Friday, July 20, 2018

Two-minutes with Dr. Karen Murphy from the AOCS Australasian Section

In the June edition of the AAOCS newsletter, we interviewed Dr. Karen Murphy, Senior Lecturer and Accredited Practising Dietician in Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia. Karen obtained a PhD in nutritional biochemistry in Melbourne, before becoming an NHMRC Industry Research Fellow. With more than 50 research papers to her name thus far, her research explores potential cardiovascular effects and cognitive health benefits of dietary patterns, particularly the Mediterranean diet. Karen tells us about what she does with her spare time and time at home. What a busy life you lead Karen! Thanks for sharing.

A typical day for me includes ... 

Well if it is an 'Original Bootcamp' morning I'm up at 4:30 a.m., to train with 40 other recruits from 6–7 a.m. in rain hail or shine! Then on my bike and in to work to shower and start the day. Otherwise up at 6 a.m. to wrangle three kids (under 9!) out of bed, produce a restaurant-style buffet breakfast and nag them to get their bags packed and socks on. School drop off and on my bike into work to face the day. Then after sorting through emails, meeting PhD students, I focus on my research and coordinate the capstone research project course for 3rd year. Then, its home time to produce a feast for all and then off to bed by 8 p.m....yes 8 p.m.!

My favourite part of my job is ...

Mmmm...home time! Kidding. Reading the literature together with evaluating my own work to piece together the way nutrition works to improve health outcomes and the generation of new research ideas.
I love giving presentations to academics, the community, other health professionals and the general population. The satisfaction of presenting and translating nutrition and health messages into easily understandable terms is rewarding, particularly if people walk away from your talk learning just one new thing.

Away from work, I like to ... 

Be active! I love being fit and healthy; it is refreshing and so good for my body and mind. I really enjoy hiking and only earlier this month hiked Ben Lomond in Queenstown, NZ. I enjoy taking the kids on adventures with their bikes. I love Original Bootcamp North Adelaide and being outdoors. I enjoy good food and following Mediterranean diet principles, which include a glass or two of red wine.

If I could meet anyone, it would be ... 

Marie Curie, a strong and intelligent woman, just amazing what she did in her time.

When listening to the radio, I listen to...

I'm a flicker. I enjoy music so will flick stations until I find something I like!

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2019 Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship awarded to Zipei Zhang

Zipei Zhang is a Ph.D. student in the Biopolymers and Colloids Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the supervision of Professor D. Julian McClements. He is currently working on the development of novel excipient and delivery systems to enhance the performance of bioactive agents, such as nutraceuticals, enzymes and vitamins.

During his Ph.D. research, he has published over 40 original scientific papers and one book chapter with approximately 600 citations. He is also a co-inventor on United States Patent Application 20180055777, "Fabrication of acid self-corresponding hydrogel bead with adjustable microclimate pH."

Zipei Zhang will receive recognition and present an award lecture at the 2019 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on May 5–8, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Nominations for AOCS Awards are now open. Please visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

JAOCS article of the month: Wax fractions from whole sorghum kernels

Waxes obtained from animals, plants and insects are a complex mixture of fatty materials (hydrocarbons, long-chain fatty acids, ketones, alcohols, and wax esters) with many uses in food and nonfood industries. In this JAOCS article of the month, Robert Moreau and colleagues at the Eastern Regional Research Center (ARS-USDA), in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, examine the isolation and characterization of wax fractions obtained from whole sorghum kernels using various solvents (hexane, ethanol and methanol) and extraction conditions. JAOCS Editor-in-Chief James Kenar says he selected the paper because it "appears to be the first research to analyze and quantify the effect of temperature and solvent on wax extractions of whole sorghum kernel which similar to the physical properties of carnauba wax." The article, "Extraction of Surface Wax from Whole Grain Sorghum," is available for free download.

Remember - ALL JAOCS articles are free for AOCS Members!

New Certified Reference Material (CRM) for MON 87403 Maize now available

MON 87403 is a novel trait designed by Monsanto Company that confers increased ear biomass at an early reproductive phase (R1) compared to conventional maize. The MON 87403 CRM is available as 10 grams of 100% pure seed powder. Use of the CRM enables labs to effectively quantify the amount of MON 87403 maize in unknown samples. MON 87403 Maize is available for purchase from AOCS.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BREAKING NEWS -GOED Continues to Work on EU Fish Oil Import Issue

July 10: Yesterday, GOED was made aware of a 6 July 2018 letter and accompanying materials sent by Sociedad Nacional de Pesqueria (SNP) to SANIPES, the National Fisheries Health Organization of Peru. The letter refutes the assertions made in DG SANTE’s letter reported to the GOED membership on 4 July 2018 and clarifies what SNP considers to be a misunderstanding of the way the industry functions. The letter closes by SNP asking to accompany a delegation from the Peruvian government to a meeting with DG SANTE.

In addition to the above mentioned letter, GOED learned today that both the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority are of the opinion that the EU Hygiene Regulations allow for the production of oil for human and non-human consumption on the same production line, provided production is separated by time and adequate cleaning procedures. Both agencies have requested a meeting with DG SANTE for further discussion. 

To date, DG SANTE has not responded to the 9 June 2018 letter from GOED, IFFO (the Marine Ingredients Organisation) and the Norwegian Seafood Federation (formerly known as FHL). This is the letter referred to in the 11 June 2018 GOED Current. GOED will continue to reach out to DG SANTE for a meeting and GOED encourages members who are affected by this situation to reach out to your government authorities to request clarification from DG Sante. GOED also reported on this issue in a Breaking News Alert on 22 May 2018.


Welcome to Dr. Suzanne Budge new associate editor for The Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS)!

Dr. Budge, of Dalhousie University, researches "within the broad field of marine lipids including the production and transfer of lipids through food webs, the use of stable carbon isotopic signatures of essential fatty acids as biomarkers, and the reaction kinetics of lipid oxidation in fish oils".

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Oil-Dri Corporation of America Seeking Senior Research Scientist

AOCS GOLD Corporate Member, Oil-Dri Corporation of America, is hiring!

Position Summary
The successful candidate performs a variety of research and development activities in technical areas related to oleo-chemistry and clay and organic molecular interactions.  He or she will be involved with high level interfacing with sales, manufacturing and customers.


  • Minimum of M.S. degree (Ph.D. highly preferred) in organic oleo-chemical science applications.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in applied oleo-chemical science involving organic molecular interactions; including synthesis, reactions, and characterization of organic materials instrumentation (i.e., working knowledge of instrumentation by HPLC, GC, MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, FTIR spectroscopy are a plus).
  • Broad experience and knowledge in Oleo-chemical transformations and organic chemistry as it is applied to commercial industry. Well versed with synthesis and characterization of oleo/organic chemicals.
  • Hands-on experience on spectroscopic, chromatography and other analytical instruments.
  • Travel required < 20%.

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