Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lipids Editor-in-Chief Selects the Paper of the Month—Available for Free Download Until September 15

Eric Murphy’s pick for Lipids this month is "Lipidomic analysis of female mice lacking hepatic lipase and endothelial lipase indicate selective modulation of plasma lipid species" by Yang and others from the Brown Group at the University of Newfoundland in St. John's.

 "This work shows that although these two lipases hydrolyze many plasma lipids similarly," notes Eric Murphy, "each demonstrates specificity for particular lipid pools and for different combinations of fatty acid species in these pools."  In addition, the study shows a previously unobserved potential for phospholipase A2-like activity toward specific ether phospholipids in vivo by endothelial lipase.

The article is available for free download through Sept. 15, 2014.

Lipidomic Analyses of Female Mice Lacking Hepatic Lipase and Endothelial Lipase Indicate Selective Modulation of Plasma Lipid Species
Yanbo Yang,Takashi Kuwano, William R. Lagor, Carolyn J. Albert, Siobhan Brenton, Daniel J. Rader, David A. Ford, Robert J. Brown . Lipids. June 2014, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 505-515 .


Hepatic lipase (HL) and endothelial lipase (EL) share overlapping and complementary roles in lipoprotein metabolism. The deletion of HL and EL alleles in mice raises plasma total cholesterol and phospholipid concentrations. However, the influence of HL and EL in vivo on individual molecular species from each class of lipid is not known. We hypothesized that the loss of HL, EL, or both in vivo may affect select molecular species from each class of lipids. To test this hypothesis, we performed lipidomic analyses on plasma and livers from fasted female wild-type, HL-knockout, EL-knockout, and HL/EL-double knockout mice. Overall, the loss of HL, EL, or both resulted in minimal changes to hepatic lipids; however, select species of CE were surprisingly reduced in the livers of mice only lacking EL. The loss of HL, EL, or both reduced the plasma concentrations for select molecular species of triacylglycerol, diacylglycerol, and free fatty acid. On the other hand, the loss of HL, EL, or both raised the plasma concentrations for select molecular species of phosphatidylcholine, cholesteryl ester, diacylglycerol, sphingomyelin, ceramide, plasmanylcholine, and plasmenylcholine. The increased plasma concentration of select ether phospholipids was evident in the absence of EL, thus suggesting that EL might exhibit a phospholipase A2 activity. Using recombinant EL, we showed that it could hydrolyse the artificial phospholipase A2 substrate 4-nitro-3-(octanoyloxy)benzoic acid. In summary, our study shows for the first time the influence of HL and EL on individual molecular species of several classes of lipids in vivo using lipidomic methods.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Biodiesel hits a double with two significant advances in production

The July/August issue of AOCS' member magazine Inform features two articles on advances in biodiesel technology that we have opened up to the public.

First, a new lipase makes it possible to produce biodiesel from oils of widely varying quality regardless of their free fatty acid content. It has already been used in full-scale production at a traditional and a greenfield plant, and the enzymatic biodiesel application is expected to be commercially available later this year.

The second free article looks at how innovative solid catalysts are opening new opportunities in the biodiesel market. Among other advantages, solid catalysts enable the blending of feedstocks to achieve optimal cold-flow properties in the final product at a low raw material cost. The scientists who developed the advances recently shared the details with AOCS’ Inform magazine. We hope you enjoy these two articles, which also include process schematics, testing data, and graphics of catalyst performance.

Women in Agribusiness Summit

Empowering female executives:
New exclusive offerings at the Women in Agribusiness Summit

DANVERS, MASS., July 10, 2014 – Unique executive level offerings, including a pre-conference short course on succeeding in international business, round out a comprehensive agenda designed for those across the ag value chain at the third annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, which will take place this October 6-8 in New Orleans, La., at the Hyatt Regency.
New this year to the event is a half-day course on Monday, October 6, “Succeeding in International Business: Challenges and Solutions for Senior Executives,” designed to provide executive and senior level women with the tools they need to succeed in international business. Directed by Paul Almeida, senior associate dean of executive education and professor of strategy and international business at McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, the seminar will:
  • Analyze the elements of successful business approaches in light of an internationally competitive landscape
  • Offer participants key solutions for dealing with, managing and leading change in cross-cultural contexts
  • Address the challenges in implementing international business strategies
  • Identify and use case studies to illustrate some best practices in global management  
These goals will be presented in two sessions: Key Factors Linked to International Business Success and Formulating and Implementing Successful Strategies Internationally.
The short course, which will be followed by a private networking lunch, will provide examples, tools and frameworks to help executives gain success when dealing with the emerging challenges associated with international competition in agribusiness.  
“Thirty-three percent of attendees at the 2013 Summit were senior vice president executive level or higher,” said Joy O’Shaughnessy, event director from HighQuest Group, the globally recognized strategic consulting, events and media company serving the ag sector that hosts the Summit. “We listened to their requests for more concentrated programming that spoke to their distinct needs and as a result, created these new sessions.”
This year’s Summit also includes a new executive track on day two, which offers sessions that cover Getting the Most Out of Your Team, Landing a Board Position and Preparing for Your Next Position. Additionally, much insight can be gained from the Executive Roundtable discussion, moderated by a panel of outstanding women in ag from Syngenta, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and CHS Inc.  This closing Summit session includes an intimate conversation about these executives’ unique pathways to leadership, providing concrete and inspiring advice to all Summit delegates.
Registration for the Executive Short Course, which is open only to those in senior or executive level positions, is now open at  The cost is $250 (use code: PR4WIA-14 for a 10% discount) and Summit registration is not required to attend this short course.
More than 500 attendees are expected at this year’s Women in Agribusiness Summit, whose goal is twofold: to make the agriculture and food sectors career destinations for today's talented women, and to provide tools for women to become more informed leaders in the sector. Visit for detailed event information.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four AOCS Leaders Named IFT Fellows

This week during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans, IFT named 15 new fellows and the list included four prominent AOCS members. Learn more about all the awardees and congratulate these AOCS members who are now IFT Fellows: Eric Decker, Keshun Liu, Suk Hoo Yoon, and Pamela White.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Request for volunteers

What if you had a chance to design the AOCS membership survey?

I am seeking volunteers to review and critique this year's survey. To be the focus group whose goal is refining the survey questions and responses.

The survey will take – maybe 30 minutes – to read through and make comments upon. Your responses will be used to improve the questionnaire before it is distributed to the full membership. Moreover your comments will ensure the survey results provide AOCS leaders with the information to know what our members value, expect and want from their professional society. 

So, do you have some time to help with the survey development? Please contact me directly by Wednesday, June 18th.

And in case you are curious, the full survey is scheduled to open to all AOCS members in mid-July. Look for the email message with link to the survey site to arrive next month.

Friday, May 23, 2014

AOCS Newsletter May 2014 Highlights

Snapshot of the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
Thank you to everyone who joined us in San Antonio, Texas, USA, for the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. We hope everyone enjoyed the technical sessions, networking events, and scenery of San Antonio!

Extended coverage of the Annual Meeting will appear in the July/August issue of Inform, but here is a quick snapshot:
  • More than 1,500 people attended the meeting, with 45 countries represented 
  • The Expo featured over 71 international companies
  • The 19th Annual AOCS FoundationSilent Auction raised nearly $7,000 for student programs
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook photo galleries.

We look forward to seeing you all in Orlando, Florida, USA next May for the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases.

Get More Recognition for your Annual Meeting Presentation
Now that you have presented at the AOCS Annual Meeting, submit your research to one of the three AOCS journals and reach thousands of scientists from around the world. Visit to learn more about publishing in the Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society (JAOCS), Lipids, or the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD).

Inform Free Features
In the first free article from the May issue of Inform, the laboratory director of a leading testing service for medical and non-medical-grade cannabis products describes current laboratory practices and considers the evolving need for uniform methodologies.

In our second free article, "Omics reveals subtle changes in carbon flux that lead to increased oil biosynthesis in oil palm," researchers describe how biochemical changes before, during, and after oil biosynthesis in fruit mesocarp were compared using transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, and how these comparisons yielded clues to increasing palm oil biosynthesis.

Division Council News
Eric (Rick) Theiner, Air Products & Chemicals Inc., USA, was elected the Division Council Chairperson for 2014-2015.

Division officers were installed during the Annual Meeting. You can find the committee listings on their respective Division pages.

AOCS Seeks Candidates for Leadership Positions
Interested in pursuing a leadership position with AOCS? Take a moment to fill out our newly designed Prospective Leadership Questionnaire.

Serving in leadership positions with AOCS is your opportunity to be instrumental in the future direction of the Society. Positions include service on the AOCS Governing Board, AOCS Value Centers, the AOCS Foundation Board, and key committees.

For more information, contact Ben Harrison.

AOCS Biorenewable Resources
Biorenewables, also known as biomass, often form the basis of biobased products like oils, fats, detergents, and surfactants, and can be converted into forms of energy. Learn more about this topic by exploring AOCS books, Methods, and other resources.

Now through June 13, 2014, you can save on featured biorenewable titles. Use promo code BIO when checking out to save 15% and get free shipping on select AOCS Press titles.

AOCS Meeting Updates
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AOCS-CCOA Joint Symposium on Functional Lipids | November 19–20, 2014 | China
Call for Papers!

The organizing committee welcomes you to submit an abstract. The symposium will focus on contaminants in fats and oils, oil quality and remediation, value-added minor components of cereals and oils, and oils from new crops. The technical program will feature invited presentations by leading experts, as well as volunteer oral and poster presentations. For abstract submission guidelines contact Submission deadline is June 1, 2014.

Edible Oil Refining: From the Fundamentals to New Technologies Short Course | November 17–18, 2014 | China
This one and a half day course will address chemistry of oils and fats and every step of unit operations as it relates to soybean, sunflower, corn, palm, and other tropical oils. In addition, attendees are updated on the current status of new developments, technologies, and methods in the edible-oils processing field. For more information contact

Upcoming Industry Meetings
IndustryEventBtn-eNewsILPS Lecithin Short Course 2014 | June 12–13, 2014 | Belgium
World-class experts will present papers on various lecithin sources, production and applications in the University Conference Building, Ghent University. Demonstrations of lecithin emulsion characterization and applications will be organized in the university laboratories.

International Soaps Detergents and Cosmetics Conference | December 7-9, 2014 | India
The International Soaps Detergents & Cosmetics Conference will focus on these rapidly evolving industries in Asia. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for national and International players to share views and resources on sustainability, the dynamic marketplace, emerging technologies and innovations, and environmental and regulatory issues. Learn more.


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Journal of Surfactants and Detergents seeks Editor-in-Chief

The American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) seeks candidates for the Editor-in-Chief position of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (, a peer-reviewed, bimonthly (six issues per year) journal publishing research papers and reviews in the area of surfactants and detergents. Content includes the basic and applied science of petrochemical and oleochemical-based surfactants, the development and performance of surfactants in all applications, as well as the development and manufacturing of detergent ingredients and their formulation into finished products. In the past five years, JSD has grown considerably. It has gone from publishing four times to six times a year and has doubled the number of published articles and performance indices such as the impact factor (1.515) and the download number.

The Editor-in-Chief position requires a motivated individual with experience in the field of surfactants and detergents research who is interested in making a significant contribution to a global society that provides information about fats, oils, and related materials including surfactants and detergents. Strong leadership qualities are a must. According to AOCS policy, the term for this appointment is five years, with an option for one additional term. We are seeking someone to begin this position in January 2015. This is a volunteer position with the only compensation being travel reimbursement to assist in attending a limited number of conferences each year.

The Editor-in-Chief sets direction for the publication while overseeing the paper solicitation process and making final selections for publication. Duties include leading a team of Associate Editors; working with AOCS and the international publisher Springer to define editorial policies; communicating with peer reviewers, prominent international authors, and the AOCS leadership team; attending Society and industry events; and chairing a Journal meeting at the Society’s Annual Meeting & Expo.

For consideration, please submit the following documents by September 1, 2014: letter of intent (please include your interest in and vision for the position), vitae, and any other material that supports your candidacy. Send the documents to Janet Brown ( Finalists will be interviewed in September, and a final decision will be made by November. For further information, please contact Janet Brown, AOCS Director, Content Development (phone: +1 217-693-4897; Fax: +1 217-693-4898; email: