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Dr Lester M. Crawford Nominated for Commissioner of FDA

Lester M. Crawford, DVM, has been nominated to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he currently serves as Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He previously served as Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service as Deputy Commissioner of FDA. Earlier in his career, Dr Crawford was Director of the Center for Food and Nutrition Policy at Georgetown University and Virginia Tech. Dr Crawford is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University and his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Georgia, where he served as chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology earlier in his career.


ILSI Annual Meeting Recognizes Movers and Shakers in Nutrition

Dorothy ("Dot") Lagg, MS, Senior Scientist at Masterfoods USA, was recognized at the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) 2005 Annual Meeting for her consistent contributions to improving the programs of various committees and working hard on the issues of obesity and carbohydrates as well as many other topics. Madeline Monaco, PhD, Director of Technology Research at Pfizer Inc, was also recognized for her efforts that led to a program in the area of Selfcare and Health program at ILSI.


The 2005 ILSI future leaders have also been named. These awards are given to outstanding young investigators in food, nutrition, and food safety. The awards recognized the contributions of Marie Pierre St. Onge, PhD, now of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Wendy Ward, PhD, of the University of Toronto.


ILSI also recognized several scientists for their work during the prior years on various committees. They included Stuart Craig, PhD, Danisco Foods; Johanna Dwyer, DSc, Tufts University; Dorothy Lagg of Masterfoods USA; and Dan Skypeck at Kraft Foods. John Suttie, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin and Christine Williams, MD, MPH, of Columbia University, were honored for their roles to various ILSI committees.


ASNS Elects New Fellows

The American Society of Nutrition Sciences (ASNS) has elected 10 new Fellows to the Society. ASNS Fellows are scientists who have had distinguished careers in nutrition and are at least 65 years of age. The 2005 honorees, whom we heartily congratulate, include:


* David Baker, Professor Emeritus of Nutrition and University Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


* Bruce Bistrian, Chief, Clinical Nutrition, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School


* Elsworth Buskirk, Marie Underhill Noll Professor of Human Performance, and Director, Noll Laboratory for Human Performance Research, Emeritus, the Pennsylvania State University


* Elizabeth ("Betsy") Davis, Assistant Deputy Administrator and Acting Deputy Administrator for Human Nutrition, Food and Social Sciences, Cooperative State Research Service, USDA (retired)


* Leif Hambraeus, Professor Emeritus of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden


* Joseph (Joe) Hautvast, Emeritus Professor, Wageningen Agricultural University, and retired Director of the Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences, The Netherlands


* Peter Furst (sadly, Dr Furst died at the end of 2004). Dr Furst was internationally recognized for nutrition-related research particularly related to advances in enteral/parenteral nutrition and in the area of metabolic abnormalities and their nutritional implications in patients with renal disease.


* Melvin Mathias, National Program Leader, Cooperative State Research Service/Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA, Washington, DC (retired)


* Fernando Monckeberg, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Health, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile


* Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University



The new fellows will be recognized during the Experimental Biology 2005 Conference in San Diego, Calif.


IFT Appoints Food Science Expert

The Institute of Food Technologists has appointed Claudia Fajardo-Lira, PhD, as its latest Food Science Communicator to provide journalists with expert insight into food-related topics. She is an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences at California State University-Northridge.


EAB Member Cecilia Florencio Named to 2 FAO Panels

Cecilia Florencio, PhD, of the Nutrition Today editorial board, has been appointed as a member of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture. The panel advises the Director-General on ethical issues in food and agriculture. Major developments in food and agriculture, including accelerating technological advances, changes in the resource base, and evolving economic and market mechanisms, have brought up a variety of ethical questions. Dr Florencio is a member of the newly created World Health Organization (WHO) Virtual Network of Experts to assist in the implementation of the WHO's Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity Health on behalf of the Chronic Diseases and Health Information program. She has also written a book in her spare time!! Congratulations Cecilia!!


Highest Honor to William H. Foege, MD, MPH, Former Director of the CDC

The National Academy of Sciences has selected William H. ("Bill") Foege to receive its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal. It honors extraordinary use of science for the public good. The Academy chose Foege for his dedication to eradicating global disease and his leadership in redefining the scope of public health policy in the United States.

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An epidemiologist, Dr Foege is perhaps best known for his contributions to the successful global effort to eliminate smallpox. Early in his career, he traveled to Nigeria, where he worked to inoculate local populations against the disease. When faced with a critical vaccine shortage, Foege and his colleagues made the difficult decision to vaccinate only those they determined to be at greatest risk for infection-people in close contact with known victims. Later, as director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Smallpox Eradication Program, Foege demonstrated the effectiveness of this "ring vaccination" approach, which made it possible to vanquish smallpox in many countries in which as little as one half of the population had been immunized.


Foege was appointed Director of CDC, US Department of Health and Education and Welfare (now USDHHS) in 1977. After retiring from CDC in 1983, Foege helped found the Task Force for Child Survival and Development and served its director for 16 years. He joined the Carter Center in 1986 as executive director, Fellow for Health Policy, and executive director of its Global 2000 initiative and in 1999 he joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Now retired, Foege still works actively with both organizations, serving as an emeritus professor at Emory and is a Gates Fellow.



6th International Symposium on Osteoporosis: Current Status and Future Directions


April 6-10, 2005

Washington, DC


For more information, contact Jeffrey Keenan, 202-223-2226, or


Improving Health Through Dairy Foods: New Technologies, New Research, New Directions


April 10-12, 2005

Stone Mountain, Ga


For more information, go to


3rd Annual International Academy on Nutrition and Aging


May 6-8, 2005

St Louis, Mo


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Diet and Optimum Health


May 18-21, 2005

Portland, Ore


Whole Grains Health: A Global Summit


May 18-20, 2005

Minneapolis, Minn


For more information, contact Lori Engstrom at 612 624-2792 or


The Public's Health and the Law in the 21st Century: Fourth Annual Conference


June 13-15, 2005

Atlanta, Ga


For more information, contact Tonya Roberts at 770-488-2886 or


Sizing-up America: American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference


June 23-26, 2005

Minneapolis, Minn


For more information, contact


IFT Food Expo


Books and Media Received

The Profession of Dietetics:


A Team Approach, Third Edition, June Payne-Palacio and Deborah D. Carter. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2005. ISBN: 0-7817-5323-6.


The Nutritional Trace Metals, Conor Reilly. Blackwell Publishing, 2004. ISBN: 1-405-11040-6.


Genomics and Proteomics in Nutrition. Carolyn D. Berdanier and Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Editors. Marcel-Dekker, 2004.


ISBN: 0-8247-5430-1.