Monday, February 18, 2013

AOCS Newsletter February 2013

AOCS Announces Award Winners
The AOCS Recognition Program honors those individuals and teams who have taken the industry to the next level, who have advanced the quality and depth of the profession, and who have leveraged their knowledge for the benefit of the Society. AOCS awards range from long-time service and scientific achievement (including technical expertise) to publications and student research.
AOCS is pleased to announce the following awards, all of which will be presented at the 104th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo:
AOCS Award of Merit
Ragnar Ohlson, retired, Sweden

Supelco/Nicholas Pelick-AOCS Research Award
Nissim Garti, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Stephen S. Chang Award
Alejandro G. Marangoni, University of Guelph, Canada

AOCS Young Scientist Research Award
Michael (Mike) A.R. Meier, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Congratulations to all of the honorees! Look for more award announcements in future newsletters, and learn more about the AOCS Recognition Program on our website.

Inform Free Features
Consumer concerns about the safety of traditional preservatives used in creams, lotions, and other personal care products have created a substantial market for “natural” preservatives derived from plant sources. There are many definitions of “natural”; whether natural preservatives are safer than their traditional counterparts is still under debate. Read about the “preservative wars” in this month’s first free article from Inform, the AOCS member magazine.

The second free article is an excerpt from February’s Biotechnology News department. It details work being conducted by CSIRO researchers, who recently published results showing that the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA can be produced in land plants in commercially valuable quantities.

AAOCS Announces New Award
The Australasian Section of AOCS (AAOCS)
is now offering an award for Scientific Excellence in Lipid Research.
Eligible candidates must be a member of the AAOCS and have made a significant contribution in basic or applied research. That work must either have had a significant effect on advances in the discipline or hold substantial promise for its effect in the near future.
The nomination deadline is May 17, 2013. (Self-nominations are welcome.)
For more information on the award or to submit a nomination, please visit the award page.

Special Deal for Laboratory Proficiency Program Participants
All new enrollees to the 4th quarter of the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) will receive five quarters of proficiency testing for the price of four! View the available series  and join today. Enrollment for the LPP 4th quarter must be completed by February 20. For more information, contact 

AOCS Member Survey Results 
AOCS would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in our Membership Survey.
For those who are curious as to what we learned, we will be publishing a four-part series with highlights of the results on our blog.
Part one covers why our members join, why they renew, and how engaged they are with AOCS. Read on...

Attention AOCS Division Members: Please Vote for AOCS Division Officers
All Division officer ballots were emailed earlier this week.
Please take a minute to vote for the next chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary-treasurer of any Divisions of which you are a member.
If you have any questions or did not receive the email(s) containing the ballot links, please contact Elizabeth Garard.
Division membership offers opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals. Learn more!

AOCS Foundation Accepting Silent Auction Donations
Put on those thinking caps, get those creative juices flowing, and start thinking about what great item(s) you can donate!
We are challenging you to make the 18th AOCS Foundation Silent Auction the best one to date! Our auction is always fun, brings out the competitive spirit in people, and of course raises money to support AOCS student awards.
Contact Amy Lydic today about your donation to this year's auction to be held at the 104th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Montréal, Québec, Canada. 


Welcome Corporate Members
Is your company an AOCS Corporate Member?
If not, learn how your company can gain access to important technical information that can support all your employees while allowing you to take advantage of special Corporate Member benefits and unique recognition opportunities. 

AOCS Quality Reference Sample Sale February 1-28
All quality reference samples are available for $50.00 during the month of February. Stock up now before supplies are depleted! Note: this sale does not include Certified Reference Materials.
For information about available samples, visit the website now. To order, use the online order form or contact the AOCS Orders Department at

Book of the Month
This month save $25 on Biobased Surfactants and Detergents: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications! The book covers biosurfactants, including how to reduce manufacturing and purification costs, impurities, and by-products. Use coupon code BOM0213 to receive the discount.

Member Get a Member
Spread the Word! AOCS needs more members like you!
As an AOCS member, you have experienced the value of AOCS membership and your endorsement of the Society is the most effective and powerful recruitment tool.
Why not encourage others to join? It’s easy and rewarding!
Questions? Contact Doreen Berning.  

AOCS has your topic covered!
Learn more about all of our upcoming meetings.

AOCS Meeting Updates 

WorldMkt-110x110 AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update 2013 | April 3-4, 2013 | Kiev, Ukraine 
Short Courses
Sponsor (.pdf)

AM13_137x147 2 104th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo | April 28-May 1, 2013 | Montréal, Québec, Canada

Register  – Save up to $110 when you register by February 28! Reserve your room  – Support AOCS by booking in the AOCS block by March 20.
Prior to Annual Meeting, attend a one or two-day short course in Montréal to advance your knowledge, improve your products, and expand your business.

15LACbugXV Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats and Oils | August 20-23, 2013 | Santiago, Chile

Registration opens in March 2013! 
Exhibit  Sponsor
Upcoming Industry Meetings

DeepFrying2013 27th International Symposium on Deep Frying | February 20-22, 2013 | San Francisco, California, USA
Optimum frying for safe and improved quality fried foods. Practical information for the foodservice and industrial frying professionals.

IESD 2013jpg2013 International Exhibition on Surfactant & Detergent | April 10-12, 2013 | Shanghai, China
IESD China – the leading business-to-business surfactant and detergent trade show event in Asia!

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