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AACC Intl. Installs New Board Members for 2009-2010

St. Paul, Minn. (October 7, 2009)—AACC International installed its new board members at the conclusion of the association’s annual meeting, held September 13–16, 2009, in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.

Barry McCleary, president-elect, is founder, owner, and CEO of Megazyme International Ireland Limited. He is also an adjunct professor of agriculture, food, and natural resources at the University of Sydney. His research has focused on the use of enzymes to modify, characterize, and measure carbohydrate polymers, and the development of improved methods for measurement of enzyme activity and various components of cereals, fruits, and foods that dictate quality. Many of the methods he developed are now AACC Intl. and AOAC International recommended or official procedures.

Rodney Booth, director, is the managing director of Newport Scientific Pty Ltd, a scientific instrument developer and manufacturer located in Sydney, Australia. He established Newport Scientific in 1985 to commercialize the RVA. Booth and Newport Scientific (now a part of Perten Instruments, Sweden) continue to develop new instruments and applications in the field of cereal chemistry.

Lydia Tooker Midness, director, is vice president of research and development, and nutrition and regulatory for Cereal Partners Worldwide—a joint venture between Nestlé S.A. and General Mills Inc., headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is a registered dietitian and previously held positions in nutritional patient care and food service. Tooker Midness is also active in a number of professional and community-based organizations and is currently vice president of the European Breakfast Cereal Association (CEEREAL).

Khalil Khan began his term as AACC Intl. president at the conclusion of the annual meeting. Khan is a professor in the Department of Cereal and Food Sciences at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, U.S.A., where he is involved in teaching and research on wheat proteins in relation to structure-function relationships in bread and pasta-making.

Other members of the 2009-2010 board include: Mary Ellen Camire, chair of the board; Laura Hansen, treasurer; Gerard Downey, director, Craig Morris, director; Maureen Olewnik, director; and Sergio O. Serna-Saldivar, director.

AACC International is an organization of professionals who contribute to the research, development, and processing of grains and grain-based products.