The AOCS Award of Merit recognizes an AOCS Member who has displayed leadership in administrative activities, meritorious service on AOCS committees or performed an outstanding activity or service. We are delighted to announce that the 2021 AOCS Award of Merit will be awarded to Fereidoon Shahidi.
Plan to attend Dr. Shahidi's award presentation on April 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. CDT (Chicago USA; UTC-5). You can join the livestream on our website, on FaceBook Live, or on YouTube Live. The abstract for his presentation is at the end of this blog post.
Dr. Shahidi is a research professor in the department of biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests are in nutraceuticals and functional foods with particular attention to lipids, proteins, polyphenols, natural antioxidants and oxidation control.
He has authored over 1,000 research papers and 10 patents. He has also written and edited 76 books including the 6th and 7th edition of Bailey’s Industrial Oil & Fat Products. He is one of the most highly cited scientists in the food science area and has been recognized by numerous awards including the AOCS Stephen S. Chang Award, Alton E. Bailey Award and the Supelco AOCS Research Award.
Dr. Shahidi been part of the AOCS community since 1992 and has served in numerous committees including the INFORM editorial advisory committee. In leadership roles with both the Protein and Co-products Division and the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division he has brought a level of excellence to AOCS programming.
His legacy extends to the training of some 100 highly qualified PhD and MSc students, and his mentorship of postdoctoral fellows and visiting professors. His former students are now in key positions in academia, industry and governments in over a dozen countries around the world.
Dr. Shahidi is the most deserving individual to receive the Merit Award of the AOCS for his lifetime impact on lipid science and technology and on the AOCS through his contributions and achievements.