Thursday, April 18, 2013

AOCS Newsletter April 2013

Registration is Open for the XV Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats and Oils
Enhance your business knowledge of today's fats and oils business market, by registering for the XV Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats and Oils. The congress takes place in beautiful Santiago, Chile, August 20-23 and will cover the most current issues and topics in the fats and oils industries. In addition, attendees will have access to an exhibition, poster presentations, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Register now!

AOCS Announces Student Award Winners
AOCS is pleased to announce the recipients of these student awards:

AOCS Foundation Honored Students
Chodchanok Attaphong (Manuchehr Eijadi Award), The University of Oklahoma, USA
Leann Barden, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Alex P. Kitson, University of Waterloo, Canada
Henna Lu Fung Sieng, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Worawan Panpipat, Aarhus University, Denmark
Madhuram Ravichandran, University of Arkansas, USA
Chenxing Sun, University of Alberta, Canada
Fang Tian (Peter and Clare Kalustian Award), University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Tu Tran, Ryerson University, Canada

Learn more about the AOCS Recognition Program on our website.

Inform Free Features
In the first free article from the April issue of Inform, the AOCS membership magazine, learn how jatropha is being used to make biodiesel in Haiti, and how this effort is helping people in that country build an economy literally from the ground up.

The second free article, an excerpt from our Health & Nutrition department, discusses a reexamination of clinical trial data from the 1960s that adds weight to arguments against simplistic dietary recommendations regarding fat intake.

Are you ready for the 104th Annual Meeting?
Make the most out of your AOCS Annual Meeting experience:
  • Preview abstracts*
  • Create your itinerary
  • Review the registration list and begin networking now
Visit and enter the code you received in your registration confirmation email.

*Please note, abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be provided in electronic format only.

AOCS Technical Services News
Lab Proficiency Program
The first enrollment deadline for the 2013-2014 AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) is May 20th. Please submit completed enrollment forms with payment by May 20th to ensure your participation in all 4 rounds of testing.

Approved Chemist Program
Approved Chemist applications are now available for participants in the Laboratory Proficiency Program. Participants can also check interim ranking and reports to see if they qualify by logging into their account.

Contact Dawn Shepard at +1 217-693-4810 with any questions or for more information.

AOCS Foundation News
Don’t forget to bid at the 18th Annual Silent Auction
New items are arriving daily. This fun and friendly event will be held at the 104th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with all the proceeds benefitting student programs.
For more information, contact Amy Lydic.

Thank you to our donors!
The AOCS Foundation would like to thank its Century Club donors. Your contribution to the future of AOCS is much appreciated!

Annual Meeting Career Center
Take advantage of our Annual Meeting Career Center to connect with the brightest minds from around the globe and the expanded career network to search for the perfect employee or career opportunity.

Career Fair - New for 2013 – On Tuesday evening, April 30, 2013, 5-6pm.

Employers can reserve a table to meet with interested parties, free of charge. Tables must be reserved by April 19, 2013. Contact Doreen Berning to make your reservation.

Have a job opening? Bring copies of the job description to the Career Center.
Searching for a job? Bring copies of your résumé to the Career Center.

For detailed information on the Career Center, please visit the website or contact Doreen Berning.

AAOCS Division 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.
For more information on the award or to submit a nomination, please visit the award page 

Have You Heard...?
  • James (Jim) E. Willits, Chairman of the Board for Desmet Ballestra North America, retired last month after serving nine years in the Oil & Fats Division of the Desmet Ballestra group. Willits has been an active participant in AOCS since he joined in 1979, serving for many years as an officer in the Processing Division and also as a member of various committees.
  • AOCS member Mary Kay Krogull was hired to be president of the US Food Division of Eurofins Scientific in March 2013. She will lead the strategic development and scientific oversight of the North American Eurofins Food Testing operations.
  • Former AOCS President Jim Daun received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in March. He was nominated for this recognition by the Canola Council of Canada, who cited his work in establishing the identity of canola and in establishing methods to measure canola quantity.
  • Rachel Burton has joined MARC-IV Consulting, as a senior associate. She is the founder and has served as research director at Piedmont Biofuels, in Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA. In her new position, Burton is continuing her research efforts in new biobased materials.
  • IFT has announced the list of nominations for Fellows, which includes AOCS members Lekh Juneja and Gary List.
  • AarhusKarlshamn USA Inc. appointed Terrence “Terry” Thomas as President of the company.
Let us know what’s going on. Retiring? Moving? Celebrating an anniversary? Recent promotion? New child? Won an award?

Email us and we’ll share your news in the next AOCS Newsletter. 

AOCS Nominations and Elections Committee Seeks Candidates for 2014-2015 Governing Board and Other Leadership Positions
Self nominations are welcomed and encouraged! To be considered, you must complete an AOCS Prospective Board Member Questionnaire.

Be instrumental in the future direction of AOCS—serve in a leadership position. To accomplish this, we need our volunteers. Get involved and nominate yourself now! For more information, contact Amy Lydic.

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

AOCS Meeting Updates

AM13_137x147 2 104th AOCS Annual Meeting Short Courses | Montréal, Québec, Canada

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.

AOCSwebsite100x852013 AOCS Technical Services Workshop: Laboratory Methods | July 16-17, 2013 | Ankeny, Iowa, USA
This inaugural AOCS Technical Services workshop includes educational sessions designed for lab technicians.

View the program and register 

OTAIBugInternational Conference on Emerging Trends in Oleochemicals & Lipids Expo 2013 | August 8-10, 2013 | Hyderabad, India
Come together with others in the oleochemical industries to network, share resources, and provide future direction in the areas of surfactants, lubricants, coatings, specialty oleochemicals, personal & home care products, oleochemicals based on microbial transformations, and glycerol & oilseed cake-based products.

View the program and register

15LACbugXV Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats and Oils | August 20-23, 2013 | Santiago, Chile
Important topics will be covered that will enhance your business knowledge in today's market. In addition to the congress, you will enjoy an exhibition, posters, and networking events.
Upcoming Industry Meetings
IndustryEventBtn-eNewsOmega-3 Summit 2013 | May 30, 2013 | Brussels, Belgium
We welcome all stakeholders of the food, food ingredient, and supplement industry, as well as scientists and researchers, and legislators and industry associations to join in the debates at the Omega-3 Summit 2013.

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