Kathryn J. Boor is the recipient of the 2020 Harris Award, given annually to recognize excellence in and contributions to the discipline of food science. The award consists of a $3,000 honorarium plus all travel expenses to interact with the faculty, staff, and students of Ohio State.
Boor earned a BS from Cornell University, an MS from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in microbiology from the University of California, Davis. In 1994, she joined Cornell and served as department chair from 2007 to 2010. Currently the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell, Boor oversees 350 faculty and 3,600 undergraduate and more than 1,000 graduate students. Under her leadership from 2010 to 2020, CALS has ranked among the top three global universities in agricultural sciences.
A Fellow of IFT, Boor was honored with the Gerhard J. Haas Award in 2020. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2016, she received an honorary doctorate from Harper Adams University in the United Kingdom and was named a 2018 Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate.
Boor serves on the board of directors for Seneca Foods Corp., the United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the International Life Sciences Institute, and the Boyce Thompson Institute. She is also a member of the Science Board for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and serves on the New York State Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council and the New York State Council on Hunger and Food Policy.
United Fresh Produce Association recently promoted Jennifer McEntire to the position of senior vice president, food safety & technology. A member of IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center Advisory Council, McEntire joined United Fresh four years ago, bringing with her an extensive background in food safety, regulatory issues, and association management.
After earning a PhD from Rutgers University, McEntire joined the Institute of Food Technologists as senior staff scientist and director of science and technology projects. For her work at IFT, she received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Director’s Special Citation Award. She also led a multimedia career guidance initiative at IFT to advance the field of food science in U.S. high schools, which was recognized with a Gold Award by the Society for National Association Publications. More recently, she launched the Produce Safety Immersion Program at United Fresh, which aims to build the knowledge, network, and critical thinking skills of newer produce safety professionals.
“Jennifer’s unique skills have proved a perfect match for the produce industry, bringing deep scientific knowledge, common-sense solutions, and a personal ability to connect with members,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel in a statement. “Jennifer has grown both the portfolio of food safety services and offerings to our members and has established trusted and respected relationships with regulatory and academic leaders at every level.”
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