Featured sessions

Opening Celebration: The Gateway to the Future of Our Industry

Sunday, May 5
4–5:30 p.m.
Ferrara Theatre

Attend this must-see opening session to recognize the achievements of our members. AOCS President Len Sidisky and AOCS President-elect Eric Decker will recognize Society and Scientific Award winners.

Ainissa RamirezPlenary Lecture

Formulating Great Science Stories
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D., Science Evangelist, USA

The world is at a crossroads. There are two groups: Those who know science and those who don’t. One way to build a bridge between these groups is with stories. With the telling of stories, the impact, benefits, and challenges of science can be expressed in an accessible way. With the telling of stories, more children will come to understand science, will embrace science, and will potentially want to participate in science. This talk challenges audience members to tell better science stories. This presentation will show the elements of a great story and share the human side of science.

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist who is passionate about improving the public’s understanding of science. Dr. Ramirez received her training in materials science and engineering from Brown University (Sc.B.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.) and was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, New Jersey where she did award-winning research. Dr. Ramirez has authored more than 50 technical papers, holds six patents and has presented her work worldwide. Most recently, Dr. Ramirez was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University. Learn more.

AOCS Business Meeting

Monday, May 6
7:15–7:45 a.m.
Room 220

Join your fellow AOCS members and Governing Board members at the AOCS Business Meeting. AOCS President Len Sidisky and AOCS President-elect Eric Decker will each deliver brief remarks, in addition to participating in the gavel exchange ceremony.

Career Management & Networking Techniques: a guide to strategic partnership with recruiters

Monday, May 6
8–9 a.m.
Room 221

Opening Presentation
Lowell Isom and Ken Bopp, Hollander Horizon International, USA  

Upon completion of this session, you will have the skills to proactively manage your career through effective networking, self-promotion, and resume writing.  In addition, you will gain knowledge in the areas of effective interview preparation, social media best practices, and strategic partnering with an executive recruiter - both for your own career and for building your technical teams.    60-minute breakout sessions at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will provide time to speak with a seasoned Executive Recruiter in a small group format.  This is your opportunity to ask questions, engage one-on-one and gain specific insight into the career management process.  We will provide an "open book" to the entire recruiting process.    

Lowell Isom - Executive Recruiter & Managing Partner for HHI Search
A scientist by education with an M.S. in Food Microbiology along with 23+ years in the consumer food industry, Lowell held R&D leadership roles at Abbott Laboratories (Scientist), Kraft Foods (Manager), DuPont/Solae (Director) and General Mills (Director). He transitioned to the talent acquisition industry in 2006 and has spent the last 13 years as an Executive Recruiter for HHI Search.  In 2012, Lowell assumed ownership of HHI Search as Managing Partner and continues to service the food industry by recruiting the future in technology.     

Ken Bopp - Executive Recruiter & Resourcing Director for HHI Search
A scientist by education with a B.S. in Biology along with 18+ years in the consumer food industry, Ken held R&D Leadership roles with DuPont/Solae (Technology Manger), The Dannon Company (Director) and Kraft Heinz (Director) and joined HHI Search in 2016, bringing years of product development and management experience within the food industry.  Ken has extensive experience recruiting, hiring and developing talent both within the industry and now as an Executive Recruiter for HHI Search.  

Strategy to guarantee olive oil quality and fight fraud

Monday, May 6
7:55–10 a.m.
Room 222

Organizers: Tullia Gallina Toschi, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum–Università di Bologna, Italy; and Luisito Cercaci, Pompeian Inc., USA

Session is sponsored in part by Pompeian Inc.

The EU H2020 OLEUM project aims to better guarantee olive oil quality and authenticity by improving detection and fostering prevention of olive oil fraud. To solve the actual gaps, thus enhancing the competitiveness of the OO market both within and outside the EU, OLEUM is developing innovative and revising existing analytical methods, sharing relevant results (OLEUM Databank) and establishing a wide community of institutions involved in the olive oil sector (OLEUM Network).

In this session the advancements towards the full validation of innovative analytical methods and reference materials, as well as their proposal to regulatory bodies, will be presented. A panel discussion will be included at the end of the session for starting an active discussion with the involvement of the public on the most relevant presented topics, with a special emphasis on the actual situation of the olive oil sector in the USA.

7:55 a.m. Opening Remarks.
8 a.m. Olive Oil: from Different Processing to Different Regulatory Frameworks.
How to Ensure its Quality and Authenticity at a Global Level?
Challenges, Gaps and Improvements Proposed by the OLEUM Project.

Tullia Gallina Toschi, Alma Mater Studiorum–Università di Bologna, Italy.
8:20 a.m. Volatile Compounds as Useful Markers for the Quality Assessment of Virgin Olive Oils.
Diego Luis García González, Instituto de la Grasa, Spain.
8:40 a.m. Use of NMR Technique in the OLEUM Project.
Torben Kuechler, Eurofins, Germany.
9 a.m. The OLEUM Databank: A Reference Repository for Olive Oil Quality and Authenticity.
Alain Maquet, JRC - Joint Research Centre, Belgium
9:20 a.m. The US Experience on Olive Oil Production and Quality.
Juan Polari, UC Davis Olive Center, USA.
9:40 a.m. Panel Discussion, Q&A.

You may be interested in Related Olive Oil Session: Olive Oil Workshop and Tasting Luncheon

Healthy Oils at the Heart of Personalized Medicine

Monday, May 6
10:20 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Room 221

Organizer: Patricia Kearney, PMK Associates, Inc., USA.

New capabilities in epigenetics, nutrigenomics and a growing understanding of the human microbiome are paving the way for increased consumer demand for personalized nutrition. This session will explore new research that is showing the benefits of unsaturated fats in various dietary patterns and how specific fatty acids are providing different benefits to different individuals. We will also discuss how plant genetics is helping the industry meet the demand for healthier ingredients and how the industry is meeting the evolving demands from consumers. Fats and oils provide about one third of our calories and are a key ingredient in most processed products. It is essential to better understand the role oils can play in developing healthier, more personalized products for the future.

10:20 a.m. Opening Remarks
10:25 a.m. Heart Health and Beyond: The Latest Research on Fatty Acids.
10:45 a.m. Use of Epigenetics to Identify the Role of Fatty Acids in Personalized Nutrition.
Iwona Rudkowska, Department of Kinesiology, Laval University, Canada.
11:05 a.m. How Advances in Plant Genetics Will help Industry Meet the Challenge for Healthier Ingredients.
Anthony Kinney, Corteva Agrisciences, USA.
11:25 a.m. Meeting Consumer Expectations for Healthier Products.
Susan Knowlton, DuPont Pioneer, USA.
11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion, Q&A.

You may be interested in Related Health and Nutrition Sessions 

Ingredient Transparency

Monday, May 6
10:20 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Room 222

Organizers: Michael Williams, Alkoxylation Technology, Evonik Corporation, USA and Kathleen Stanton, Technical & Regulatory Affairs, American Cleaning Institute, USA.

Transparency is one of the current key issues surrounding new material development for formulated products, and complex due to the necessary balance of companies protecting their intellectual property and the consumers’ right to know about what they are using as part of their daily routines. There are government and non-government activities surrounding this work, and currently there are two US states with regulations related to cleaning product transparency; other states may soon follow suit. Not only are the consumers becoming more concerned with product ingredients – spurring voluntary certification programs including USEPA Safer Choice, Green Seal and Ecologo — but retailers are demanding more transparency. How are we going to meet these needs?

10:20 a.m. Opening Remarks
10:25 a.m. SmartLabel® Transparency Initiative.
Julie Savoie, Grocery Manufacturers Association, USA.Julie Savoie, Grocery Manufacturers Association, USA.
10:45 a.m. Cleaning Product Right to Know Act.
11:05 a.m. Department of Environmental Conservation Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure
Certificate Form and Guidance Document.

Jacob Cassady, American Cleaning Institute, USA.
11:25 a.m. Voluntary Certification Programs Requirements for Transparency.
United States Environmental Protection Agency, USA.
11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion, Q&A.

AOCS Technical Services Available to Serve You

Monday, May 6
10:20 a.m.–12:25 p.m.

Organizers: Technical Services Department, AOCS, USA

AOCS has a long history of providing services to our members and the fats, oils, proteins and surfactants industries. This session presents details on what the AOCS Technical Department has to offer. This session will address: the steps that new methods must take to be validated and included in the AOCS methods collection; an overview of the analytical methods currently undergoing the steps required to became AOCS Official Methods; recent changes to the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) and the benefits of participation; upcoming new LPP series; Approved Chemists; Quality Reference Materials; how a report in our Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) is generated and how to interpret the results; AOCS’ ISO 17034 accredited GMO Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) program including the need, users, and impact on commerce of GMO CRMs; and the work carried out by AOCS with other agencies, such as Codex Alimentarius and the International Organization for Standardization.

10:20 a.m. Opening Remarks
10:25 a.m. The AOCS Method Validation Process.
Anthony Miller, AOCS, USA.
10:45 a.m. New AOCS Methods in the Pipeline. 
Scott Bloomer, AOCS, USA.
11:05 a.m. The AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program–100 Years Young.
Dawn Shepard, AOCS, USA.
11:25 a.m. The Interpretation of a Proficiency Test Report.
Xin Wu, AOCS, USA.
11:45 a.m. AOCS Cooperation with Other Agencies.
Michael Sussman, USDA, AMS, LP, AAD, USA.

Schroepfer Award Session

Monday, May 6
1:55–5:25 p.m.
Room 103

Program coming soon.

Featured Sessions: Technology Fast Track

Hall 1

FT 1: Monday, May 6 at 10:20–11:20 a.m.
FT 2: Monday, May 6 at 4:30–5:30 p.m.
FT 3: Tuesday, May 7 at 10:20–11:20 a.m.
FT 4: Tuesday, May 7 at 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Programs coming soon.