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.

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