Saturday, April 30, 2016

AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo Sunday May 1, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo!

We will be posting a general summary of activities for the preceding day every evening.  For more specific information, please refer to your printed program or the Annual Meeting website.

  • 10:00 am-7:30 pm Hall A/B.
Salt Lake City Highlights Tour*
*Tickets required. Inquire at Registration.
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm South Foyer
AOCS Pavillion
(AOCS Information Services, Bookstore, Silent Auction, Computer Stations and Charging Station)
  • 5:30 pm -7:30 pm Hall A/B.
The Expo
  • 5:30 pm -7:30 pm Hall A/B.
Poster Viewing
  • 5:30 pm -7:30 pm Hall A/B.
Presidents Welcome Reception
Reconnect with colleagues, network with new business contacts, and meet with exhibitors during this reception in the Expo Hall. This event is open to all Annual Meeting full-conference attendees and Short Course registrants. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
  •  5:30 pm -7:30 pm Hall A/B.

AM Quick Links

Contact your bloggers at (or stop by AOCS Information Services in the Expo Hall) to share Annual Meeting news and photos and get a prize!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Your Guide to the AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo

Whether you are a first time attendee or a seasoned veteran here are some tips for navigating the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

Plan your Schedule in Advance -There are lots of things to do at the AOCS Annual Meeting. From the technical program to the exhibition, networking events and committee meetings, carefully planning your schedule can maximize your Annual Meeting experience.

The App

Designed to enhance your Annual Meeting experience, The App allows you to:
  • Build your meeting itinerary
  •  Participate in live polling
  • Search presentations and abstracts
  • Contribute instant presenter and session feedback
  • View attendee, exhibitor, and sponsor profiles
  • Search the interactive Expo 2016 floorplan
  • Connect with other attendees
Login details for The App are being distributed to registered meeting attendees now. To access, download the app directly to your mobile device, or type the provided web address in your computer’s internet browser.

Need help? Before the meeting, you can email for troubleshooting tips and tricks. Once you’re in Salt Lake City, stop by the Help Desk in Hall A/B near the Registration Desk.

2. Get ready to Network!
All networking events are held in the Expo Hall and are complimentary to full program registrants, students, and exhibit personnel.

Salt Lake City Forecast

On average, Utah weather is quite temperate. Utah is a semiarid state with dry, high country air and plenty of sunshine.

The average temperature in May is 72/46F°(22/8 C°).

Sunday, May 1
Partly Cloudy      High 63°F/17°C       Low 44°F/6°C
Monday, May 2
Partly Cloudy       High 67°F/19°C       Low 45°F/7°C
Tuesday, May 3
Partly Cloudy       High 69°F/20°C       Low 46°F/7°C
Wednesday, May 4
Partly Cloudy       High 71°F/21°C       Low 46°F/7°C

Visitors Center & Info

Stop in the Salt Lake Visitors Center inside the Salt Palace Convention Center for assistance building your itinerary, whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, concert and attraction tickets, or regional travel. Things to do!

The Visitors Center has free maps, brochures, Wi-Fi, iPad stations, wireless printing, and more. The center is open 9:00 am–5:00 pm Sunday and Monday and 9:00 am–7:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday.

AM Quick Links

Contact your bloggers at (or stop by AOCS Information Services in the Expo Hall) to share Annual Meeting news and photos and get a prize!

We hope this helps you plan your Annual Meeting experience. Please check back, as we will be posting daily activity reminders as well as a guide to promotions, contests, and special events.

AOCS April Newsletter Highlights

Unilever CEO Confirmed to Speak at AOCS Conference

Paul Polman will deliver the keynote address, Leading in a World of Exponential Change, during the new Executive Forum on Resources and Innovation during the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, October 4–7, in Singapore. Two more thought-provoking presentations and a panel discussion will follow, moderated by Ernie Rosenberg, President and CEO, American Cleaning Institute (ACI).

The Forum follows two days of presentations by top-level speakers covering the latest in technology, products, and trends, with several new topics addressing the exciting, disruptive forces that are accelerating change and the speed of innovation in the industry.

Also new is the Technology Showcase, to provide more innovative science, simultaneous interpretation to Mandarin for the oral presentations, and increased business interaction during the Exhibition.

Register by June 1 to save $600 and reserve your seat at this premier industry event!

AOCS Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Award of Merit
Dilip Nakhasi, Stratas Foods, USA

Supelco/Nicholas Pelick—AOCS Research Award
Julian McClements, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Stephen S. Chang Award
John Harwood, Cardiff University, UK

George Schroepfer Medal
Steven Kelly, Swansea University, Wales

For more information on our awards program or to view other award winners, please visit our website (PDF).

Top Five Downloaded Articles on inform|connect

Want to know what industry professionals are accessing from the inform|connect global community?
  1. Innovations in Oilseeds and Novel Biomass Oils
  2. Fact or Fiction: Animal fat making a big comeback
  3. Management of Contaminants in Edible Oils and Fats
  4. Future Impact of Technological Changes in Oilseed Processing & Oil Refining
  5. Overview of the Global Vegetable Oil Market- When will vegetable oil prices rise again?

If you have a professional, intellectual, or business interest in biobased products and technologies, then we invite you to join and receive daily updates of the latest trending topics.

Fish Oil Supplements and Human Health: Still being debated

Omega-3s have been hailed as the panacea for all of Western society's ills, from cardiovascular disease to cancer to cognitive decline. However, clinical trials of fish oil supplements containing DHA and EPA have produced mixed results, and researchers are still divided on whether omega-3 fatty acid supplements are beneficial, neutral, or even harmful to human health. The cover story of the April 2016 issue of Inform reviews the scientific evidence on both sides of the divide. You may also view the full issue of Inform online.

AOCS Technical Services Updates

AOCS at work
Richard Cantrill, AOCS Chief Science Officer, served as secretary at the 6th Plenary meeting of ISO/TC 34/SC 16, Horizontal Methods for Molecular Biomarker Analysis in Shanghai on March 15–17. The meeting was hosted by the Dr. Pan Liangwen Technical Center for Animal, Plant and Food Inspection and Quarantine, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of China, Shanghai. The agenda discussed aspects of standardization for the identification and determination of molecular markers.

Inter-laboratory comparison proficiency test for cannabis testing labs
AOCS is pleased to be contributing to the nationwide proficiency testing program offered by Emerald Scientific. AOCS will generate the reports following ISO 13528:2015 guidelines and will assist labs in evaluating their results. Participating in proficiency testing provides evidence for accreditations and leads to safer, more consistent products for patients.

AOCS Press News 

Free article from JSD provides review of gemini surfactants
"Gemini surfactants have been researched for several decades, but they have never really been commercialized for industrial applications because they are difficult to synthesize and purify," says JSD Editor-in-Chief George Smith. In Smith's JSD recent pick, the review "Constructing Surfactant Systems with the Characteristics of Gemini and Oligomeric Surfactants through Noncovalent Interaction," Yilin Wang and colleagues from the Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences in China have shown that it is possible to construct gemini surfactants through noncovalent interactions, including hydrogen bonding, metal-ligand coordination, and electrostatic attraction. The reversibility of the interactions through pH, light, salt, and temperature allows for easy control of the gemini surfactant structure using commercially available monomer surfactants. The article will be available online, free of charge, until May 16.

Thank you JSD editors and reviewers
This month, we recognize the editors and reviewers of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (PDF). AOCS appreciates the work of 300+ editors and reviewers of JSD whose time, effort, and expertise made 2015 a successful year. Under the leadership of new Editor-in-Chief George A. Smith, over 126 articles were published, and the rate of original submissions grew. We look forward to their contributions in 2016 as we build to our 20th Volume Celebration in 2017. 

Top downloaded 2015 articles from AOCS journals
This collection of articles features the 20 most-downloaded articles published in each of the three AOCS journals, JAOCS, JSD, and Lipids, in 2015. Congratulations to all the authors whose articles made the list and even more importantly, a big thank you to the editorial boards for their expertise and tireless dedication in facilitating the publication of this important research.

Welcome, AOCS China Section!

AOCS is pleased to announce the formation of the AOCS China Section, petitioned by 35 members and approved by the Governing Board last month. The China Section’s goal is to serve as the resource for high standards, ensuring quality and safety of edible and non-edible oils in China. For leadership information, membership roster, and an application to join, visit the Section’s webpage.

AOCS Analytical Division Co-Organizes Conference Focusing on Analytical Chemistry, Laboratory, and Industrial Pretreatment 

The AOCS Analytical Division, along with Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), has organized a one-day conference designed specifically for bench chemists and front-line laboratory staff. View the program and registration details for this cost-effective learning opportunity.

Lab Proficiency Program deadline approaching

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)  

Now available! 9th Volume in Oilseed Monograph Series: Industrial Oil Crops

AOCS members Thomas A. McKeon, Douglas G. Hayes, David F. Hildebrand, and Randy J. Weselake collaborated on editing this 2016 title, which presents the latest information on important products derived from seed and other plant oils, their quality, the potential environmental benefit, and the latest trends in industrial uses. It gives a comprehensive review of key oil crops that provide products used for fuel, surfactants, paints and coatings, lubricants, high-value polymers, safe plasticizers, and numerous other products. The title is available in both print and ebook versions.

AOCS Members receive a 30% discount and free shipping by entering the code AOCS30 during check out. Visit the Academic Press and AOCS Press website to learn more about this title and other AOCS Press and Elsevier titles. Remember, the 30% discount works on all Elsevier Science and Technology titles.

Upcoming AOCS Meetings 
107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
May 1–4, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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
IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation
July 16–19, 2016
Chicago, IL, USA

Register by June 3 to save up to $150!
Industry Event
OFIC 2016
October 19–21, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Call for posters is now open!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

AOCS/ASABEUnited Soybean Board Webinar Collaboration- Survey on Biobased Products Research-Deadline May 11

For a second year, AOCS is collaborating with the United Soybean Board (USB) to co-host a webinar on the exciting field of biobased products in June.  We are pleased that the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is also part of this effort.

Professionals and students in a number of AOCS disciplines are actively engaged in the rapidly growing biobased products field.

We need your help. Please take the short survey on biobased products at; and tell us about yourself, your research, and your campus and community outreach.  Your feedback will help focus future webinars on the areas of greatest interest.  Your response is appreciated by May 11.

NEW, FOR STUDENTS!  iPad Mini Drawing
AOCS student-members who join the no-cost Collegiate Biobased Network ( will be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini.

Because biodiesel and dozens of other biobased products contain soy, USB works to increase awareness and understanding of these products and their environmental, energy security and economic benefits. For more information, visit
Thanks, and we look forward to sharing more information with you soon on this exciting webinar event.

Monday, April 4, 2016

This Month form Inform Magazine, April 2016

Sink or swim: fish oil supplements and human health
Mixed clinical trial results leave researchers divided on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acid supplements.

TD-NMR and chemometrics for fat analysis in food through packaging
Time-domain nuclear magnetic resonance (TD-NMR) is a promising technique for measuring fat content through packaging.

Critical design phases for upgrading oilseeds facilities
Considering a facility upgrade? Use the step-by-step process outlined in this article to guide you through the five critical design phases.

The flaxseed portfolio of natural health ingredients
Can flaxseed production and consumption be expanded as a source of ω-3 oils? This article looks at the nutraceutical and functional aspects of flaxseed and highlights several commercial products.

Multi-spectral hand-held devices for edible oil and general food inspection
Autonomous, multi-sensory, wireless measurement systems incorporated into kitchen utensils make it possible for ordinary consumers to distinguish a range of ingredients from one another and from adulterated samples.

Top-grade oil
Learn how seed quality affects the 11 steps used to process canola as well as the final quality of the refined oil and meal pellets.

Pennycress: What's the catch?
Field pennycress has not lived up to its potential, but scientists are using advanced breeding technology to improve the plant's viability as a biofuels feedstock.

Method of producing DHA-rich oil using lipase
Researchers describe how they used lipase produced by Candida rugosa to produce a DHA-rich oil that is lower in saturated fats and cholesterol.

Find out more about Inform Magazine.