Friday, June 19, 2015

AOCS Newsletter June 2015 Highlights

 Luis Spitz Young Professional Travel Grant
Are you a young professional involved in the research, development, or manufacturing of soaps, detergents, and surfactants? You may be eligible to receive this grant to attend SODEOPEC2015.

Application deadline is August 15. Learn more (.pdf)

Inform Feature Article
As the countdown to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans continues, Inform looks at the issue of saturated fats in the diet. This month’s featured HTML article – “Big fat controversy: changing opinions about saturated fats” – examines the science and presents opinions from leading researchers on the topic.

And don't forget: we are now delivering the entire digital issue free of charge. You can view back issues, share the entire magazine, or clip and share individual articles. The app is available from Apple, Amazon, and Google Play stores by searching “AOCS Inform.”

Lab Proficiency Program
The next enrollment deadline for the 2015-2016 AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) is August 20 for the October 1 start date. Guarantee accuracy in your laboratory and fulfill your proficiency testing accreditation requirement with the most extensive testing program for oil- and fat-related commodities, oilseeds, oilseed meals, and edible fats. Enroll today!

Contact Dawn Shepard at +1 217-693-4810 with any questions or for more information.

Cannabis Expert Panel
AOCS held a second meeting of the AOCS Cannabis Expert Panel in Chicago, Illinois, USA, May 19. The panel comprised of industry experts is working to develop analytical methods and best practice recommendations to ensure patient safety in the medical marijuana field. For more information contact Cynthia Ludwig.

JAOCS seeks Editor-in-Chief
AOCS seeks candidates for the position of JAOCS Editor-in-Chief (EIC), to succeed outgoing EIC Richard W. Hartel whose term ends in May 2016. Rich has been an excellent leader who has built a strong team of senior associate editors and associate editors. During his editorship he led a successful transition to the journal’s partnership with Springer; the number of annually published articles nearly doubled; and performance indices such as the download factor and impact factor have improved. Please read the position announcement (.pdf) to learn more. Applications are due August 7, 2015. For questions, contact Search Committee co-chairs Eric Decker or Pam White.

AOCS Press and Elsevier Form New Publishing Alliance
AOCS is excited to announce a new co-publishing and distribution agreement with Elsevier. Elsevier will publish and distribute new AOCS Press books, taking advantage of ScienceDirect and other global distribution channels to reach a broader set of researchers in academia, industry, and government. In addition, Elsevier will begin distributing a select set of relevant and/or high-demand titles already published by AOCS Press. The new books will be co-branded under the Academic Press and AOCS Press imprints and published in collections beginning in 2016.

AOCS is now seeking book proposals in all content areas related to fats, oils, surfactants, soaps, and more. Anyone interested in publishing with AOCS is welcome to complete our online book proposal form. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Brown, Director, Content Development or Craig Byrdwell, Books and Special Publications Chair.

Members also benefit through this alliance. In the near future, AOCS members will receive a 30% discount off the list price of co-branded Academic Press and AOCS Press books, as well as a 30% discount off many other science and technology titles from Elsevier. To learn more, view the press release. (.pdf)

Live Webinar: Understanding FDA's Decision on Trans Fats
FDA just released its final determination on the use of partially hydrogenated oils in food. Join us on Thursday, June 25 from 2-2:30pm EST for a closer look at what this means for you and your business.

This FREE webinar is brought to you by AOCS and provides exclusive access to our special guest speaker, Robert A. Hahn, principal pttorney at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. Hahn specializes in FDA regulation of food and dietary supplements.

Hahn will explain:
  • The legal basis for FDA’s determination
  • The scope of FDA’s determination
  • Compliance and enforcement issues
Your registration includes a free recording of the webinar. 

AOCS/ASABE/United Soybean Board Webinar Collaboration
Biomimicry Webinar: How Nature Inspires Innovation in Chemistry, Carpet and Classrooms.
June 30, 2015, 4:00 pm EST 

The United Soybean Board, American Society of Biological Engineers and AOCS invite you to join a FREE webinar on Biomimicry: an emerging science that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. It takes engineering lessons from animals, plants, and microbes. Join this webinar that will increase knowledge of biomimicry as well as share real world examples of how biomimicry inspires both carpet innovation and middle school science students.

Learn more about the program, speakers, PDH credit, and how to register.

Upcoming AOCS Meetings 
APCS
Australasian Section Biennial Meeting
September 9–11, 2015
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
APCS
25th Canadian Conference on Fats and Oils
October 4–6, 2015
Québec City, Québec, Canada
AOCS
AOCS
APCS
SODEOPEC2015
Soaps, Detergents, Oleochemicals, and Personal Care
October 27–30, 2015
Miami, Florida, USA
APCS
AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update 2015
November 12–13, 2015
Dublin, Ireland
Upcoming Industry Meetings 
Industry Event
11th International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology
September 13–16, 2015
Alberta, Canada
Industry Event
World Congress on Oils and Fats and the 31st ISF Lectureship Series
October 31–November 4, 2015
Rosario, Argentina
AOCS
AOCS
Industry Event
Ag Innovation Showcase
September 14–16, 2015
Missouri, USA
Use code: AIS15MKT for 20% off registration!
Industry Event
62nd SEPAWA Congress and 11th European Detergents Conference
October 14–16, 2015
Fulda, Germany



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Live Webinar: FDA's Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils

Robert A. Hahn
Principal Attorney
FDA just released its final determination on the use of partially hydrogenated oils in food. Join us on Thursday, June 25, from 2-2:30pm EDT, for a closer look at what this means for you and your business.

This FREE webinar is brought to you by AOCS (American Oil Chemists’ Society) and provides exclusive access to our special guest speaker, Robert A. Hahn, principal attorney at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. Hahn specializes in FDA regulation of food and dietary supplements. The core of his practice consists of advising food and dietary supplement firms – including manufacturers, processors, distributors, retailers, and trade associations – on FDA regulatory issues including labeling, advertising and marketing, product formulation, food safety (including compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act), food defense, import/export, inspection, recall, and enforcement

Hahn will explain:

•    The legal basis for FDA’s determination

•    The scope of FDA’s determination

•    Compliance and enforcement issues matters.

If you have questions or need clarification, this is your time to get answers. A Q&A session will follow Hahn’s presentation.

Your registration includes a free recording of the webinar. Register through our Store today - simply add to cart and check out.









Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FDA Update on the Removal of Trans Fat in Processed Foods

Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products. 

Find more resources and join the discussion surrounding the removal of trans from food on inform|connect.






Biomimicry Webinar: How Nature Inspires Innovation in Chemistry, Carpet and Classrooms.

The United Soybean Board, American Society of Biological Engineers and the American Oil Chemists’ Society invite you to join a FREE webinar on Biomimicry: an emerging science that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. It takes engineering lessons from animals, plants, and microbes. Join this webinar that will increase knowledge of biomimicry as well as share real world examples of how biomimicry inspires both carpet innovation and middle school science students. 
  • Date & Time: June 30, 2015, 4:00 pm Eastern

Friday, June 12, 2015

inform|connect: This Week’s Top 5 From the Forums

We’ll bring you the five best conversations from our forums each week. Check out inform|connect and let your voice be heard!



If you haven’t been a regular on the inform|connect forum board  then you’re really missing out. Ideas, resources, and events are shared amongst those with a professional, intellectual, or business interest in biobased products and technologies. Best of all it is a free resource!

1.  "Micellar Packing Factors"
Eric Theiner is looking for new or different methods for calculating packing parameters for nonionic surfactants. Have you any tips or suggestions to share?

2. "Problems with chloroform and methanol when determining PV using the IDF method"
How do you store your solvents during the warm summer months? Or do you use a different solvent altogether to avoid the red color issues?

3. "Determination of Total Fat in Microbial Biomass by Time Domain NMR "
New in the Library! View the research of Andrew Shurer et al from DSM Nutritional Products. 

4. " Gutter Oil Analyses"
A great discussion regarding quick methods to identify gutter oil in Asia. Do you have a method or advice you can share?

4.  " Typical Smoke, Flash & Fire Points of Commercially Available Fats and Oils"
Another library entry and this one is a classic! Link is in the thread!

So what are you waiting for?   Join the discussion today and connect, share, and make a difference in tomorrow. 

www.informconnect.org



 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AOCS Press and Elsevier Form New Publishing Alliance

AOCS is excited to announce that we have entered into a co-publishing and distribution agreement with Elsevier. Elsevier will publish and distribute new AOCS Press books, taking advantage of ScienceDirect and other global distribution channels to reach a broader set of researchers in academia, industry and government. In addition, Elsevier will begin distributing a select set of relevant and/or high-demand titles already published by AOCS Press. The new books will be co-branded under the Academic Press and AOCS Press imprints and published in collections beginning in 2016.

AOCS is now seeking book proposals in all content areas related to fats, oils, surfactants, soaps, and more. Interested book editors and authors can learn more about publishing with AOCS by contacting W. Craig Byrdwell, Books and Special Publications Chair, or Janet Brown, Director, Content Development. In addition they should view the book proposal form found here.  

Members also benefit through this alliance. AOCS members will receive a 30% discount off the list price of co-branded Academic Press and AOCS Press books, and an added benefit is a 30% discount off many other science and technology titles from Elsevier. To learn more, view the press release.


Friday, June 5, 2015

JAOCS seeks Editor-in-Chief

AOCS seeks candidates for the position of JAOCS Editor-in-Chief (EIC), to succeed outgoing EIC Richard W. Hartel whose term ends in May 2016. The Editor-in-Chief position requires a motivated individual with experience in the field of lipids research who is interested in making a significant contribution to a global society that provides information about fats, oils, and related materials. Strong leadership qualities are a must.

Duties include leading a team of Senior Associate Editors and Associate Editors; working with AOCS and the international publisher Springer to define editorial policies; communicating with peer reviewers, authors, and the AOCS leadership team; soliciting papers and making final selections for publication; attending Society and industry events; promoting the journal to increase its international prominence; and chairing a Journal meeting at the Society’s Annual Meeting & Expo. According to AOCS policy, the term for this appointment is five years, with an option for additional terms.

For consideration, please submit the following documents to me by email before August 7, 2015: letter of intent including your interest in and vision for the position, vitae, and any other material that supports your candidacy. Learn more here.