April Dinner Meeting Institute of Food Technologists Minnesota Section

MN IFT Section Announcements

Wiedmann Wins 2015 Macy Award

Every year the IFT Minnesota section awards The Macy Award. The award, established in 1981, is given annually to recognize an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists or technologists in any two of the following: academic, government, and private industry. The purpose of the award is to advance the profession and practice of food technology and to honor Harold Macy, former Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota and a Founding Member of IFT. The award consists of a plaque, $2,500 honorarium, and travel expenses.

This year, the Macy Award Committee will recognize Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Professor at Cornell University, with the Macy Award. Dr. Wiedmann is being recognized for research interests focus on farm-to-table food safety and the molecular biology and transmission of foodborne and zoonotic pathogens within food systems. He has had far reaching impact in a variety of food safety areas, but most prominently through research and outreach that has internationally accelerated the use of molecular biology and genomics tools in food microbiology and food safety. His research program is internationally recognized and his team has published over 270 peer reviewed publications, which have been cited more than 7,700 times with 14 of his publications have been cited more than 100 times. Dr. Wiedmann has also been invited to give over 200 presentations across the industry.

The March 17th meeting of the Minnesota Section IFT will be honoring Dr. Wiedmann as the 2015 winner of the Macy Award.

2014 Suppliers Expo Success

Thank you to this year’s volunteers, attendees and exhibitors for making the 40th annual Supplier’s Expo a huge success! A record number of attendees interacted with more than 275 exhibitors at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday October 28. Volunteers from the industry and the U of MN dedicated hundreds of hours to make the show meaningful to both exhibitors and attendees.

Booth space sold out this year, so mark your calendars for next year’s show on October 28, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Look for Registration details starting Summer 2015!


Congratulations to our newly elected officers for the 2014-2015 MN Section:
Chair Elect – Sharon Herzog, Grain Miller Consumer Products
Administration and Documentation Chair – Dan Kennedy, DuPont Nutrition and Health
Membership Chair – Dr. Brad Wright – General Mills
Section Representatives:
BethAnn Nylander
Dr. Fernando Sampedro Parra – University of Minnesota
Dr. Craig Sherwin – Davisco Foods International

Great Plains Subsection:
Chair – Dr. K. Muthukumarappan, SDSU
Chair Elect – Lin Wei, SDSU

Thank you to all those who were willing to be a part of the Executive Committee and participated in this years election. We are still looking for people to help on our committees. If you’re interested in networking and volunteering, please contact Cherie Jones at cherie.jones@kraftfoods.com.
This is your opportunity to make an impact on our Section.

Your Section – Section of Excellence!

Congratulations to the members and officers of the Minnesota Section of the IFT! The Section is one of the 15 sections that has been recognized by the National office as ‘The Section of Excellence’ for FY 2011-12. This award recognizes the efforts that the volunteers have put forth to serve the broader membership in this region. It symbolizes the section’s commitment to IFT, the section members, and the food science and technology profession. To learn more about the award, take a look at the Award Letter.

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On April 28th, MN-IFT held their annual Student Recognition Night to honor outstanding students of the section. Scholarship awards were presented to students in the following categories; Undergraduate, Graduate, Travel, and the Elwood F. Caldwell Volunteer Service.

The evening also recognized the winners of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences State Competition Award Winners. Congratulations to all of the outstanding recipients!!

Click Here to view the winners.