In our final post celebrating Volunteer Week, AOCS would like to thank our outgoing Division Executive Steering Committee Members.
AOCS Divisions are responsible for putting the “family” in #AOCSisfamily. It is thanks to the Division Volunteers’ hard work when organizing social events at Annual Meetings and when developing the Annual Meeting program that enables members to build connections, both professional and personal.
Thank you to the following leaders, listed by Division, that are stepping down from their volunteer service on a Division Executive Steering Committee.
Sneh Bhandari, Merieux Nutrisciences, USA, was a Chair from 2013 to 2014 and again from 2017 to 2020. He also served as Vice Chair from 2012 to 2013 and again from 2016 to 2017. Sneh was also the Secretary-Treasurer from 2014 to 2016. We thank him for his 8 years of leadership to the Division.
Lu-Kwang (Luke) Ju, The University of Akron, USA, was mostly recently a chair from 2018 to 2020, following his Vice Chair tenure from 2016 to 2018. Luke started his service as a Secretary-Treasurer from 2015 to 2016
Jay Shockey, USDA ARS SRRC, USA served as Secretary-Treasurer from 2018 to 2020.
INDUSTRIAL OIL PRODUCTS
Eric Cochran, Iowa State University, USA, served as Vice-Chair from 2018 to 2020
LIPID OXIDATION AND QUALITY
Jill Moser, US Department of Agriculture, USA, served as Chair from 2018 to 2020 while also serving as Division Council Chair. Before that, she served as Vice Chair from 2017 to 2018.
Bingcan Chen, North Dakota State University, USA, served as Secretary-Treasurer from 2018 to 2020.
Mabel Tomás, CIDCA-UNLP, Argentina, served as Chair from 2018 to 2020 and before that, served as Vice Chair from 2016 to 2018.
PROTEIN AND CO-PRODUCTS
Buddhi Lamsal, Iowa State University, USA, served as Chair from 2018 to 2020. Previously, he served as Vice Chair from 2016 to 2017 and Secretary-Treasurer from 2015 to 2016.
SURFACTANTS AND DETERGENTS
Rajan (Raj) Panandiker, The Procter and Gamble Co., USA, served as Chair from 2018 to 2020 and before that, as Vice Chair from 2016 to 2017.
You’ll notice these leaders tend to spend a significant amount of time in their volunteer position – many remain involved for three or more years. Several also climb the ranks within a division. At Annual Meetings, you can see these generous volunteers genuinely enjoy the time they spend serving as a Division Executive Steering Committee Member. What’s more, besides the fun of it, volunteering with Divisions is a proven method of networking!
Learn more about Divisions and if you want to get involved, contact a Division Chair or complete this form. As a note for those seeking involvement in the Division Executive Steering Committee, it’s often helpful to first start serving on an award selection committee, as a newsletter editor or as a session chair.