Clemens becomes IFT President
Roger Clemens, 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., was chosen by the members of the Institute of Food Technologists to be President of IFT for 2011–2012. He officially becomes IFT’s 72nd President on Sept. 1, 2011.

As spokesperson for IFT, he has been cited and interviewed by more than 500 domestic and international health journalists, contributing to 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. 

As an appointed member of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, Clemens was responsible for providing expertise to the food safety and dietary lipids and health areas. He is also an appointed member of three U.S. Pharmacopeia expert committees, and he has served as the Scientific Advisor for Nestlé USA for more than 21 years. 

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

Ruff chosen IFT President-Elect
IFT members have chosen John Ruff to be their next President-Elect. He will succeed Roger Clemens, becoming IFT’s 73rd President when he takes office on Sept. 1, 2012. 

Ruff retired from Kraft as Senior Vice President after 36 years of service in six countries. During his career with Kraft, he was responsible for product development across a broad range of food categories, basic research, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs. He led R&D for both the Kraft International and North American organizations and then established and led the Worldwide Health & Wellness program at the company. 

An active member of IFT for many years, Ruff was elected to the IFT Foundation Board in 1988, chaired the group for two terms, and then was re-elected to the position in 2009. While a member of the group, Ruff established corporate fundraising efforts to develop new initiatives such as the Expert Reports and the Discovery Education program. In addition to this work, Ruff initiated the Senior Food Officials annual forum and chaired the first meeting, was elected to the IFT Board of Directors in 2007, and served on the Global Task Force. 

Ruff received a B.A. degree in natural sciences and an M.A. degree in biochemistry from Cambridge. 

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IFTSA members elect Willig President
Jennifer Willig is the newly elected President of the IFT Student Association. She will take office on Sept. 1, 2011. 

Currently, Willig is working toward her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky with a research focus on food safety and is serving as the IFTSA Vice President of Finance and the University of Kentucky Food Science Club Event Coordinator. 

Willig received a B.S. degree in food science from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. degree in food science and nutrition from Ohio State University. While at Ohio State University, Willig served as Treasurer of the university’s Food Science Club and was Vice President of Membership Experiences for the IFTSA. 

Join the IFT Leadership Team
Now is the time to nominate yourself or a colleague for President-Elect or for a position as a member of the 2012–2013 Board of Directors. As an elected leader, you will assist in determining the strategic direction of IFT and in ensuring IFT’s future success.

All nominees who complete the required information will be considered by the Nominations & Elections Committee. 

To be considered as a candidate, the nominee must be a Professional Member of IFT. To learn more about the definition and qualifications for a Professional Member, visit and click on “Membership.” 

It is easy to submit a nomination online. Visit and log in to access the online nomination form. The deadline is 5 p.m. CDT on Oct. 3, 2011. 

If you have any questions, contact Erin Carter, staff coordinator for the Nominations & Elections Committee, at [email protected]. All nominations are confidential and will be reviewed only by the IFT Nominations & Elections Committee as they prepare the final slate of candidates for the 2012 IFT Leadership Election. 

Thank you in advance for helping to shape the future of your organization.

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Sections, Divisions recognize volunteers
The IFT Sections and Divisions rely on the work of numerous volunteers. The Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes exceptional efforts in volunteerism. 

The 2010–2011 Outstanding Division Volunteers are Barbara Blakistone and David Green (Aquatic Food Products); Milda Embuscado, Amy Lin, Mar Nieto, and Svetlana Zivanovic (Carbohydrate); Erika B. Smith, Federico Harte, Nitin Joshi, and Shannon Koski (Dairy Foods); Robert Shewfelt (Education); Aurora Saulo (Extension and Outreach); Ingolf Gruen, Yeonhwa Park, and Hang Xiao (Food Chemistry); Sheryl Barringer and Stephanie Jung (Food Engineering); Caitlin Hickey (Food Laws and Regulations); David Golden and Peter Taormina (Food Microbiology); Michele Perchonok (Food Packaging); Linda Halik, Darryl Holliday, and Zuoxing Zheng (Foodservice); Xuetong Fan (Fruits and Vegetables Products); Christoph Reh (International); Daniel Best, Robert Gallatin, Bob Koch, and Hamsa P. Thota (Marketing and Management); Mark W. Schilling (Muscle Foods); Gustavo V. Barbosa-Cánovas and Stephanie Jung (Nonthermal Processing); Erika Tchang (Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods); Rhonda Witwer (Nutrition); Azlin Mustapha (Product Development); Larry Platt and Lester Wilson (Quality Assurance); Hudaa Neetoo (Refrigerated and Frozen Foods); Linda Suter Papadopoulos (Sensory and Consumer Sciences); and Fadwa Al-Taher, James Coughlin, Suzanne Hendrich, and Lauren Jackson (Toxicology and Safety Evaluation). 

The 2010–2011 Outstanding Section Volunteers are Dave Preszler (Bonneville Section); Reena Mistry, Keely Johnston, and Peter Taylor (British Columbia Section); Wayne Moore and Neha Patel (Florida Section); Kelly Belknap (Iowa Section); Liz Karre (Kansas City Section); Kim Kuper, Kathleen Voormolen, Hank Dres, Dick Metivier, Holly Deal, and Jaime Reeves (Longhorn Section); Stacy VanDenHeuvel (Maryland Section); Erica Reiner, Adam Getzel, Lisa Tirino, Gloria DeMatos Stern, Al Handel, and Jim Dar (New York Section); Stacey Hawley (Northern California Section); Haley Kaliser, Cathy Fyock, Bill Kirkland, and Lisa Sadar (Philadelphia Section); Jeff Leichleiter, Kristen Yaney, Collette Peacock, Chris Charles, Amy Leir, and Megan Leifson (Puget Sound Section); Martha Verghese, Josh Herring, Lucy Reid, and Tung-Shi Huang (Southeast Section); and Barbara Cadwell and Dan Rosson (Southern California Section). 

IFT recognizes the Central New Jersey Subsection, Chicago Section, Great Lakes Section, Iowa Section, New York Section, Northeast Section, and Puget Sound Section as the 2010–2011 Sections of Excellence. 

IFT also recognizes the British Section, Kansas City Section, Lewis & Clark Section, Philadelphia Section, Volunteer Section, and Washington, D.C., Section as the 2010–2011 Sections of Merit. 

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Section & Division meetings

Nov. 9, 2011: Suppliers Night.
Rosemont, Ill. Contact Marty Roth at 630-916-4960, or e-mail [email protected].

Sept. 29, 2011: Suppliers Night. Frisco, Texas. Contact Greg Hanks at 972-242-1832 or [email protected] or Donna Henry at 903-378-2424 or [email protected].

Oct. 26, 2011: Suppliers Night. Minneapolis, Minn. Contact Tina Hacker at 651-739-9098 or [email protected] or Cherie Jones at 763-425-6711 or [email protected].

Nov. 1, 2011: Suppliers Night. Cinnaminson, N.J. Contact Gerri Cristanteillo at 201-657-1989 or [email protected] or Barbara Brojack at 609-294-9172 or [email protected], or visit

Rocky Mountain
Sept. 21, 2011: IFT Suppliers Night. Denver, Colo. Contact Aliyar Fouladkhah at 970-690-7392 or [email protected] or Jeremy Adler at 303-877-3725 or [email protected], or visit

Sept. 22, 2011: Golf Outing. Denver, Colo. Contact Sandy Baack at 303-278-8729 or [email protected], or visit


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