Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lipid Library Seeks New Editor-in-Chief - Applications due Sept. 15, 2016

The AOCS Lipid Library is one of the leading online sources of information related to lipid science and technology today. This Open Access site, averaging nearly 300,000 visitors each year, is intended for students, technologists, scientists, and laypersons who want to learn more about lipid chemistry and technology, but in a less-technical, abbreviated format that is easy to read and understand.

The Editor-in-Chief sets the overall direction of the Lipid Library and works closely with an editorial board to identify new topics, potential authors, and works to keep the site up-to-date with the latest technical information. Topics of interest include biochemistry, chemistry, processing, and biotechnology. The EIC, in conjunction with associate editors, solicits new articles, assists in editing, and helps oversee and maintain quality standards. The site is managed and supported by AOCS. Currently, Lipid Library is overseen by two EICs, and these EICs will provide training and support for the next leader(s) for a short period of time, if desired.

For consideration, please send an email to AOCS Director of Content Development, Janet Brown (, with a letter of intent that includes your interest in and vision for the position, by September 15, 2016. If you have questions about the work, please reach out to the current EICs, John Harwood and Randall Weselake. This is a volunteer position and regular attendance at the AOCS Annual Meeting is strongly recommended. Thank you for your consideration!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Free download of ten top-cited JSD articles for a limited time

Through September 30, 2016, the ten top-cited Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD) articles from 2015 are available for a free download. Thank you to the JSD editorial team and congratulations to the authors of these papers.  



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Free download until Sept. 10! Northern Great Plains Lipid Conference articles in Lipids

This topical collection in Lipids from the 2015 Northern Great Plains Lipid Conference (NGPLC) is featured on a Springer Chemistry Special Issues site. All articles are now available for a free download until September 10, 2016. Some of the papers are full research articles, while others are timely, topical reviews focused on lipid biochemistry and metabolism. Lipids plans to publish papers from the 2016 NGPLC in mid-2017. Many AOCS members and meeting presenters have contributed to the new conference, as explained in this editorial.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Podcast: World Conference on Fabric & Home Care

Keith Grime details what is in store for attendees including; conference development, topics and trends that will be addressed, and the diversity of the world-class presenters  including executives, academia, and authors. The conference theme, Reinventing for the New Normal, reflects the need to discuss our commerce and technology decisions in light of the profound shifts that impact all businesses worldwide. Insights will be offered on topics such as:

  • Big Data
  • Design Driven Innovation
  • Disruptive Appliances, Circular Economy
  • Death of Ownership
  • Frugal Innovation
  • Smart Homes
  • Digital Strategies. 

With the fresh new feel, there are also several new features including an Executive Forum on Resources and Innovation, a Technology Showcase, and interpretation of presentations into Mandarin. The exhibition has also grown and will create a hub for creating connections. Listen Now. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The case of yellow mealworm oil, monitoring, and rapid analysis all in the July/Aug issue of Inform

Insect oils and fats are already used as ingredients in feed. The July/August issue of Inform considers whether dry fractionation could make insect oils more versatile for food applications. This issue also reviews technologies based on vibrational spectroscopy that can continuously monitor edible oil parameters on the production line, and takes a look at matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) and its applications in edible lipids analysis. 

View, read, and share the digital edition of Inform magazine by clicking the link to the current issue. Bookmark it now! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Top 5 Visited pages at

In the past year (June 2015 - June 2016), over 200,000 individuals visited the AOCS Lipid Library website looking for various resources related to lipid science and technology. Find out what others were most interested in by viewing the list of the top five visited pages on this open access site:
1.       Lipid Library homepage

Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: Handbook of Lipids in Human Function: Fatty Acids

Laurence Eyres, AOCS member and one of the leading fats and oils specialists in New Zealand, took the time to review the Academic Press and AOCS Press book, Handbook of Lipids in Human Function: Fatty Acids this spring and wrote the following review.

Handbook of Lipids in Human Function sets out to review the current research in human and animal models that define the roles and research status of fatty acids in major areas of health and disease. The areas covered include cardiovascular disease, failing cognition, mood, diabetes and obesity. The majority of the authors are relative newcomers from various institutions around the world. This makes for a new and fresh critical look at many of the issues that give rise to controversies such as saturated fat, trans fats omega-3/omega-6 ratio and antioxidants.

The preface by the editors in this substantial book by AOCS summarizes the perceived need for this type of comprehensive research orientated book. They comment that the time is right to stop and take a close look at the concept that non-essential nutrients such as cholesterol, saturated fats and glucose, which make up a major proportion of our daily energy intake, are primary risk factors of chronic degenerative disease. The book initially presents current research relating to health issues whose impact may be modified by adopting personalized diets and lifestyle. They emphasize focusing on the whole of diet and not individual nutrients.

The large volume of material is presented in 29 stimulating chapters and brings together the research and work of an international team of experts. The book is designed to bridge the gap between traditional approaches to dietary interventions and leading edge integrated health strategies.
New and interesting material around genetic influences are a theme of the book.

Addressing cardiovascular and neurological diseases as well as cancer, obesity, inflammatory conditions, and lung disease, the authors correlate lipid sources with specific conditions, providing important insights into preventative as well as response-based actions designed to positively impact health outcomes.

Cardiovascular disease
The Chapter by Poledne on the effects of individual saturated fatty acids is very timely and most interesting and matches the recent article in Inform magazine (March 2016) with its conclusions. He describes how the recent dietary guidelines arising out of 30 years of research still maintain advice on keeping saturates low. There is a good discussion about why epidemiological data are so inconsistent mainly due to dietary records being inaccurate. Chowdhury et. al. (famous now because of media misinterpretation) point out that not all saturated and omega-6 fats are bad. This chapter is one of the longest in the book at around 100 pages whilst the majority are between 20-30 pages.

Inflammation and its causes is a theme that runs through several chapters but one by Lawrence approaches the whole subject of dietary fats and inflammation. He points out that saturated fatty acids such as lauric, myristic and palmitic are directly related to pro-inflammatory status, whilst in contrast long chain PUFA contribute to an anti-inflammatory status.

Alzheimer’s disease
Researchers from Germany in an informative chapter review the history of this disease from its first description in 1907 by Alois Alzheimer to a deep understanding of the deterioration processes so distressing to a growing population around the world. Mett et al.  informative chapter discusses how glycerophospholipids and other lipids are related to the amyloid precursor protein (APP) which has been the subject of most investigation of this cruel disease.

Mood and cognition/brain function
This area is closely related to the section on cognitive decline and is all about the vital role of lipids in brain structure and function. There are 4 chapters on this related topic.

Diabetes and obesity
Type 2 diabetes is a fast growing problem for the western world. Several chapters are devoted to the causes and potential solutions.

The recommended readership for this book includes food scientists, lipidologists, health researcher’s clinicians and nutritionists. Industry will find it hard but not impossible to assimilate the messages contained in the various chapters, as they seem to have become accustomed to comprehensive summary reviews. Having said that it is best for anyone making key decisions to scrutinize the source literature instead of relying on writers who can introduce their own biases. The good thing about this handbook is that most of the work reported is brand-new and takes quite a different perspective than traditional and classical nutritional publications.

I really enjoyed working my way albeit slowly through the book; although it is so detailed, it will be some time before I have explored all the chapters. The wide multidisciplinary approach taken by all the authors in the book offer invaluable information about where to start reflecting on new knowledge in this field about lipids in human function.

It is mildly amusing that a number of the chapters regularly conclude with a sentence about “more research is needed to verify the hypotheses.” Nutrition is a constantly changing and evolving science.

Chowdhury, Rajiv; et al. (March 18, 2014)."Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis". Ann Intern Med.

Publisher Academic Press/AOCS Press Release date December 2015
Editor(s): Watson, R.R.  &   De Meester ,F.D.
Print Book ISBN :9781630670368
EBook ISBN :9781630670351
Pages: 842 with 29 chapters and 67 contributors.