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

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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

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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.  

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

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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).

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Thank you 2018 AOCS journal reviewers

AOCS thanks our volunteer editors and reviewers who provide expert peer review for our journals: Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS), Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD) and Lipids. There are nearly 1,200 of you!

Visit aocs.org/stay-informed/journals to find your name or the names of colleagues, former students, or mentors on the 2018 reviewer lists.

These volunteers' contributions make it possible for AOCS journals to fulfill our mission of providing high-quality key research to scientific communities worldwide. 

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for an AOCS journal, contact the Editor-in-Chief:

    JAOCS: James A. Kenar, jim.kenar@ars.usda.gov 
    Lipids: Eric J. Murphy, eric.murphy@med.und.edu
    JSD: George A. Smith, george.smith@sasol.com

Thank you, reviewers!

Journal of Surfactants and Detergents seeks Editor-in-Chief

The American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) seeks candidates for Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (www.aocs.org/journals/jsd.cfm and https://aocs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15589293), 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 decade, JSD has grown considerably. It has gone from publishing four times to six times a year and has increased the number of published articles and performance indices such as the impact factor (1.454) and download number. 

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 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 AOCS and industry events; attending the annual strategy day with our publisher; and chairing a journal meeting at the AOCS’s Annual Meeting & Expo.

What we’re looking for in a candidate   
The Editor-in-Chief will be a motivated individual with experience in the field of surfactants and detergents who is interested in making a significant contribution to a global society that provides essential research. 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 in November 2019. This is a volunteer position with travel reimbursement(s) to assist in attending a limited number of conferences each year.

How to apply   
For consideration, please submit the following documents by July 15, 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.

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Collaborative Trial on Determination of Phthalates in Vegetable Oil - Call for Participants

ISO TC 34/SC 11-"Animal and Vegetable fats and oils" is organizing a collaborative trial for the determination of phthalates in vegetable oils and they are looking for more participants. This could be you!

Interested parties should contact Committee Secretary, Gretel Bescoby (Gretel.Bescoby@fosfa.org) and copy Denise Williams (denise.williams@aocs.org).