Friday, March 27, 2020

AOCS is here for you! Explore some of these online resources


Like many of you, AOCS staff has moved from working out of our headquarters building in Central Illinois to working in our homes. Many of us have created new workspaces in various places in our homes.  In my case, my dining room table has never realized such usage until this quarantine.

While we all get used to this new environment, one thing I have enjoyed is finding more time to watch video tutorials, read blog posts, write more individual notes to members, and spend time experimenting with virtual meeting tools like GoToMeeting, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams. Several members have shared similar stories with me, especially our young professional group within AOCS. Leann Barden, Research Manager, Chicago Bar Company, and AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group Co-Chair wrote:

All of my company's meetings are now done by video chat. It truly does force you to be more engaged than a simple phone call, and it's a great way to feel connected. Our president's kids made an appearance in his last state-of-the-business video to emphasize the need to empathize with parents who are now parenting full time.”

Hari Kiran Kotapati, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Washington State University, also shared his experiences and thoughts:  

“If you are in an academic research lab, I think this is the ideal time to sit down and write up the research paper or maybe that review article that you have been planning to write, for a long time. This is what I have been doing so far working from home. It is hard to focus on one thing while writing, so I usually choose to split time between each of those things. You can also come up with some research ideas for grant applications.”

What resources, software, videos, and learning are you exploring while working remotely?

If you need some suggestions, I have selected a few from the AOCS archives. Please view, share with others, and send me your comments.

·         #WebinarWednesday: Visit the webinar archive. Here are a few of my favorites:
o   Fat transitions in ice cream, presented by UW-Madison Professor and former editor-in-chief of JAOCS Rich Hartel, an expert on online-learning and presenting.
o   A walk through your home–Discovering the surfactant science for cleaning it, presented by 2018 Samuel Rosen Memorial Award winner David R. Scheuing.
o   What is vegetable oil and where does it come?, presented by Alan Paine, Desmet Ballestra, a regular on the inform|connect Open Forum. This webinar is an excellent refresher course on edible oil refining.

·         Explore the AOCS YouTube Channel and view:  
o   Career development presentations hosted by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group.
o   Plant-based proteins collection of webinars.
o   Statistical design of experiments training for AOCS journal editors, a great resource for editors, reviewers, and authors.
·        Already missing the AOCS Annual Meeting like I am? View these recordings from the 2019 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

·         Read up on the history of AOCS Award winners, found on the AOCS Lipid Library.

Wow, this is already a long list and yet there is so much more to offer. I hope you find some of these online resources of interest to you.

Thank you and #staysafe!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lipids article: Enhancement of Fat Oxidation during Submaximal Exercise in Sedentary Persons: Variation by Medium-Chain Fatty Acid Composition and Age Group

AOCS 2019 Corporate Achievement Award winner Nisshin OilliO Group Ltd. has published the results of a study on the effects of consuming structured medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil on fat oxidation during exercise (Lipids, Volume 55, Issue 2, Page 173-183). Diets containing MCT comprised of octanoic acid and decanoic acid led to an increase in fatty acid oxidation during submaximal exercise, and aerobic exercise capacity in sedentary participants was increased. In addition, differences in the effects of the two MCT oils were observed. Consuming octanoic acid-rich MCT (C8 : C10 = 75% : 25%) resulted in enhanced ventilation efficiency and consuming decanoic acid-rich MCT (C10 : C8 = 70% : 30%) increased oxygen uptake, both relative to control.”

Nosaka, N., Tsujino, S., Honda, K., Suemitsu, H. and Kato, K. (2020), Enhancement of Fat Oxidation during Submaximal Exercise in Sedentary Persons: Variations by Medium‐Chain Fatty Acid Composition and Age Group. Lipids, 55: 173-183. doi:10.1002/lipd.12222 

*AOCS members have access to all articles in LipidsPlease login to your AOCS account to read the full text.





Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Cancellation of the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo

Due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Montréal, Canada, has been cancelled.

AOCS leadership has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19, as well as advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding risks associated with international conferences and other large gatherings in enclosed spaces. The decision to cancel the meeting was based on deep concern for the health and well-being of our registrants, staff, vendors, and the Montréal community guests. As this situation continues to evolve, AOCS leadership cannot, in good conscience, move forward with the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. Simply put, it has become abundantly clear that it is impossible to hold the Annual Meeting & Expo in a manner in which we could reasonably ensure the health and safety of all participants and the surrounding community.

For further updates, please visit the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo website.

Why was the meeting cancelled?
Due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it became impossible to hold the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo in a manner in which we could reasonably ensure the safety of all participants and the surrounding community. 

Will my registration fee for the meeting and/or pre-meeting short courses be refunded?
Yes, your registration fee for the meeting and/or pre-meeting short courses will be refunded. Refunds will be issued in the order in which registration payments were received. If you previously cancelled your registration, you will be refunded any cancellation fees previously charged to you. Please allow at least 30 days for us to process your refund.

Will AOCS help with refunds related to travel and hotel expenses?
For those who booked through official AOCS housing (Orchid Events), AOCS will cancel and no action needs to be taken on your part. You will receive a cancellation notice through Orchid. For questions, please contact Orchid Events at 877-505-0688 or by email at help@orchid.events.

AOCS cannot assist with hotel reservations booked outside of official AOCS housing. Please contact the provider directly.

Most transportation providers have implemented special provisions in response to COVID-19. Please contact the transportation provider directly.

I am an exhibitor. How do I request a refund or transfer my booth to a future AOCS meeting?
We will contact you concerning next steps to request a refund or transfer your booth to a future AOCS meeting. Please allow at least 30 days for us to contact you with options and information.

I am a presenter (oral, poster, or award winner). Are there alternative presentation options to share my research?
We are developing ways for members to disseminate their research despite the circumstances. Please complete this form to let us know how we can help you share your research.

As a reminder, AOCS hosts webinars for members and non-members to share their research. All Annual Meeting presenters are pre-qualified to present an AOCS webinar. Please complete this form to begin the process.

For AOCS members, you receive a 25% discount off of open-access fees when publishing in AOCS journals. Please visit https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/open-access/onlineopen.html for more information.

I am a presenter that already cancelled. Can I also participate in alternative presentation options?
Yes! Please complete this form to let us know how we can help you share your research.

I am a committee member. What are the plans for our scheduled committee meeting?
You will be contacted by your staff liaison. Please allow at least 30 days for us to contact you.

I am an award winner. How will I receive my award?
You will be contacted by your staff liaison. Please allow at least 30 days for us to contact you.

Other questions or concerns?
Please see the contact list below.

Registration
Karen Kesler
Email: karen.kesler@aocs.org 
Phone:  +1 217-693-4813

Housing
Ryan D. Reid, Manager, Meetings and Exhibits
Email: ryan.reid@aocs.org
Phone +1 217-693-4843

Exhibits & Sponsorships
Tisha Sarver, Meetings and Exhibits Specialist
Email: tisha.sarver@aocs.org
Phone: +1 217-693-4831

Advertising
Sterling Bollman, Advertising, Exhibit and Sponsorships Sales
Email: sterling.bollman@aocs.org
Phone: +1 217-693-4901

Committee Meetings
Please contact your staff liaison.

Alternative Presentation Options
Amy Garren, Director, Brand and Digital Strategy
Email: amy.garren@aocs.org
Phone: +1 217-693-4836

General Questions Related to the Cancellation of the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
Jeffry L. Newman, Senior Director, Programs
Email: jnewman@aocs.org
Phone: +1 217-693-4816


Friday, March 6, 2020

Introducing our newest AOCS members and thank you to our Member Refer-a-Friend participants!

At the end of February our new member (Active members) total reached 198 47% of our goal of 425. During this month, three Active members and four student members joined us thanks to our Member Refer-a-Friend program. Remember, this new initiative awards recruiters with a US $20 gift card for every referred new Active member that joins., When you recruit, make sure they list your name on the membership application to collect your reward.

We’re still looking for more referrers! We have ten members that will each receive a gift card in early April. Act now to get your name added to this list. Remember, recruiters can earn up to US $100 throughout the entire membership year. In addition, we will recognize all recruiters of Actives, students and Corporate Members online, as a way of saying THANK YOU!

Active Member Recruiters for Dues Year 2020, during February 2020

 Luis Espinoza, Project Manager, Technical Services, Ventura Foods, encouraged colleague Jacob Dupre, Food Technologist at Ventura Foods, to join. 

B.J. Bench, Senior Director of Food Safety & Quality Assurance at Tyson Foods invited Lili Towa, Laboratory Manager and Senior Application Specialist at Alpha MOS to become a member

Lingyun Chen, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, encouraged Yixiang Wang, Assistant Professor at McGill University to join and attend the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting.  

Student Member Recruiters for Dues Year 2020, during February 2020

Matthew Fhaner, University of Michigan, encouraged Abdur-Rahman Siddiqui to join.

Yixiang Wang, a new member from McGill University, invited two McGill University students to become members, Shutung Huang and Camelia Oliva.  

Michael Rogers, University of Guelph, encouraged student April Xu to become a member.

Who will be featured next month? Think of a colleague or research collaborator who would benefit from AOCS membership. Get more details online and do your part to help our Society grow!

Our newest members, found on this list that AOCS members can view, includes more than 50 individuals from ten countries.

Here are some highlights of this group:
  • Thirteen new students were welcomed into the Society, with the majority from Canada! Many of these new students joined as a result of a travel grant offered by the Canadian AOCS Section.
  • Some of our new members are from companies in Canada, including Sani Marc, Viterra, and Avmor Limited
  • Job functions include: R & D scientists/coordinators, chemists/lead chemists; Q & A Managers, product managers, chemical engineers, food technologists and market managers. 
  • 83% of the Actives are from industry; 17% from university and government
  • The new individuals from Corporate Member companies include: AAK, ADM, Ag Processing Inc., Artisan Inc., Bunge, Church & Dwight, Cargill, Kao Corporation, and Pompeian

Let’s continue to grow our Society! Read the full details on the new AOCS Refer-a-Friend program!

Have any questions or want to reach out to a new member? Say “Hi!” on inform|connect or plan to meet your fellow AOCS members at one of the networking events at the AOCS 2020 Annual Meeting.


Other questions? Please contact Janet Brown, Director of Membership, janet.brown@aocs.org

Monday, March 2, 2020

Graham C. Burdge named new editor-in-chief of Lipids

University of Southampton Professor Graham C. Burdge succeeded Eric Murphy as Editor-in-Chief of Lipids on March 1. The April issue of INFORM magazine will contain “A Conversation with the Editor-in-Chief of Lipids” to help AOCS members get to know the new Editor-in-Chief.

Until the April issue arrives, you can preview the conversation in the excerpt below. Welcome, Graham!

A conversation with the new Editor-in-Chief of Lipids

Earlier this year, Graham Burdge, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, UK, became the seventh Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of Lipids.
A look at the new EIC’s CV indicates that Lipids is in good hands. The journal’s EIC graduated in Cell and Immunobiology from Aberystwyth University, earned a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, and did his postdoctoral work on phospholipid and polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism. He was the first to show that men and women differ in their ability to synthesize longer chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and differ in docosahexaenoic acid status. More recently, he identified the role of polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis in regulating T cell function and evaluated the effectiveness of a transgenic plant oil as a replacement for oily fish in the human diet.

Burdge’s research is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the European Union, the Research Council of Norway, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and by industrial organizations. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles well as chapters in academic books and briefing documents and reports to the UK government. He is an experienced editor, having as the Editor-In-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition, the Journal of Nutritional Science, and Nutrition Research Reviews, and as an editor of books on epigenetics, nutrition and health, and polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism. Since the new EIC is a new face for many members, Inform held the following conversation to learn more about him and his goals for the journal.

Q: In your early work as a postdoc, you were the first to show that men and women differ in their docosahexaenoic acid status as well as their ability to synthesize longer chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Where did you get the idea to explore metabolic differences between the sexes?

A: There is a tendency for nutritionists, and biochemists in particular (I am both), to exclude females from experiments on the basis that their hormonal cycles make generation of reproducible data too difficult. This may lead to important biological insights being missed.  At the time those experiments were carried out, it was known that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) concentration increased during pregnancy in women and rats, and that sex hormones could modify arachidonic acid concentration in rat liver.  We had shown already that men didn’t make much DHA from alpha-linolenic acid and so it seemed an obvious to ask the question, “Is polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism different in women of reproductive age compared to men?”

Q: What major advances to you foresee in the field of lipid science during the next 10 years?

A: Interesting question. To have a sense of how the field might develop, it is important to identify the factors that may drive the evolution of lipid science. To give an example, I would not have predicted the explosion of research on epigenetics, which has changed from being a niche area of research a decade or so ago, to an area of intense activity.  I was privileged to be part of some of the early studies demonstrating that epigenetics could explain how the environment can induce persistent changes in phenotype. My prediction for the next phase in lipid science is that the biotechnologists will find ways to manipulate lipid metabolism in plants and animals, to improve their nutritional quality, to feed the increasing global population, and to ameliorate the effects of man-made climate collapse by developing crops that thrive in an increasingly hostile environment.  For example, the technology already exists to replace oily fish with seed oil from bioengineered plants that contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and so potentially reduce the burden of wild capture on marine ecosystems. But, I suspect when we look back 10 years from now, we’ll see that the course of lipid science was surprising.

The full conversation will appear in the April issue of INFORM.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Announcing winners of 2020 AOCS Awards

The AOCS Awards Program recognizes leaders who work passionately to advance the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants and related materials.

More than 50 scientists and technologists won awards this year (not counting the poster awards to be given to students at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo).

See Award winners.

Award winners will be recognized throughout the Annual Meeting, including at the Opening Celebration, a special session for Scientific Awards, and Division luncheons and dinners.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

AOCS remembers Milton J. Rosen

Milton J. Rosen, one of the great pioneers of surfactant research and an AOCS Fellow, passed away on February 2, 2020, nine days shy of his 100th birthday.

In his 70 years as an active researcher, Rosen obtained more than 150 publications or patents. In 1985, he founded the Surfactant Research Institute at Brooklyn College, from which he retired in 2011 at the of 91. Rosen was also a longstanding member of the advisory board for the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD).

In 1991, he established the AOCS Samuel J. Rosen Award, in honor of his father. The award recognizes significant accomplishments in applications of the principles of surfactant chemistry by scientists who have spent the majority of their careers in industry.

Born in 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, Rosen received his master’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1941. With the outbreak of World War II, Rosen served his country in the Pacific Theater as a member of the US Army. After discharge, Rosen accepted a teaching position at Brooklyn College. In 1949, he earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

In his lab at Brooklyn College, Rosen became a pioneer in the field of surfactant research. Among his greatest scientific contributions were a series of studies investigating the structure-property relationships of surfactants; derivations of equations for surfactant synergism; and some of the earliest studies of gemini surfactants. In 1979, Rosen published the first edition of his groundbreaking and authoritative work, Surfactants and Interfacial Phenomena.

“Everybody in the industry’s got a copy of his book, Surfactants and Interfacial Phenomena,” said Dennis Murphy, research fellow at Stepan Company. Murphy was a Ph.D. student in Rosen’s lab from 1985 to 1989.

“It’s in its fourth edition now, and it’s kind of like the go-to book for surfactants.”

Recalling his time in Rosen’s lab, Murphy described Rosen as a “caring, very enthusiastic scientist with a great sense of humor.”

Revisit “A Conversation with Milton J. Rosen” to learn more about the life of this great scientist and AOCS member.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Welcome to the AOCS Community and thank you recruiters


At the end of January our new member (Active members) total reached 158 or 37% of our goal of 425 for dues year 2020. Some of our new members were encouraged to join by an AOCS member as part of our Member-Refer-A-Friend program. This new initiative awards you with a US $20 gift card for every new Active member that joins, but make sure they list your name on the membership application. Recruiters can earn up to US $100 for the entire membership year. In addition, we will recognize all recruiters of Actives, students and Corporate Members online, as a way of saying THANK YOU!

Active Member Recruiters for Dues Year 2020, as of 1/31/2020
Yunshen Chen encouraged Lynn Foster to join.
Ryan Dietzenbach recommended Doug Reuscher join.
Steven Hess recommended colleague at Hersheys, John B. Kremer, become a member.
Barry Gursky invited his Oil-Dri co-worker, Chris Dieckmann, to join.
Janitha Wanasundara influenced Frederic Marsoleais, to become a member.

Student Member Recruiters for Dues Year 2020, as of 1/31/2020
Rotimi Aluko recommended to Nancy Asen to join and attend the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting.
Vermont P. Dia encouraged Cindy Andrea Nieto Veloza to join (Vermont is her PhD major advisor).
Usha Thiyam-Hollander encouraged Olamide Fadairo to join.
Olayinka Olarewaju recommended student membership to Razi Sultana.
Hongbing Fan highly recommended to Ziaoyu Bao to join.
Jessica Phulchand encouraged Adrian Argudo to become a member.

Why did these members refer people to the society? Prof. Rotimi Aluko, University of Manitoba, wrote:
“Nancy is my PhD student and membership of AOCS will benefit her academic and professional development. This is also an excellent means of recruiting leaders of tomorrow for the organization.”

Who will be featured next month? Think of a colleague or research collaborator that would benefit from AOCS. Get more details online and do your part to help our Society grow!

Our newest members, found on this list that AOCS members can view, includes 79 more individuals and one new Silver Corporate Member, DVC Process Technologists.

Here are some highlights of this group:

  • 16 different countries were represented in the list, with 42% of new members from outside the USA
  • Five new students were welcomed into the Society
  •  Job functions: plant managers, professors, lab managers, CEOs, refinery managers, chemists, chemical engineers, research scientists, and product developers are among those on the list  
  •  89% of the Actives are from industry; 11% from university

Say “Hi!” on inform|connect or plan to meet your fellow AOCS members at one of the networking events at the AOCS 2020 Annual Meeting.

Monday, January 27, 2020

AOCS remembers Edwin N. Frankel



Edwin N. Frankel, the famous lipid oxidation scientist for whom the Edwin N. Frankel Award for Best Paper in Lipid Oxidation and Quality is named, died of natural causes on Nov. 20, 2019, at his home in Davis, California, USA. 

Dr. Frankel had a long career at UC Davis as an adjunct professor in the department of food science and technology, where he led a research lab that made substantial scientific contributions to the field of lipid oxidation and antioxidants in food and biological systems. In partnership with scientists in Davis and throughout the world, Edwin published research studies on the stability of fats and oils and natural antioxidants, including a major study on the benefits of phenolics in red wine. Before joining the UCD faculty in 1989, Edwin spent 30 years as a research chemist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Peoria, Illinois.

His memory lives on in the Edwin N. Frankel Award for Best Paper in Lipid Oxidation and Quality, which was established in 1997 to recognize his 50 years of lipid oxidation research and continues to inspire and reward outstanding work in his beloved field of lipid oxidation.

Visit the AOCS Lipid Library to learn even more about Dr. Frankel, an AOCS member since 1956.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Welcome to the new China Section Leadership Team!

The China Section of AOCS elected four new members to serve on its Advisory Council:
  • Zhang Hui, Zhejiang University
  • Zheng Mingming, Oil Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Zhou Dayong, School of Food Science and Technology, National Engineering Research Center of Seafood, Dalian Polytechnic University
  • Yu Xiuzhu, College of Food Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University
The Advisory Council is a part of the Section's leadership team. We are excited to welcome these new members to the team! Learn more about them in the Q&As below.


Zhang Hui

Please share a brief biography.
Dr. Zhang Hui is an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Zhejiang University, China. He received a Ph.D. in food science from Zhejiang University in 2009 and finished his postdoc work supported by DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) at University of Hohenheim, Germany, from October 2010 to August 2012. He was a visiting scholar supported by the CSC (China Scholarship Council) at the University of California Davis, USA, from August 2014 to August 2015. His current research focuses on (1) novel microencapsulation techniques (microemulsions, nanoemulsions, nanofibers, etc.) to deliver and release hydrophobic functional bioactives and (2) physical processing and control of food structures and textures (emulsions, gels, fibers, etc). He has led projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province, etc. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers and held over 10 patents. He is currently an associate editor for Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of the committee?
I have attended AOCS meetings in the USA and China many times, which provided me with the opportunities to catch the latest research development and to network with many researchers. Thus, I realize the importance of connecting more Chinese scientists with AOCS.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role?
I hope to introduce more and more young Chinese scientists to AOCS and expand the influence of AOCS in China.


Zheng Mingming

Please share a brief biography.
Prof. Zheng Mingming is a doctoral supervisor at the Oil Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. His interests are in the molecular modification, structure-activity relationship and product innovation of food lipids. In order to tackle industrial problems — such as the low conversion rate of the lipase modification method, poor stability and activity of enzymes, single structure and function of lipids — his research mainly focuses on the construction of high-activity enzyme microarray, continuous flow enzyme reaction system, and the design of novel molecules. These theories and technologies have been successfully applied to the production of food lipids such as phytosterol esters, phenolic acids esters, OPO structural lipids, etc. He has published more than 60 SCI papers in authoritative journals, such as ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, including 28 as the first and corresponding author. He has more than 1,100 cumulative other citations. He holds four National Nature Science Foundation, 10 authorized patents and 1 United States patent. He has won the Second Prize of National Science and Technology Progress, three First Class Provincial Prizes, and the first session of Youth Innovation Award of the Oil Crop Professional Committee. He has been selected as a “Ten thousand plan” - National High Level Talent, Outstanding Young Agricultural Scientists and the Youth Talent Development Plan of Hubei Province.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of the committee?
AOCS is a famous academic organization which advances the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants and related materials, enriching the lives of people everywhere. In order to enhance communication and cooperation with more and more famous scientists in AOCS, I decided to volunteer as a member of the committee.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role?
After joining the committee, I will try my best to enhance the communication and cooperation of Chinese scientists with American scientists in the field of lipid science and technology.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (e.g., What are your hobbies? What does a typical day look like for you?).
I like reading, fitness, swimming and singing during my spare time. I read literature, design experiments, and write papers in the morning and instruct graduate students to do experiments in the afternoon. I also do some experiments in the pilot plant with my assistants.


Zhou Dayong

Please share a brief biography.
Dr. Zhou Dayong graduated from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2008 and has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry. He is a professor and doctoral supervisor in the School of Food Science and Technology, National Engineering Research Center of Seafood, Dalian Polytechnic University.

He has been recognized for his academic achievements by receiving the Special Government Allowance of the State Council, National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent, National Outstanding Mid-aged Experts, Chief Scientist of the National Key R&D Program in the 13th Five-Year Plan, and National Excellent Teacher. He has presided over National Key R&D Program in the 13th Five-Year Plan and Joint Funds of National Natural Science Foundation of China, etc. He gained two Second Prize for National Science and Technology Progress Awards (rank first and fifth), one Second Prize for National Teaching Achievements, and three First Prize for Liaoning Science and Technology Progress Award (rank first, second and fifth). He has published 62 SCI articles (as the first or corresponding author). Meanwhile, he is the author of two PCT patents and 20 Chinese patents.

His research areas interests include marine functional lipids and lipid oxidation and its control. He is one of the Editorial Board Members of Food Chemistry.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of the committee?
AOCS gives me the chance to get and exchange current and emerging information and research results in oils, fats, lipids and related materials through its meetings, publications and web presence. Therefore, I would like to offer my help to promote the development of AOCS to help more and more researchers in this area benefit from AOCS.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role?
I hope to contribute as author, reviewer and editor for AOCS publications and as co-volunteer, speaker and host for AOCS meetings.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (e.g., What are your hobbies? What does a typical day look like for you?).
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family. Normally, I work by day and spend time with my family at night.


Yu Xiuzhu

Please share a brief biography.
Prof. Yu Xiuzhu was born and educated in China where he earned a bachelor’s degree at Henan University of Technology (1999) before emigrating to Northwest A&F University in 2001, where he received a master’s degree (2004) and a doctorate (2008). After completing his doctoral research, he worked at the College of Food Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University, where he was promoted to Associate Professor (2010) and Full professor (2017). He was named Vice Dean of College of Food Science and Engineering in 2019. He is a fellow of the Chinese Cereals and Oil Association. Furthermore, he has been a visiting scholar at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2006–2007), and Iowa State University (2014–2015).

Since 2002, he has worked in fats and oils analysis research and a teaching program, supervising many master (33) and Ph.D. (3) students. In recent years, he has hosted and participated in more than 10 scientific research projects. He has produced more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, compiled eight textbooks in Chinese and one monograph in English.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of the committee?
I can serve scientists who are working on fats and oils in China and help them to get information from AOCS.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role?
I can enlarge the influence of AOCS in China and let more Chinese scientists know AOCS, especially young students.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (e.g., What are your hobbies? What does a typical day look like for you?).
My hobby is reading and some sports. My typical day is teaching, working in the lab and supervising students.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Join me in welcoming our newest AOCS 2020 members!

Did you know that AOCS has a goal of adding 425 new Active members for 2020? Each month, I will keep you posted on the status of reaching this goal, and I hope that you will encourage colleagues and other people that you know would benefit from AOCS membership to our Society.

In a few weeks, we will announce some exciting changes to our member-refer-a-friend program. Keep encouraging new members to join because you will be rewarded for your efforts! Thank you to all for your commitment to AOCS. 

The 2020 membership year began September 1, 2019. Between September 1 and December 31, 2019, 95 individuals, students and companies joined for the 2020, which means they received free membership until the end of 2019. Here are some highlights of this group:
  • 15% were students 
  • 85% joined as Actives (professionals)
  • Top job functions: chemists, scientists, technical service specialists, business directors, QA/QC managers, commercial managers, processors, regulatory managers, lipidologists
  • Twenty countries and 68 different institutions were represented
  • 75% of the Actives are from industry; 15% from university and government
  • We added two new Bronze Corporate Members: Henkel and Dicalite Management Group

Why did they join?  Yves Revi, Product & Process Development Assistant, Bunge Loders Croklaan, The Netherlands, had this to say:  

“I hope that keeping up-to-date via AOCS publications and meetings will broaden my knowledge in processing and nutritional aspects of lipids.”

How about others? While I do not have specific responses from all the new members, the interest areas that stand out include: analytical, specialty oils, edible applications, industrial oils and health and nutrition.     

In a few months, our online searchable membership directory will become available, making it easier to connect with members of the AOCS community. AOCS members can download and read the listing of our newest AOCS members from the AOCS Premium Content Library. Say “Hi!” on inform|connect or plan to meet your fellow AOCS members at one of the networking events at the AOCS 2020 Annual Meeting.

Friday, January 10, 2020

8th International Symposium on “Surfactants in Tribology”

The 23rd International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution (SIS2020) will be held on June 26 – July 1, 2020, at Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. As part of SIS2020, AOCS member Girma Biresaw (Peoria, IL, USA) and Kash Mittal (Hopewell Jct., NY, USA) are hosting a symposium on“Surfactants in Tribology.”

Surfactants perform a wide range of functions in tribology. These include basic lubrication functions such as control of friction and wear, as well as controlling a wide range of lubricant properties. Examples of lubricant properties that can be modified with the application of surfactants include emulsification/demulsification, bioresistance, oxidation resistance, rust/corrosion prevention, etc. Surfactants also spontaneously form a wide range of organized assemblies in polar and non-polar solvents. These include monolayers; normal/reverse micelles; oil/water (o/w) and w/o microemulsions; hexagonal and lamellar lyotropic liquid crystals; and uni- and multi-lamellar vesicles. The tribological properties of these organized surfactant structures have yet to be fully investigated and understood.

More recently, there has been a great deal of interest in certain surfactant organized assemblies such as self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). These structures are expected to play critical roles in the lubrication of a wide range of products, including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). 
   
Whereas there is a great deal of literature on the topics of surfactants and tribology separately, there is very little information on the subject of surfactants and tribology together. This is despite the fact that surfactants play many critical roles in tribology and lubrication. This symposium is tasked with filling this gap in the literature linking surfactants and tribology.

The first symposium on “Surfactants in Tribology” was held as a part of the 16th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution (SIS) in Seoul, South Korea, June 4–9, 2006 (SIS2006). Following the smashing success in Seoul, subsequent such symposia were successfully held at all the venues of SIS around the globe. They expect the Symposium in Lublin to be equally successful and would like to invite you to submit your abstract and participate. You can find the abstract template and guidelines here.

Oral and poster presentations are welcome. If you require special invitation or have other questions, please contact Girma Biresaw at girma.biresaw@usda.gov. Please make sure to select the “Surfactants in Tribology” track when submitting your abstract at the SIS2020 website.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Congratulations on our new Emeritus members!

Every year, AOCS members who have maintained their membership with the Society for 35 consecutive years and meet the requirements for retired membership are considered for Emeritus membership. For 2020, we are excited to announce sixteen new Emeritus members.

What does Emeritus membership include? All the amazing benefits of AOCS membership, but for FREE!

Learn more about Emeritus Membership and join me in congratulating our Class of 2020 Emeritus members.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Class of 2020 Emeritus Members
Ken Beery, member since 1985
Michael Cox, member since 1983
Frank J. Flider, member since 1975
Bill Hausmann, member since 1976
Ed Hunter, member since 1983
Dharma R. Kodali, member since 1982
Firouz Madadnoee, member since 1984
Rodney J. Mailer, member since 1983
Steve Misner, member since 1984
Andy Proctor, member since 1984
Ian Purtle, member since 1983
Kiyotaka Sato, member since 1985
Vijai K.S. Shukla, member since 1985
Dennis K. Strayer, member since 1974
Frank Veldkamp, member since 1984
Earl D. Weak, member since 1982

When I asked for favorite AOCS memories, Dennis Strayer, retired from Bunge North America, shared:
“Upon reflection, I realized that all of my interactions with AOCS were memorable and no single thing stands out more than any other. I always (and still do) look forward each month to the Journals and INFORM, as it is an opportunity to learn and expand my technical knowledge. And likewise, I always look forward each year to the annual meetings as an opportunity to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new ones as well as getting a chance to see the see and learn about the latest developments in our industry. I always made a point at each meeting to introduce myself to at least one member I had not met yet in our society and learn as much as I could about that person from that meeting.
And I would like to add, that inform|connect has been a tremendous success, as it adds a new dimension to the Society as it allows for daily interaction with the Society and the members that was difficult to achieve in the past. I applaud the Society for this activity and the effort that goes into it."

Thank you all for your dedication to the Society! 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Nominations are open for the 2020 AOCS Division officer election!

Divisions are at the forefront of all member activities. Division officers help to develop networking activities, webinars and Annual Meeting programming for your Division.

Nominate a colleague or yourself and have a voice in the future of your Division. Each Division is governed by an elected, three-person Executive Steering Committee:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Secretary-Treasurer

The term of office is one year; however, a member may serve in an officer position for three consecutive terms.

What does each member of the committee do?

Chairperson

  • Appoints Division members to do the following:
  • Oversee the Division awards program
  • Serve as newsletter editor
  • Oversee other Division activities, as needed
  • Reports on the status of awards and newsletter activities to the Division's Executive Steering Committee
  • Represents the Division and its interests at Division Council meetings


Vice-Chairperson

  • Chairs the Division's technical programming committee; appoints Division members to assist in program development
  • Serves on the AOCS Program Committee
  • Reports pertinent details concerning the upcoming AOCS Annual Meeting technical program to the Division's Executive Steering Committee
  • Assumes duties of Chairperson when necessary


Secretary-Treasurer

  • Takes minutes of Division's Executive Steering Committee meetings
  • Reviews Division financials with AOCS staff and reports activities to the Division's Executive Committee
  • Appoints a Division member to oversee networking events
  • Submits a written report in July that summarizes the activities of the previous year, in consultation with the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson
  • Prepares a budget reflecting the Division's future program plans with income and expense projections with the written report


Submit the names of potential candidates by Friday, January 31. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged! Ballots will be sent to Division members in mid-February.