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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 10 - October 26, 1995

Lynn Nystrom, director of news and external relations, College of Engineering, has received the 1995 Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Press Women. She has been a member of VPW since 1984 and currently serves as VPW's first vice-president.

Five Extension agents were recently recognized by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. They are Lance Kauf of Clarke County, Jerry Swisher of Augusta County, and Spencer Tinsley of Bedford County each received the Distinguished Service Award. Karen Carter of Henrico County and Gary Larrowe of Carroll County each received the Achievement Award.

James R. Claus, professor in food science and technology, recently received the American Meat Science Association's AMSA Achievement Award. Claus is one of three people 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 another group member, received a certificate for "Recognition for Excellence in Education."

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, is titled "Incorporation of modified butter oil into high fat dairy products: Ice cream manufactured with cholesterol-reduced reformulated cream."

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.