chicagoift.org.
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.