Thursday, February 11, 2021

Spotlight on Robert A. Moreau, recipient of the 2021 A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award

Robert A. Moreau, will receive the 2021 A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award, This award, sponsored by Cargill Inc., recognizes long-term, distinguished service to AOCS in a variety of positions of significant responsibility. It is the Society’s highest service award. 

This spotlight will help you to get to know him better.

Robert A. Moreau received his BA from Boston University in 1974, and his doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 1979. He has recently retired after a distinguished research career at the Eastern Regional Research Center, USDA, ARS, in Wyndmoor, PA.  including service as a US Delegate to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Fats and Oils. He received the AOCS Fellow award in 2009. He was also recognized with the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton award in 2006 for significant contributions to the analysis of fats, oils and related products; and the Alton E. Bailey Award in 2015 for outstanding research contributions and exceptional service.

His extensive contributions to the AOCS community include serving as a member of the AOCS Governing Board for 13 years, an associate editor for Lipids for 23 years, and as a contributing editor for INFORM for more than a decade. I started my career as a plant biochemist.   

Can you tell us about your research?

I started my career as a plant biochemist.   During the last twenty years, most of my research has involved developing processes to obtain and analyze edible oil and health-promoting lipids (phytosterols, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and carotenoids) from corn and other grains when they are used to make the primary product of fuel ethanol.

What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award?

I was pleased and humbled.

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

During the last twenty years it was an honor to work with so many fine people, both staff and volunteer leaders.   I learned a lot about leadership by "soaring with the eagles."

Congratulations Dr. Moreau, and thank you for your inspiration and service!

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