Here’s whats going on…………..

Congratulations to the Food Science College Bowl Team, including our own Maria Moore,  who won the Southeast IFT College Bowl Regionals, held at Clemson University, Saturday, April 8th, 2017. They will now compete at the National IFT meeting, June 25-28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Congratulations! Sarah Willett, M. S. student, will receive the 2017 Biotechnology Division Student Best Paper Award at the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases during the Biotechnology Division dinner held on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 pm, Orlando, FL.
Dr. Akoh is going on a 6 months leave of absence (a.k.a., sabbatical) as Otto Mønsted Visiting/Guest Professor at Technical University of Denmark (DTU), 2800 Kongens, Lyngby, Denmark, March – September, 2017. He will teach some topics in lipids, conduct research, and build international research collaborations between DTU and UGA in the area of lipid science. He will be with the DTU Food in the Research Group for Bioactives – Analysis, and Application headed by Professor Charlotte Jacobsen.
 Sarah Willett. M.S. student, will receive the John J. Powers Scholarship at the annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 5 from 3-5 pm in room 473 of the Tate Student Center.  This is an annual scholarship given to Graduate Student(s) majoring in Food Science at The University of Georgia and is based on academic achievements and leadership qualities.
Maria Moore’s exciting new paper: Enzymatic Interesterication of Coconut and High Oleic Sunower Oils for Edible Film Application has been accepted by the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS) and is now available online. Additionally, Maria has been selected to receive the Toledo Graduate Student Support Award and the UGA IFTSA Graduate Student Leadership Award, to be presented Wednesday, April 5 from 3-5 pm in room 473 of the Tate Student Center and at the Student Leadership Recognition night at Alabama A&M on April 11, respectively. 

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“a boy for you, a girl for me……….”

Welcome Adam and Zoe, born January, 27th, 2017 to proud parents and our very own alumna, Leslie Kleiner, Congragulations!!!


Dilek Turan Cilek, Visiting Scholar, 2011, had a son, Timucin, born January 18,  2017. 8 pounds and14 ounces! She is married, living in  Brooklyn, New York and working as Food Safety Supervisor at
DO&CO, an international airline catering company. Best wishes!!!




Molly Sproston won 2nd place in the Biotechnology Division Student Abstract Award Contest at the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Annual Meeting and Expo held May 1-4, 2016 for her work titled “Enzymatic Modification of Anhydrous Milkfat with n-3 and n-6 Fatty Acids for Potential Use in Infant Formula: A Comparison of Methods”. She was present to receive her award at the Biotechnology Division Dinner, May 3, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Ki-Teak Lee, 1st Ph.D. student to graduate under Dr. Casimir C. Akoh, was awarded the Timothy L. Mounts Award, sponsored by Bunge North America, at this years 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held May 1–4, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This award recognizes research relating to the science and technology of edible oils, both basic and applied in nature.

Molly Sproston has been selected to receive the Toledo Graduate Student Support Award. This is a cash award established in honor of Dr. Romeo Toledo who retired from the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology in 2007. Congratulations Molly!

Congratulations to Lucy and Joe Zou (Long Zou) with the new addition of Mandy Zou, born November 14th, 2015 at 2:55 pm, 4 lb 12 oz and 18.5 inches long. Mom and baby are doing very well. Best wishes from the Akoh Lab. Go to the photo gallery to view the beautiful new bundle of joy.

Dr. Akoh received two new awards. The World Academy of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (WABAB) honored Dr. Akoh as Fellow/WABAB Academician, with his election by the International Society of Biocatalysis and Biotechnology (ISBAB) in recognition of his outstanding and innovative contributions to lipid biotechnology, structured lipids, functional and healthful lipids research at their 11th International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology held in Banff, Alberta, Canada, on September 14, 2015. Dr. Akoh also received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nigeria (UNN) Alumni and Friends Association, USA, in recognition of his scholarly contributions in the fields of Food Chemistry and Food Biochemistry at their annual meeting held in Chicago, IL, on September 19, 2015. The award honors UNN alumni who have made significant contributions to his or her profession.

Congratulations to The UGA IFTSA College Bowl, of which, Ebenezer Ifeduba is a member. The team won the 2015 Southeast Area competition held Saturday, March 28, at the University of Florida. The University of Georgia team went undefeated in all rounds.

Ebenezer Ifeduba was the recipient of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) 2015
Edible Applications Technology Division Student Award. This award recognizes outstanding research in Edible Applications Technology.

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