The American Society for Microbiology (“ASM”) chooses Dr. Suresh Pillai as one of its Distinguished lecturers for the ASMDL roster. Only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers are chosen through a competitive nomination process. Lecturers present at ASM Branch meetings throughout the U.S. ASMDL lecturers also participate in career development and mentoring activities at Branch meetings that benefit students, postdocs and early career scientists.
Lucas Haskins and Nooran Riaz, seniors in the Department of Food Science and Technology have received Senior Merit Awards from the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Presented by the College for over 50 years, these awards recognize the best of the best graduating seniors.
The selection criteria for Senior Merit Awards include scholarship, Texas A&M activities, community involvement, professional and civic activities, internships and employment, awards, honors and undergraduate research activities and publications.
International Food Security Award in Honor of W.K. Kellogg and Bor S. Luh
Joseph Awika is the recipient of the 2021 International Food Security Award in Honor of W.K. Kellogg and Bor S. Luh. Awika, a professor at Texas A&M since 2008, works to develop and transfer food science and technology knowledge to enhance the food security of developing economies. He uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines postharvest and food processing technologies with plant genetics and human nutrition research. This strategy helps to develop grain-based food product value chains that address food and nutrition security needs among vulnerable populations, with the primary crops of focus being sorghum and cowpea. His work has made a significant impact on the economies of numerous African countries, where the technologies have advanced high-quality, locally produced and processed foods with enhanced nutritional properties and broad consumer appeal. Awika’s research in cereal science has resulted in 71 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, and two books. Additionally, he is heavily engaged in reviewing articles for numerous journals, including Food Chemistry, Food Hydrocolloids, and Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. He currently serves as editor of the Journal of Cereal Science and was the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship in 2018/2019.
For more information: 2021 IFT Achievement Awards
Congratulations to Allison Brenner, Bethany Gawalis, Paloma Hernandez, Nooran Riaz, Jacob Wester-Jones and Kelly Young on their receipt of the 2021 Longhorn Institute of Food Technologists Scholarships. These scholarships recognize their academic achievement, leadership and a demonstrated commitment to the field of food science and technology.