Wednesday, March 23, 2016

AOCS March 2016 Newsletter

AOCS Fellows Announced

Eric A. Decker, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
James A. Kenar, United States Department of Agriculture, USA
Thomas A. McKeon, United States Department of Agriculture, USA
Leonard M. Sidisky, Gas Separations Business Unit at Supelco, USA
Tong Wang, Iowa State University, USA

For more information on the AOCS Fellow Award or our awards program, please visit our website.

Congratulations, Travel Grant Recipients!

The following individuals have been awarded Division and Section grants to attend the upcoming AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA!

European Section Travel Grant:
  • Fabien Schultz, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Industrial Oil Products Division Junior Researcher Travel Grants:
  • Guanqun (Gavin) Chen, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Xiaolan Luo, Ohio State University, USA

Inform Feature Article 

Current mechanical techniques for extracting virgin and extra virgin olive oil recover only about 80% of the oil present in the fruit. Pretreating crushed olives with pulsed electric field prior to centrifugation offers significant opportunities to improve extraction, increase olive oil yields, and recover healthful bioactive compounds. The technology’s potential to increase yields and deliver economic benefits at close to industrial scale was recently demonstrated during pilot studies in a small olive oil mill in Spain. The details are covered in our March featured HTML article. You may also view the full issue of Inform online.

AOCS Technical Services Updates

AOCS at work
Richard Cantrill, Chief Science Officer, represented AOCS at the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS), Budapest, Hungary (February 20–26). The main discussions focused on the present and future revisions of methods of analysis in Codex standards in Codex Stan 234, the use of sampling and testing in food trade, determination of method equivalency, and the use of the criteria approach when considering data arising from the sum of components. The draft meeting report is available online (PDF). Cantrill also acted as secretary for the Inter-Agency meeting and reported back to CCMAS on their deliberations.

AOCS Laboratory Proficiency (LPP) and Approved Chemist Programs
Enroll by May 20, 2016 to participate in a full year of testing and fulfill the proficiency testing accreditation requirement. Full-year LPP participants are eligible to apply for the Approved Chemist program. AOCS Approved Chemists are in high demand, and are highly respected throughout the industry. Use your status as an AOCS Approved Chemist to promote your technical expertise and attract new business. Download your application today! (PDF)

Visit the website for more information and available series.

AOCS Launches New Career Services Website

AOCS has recently partnered with WebScribble to bring our users an easier-to-use and more comprehensive Career Services site. Job postings and résumés can be searched by company, title, location, and more.

Job seekers – All AOCS career services are FREE. You can create a custom profile page with a unique URL to distribute to potential employers and upload a video résumé.

Employers – Not only will your open position be available to AOCS' diverse constituents, you will be able to create a company profile page featuring your logo and jobs for easy sharing. You can also track applicants and qualified candidates from our résumé bank. Members receive a 50% discount from list pricing—just be sure to use your member login when prompted.

Try it today! Post a job in March and save 30%. Use coupon code JOBSNOW at checkout.

“Evolving Drivers” Increasingly Impact Consumer Food Choices

Deloitte Consulting LLP recently released a study conducted in collaboration for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to gauge current drivers of consumer food choices. The study, Capitalizing on the Shifting Consumer Food Value Equation found that while the traditional drivers of taste, price, and convenience are still important, “evolving drivers” including health & wellness, safety, social impact, experience, and transparency have become meaningful for a significant portion of the 5,000 consumers surveyed. Read more about this on inform|connect.

Don’t miss GMA's Executive Vice President for Scientific & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer, Leon H. Bruner, at the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 1–4, as he provides insights on current and future challenges for the food supply chain during a special session for senior executives, suppliers, producers, and processors from the food and agricultural sectors.

AOCS Annual Meeting: New Hot Topics Just Announced!

Two new sessions have been added to the Monday morning program, Impact of New Dietary Guidelines on Fats & Oils, organized by P.M. Kearney, PMK Associates, Inc., USA; and Innovative Alternatives for Hard Fats and High Stability Oils in the Food Industry, organized by V. Nesper, MSLGroup, USA.

The Hot Topics Symposia will address how current, critical issues impact the business of fats and oils and affect the future of our industries. Five sessions are planned, and session details are available online now.

Save up to $100 when you register for the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo by April 1, 2016.

AOCS Member Shout-Outs  

Gary List adds to his list of awards
Congratulations to longtime member Gary List on being named the 2016 recipient of the Carl R. Fellers Award from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)! Gary's achievements will be recognized at IFT's annual event in Chicago. Thank you, Gary, for impacting the profession and future generations with your contributions!

Koen Dewettinck granted faculty status at the University of Arkansas
Koen Dewettinck of the University of Gent, Belgium has recently been admitted as an Adjunct Professor of Food Science at the University of Arkansas and has also been granted graduate faculty status by the University of Arkansas Graduate Council Committee. Dr. Dewettinck has been working with Food Science faculty to facilitate student exchange study abroad experiences for many years. More recently he has been conducting collaborative lipid research with Andy Proctor.

 Upcoming AOCS Meetings 
107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
May 1–4, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Save up to $100 when you register by April 1.
World Conference on Fabric and Home Care—Singapore 2016
October 4–7, 2016
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Save up to $600 when you register by June 1.
Upcoming Industry Meetings 
Industry Event
18th Annual Nanotech 2016 Conference & Expo
May 22–25, 2016
Washington D.C., USA
Industry Event
Cleaning Products Latin America 2016
June 21–23, 2016
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Save $300 with promo code AOCS16.
Industry Event
OFIC 2016
October 19–21, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Call for posters is now open!

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