AACC International Announces Top Honors

October 1, 2009
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Peter Wood from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Center for Food and Animal Research, was named this year's recipient of the prestigious William F. Geddes Memorial Award, which is one of the highest given by St. Paul, Minn.-based AACC International.

The award was handed out during AACC International’s recent annual meeting in Baltimore.

Created in 1961 in recognition of the leadership and dedication of the late William F. Geddes, the award honors the zeal and unselfish industry of an individual member and emphasizes the importance of his or her contributions to the work of the society.
In addition, Jon DeVries received the Edith Christenson Award for Outstanding Contributions in Analytical Methods. The award honors scientific and technical contributions that have advanced the grain science field. DeVries, a senior principal scientist at General Mills, serves as senior technical manager for Medallion Laboratories. DeVries has been active in quality-related research and analytical work for more than 40 years, including activity in food safety, nutrition and packaging.

Mirko Bunzel was awarded the association's Young Scientist Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in basic and applied research to cereal science with the expectation that contributions will continue. Bunzel is an associate professor and the General Mills Endowed Land Grant Chair in Cereal Chemistry and Technology at the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

Mike Gidley received the Alsberg-French-Schoch Lectureship Award for distinguished contributions to fundamental starch research. This award, sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association, honors chemists who have made superior contributions to fundamental starch science. Gidley is director of the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences University of Queensland, where he has active research programs in the areas of naturally structured foods, biopolymer materials science, micronutrient identification and bioactivities, and the behavior of food in the digestive tract.

The 2009 AACC International Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Steve Mulvaney, a professor of food processing and engineering in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University. This award honors an AACC International member and teacher who has made significant contributions through teaching in the broad field of cereal science and technology.

Barry McCleary, chief executive officer for Megazyme International Ireland Ltd., received the Applied Research Award. This award is given to an individual or team for their significant body of distinguished contributions to the application of science in the cereals area. Within Megazyme, his specific aim is to develop improved analytical methodology for the cereals, food and beverage industries. McCleary also serves as adjunct professor at the University of Sydney.

Jan Delcour, a full professor in the laboratory of food chemistry and biochemistry at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, has received the Thomas Burr Osborne Medal. His research focuses on starch, non-starch polysaccharide and protein constituents of cereals, as well as on plant and microbial enzyme systems converting such constituents. This award, established in 1926, recognizes distinguished contributions in the field of cereal chemistry.

Recipients of the medal also are accorded the status of AACC International Fellow.
Larry Johnson was named AACC International Fellow in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cereal science and technology. The award honors achievements in research, industry, leadership, education, administration, communication or regulatory affairs. Since 1985, Johnson has served as director of the Food Protein R&D Center of Texas A&M University.

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