Gravani becomes IFT President 
Robert B. Gravani, Professor of food science and Director of the National Good Agricultural Practices program at Cornell University, was chosen by the members of the Institute of Food Technologists to be President of IFT for 2010–2011. He officially became IFT’s 71st President on Sept. 1, 2010.

Gravani has developed innovative programs for constituents in production agriculture, food processing, food retailing, and foodservice, as well as for regulatory agencies and consumers. He has published many scientific and popular articles, and developed numerous education programs for constituents.

He received his B.S. degree in food science from Rutgers University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. During his career, he has also served as Science Director of the Cereal Institute Inc. and as Assistant Director of the Institute of Food Science and Marketing at Cornell University. His volunteer involvement in IFT is extensive and includes serving as Chair or a member of a wide variety of committees, task forces, expert panels, and divisions.

Clemens chosen IFT President–Elect
IFT members have chosen Roger Clemens to be their next President-Elect. He will succeed Robert B. Gravani, becoming IFT’s 72nd President when he takes office on Sept. 1, 2012.

Clemens is Associate Director of the Regulatory Science program and Adjunct Professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences within the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy as well as Scientific Advisor for E.T. Horn Co. He is an appointed member of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee with primary responsibilities in food safety and dietary lipids and health. As spokesperson for IFT, he has been cited and interviewed by more than 500 domestic and international health journalists’ discussions on contemporary health, nutrition, and food safety issues. He is the contributing public member of the Commission on Dietetic Registration for the American Dietetic Association.

He is a professional member of and a Fellow of IFT; pioneered Food Technology magazine’s monthly Food, Medicine & Health column, which he has authored since 2004; and has served on several IFT expert panels. He received a B.A. degree in bacteriology, a M.P.H. degree in nutrition, and a Dr.P.H. degree in public health nutrition and biological chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.

IFTSA members elect Bouma President
Andrea Bouma is the newly elected President of the IFT Student Association. She will take office on Sept. 1, 2010.

Bouma is currently working toward earning her B.S. degree in food science at Oregon State University. She has been an active leader in the Food and Fermentation Science Club, participated in the 2008 Cornell University Summer Scholars Program, and worked on nondairy frozen dessert flavors during a research and development internship at Turtle Mountain in 2007. She received an A.A. degree in culinary arts from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. She plans to attend graduate school at Oregon State University, where she would like to concentrate her research on farmstead-artisan cheeses. An active member of IFTSA, she has also contributed to her university’s IFTSA chapter and the Oregon Section of IFT.

Join the IFT Leadership Team
This is a very exciting time for IFT, and we need you to get involved. The Nominations & Elections Committee strives to put forth the finest leaders in the food science and technology profession, and we need your input to make that happen. You have an opportunity to nominate yourself or a colleague for President-Elect or for a position as a member of the 2011–2012 Board of Directors. Nominees must be Professional Members of IFT to be considered for candidacy. To learn more about Professional Membership, visit and click on “Membership.”

It is easy to submit a nomination online. Visit to complete the Volunteer Leadership Nomination Form. The deadline is Sept. 27, 2010. For more information, contact Erin Carter, staff coordinator for the Nominations & Elections Committee at [email protected].

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Call for nominations: 2011 Achievement Awards, Fellows
The Institute of Food Technologists is seeking nominations for the 2011 Achievement Awards and the 2011 IFT Fellows.

Achievement Awards recognize excellence in a variety of areas, including teaching, public health, food ingredient safety, industrial developments, and others. Deadline for receipt of nominations for the Achievement Awards is Dec. 1, 2010.

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, 2011.

For instructions and nomination forms, visit or contact Heidi Voorhees at [email protected].

Candidates sought for 2011 Macy Award
The Minnesota section of IFT is seeking nominations for candidates from all IFT sections for the 2011 Harold Macy Food Science and Technology Award.

The award, established in 1981, is given annually to recognize an outstanding example of food 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.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2010. Nomination forms are available online at 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]).

Section & Division meetings
Visit to view the Events Calendar, including listings for Section and Division meetings, and for information on how to list your event.
Apply for Feeding Tomorrow scholarships
Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in applying for a scholarship for the 2011–2012 academic year? Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of the Institute of Food Technologists, provides financial assistance to students pursuing food science degrees. Scholarship applications will be available Oct. 15, 2010, at For more information, contact Anna K. Proctor at [email protected].

by Karen Nachay