Friday, June 16, 2017

AOCS June Newsletter Highlights

AOCS award-winning papers
The AOCS Best Paper Awards recognize outstanding articles published each year in a variety of fields.


Inside INFORM magazine: Restoring brain energy
In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the brain’s uptake of its primary fuel—glucose—deteriorates, but in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, the brain’s uptake of its alternative fuel—ketones—remains normal. Read this article in the latest issue of INFORM that describes how scientists are trying to delay cognitive decline in AD by restoring the brain’s energy supply with medium-chain triglycerides.
View the full June issue online >>

Resources added to the AOCS premium content library
In the past month AOCS Annual Meeting presentations, book chapters, journal articles, and more have been added to the AOCS Premium Content Library on inform|connect. Some of our most popular topics have included processing contaminants, omega-6 fatty acids and inflammation, lipid oxidation, and the basics of fats and oils technology.
The premium content library is free to AOCS members but available to non-members by subscription.

Join AOCS today for exclusive and unlimited access to these valuable resources.

Latin American Congress: Endless reasons to register
The 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids is headed to Cancun, Mexico, September 11–14, 2017! There are many reasons to secure your spot today:

  • 12 hours of dedicated networking time 
  • 25 suppliers of equipment and services at the exhibition 
  • 90 speakers covering crucial topics 
  • 70+ poster presentations 2 Short Courses on processing and refining

Register by July 1 and save up to US $ 200!




Upcoming AOCS meetings
AOCS Latin American Congress
17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
September 11–14, 2017
Cancun, Mexico
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2018 AOCS Annual Meeting
2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo


May 6–9, 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Upcoming industry meetings
Euro Fed LipidWorld Soybean Research ConferenceInternational Conference on Soaps, Detergents, and Cosmetics




15th Euro Fed Lipid CongressWorld Soybean Research Conference5th International Conference on Soaps, Detergents & Cosmetics
August 27–30, 2017
Uppsala, Sweden

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August 27–30, 2017
Uppsala, Sweden

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December 10–12, 2017
Panjim, Goa, India

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Friday, June 2, 2017

A Tribute to Fred Kummerow

AOCS’ oldest and arguably most newsworthy member, Fred Kummerow, died at the age of 102. Extensive tributes to the life and career of this University of Illinois professor whose lawsuit in 2013 led the US Food and Drug Administration to ban trans fats can be found in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other news sources.

But, here I would like to share with you some inside stories about Fred’s contributions to AOCS that were passed on to me from George Willhite, the former editor of Inform magazine.
Fred Kummerow served as an AOCS board member and as AOCS secretary in 1974. When AOCS offices were at 508 S. Sixth St. in Champaign, Illinois, USA, Fred’s Harlan E. Moore research lab was located at the southwest corner of Sixth and Springfield in a building that was torn down many years ago.

For a brief time (in the late 70s or early 80s) Fred was abstracts editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS). However, he turned in abstracts primarily covering nutritional fats and seldom, if ever, provided abstracts on industrial uses, proteins, soap, detergents, or other applications for oils and fats. That led to a decision to discontinue the JAOCS abstracts section, in part, because of limited coverage of other subject areas. As JAOCS Editor Dick Baldwin noted, by that time most researchers did computer literature searches. The abstracts section was revived in the early 2000s by Inform’s Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Jim Rattray under the heading, “Extracts & Distillates.”

Fred remained an active researcher even when his age reached three digits. Over the years I’ve worked at AOCS, I had both the honor and pleasure of having him call me periodically to discuss whatever research project he was conducting. His mind was always sharp, and he always had something interesting to say.

Submitted by Kathy Heine, Managing Editor, INFORM magazine.




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Announcing AAOCS 2017- Biotechnology, Lipidomics & Nutrition Conference

We invite you to attend the 10th AAOCS biannual meeting 'Biotechnology, lipidomics and nutrition'.

Château Tanunda, Barossa Valley SA
Date 11-13th September 2017

The program will present the latest science and industry updates relating to edible oil and ingredient supply, lipidnomics, biotechnology, manufacture of fat-based products, nutritional research, oil analysis, latest developments with omega-3 oils, dairy lipids, and other activities that support the industry.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Latin American Congress Extends Abstract Submission Deadline -Registration Now Open

The Latin American Congress Organizing Committee has extended the deadline for submitting abstracts until May 31, 2017.   Don’t miss this opportunity to present your research to congress delegates in Cancun this September.  Complete submission details are available on the Congress website.

Held in cooperation with the AOCS Latin American Section, the Latin American Congress addresses up-and-coming issues around market influences and fosters collaboration among peers from around the world. The conference schedule allows you to easily flow between sessions that cover a wide range of topics. Presentations will be made in either Spanish or English and simultaneous translation is provided.

Save up to US $200 when you register now to attend the leading international forum that connects fats and oils professionals, scientists, researchers, and students from throughout the Latin American region and beyond.

Registration is open for the leading event facilitating cross-industry collaboration for professionals in Latin America and beyond. The AOCS Latin American Congress features content specifically tailored to fats, oils, and lipids professionals, and is an opportunity to foster cross-country and cross-industry collaboration.
Plan early to maximize registration savings and secure your hotel accommodations at the special Congress rates.





Monday, May 15, 2017

Earl G. Hammond 1926 - 2017

Earl Hammond, age 90, died on May 10 at Northcrest Health Care after a long, productive and rewarding life. Visitation will be at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way Ames, Iowa from 5 to 7 pm on Monday, May 15. Memorial services will be at 11 am on Tuesday at First Baptist Church 200 Lynn Avenue, Ames, Iowa.



Earl was born in Terrell, Texas on November 21, 1926, to Joseph Carroll Hammond and Kate Gullette Hammond. He attended and graduated from Terrell schools, then went on to the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BS and MS degrees in chemistry. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota where he received a PhD in biochemistry in 1953. With an offer from Iowa State College, he moved to Ames where he taught cheesemaking and food chemistry, and did research on fats, oils and lipids for the next 50 years. He officially retired in January 2003, but continued to do research and work with students until 2014.

While a student at the University of Texas he got called into the army in 1946. He served for one year in New York and Washington. He returned to Austin, and was working on his M.S. degree when he met Johnie Wright at the University Baptist Church. Following a long courtship, they were married at University Baptist Church in Minneapolis on September 17, 1951. After completion of their degrees they moved to Ames where they have spent the rest of their lives.

Earl was an active member and frequent teacher at First Baptist Church. He was a founding member of Story County Housing and Ames Ecumenical Housing and contributed his time to providing affordable housing for low-income families. He also loved to play recorder and played in small groups for many years. Earl and Johnie enjoyed international travel and frequently took along one of their grandchildren when they visited other countries.

Earl's research on lipids was awarded honors on several occasions by the American Oil Chemists Society as well as international honors including an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Olzytin, Poland. His work has resulted in over 30 patents and is used in several commercial products. What he loved the most was the opportunity to work with and guide the research of graduate students from all over the world. His love of science and chemistry was reflected in the microscopes and chemistry sets his children received for Christmas.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents as well as his brothers Frank Hammond and Joe Hammond. He is survived by his wife Johnie Hammond of Ames, Iowa, his son Bruce and wife Darla Hammond of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, his daughter Linda and husband Bruce Hanson of Ames, Iowa, his daughter Pam and husband David Fuchs of St. Louis, Missouri, and son Christopher and wife Sandy Hammond of Richardson, Texas, as well as eleven grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made to the Story County Community Housing Corporation, 130 S. Sheldon.

Private burial is in Iowa State University Cemetery.

Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Published in Des Moines Register on May 14, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Join the fun! AOCS Young Professional activities in Orlando

The AOCS Annual Meeting begins Sunday, April 29. If you are a member of the YP Common Interest Group or want to join this group of young professionals, then add these activities to your schedule!

Stay-in-touch! Chelsey Castrodale, AOCS Young Professional, will be "live tweeting" updates on YP-CIG events, lunch/dinner meet-ups, and conference happenings using the hashtag #AOCSYP. 

Watch for, or share, AOCS Annual Meeting tweets using #AOCS2017. 

  • Young Professional Networking Reception
    Join us outside for drinks & appetizers along with corn hole and ladder toss!
    When: Sunday, April 30 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Toho Deck
  • Young Professional CIG Business Meeting
    Tuesday, May 2 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Wekiwa 5
  • Joint CIG Luncheon 
    Learn how to get involved in your group, talk to the other groups to learn what they are doing, and create valuable connections with members of the other CIGs.
    When: Wednesday, May 3 from 12:00pm – 1:45pm, Wekiwa 6/7
See you soon in sunny Orlando!

Annual Meeting is here! Get ready for Orlando.

The 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases is just days away.  Here are our top four tips for making the most of your time in Orlando.

Check your email for delegate only access to The App and resource pages.

1. Go mobile. Download The App to your mobile device and customize your meeting experience.

2. Build your itinerary. Search presentations and customize your Annual Meeting itinerary in The App.

3. Preview abstracts. View abstracts on The App, or access printer-friendly versions on the resources page.

4. Start networking now. Connect with other Annual Meeting attendees on The App, or access the traditional list of registered attendees on the resources page.

Visit the Travel Notes webpage for additional details on airport transportation, suggested conference attire, and more.

It's not too late to register! 

Online registration has ended, but onsite registration begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 30 at Rosen Shingle Creek. View details.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!