Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Longtime member, volunteer, and AOCS Fellow Ragnar Ohlson passes

Ragnar Ohlson, an AOCS member since 1964, AOCS Fellow since 2009, AOCS Award of Merit winner in 2013, and longtime JAOCS Editorial Advisory Board Member passed away on June 21, 2019.

Among his many accomplishments, Ohlson was the general secretary of the International Society for Fat Research (ISF) for over 10 years and was instrumental in AOCS being named the ISF Secretariat in 1992. In addition, he was involved in the formation of the AOCS European Section.

Ohlson also served on the AOCS Governing Board (1994–1996), was co-chairman of the AOCS World Congress on Oil Technology (1995), and was a member of the JAOCS Editorial Advisory Board (1998–present). Further, Ohlson assisted AOCS by representing the Society at many European meetings and conferences.

Ohlson was also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (1983) and of the Royal Swedish Academy for Engineering Sciences (1975).

Monday, August 12, 2019

Upcoming AOCS #WebinarWednesdays

AOCS webinars are free and open to members and non-members. All registrants receive a copy of the recording.

Structural and Functional Properties of Plant Protein Isolates and Hydrolysates for Various Applications
August 14, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

B. Pam Ismail, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, will cover the structural and functional properties of various plant proteins from pea, camelina, and pennycressas as impacted by extraction and functionalization procedures, as well as potential applications. Register here.

Succeeding in process optimization tasks by using process simulation techniques. Episode 1: Soybean oil deodorization
August 28, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

Marcelo Usseglio, Process Simulation Specialist at ProSimTechs, will present advanced deodorization concepts and how to optimize deodorization without even going to the plant — all without jeopardizing operations. Register here.

Overcoming the challenges in the production & utilization of plant protein isolates in food
September 4, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

Nagul S. Naguleswaran, Senior Associate Scientist, Global Research & Technology Ingredion Incorporated, will review the challenges and opportunities associated with the production of selected plant protein isolates, with desired functional properties. Register here.

Process improvements for cost-efficient pre-treatment in edible oil refining
September 11, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

Véronique Gibon, Science Manager at Desmet Ballestra Group (Belgium), R&D Department, will review the benefits of different improvements to chemical and physical refining, such as hydrodynamic cavitation and enzymatic degumming. Register here.

Career paths for young scientists: presented by the AOCS Young Professional Group
September 18, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

A panel of four scientists from industry will share their stories of navigating the challenges and opportunities in management and technical career paths, including making the jump to consulting, to help you answer the question: “What comes next?” Register here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

New AOCS Silver Corporate Members

AOCS Corporate Members not only support the Society, but also gain visibility and savings on exhibiting, advertising and membership. Learn more about our newest Silver Corporate members below and also view the entire listing of the more than 100 AOCS Corporate Members.

Introducing our new AOCS Silver Corporate Members:

Aboissa Commodity Brokers
Ariane Aboissa
Aboissa Commodity Brokers
Largo Arouche Do 396 2nd Floor
Republica, Sao Paulo Sp 01219-010, Brazil

Founded in 1987, Aboissa is a respected commodity broker in Latin America. Because of our vast knowledge of the global production chain, we have a broad view of business opportunities for each customer. We count on specialized brokers, who are focused on each product segment. From planning to after-sales, we are fully committed to excellence and developing long-term business relationships. Aboissa is exhibiting at the 2019 AOCS Latin American Congress.

Lipsa SA
Oscar Angrill
Ctra B-141 Km 4.3
Sta Perpetua 08130

LIPSA is a leading family business in the oils and fats sector. In our refinery we provide neutralization, discoloration, hydrogenation, deodorization, interesterification, physical refining, winterization, and fractionation of all types of oils and fats for a wide variety of applications. Our aim is to be an important supplier for the industry of all those countries in which we are present.

Young Living Essential Oils
Richard Carlson, member of AOCS since 2010, frequent sponsor of Health and Nutrition sessions at the AOCS Annual Meeting
3125 Exec Pkwy
Lehi, UT 84043-9572

Essential oils have enhanced lives for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious use. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness that can be truly life-changing. Richard Carlson leads the team responsible for scientific research for Young Living, including the development of analytical test methods that determine the authenticity of essential oils

Monday, July 8, 2019

Upcoming #WebinarWednesdays featuring plant proteins

How to assess protein functionalityJuly 31, 2019
12:00 noon CST

Novel sources of proteins have gained much attention in the recent years due to the increasing global demand for protein and the growing market for vegan products. Plants, algae, yeast and by-products from the food industry such as oil meals are promising sources of novel proteins. To demonstrate their capacity to replace conventional food ingredients, producers must be able measure objectively the functionality of their products.

Presenter: Frédéric Baudouin, Project Manager, IMPROVE SAS

Register here

Structural and Functional Properties of Plant Protein Isolates and Hydrolysates for Various Applications
August 14, 2019
12:00 noon CST

This presentation will cover the evaluation of various plant proteins from pea, camelina, and pennycress, highlighting their structural and functional properties as impacted by extraction and functionalization procedures, as well as potential applications. Structural characteristics and functional properties of the protein concentrates, isolates and hydrolysates will be discussed and compared to reference proteins, whey protein isolate (WPI) and soy protein isolate (SPI).

Presenter: B. Pam Ismail, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, Plant Protein Innovation Center, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota

Register here

Overcoming the Challenges in the Production & Utilization of Plant Protein Isolates in Food
September 4, 2019
12:00 noon CST

The utilization of plant proteins in food products has rapidly increased during recent years. The food industry prefers the use of plant protein isolates primarily due to their high protein content and high nutritional value. However, there are numerous challenges in formulating food products with plant protein isolates, particularly in achieving the target functional properties in the ingredients. This presentation reviews the challenges and opportunities associated with the production of selected plant protein isolates, with desired functional properties.  

Nagul S. Naguleswaran, PhD, Senior Associate Scientist, Global Research & Technology Ingredion Incorporated

Register here

Friday, July 5, 2019

Call for experts on avocado oil to participate in an Electronic Working Group

The Codex Alimentarius Committee on Fats and Oils has issued a call for Experts to participate in oversight of their review of avocado oil.

The intention is:

"To review all available data on the characteristics and origins of avocado oil with a view to revising the provisions for avocado oil; and to prepare a report of the EWG to be submitted to the Codex Secretariat, at least 3 months in advance of CCFO27 for circulation for comments at Step 3."

Details are available at this link: http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/resources/circular-letters/en/

The Usergroup name is CCFO-Avocado oil_2019

Please note there is an impending deadline for registration (July 31, 2019). Interested parties can register at codexmex@economia.gob.mx; and uscodex@fsis.usda.gov. Experts outside of Mexico and the USA may be directed to register through their respective Codex Points of Contact at LIST OF CODEX CONTACT POINTS.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Nominations open for 2020 AOCS Society and Scientific Awards

AOCS Society and Scientific Awards recognize leaders who advanced the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants and related materials as well as members who dedicated their time and expertise to supporting AOCS for future generations of scientists.

Learn how to submit nominations at the links below.
AOCS Society and Scientific Awards will close for nominations on August 1, 2019.

If you have questions, please email victoria@aocs.org.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Lipids seeks Editor-in-Chief

The American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) seeks candidates for the Editor-in-Chief position of Lipids (https://www.aocs.org/stay-informed/journals#Lipids and https://aocs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15589307), a peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers and invited reviews in the general area of lipid research, including chemistry, biochemistry, clinical nutrition, and metabolism. In addition, Lipids publishes papers establishing novel methods for addressing research questions in the field of lipid research.   

Responsibilities and duties
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 closely and cooperatively with AOCS and the international publisher, Wiley, to define editorial policies, formulate special issues, and develop ideas for guest editorials; communicating with peer reviewers, prominent international authors, and the AOCS leadership team; attending Society and industry events; attending the annual strategy day with our publisher; and chairing a journal meeting at the Society’s Annual Meeting & Expo.

What we’re looking for in a candidate

The Editor-in-Chief position requires a motivated individual with experience in the field of lipid 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. The term for this appointment is five years, with an option for one additional term. We are seeking someone to begin this position on January 1, 2020. This is a volunteer position with the only compensation being travel reimbursement to assist in attending a limited number of conferences each year.

How to apply
For consideration, please submit the following documents by August 8, 2019: letter of intent (please include your interest in and vision for the position), curriculum vitae, and any other material that supports your candidacy. Send the documents to Janet Brown at janet.brown@aocs.org. A final decision will be made in the Fall.

For further information, please contact Janet Brown, AOCS Director, Membership and Publications, (phone: +1 217-693-4897; Fax: +1 217-693-4898; e-mail: janet.brown@aocs.org).