Keynote Session to emphasize innovation
Plan to attend the Keynote Session during the 2012 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas to hear from IFT leaders, learn what is new at IFT, and hear an inspirational presentation from keynote speaker, Howard Schultz, of Starbucks, who will speak on the importance of innovation.

Schultz, President, CEO, and Chairman of Starbucks, has taken an active role in focusing public discussion on the importance of job creation to spur growth in the economy through a partnership between Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network and the Create Jobs for the USA Initiative. During the Keynote Session, he will share insights on the importance of scientific innovation in creating thriving companies and communities, and filling the talent pipeline. Schultz was named Fortune magazine’s 2011 Businessperson of the Year.

The Keynote Session will be held on Tuesday, June 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. For more information, visit www.ift.org/IFT12.

IFT announces election results
Congratulations to the following individuals who won the 2012 IFT Leadership Election: Janet Collins, President-Elect; John Coupland, Luis Fernandez, Scott Lineback, and Cindy Stewart, Board of Directors; and Robert Brackett, Marianne Gillette, and Lauren Shimek, Nominations & Elections Committee members. They will take office on Sept. 1, 2012. For full biographies, visit www.ift.org/election.

The election was held from Feb. 8 to March 8, 2012. We appreciate all of our candidates’ involvement in this election and extend a special thank you to all of our members who voted.

List receives AOCS award
Gary List is the recipient of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) 2012 Stephen S. Chang Award, which recognizes scientists or technologists who have made decisive accomplishments in research for the improvement or development of products related to lipids.

List, Retired Lead Scientist from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and a consultant, has focused on improving oils or oil processing techniques that have practical and commercially applicable uses. His work has helped bring genetically and structurally modified oilseeds to commercialization, reduce environmental pollution in refineries, minimize oil oxidation, develop new technologies for lecithin production, and develop trans fat-free food oils through interesterification and modified hydrogenation technologies. List, a Professional Member of IFT, in 2003 won an IFT Achievement Award, the Stephen S. Chang Award for Lipid or Flavor Science for significant contributions in this area.

List will receive the award at the AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo, taking place April 29–May 2, 2012, in Long Beach, Calif.

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MSU appoints Derksen
Michigan State University has named Fred Derksen as Chairperson of the Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition. He earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ontario Veterinary College and a doctorate in physiology from Michigan State University. A Member of IFT, Derksen has served as interim chair of the Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

QualiTech welcomes Brady
Mike Brady has joined QualiTech as Midwest Sales Manager for the Food Ingredients Division. He is responsible for managing customer relationships and identifying new business opportunities. Brady, a Member of IFT, previously worked for RYT-Way Industries and Mel-O Honey.

Blue Diamond hires Eastman
Jennifer Eastman has joined Blue Diamond Almonds as R&D Food Scientist. She is responsible for taking projects from concept through production and final testing for almond products used as ingredients in a variety of applications. A Professional Member of IFT, she previously worked for PGP International, Grace Cocoa, and the American Institute of Baking.

Mangarelli promoted
Flavor & Fragrance Specialties has promoted Glenn Mangarelli to Chief Flavor Chemist. He has worked for the company for more than 17 years, developing many commercially successful flavors. He earned a B.S. degree in business from William Paterson University and an M.B.A. from Colorado State University. He is a Member of IFT.



Section & Division meetings
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. 

IFT offers new online course
Professionals new to the flavor industry can develop a better understanding of flavors and learn more about flavor formulation during the IFT online course Flavor Interactions in Food—A Primer.

Specifically, participants will learn to define flavor and the terms that flavor suppliers and other industry professionals use; study the structure of flavors and reactions; understand how to use flavors in the formulation of food and beverage products; and examine the basic regulations regarding the application of  flavors in foods.

This online course includes live virtual question-and-answer sessions with content experts starting May 16, 2012. It is a suggested pre-requisite for the new, advanced Pre-Annual Meeting short course Flavor Interactions in Food on June 24–25. For more information about the online course, visit www.ift.org and click on Knowledge Center–Learn Online. For more information about the 2012 IFT Pre-Annual Meeting short course, visit www.ift.org/IFT12.


Karen Nachay
Associate Editor
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