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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 08 - October 12, 1995

James R. Claus, professor in food science and technology, recently received the American Meat Science Association's AMSA Achievement Award. He was one of three recognized this year. The award recognizes and fosters development of young AMSA members from academic institutions, industry, and government who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research/technology that contributes to the animal products industry and the American Meat Science Association.

Claus also made three reciprocation presentations on "Methods for the objective measurement of meat production texture" to the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in San Antonio, Texas. An educational poster prepared by the Muscle Foods Group, with particular credit to Claus and Stephen J. Schwarz, received a certificate for "Recognition for Excellence in Education" by David Anderson, president of the American Meat Science Association and Bill Henning, chair of this year's Reciprocal Meat Science Conference.

Dairy, Food, and Environmental Sanitation recently accepted a publication co-authored by Susan E. Duncan, a food science and technology professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Science. The article written by Duncan and two co-authors titled "Incorporation of modified butteroil into high fat dairy products: Ice cream manufactured with cholesterol-reduced reformulated cream," is expected to be printed in October.

Duncan is chair of the Carolina-Virginia section of the Institute of Food Technologists, an organization with more than 500 members.

The American Meat Science Association recently presented its Signal Service Award to Norman G. Marriott, Extension food scientist and professor of food science. It is the second highest award presented by the organization, and it is based on service to the association and to the meat science profession.

Marriott was also elected to the board of directors of the American Meat Science Association at its recent International Congress of Meat Science and Technology.

Faculty members of the Department of Food Science and Technology organized the ninth annual Dairy Quality Control Conference in Blacksburg September 19 and 20. The conference drew nearly all dairy processors in the state, as well as state and federal regulatory officials.

Organizing the conference were William Eigel, Susan E. Duncan, Joseph Marcy and Cameron Hackney. Among the speakers were L. Andy Swiger, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Charles G. Stallings, Hackney, Duncan, and Eigel, all of the food sciences department; and Greg Boardman, associate professor of civil engineering.

Merle D. Pierson, professor of food science and technology, gave three invited presentations to the first Australian Conference on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points in Paramatta, Australia, September 4 and 5.

Joseph Marcy, associate professor of food science, and Scott Keller, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Food Science and Technology, made presentations to the Advances in Aseptic Processing and Packaging Technologies symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark, September 11 and 12. Marcy's presentation was titled "Closure integrity testing of heat sealed aseptic packaging using scanning acoustic microscopy." Keller's presentation concerned "Packaging integrity testing: aerosol versus immersion." The Center for Aseptic Processing and Packaging Studies sponsored the attendance of both presenters.

A talk examining ways to increase the shelf life of fluid milk was prepared by Department of Food Science and Technology faculty and staff members. The talk, "Dairy Quality Audits Update," was prepared by Susan Duncan, assistant professor, Cameron Hackney, professor, Walter Hartman, plant manager of the department's processing facility, and Harriet Williams, research associate.

Kathy Sevebeck, natural resources educator in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, has been selected as the executive editor and publisher of Forest Fragment, the newsletter of the Virginia Urban Forest Council. The quarterly newsletter is mailed to over 3,000 readers nationwide.

Recently, Sevebeck, who is the secretary of the Virginia Association for Environment Education, presented papers at two environmental education conferences. "Using the Karst Groundwater Model" was delivered at the sixth annual Environmental Literacy conference in Arlington this summer. "Using Non-Formal Educators to Fieldtest Curricula" was the title of the session she presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education's International conference in Portland, Maine, in September.

Sevebeck served as the Mid-Atlantic Fieldtest Coordinator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), a national environmental education curriculum and was part of the curriculum-writing team.

Steven Cox, a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil Engineering Department, has been awarded scholarships from the Air and Waste Management Association and the Southwest Virginia Solid Waste Management Association. Cox, whose doctoral field is environmental engineering, is conducting research in resource recovery and waste minimization.