Monday, April 15, 2019

AOCS Governing Board Member Gérard Baillely awarded Médaille de Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite

Gérard was awarded the Médaille de Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite (Medal of Knight of the National Order of Merit). The National Order of Merit is a French order that was instituted in 1963 to reward distinguished service to the French Nation. Its purpose is threefold:

"uniting all intentions, and rewarding innovation and contributions..."

"... designed as a form of emulation so that all give their best ..."

"...the National Order of Merit embodies the diversity of French society, its different cultures and social origins, and its new economic sectors..."

Here are some pictures of Gérard receiving the Medal!

AOCS could not be more proud to have Gérard as a member and volunteer. Congratulations, Gérard!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Lipids article of the month: Importance of Ethics in Scientific Research

This month Lipids' editor-in-chief, Eric Murphy, chose to highlight two letters to the editor. Both letters are titled "The Importance of Ethics in Scientific Research," one by Regan Lawrence, the other by Gbolahan Bamgbose. Murphy says the journal works diligently to educate authors on the importance of ethical publishing and demands authors' work meets the highest ethical standards. In their letters, these two first year graduate students present different perspectives on the importance of conducting scientific discovery in an ethical manner. "I hope each of you have an opportunity to read each letter and to gain an appreciation of their insight," says Murphy. "For the public, these letters are important to understand that we do indeed take ethical conduct of scientific discovery seriously and that we are working to build a strong foundation of ethical conduct in the students we train."

Access the letters with the following links:

Friday, February 8, 2019

Clorox seeking Senior Scientist in analytical chemistry

The Clorox Company has an opportunity in the Advanced Measurement Sciences (AMS) – Analytical Group at their Research and Development Center in Pleasanton, California, for a Senior Scientist in Analytical Chemistry to provide analytical chemical support and leadership to AMS and the R&D community. As a Senior Scientist in this group, you will be part of a team growing numerous brands across the Clorox portfolio.

This position is for an experienced analytical chemist with knowledge and experience in analytical problem solving and chemical analysis of raw materials, intermediates and finished products related to consumer ,including cleaning products (colloids, surfactants, surface disinfection agents, anti-microbial actives), foods products (emulsions, preservatives), personal care products (cosmetics) or FDA-regulated OTC products (natural sunscreens and supplements and vitamins).

Learn more about the position and how to apply.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Crown announces new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center

Crown breaks ground on its new global headquarters to support the 140-year-old company’s commitment to growth and innovation. Crown’s new 68,000 square foot facility in Blaine, Minnesota will accommodate a 37% increase in global headquarters staff, and fuel technological advancements for the company and its customers through its state-of-the-art Innovation Center featuring a 15,000 square foot pilot plant—triple the size of their current pilot plant.

Crown’s Global Headquarters and Innovation Center will serve as a world-class resource to leading global manufacturers within the oil seed processing industry. It is designed to harness the creativity and ingenuity of Crown’s team to develop innovative solutions and technologies for customers around the world. “Our goal is to be the ‘first-call’ for customers looking for a technology partner to transform their manufacturing capabilities by reducing energy and water usage, improving yields, and reducing capital and operating costs,” says Mike Hoerle, Crown’s Vice President of Global Engineering.

The flagship Innovation Center will include a fully functional and highly instrumented pilot plant with preparation, extraction, protein concentrate, and refining equipment connected to a best in class control system, allowing customers to simulate plant-processing operations within a controlled environment. The extensive infrastructure will also support customer interaction in trials and provide maintenance and operation training for customers.

“Our customers are world leaders in the Oilseed Processing industry, and they are demanding innovative approaches to lower the total cost of ownership and operational cost while also improving efficiency,” says Bill Antilla, General Manager, Crown Global Companies. “Our new 68,000 square foot Global Headquarters and World Class Innovation Center fully leverages Crown’s industry-leading technology and talented global team to further expand Crown’s role as a trusted advisor and problem-solving partner to our customers.”

Mortenson Construction is developing the $12 million facility with a $1.2 million business subsidy from the city of Blaine to promote economic development in the community.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

POS BIO SCIENCES celebrates two years of partnership with Batavia Bio Processing

POS Bio Sciences continues its legacy of innovation and collaboration with the anniversary of Batavia Bio Processing as part of the POS family.

SASKATOON, SK – October 15, 2018 – This month, Batavia Bio Processing, an ingredient science and innovation facility located in Batavia, Illinois, is celebrating two years as part of Saskatoon’s POS Bio Sciences. POS, which is located on the University of Saskatchewan campus, has kept its finger on the pulse of innovation by working with industry partners on ingredient breakthroughs and developing cutting edge research and technologies.

Batavia Bio Processing has developed its own reputation as a leader in the industries of food, edible oils, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and bio-based products. Adding Batavia Bio Processing to its organization, POS has grown its short path distillation capabilities to make advancements in the concentration of key compounds. These advancements have led to the efficient and effective removal of impurities and pesticides in food ingredients and products intended for consumption, such as baby formula and pet foods. Batavia Bio Processing has become one of the few world leaders in processing oils on an industrial scale and has attracted many foreign customers.

“We are very proud of all that Batavia Bio Processing has accomplished as part of the POS family,” says Dale Kelly, CEO of POS Bio Sciences. “Batavia has played a large part in the overall success of POS and has helped bring us closer to achieving our vision of being a world leader in ingredient science and innovation. We congratulate Batavia on all of their success, and look forward to many more years of innovation, partnership, and industry leadership together.”

For more information, on both POS Bio Sciences and Batavia Bio Processing, visit

About POS: POS Bio Sciences is a global ingredient and process technology company established over 40 years ago. Headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, POS is recognized around the world as a trusted expert in the areas of applied science and technology for bio processing. POS has worked with over 800 companies from 40 countries to help them achieve their goals and continues to increase Saskatchewan’s global visibility as a centre for innovation.
For more information, please contact

Justin White
Vice-President Global Sales and Business Development

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In Memoriam -Dr. Bernard Francis (Bernie) Szuhaj

Dr. Bernard Francis (“Bernie”) Szuhaj passed away surrounded by his sons at Parkview Regional Hospital on September 14, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 75.  Bernie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carole Ann Szuhaj (née Brady), his brother and sister, Theodore Szuhaj, Jr. and Sylvia Reed (née Szuhaj), his sons, Matthew, Timothy and Bernard Szuhaj, his daughters-in-law, Suzanne Marie Szuhaj (née Woodward) and Jennifer Szuhaj (née Ritz), and his six grandchildren, Samantha, Jake, Isabelle, Benjamin, Brady, Ethan and Lily.

Bernie was born on November 27, 1942 in Washington Township, Pennsylvania to Theodore Szuhaj and Rose Szuhaj (née Karamon).  After graduating from Lilly-Washington High School in 1960, he matriculated to Pennsylvania State University where he earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in the field of Bio-Chemistry in 1964, 1966 and 1969, respectively.  While attending Penn State he married his childhood sweetheart, Carole, on December 26, 1964 in their hometown of Lilly, PA.  While completing his graduate studies, the couple welcomed three children, twins, Matt and Tim in January 1966, and younger brother, Bernie, in February 1967. 

Prior to defending his PhD dissertation and after moving his young family to Chicago, Illinois, in 1968, Bernie began a thirty-five-year career with Central Soya Company, Inc., an international agribusiness company.  He enjoyed an accomplished career with the company, retiring in 2003 as the Vice President of Research and Development. Following his retirement, Bernie served as the Executive Director of the National Center of Excellence in Human Nutrition, also known as Nutricore, a public-private initiative established by the City of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Economic Development Alliance to help Indiana universities and businesses obtain Federal research grants to support programs related to childhood obesity.  Professionally, Bernie was widely recognized as an international authority in the field of Soy Lecithin and Phospholipids ultimately authoring and editing several seminal books and publications on these subjects.  During his distinguished scientific career, Bernie was granted ten U.S. Patents and numerous international patents, including several for an investigational cancer drug based on a soy component know as Bowman-Birk Inhibitor. 

Bernie was a longtime member of the American Oil Chemists Society, a global professional scientific society for all individuals and corporations with interest in the fats, oils, proteins, surfactants, detergents and related materials fields, eventually serving as the AOCS’ President.  He was also a founder and the inaugural President of the International Lecithin and Phospholipid Society.

Bernie was an active participant in the community and with his children’s activities both in Chicago and after the family moved to Fort Wayne, serving as a Cub Scout Leader, baseball coach, and passionate science fair advisor and judge.  He was also an active member of both Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, Illinois and later St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Memorial services for Bernie will be held at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Ft. Wayne, on Saturday, September 22nd.  Public visitation will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm with a memorial service immediately following.  A reception following the service will be held at Casa Grille, 411 E Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, beginning at 2:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bernie’s life.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (  The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers from Visiting Angels, Clarkson Mobility, Parkview Regional Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, and Ashton Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center for their efforts, care, and dedication to Bernie and his health,

Monday, August 20, 2018

Welcome Dr. Karel Hrncirik to the AOCS Uniform Methods Committee Flavor, Quality and Stability!

Dr. Karel Hrncirik, obtained his Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Rep. He is currently an R&D manager at Unilever, based in the Global R&D Centre years Dr. Hrncirik has been leading Unilever research program on the 3-MCPD issue. He is a member of several professional organizations and expert panels, an author of a number of scientific papers and book chapters, and a regular speaker at scientific symposia.
for Spreads and Dressings, The Netherlands. His main areas of expertise are food quality, oil handling and processing, product shelf-life, novel functional ingredients, and food safety. For the last ten

We are honored to have join Dr. Hrncirik join us in analytical methods development.

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