Friday, May 23, 2014

AOCS Newsletter May 2014 Highlights

Snapshot of the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
Thank you to everyone who joined us in San Antonio, Texas, USA, for the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. We hope everyone enjoyed the technical sessions, networking events, and scenery of San Antonio!

Extended coverage of the Annual Meeting will appear in the July/August issue of Inform, but here is a quick snapshot:
  • More than 1,500 people attended the meeting, with 45 countries represented 
  • The Expo featured over 71 international companies
  • The 19th Annual AOCS FoundationSilent Auction raised nearly $7,000 for student programs
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook photo galleries.

We look forward to seeing you all in Orlando, Florida, USA next May for the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases.

Get More Recognition for your Annual Meeting Presentation
Now that you have presented at the AOCS Annual Meeting, submit your research to one of the three AOCS journals and reach thousands of scientists from around the world. Visit to learn more about publishing in the Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society (JAOCS), Lipids, or the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD).

Inform Free Features
In the first free article from the May issue of Inform, the laboratory director of a leading testing service for medical and non-medical-grade cannabis products describes current laboratory practices and considers the evolving need for uniform methodologies.

In our second free article, "Omics reveals subtle changes in carbon flux that lead to increased oil biosynthesis in oil palm," researchers describe how biochemical changes before, during, and after oil biosynthesis in fruit mesocarp were compared using transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, and how these comparisons yielded clues to increasing palm oil biosynthesis.

Division Council News
Eric (Rick) Theiner, Air Products & Chemicals Inc., USA, was elected the Division Council Chairperson for 2014-2015.

Division officers were installed during the Annual Meeting. You can find the committee listings on their respective Division pages.

AOCS Seeks Candidates for Leadership Positions
Interested in pursuing a leadership position with AOCS? Take a moment to fill out our newly designed Prospective Leadership Questionnaire.

Serving in leadership positions with AOCS is your opportunity to be instrumental in the future direction of the Society. Positions include service on the AOCS Governing Board, AOCS Value Centers, the AOCS Foundation Board, and key committees.

For more information, contact Ben Harrison.

AOCS Biorenewable Resources
Biorenewables, also known as biomass, often form the basis of biobased products like oils, fats, detergents, and surfactants, and can be converted into forms of energy. Learn more about this topic by exploring AOCS books, Methods, and other resources.

Now through June 13, 2014, you can save on featured biorenewable titles. Use promo code BIO when checking out to save 15% and get free shipping on select AOCS Press titles.

AOCS Meeting Updates
Montreux14_97x120World Conference on Fabric and Home Care—Montreux 2014 | October 6–9, 2014 | Montreux, Switzerland
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AOCS-CCOA Joint Symposium on Functional Lipids | November 19–20, 2014 | China
Call for Papers!

The organizing committee welcomes you to submit an abstract. The symposium will focus on contaminants in fats and oils, oil quality and remediation, value-added minor components of cereals and oils, and oils from new crops. The technical program will feature invited presentations by leading experts, as well as volunteer oral and poster presentations. For abstract submission guidelines contact Submission deadline is June 1, 2014.

Edible Oil Refining: From the Fundamentals to New Technologies Short Course | November 17–18, 2014 | China
This one and a half day course will address chemistry of oils and fats and every step of unit operations as it relates to soybean, sunflower, corn, palm, and other tropical oils. In addition, attendees are updated on the current status of new developments, technologies, and methods in the edible-oils processing field. For more information contact

Upcoming Industry Meetings
IndustryEventBtn-eNewsILPS Lecithin Short Course 2014 | June 12–13, 2014 | Belgium
World-class experts will present papers on various lecithin sources, production and applications in the University Conference Building, Ghent University. Demonstrations of lecithin emulsion characterization and applications will be organized in the university laboratories.

International Soaps Detergents and Cosmetics Conference | December 7-9, 2014 | India
The International Soaps Detergents & Cosmetics Conference will focus on these rapidly evolving industries in Asia. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for national and International players to share views and resources on sustainability, the dynamic marketplace, emerging technologies and innovations, and environmental and regulatory issues. Learn more.


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