Friday, January 21, 2022

Congratulations to newly minted Emeritus AOCS member: Teruyoshi Yanagita

Each year the AOCS Governing Board has the honor of approving long-term members for Emeritus status. Emeritus Members are those members who either meet qualifications for Retired Member and have completed 35 years of membership in the Society or are Retired Members who have served as a past President, won the AOCS Award of Merit winner or A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award winner, and have been accepted as an Emeritus Member with the approval of two-thirds of the Governing Board.

AOCS membership dues are free for the rest of Emeritus members' lives.

In 2022, 23 AOCS members achieved Emeritus membership. We will be spotlighting many of them throughout January.

Meet Teruyoshi Yanagita

Dr. Teruyoshi Yanagita

Dr. Teruyoshi Yanagita is currently an invited professor in Saga University, visiting professor of NishiKyushu University and Ocean University of China, and a director of Saga Food & Cosmetic Laboratory.

Dr. Yanagita received a Ph.D. from Kyushu University in 1975. He was a professor at Saga University where he served as Department Chair and Director of the Research and Innovation Center of Saga University. He also served as a research associate at University of Virginia and visiting professor in several countries. He moved to NishiKyushu University in 2012, where he served as Dean of Faculty of Health and Nutrition. He served as vice-president of the Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science (JSNFS).

Dr. Yanagita has been a member of AOCS since 1987 and has participated in many AOCS Annual Meeting & Expos. He served as symposium organizer and speaker of the AOCS-JOCS Joint Meeting held in Cincinnati (2004), Quebec (2006) and San Antonio (2014). He received many AOCS Awards, including Best Paper Awards (honorarium from the International Lecithin & PL Society and PL Division) in 2009 and Outstanding Presentation Award several times.

He has received other numerous scientific awards, including

  • Academic Research Award 2006 from the Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science; 
  • Lands Award 2017 from the Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition;
  • Fellow Award from the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry in 2016;
  • Best Paper Award from BBB in 2014.

Dr. Yanagita has authored over 300 peer review papers, 45 book chapters and 5 edited books, including “Dietary Fats and Risk of Common Disease” published by AOCS Press in 2006.

How has your membership and involvement with AOCS influenced your career?

I am so happy to have met many good friends at the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. In Addition, I am happy to say that we have worked together on several projects.

What advice do you have for early-career scientists/researchers who are at the start of their careers?

Good ideas make good results.

Congratulations, Dr. Yanagita, and thank you for your contributions to AOCS and the scientific community! Learn more about the different types of AOCS membership.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Congratulations to newly minted Emeritus AOCS member: Richard McDonald

Each year the AOCS Governing Board has the honor of approving long-term members for Emeritus status. Emeritus Members are those members who either meet qualifications for Retired Member and have completed 35 years of membership in the Society or are Retired Members who have served as a past President, won the AOCS Award of Merit winner or A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award winner, and have been accepted as an Emeritus Member with the approval of two-thirds of the Governing Board.

AOCS membership dues are free for the rest of Emeritus members' lives.

In 2022, 23 AOCS members achieved Emeritus membership. We will be spotlighting many of them throughout January.

Meet Richard McDonald

Tom Crosby
Richard earned a B.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. at Michigan State University, all in food science and nutrition. He served three years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, including service in Vietnam as senior advisor to the Vietnamese Navy on river gunboats in the Mekong Delta and U Minh Forest.

He worked almost 5 years at Miles Laboratories, Elkhart, IN, as a senior scientist and almost 5 years at Nestle, SA, in New Milford, CT, as a manager in charge of analytical chemistry and ingredient development. He held the position of senior scientist for almost 35 years at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Bedford Park, IL. For the last 20 years, he was Director, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology, at the FDA. He retired in December 2020.

He was a founding member of the AOCS Analytical Division, serving as its first organizing chairman.

How has your membership and involvement with AOCS influenced your career?

Membership in AOCS provided numerous opportunities for my professional development as a lipid chemist in the FDA. I was able to form partnerships and initiate collaborations that were essential in advancing my career at FDA.

What advice do you have for early-career scientists/researchers who are at the start of their careers?

Work hard but keep your priorities in focus. Treat others how you want to be treated. Always be faithful to God, your family, co-workers and friends. 

Congratulations, Richard, and thank you for your contributions to AOCS and the scientific community! Learn more about the different types of AOCS membership.

Monday, January 17, 2022

AOCS Corporate Member Spotlight: BTSA

Clara Chun, Customer Success Manager at AOCS, talked with Jaclyn Fleischmann, Sales Manager at BTSA, a global company based in Spain with over 25 years of experience developing natural ingredients.

They discussed BTSA's products, including the world's first organic antioxidant, as well as what Jaclyn thinks will be the biggest challenges for BTSA in 2022.

What type of products/services does your company provide?

Since 1994, BTSA has specialized in producing natural antioxidant solutions and natural vitamin E using physical methods – distillation (versus chemical solvent extraction) from non-GMO vegetable sources. We solve oxidation issues and help with extending shelf-life, while protecting products from physical degradation, at a low cost-in-use.

What differentiates your company from companies in the same space?

Jaclyn Fleischmann, Sales Manager, BTSA.

At BTSA, we use physical distillation, a much cleaner method to carefully extract the tocopherols and natural vitamin whereas all of our competitors use chemical solvent extraction which can leave the final product with residuals solvents.

We have perfected many ways to produce our products to have the utmost efficacy while making the product extremely easy to use in a production setting. All products plated on powder use proprietary methods to achieve the highest actives-to-powder ratio in our industry. 

We are also the leader in innovative solutions. Our antioxidant blends are cutting edge, easy to work with and highly effective.

What are some recent innovations your company is most proud of?

We recently released the world’s first organic antioxidant TOCOBIOL® ORGANIC. To date, there is no other organic certified tocopherol-based antioxidant on the market.

TOCOBIOL® ORGANIC is the first tocopherol-based antioxidant certified organic by the National Organic Program (NOP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the European equivalent of EU Regulation 834/2007. TOCOBIOL® ORGANIC is a unique antioxidant, developed and manufactured in Spain exclusively by BTSA.

Fast facts about this product:

  • Unlimited use in organic products.
  • Manufactured in Spain.
  • Made exclusively by BTSA.

What do you think will be the biggest challenges for your company next year?

The biggest challenge for our company next year will be to continue to reduce our carbon footprint and becoming more sustainable by focusing on being an active part of the circular economy and continuing to improve our company based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

With the current production model, the world is depleting natural resources and abusing non-renewable energies, which is why the circular economy is gaining so much importance. The objective is to leave behind the linear model and replace it with another that allows product life extension or gives products a second life to reduce the use of raw materials, optimize the materials and reduce the amount of waste generated.

Here at BTSA, we are working hard to achieve these goals and will continue to challenge ourselves in 2022.

Why is AOCS Corporate Membership important to your organization?

AOCS Corporate Membership is important to our organization because it gives us the ability to stay up to date with new innovations and technologies while keeping us connected with industry professionals.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Congratulations to newly minted Emeritus AOCS member: Rob Ariaansz

Each year the AOCS Governing Board has the honor of approving long-term members for Emeritus status. Emeritus Members are those members who either meet qualifications for Retired Member and have completed 35 years of membership in the Society or are Retired Members who have served as a past President, won the AOCS Award of Merit winner or A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award winner, and have been accepted as an Emeritus Member with the approval of two-thirds of the Governing Board.

AOCS membership dues are free for the rest of Emeritus members' lives.

In 2022, 23 AOCS members achieved Emeritus membership. We will be spotlighting many of them throughout January.

Meet Rob Ariaansz

Rob Ariaansz
After his study of organic chemistry and military service, Rob joined the Dutch office of the Harshaw Chemical Company as an Assistant Sales Manager in the Catalyst Division in 1981.

Soon, he got involved with fats and oils and oleochemicals, as well as with a wide variety of other catalytic processes. In 1985, Rob became Product Manager for fats and oils hydrogenation catalysts.

After the acquisition of Harshaw by Engelhard and later on by BASF, he stayed intimately involved with the fats and oils and oleochemical industry.

How has your membership and involvement with AOCS influenced your career?

In my job, I was fortunate to be able to travel to customers all over the world. In the 1980s, it was decided to transfer production for fats and oils hydrogenation catalysts from the USA to the brand-new facilities in The Netherlands. We developed dedicated types for the US customers. At that time, my colleague and mentor, the late Bob Hastert (former AOCS President), thought it was high time for me to join the AOCS.

I got a chance to participate in many short courses and congresses as a lecturer and to contribute to the Lipid Library. On a number of occasions, I was asked to review publications. Also, we, as a company, organized various training sessions and product presentations all over the world, often together with other companies associated with fats and oils processing.

What advice do you have for early-career scientists/researchers who are at the start of their careers?

The first AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo I attended was the one in Hawaii in 1986. What a wonderful experience that was! From that time on, I joined practically each and every Annual Meeting in the USA and Canada. It was always a great chance to meet customers and other people involved with the processing of fats and oils and of course to stay abreast of new developments.

In addition, the Annual Meetings offered a convenient opportunity to travel to our labs and production facilities in the USA to keep in touch with colleagues.

Congratulations, Rob, and thank you for your contributions to AOCS and the scientific community! Learn more about the different types of AOCS membership.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Congratulations to newly minted Emeritus AOCS member: Tom Crosby

Each year the AOCS Governing Board has the honor of approving long-term members for Emeritus status. Emeritus Members are those members who either meet qualifications for Retired Member and have completed 35 years of membership in the Society or are Retired Members who have served as a past President, won the AOCS Award of Merit winner or A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award winner, and have been accepted as an Emeritus Member with the approval of two-thirds of the Governing Board.

AOCS membership dues are free for the rest of Emeritus members' lives.

In 2022, 23 AOCS members achieved Emeritus membership. We will be spotlighting many of them throughout January.

Meet Tom Crosby

Tom Crosby

Tom is a chemical engineer who received his degrees from Rutgers University. He has over 40 years of experience in process and product development in foods and pharmaceuticals. He has held senior leadership positions in the CPG area for Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo Frito-Lay as well as in the commodity oils area for Bunge. 

He is an inventor or co-inventor on a number of food and pharmaceutical patents as well as authored a few book chapters and served on the editorial board for the 5th and 6th editions of Bailey's Industrial Oil and Fat Products. He is now semi-retired, consulting for Crossroads Innovations LLC.

How has your membership and involvement with AOCS influenced your career?

I have been an active AOCS member since 1983. During these 39 years, AOCS publications, books and journals, and methods of analysis enabled us to build a unique specialized library in the fields of oils, fats and related materials. This library had a significant impact on research and innovation at our institute and other faculties and research institutions in Sudan. 

Personally, my AOCS membership gave me valuable access to continued education and to gain acquaintance of many distinguished scientists and researchers in the oils and fats industry.

What advice do you have for early-career scientists/researchers who are at the start of their careers?

Be sure to know what you want to achieve and always be part of a multidisciplinary team. Membership in AOCS and similar distinguished platforms of knowledge is your lifeline, so be sure to join and actively participate. 

Always make the service of your community as one of your top priorities and keep a record of your achievements to monitor your progress.

Congratulations, Tom, and thank you for your contributions to AOCS and the scientific community! Learn more about the different types of AOCS membership.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Make a difference in the AOCS community — volunteer today

Volunteer with AOCS

AOCS Divisions, Sections and Common Interest Groups are looking for volunteers to fill leadership team positions! These groups are at the forefront of all members activities. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to connect with new colleagues and develop your professional profile.

Leadership team members help develop networking events and interest area-focused activities and content like Midweek Mixers, AOCS Webinars and AOCS Annual Meeting programming.

Deadline to show your interest: February 14.

Sign up for a volunteer role.

Open Leadership Team Positions

Leadership team members are voted upon by the respective AOCS community, with Division elections occurring in March of every year. Division positions are 1-year terms with a maximum of three consecutive 1-year terms. AOCS membership and Division, Section, and/or CIG membership is required.

Questions? Email William Stanton, Manager, Member Communities and Engagement. We can help you find a role that's right for you.

  • Chairperson/President
    • Leads meetings and suggests when meetings should be held
    • Attends other meetings of the Society as a representative of the group
    • Works with other members of the leadership team to determine the priorities of the group
    • Identifies volunteers to coordinate programs, including awards, webinars and mentoring programs
    • Writes a chair message for 2 newsletters per year
    • Identifies future topics and ideas for AOCS to consider
  • Vice-Chairperson/Vice-President
    • Divisions only: AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo Technical Program Committee Chair for the Division
      • Develop session topics, titles and description
      • Identifies and secures session chairs
      • Works closely with the Division leadership team to execute the technical program for the annual meeting
    • Sections and CIGs
      • Attends meetings and actively participates in support of the good of the group
      • Leads programs or activities, as delegated by the chair
  • Secretary-Treasurer/Secretary
    • Takes the minutes and/or action items from any meeting of the leadership team and provides them to AOCS
    • Reviews the financial activity, if requested by AOCS staff, to ensure the financial health of the group
    • Coordinates any networking or social event held during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo

Sign up today to contribute your voice to the AOCS community.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Registration is now open for the 2022 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo!

Register here

The AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is the premier international science and business forum on fats, oils, surfactants, proteins and related materials.

We will be live and online, May 1–4, 2022! Choose to participate in person in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, or remotely — our user-friendly platform will seamlessly integrate more than 600 oral and poster presentations from around the world.

Abstracts are still being accepted through January 13. Submit your abstract today.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to grow your scientific network while learning the latest research and technological developments.

Register now