In addition to his research efforts, Akoh edited the first authoritative book on food lipids for classroom use. First published in 1998 and updated second 2002 and third edition in 2008, it’s used worldwide for lipid instruction.Akoh’s other industry honors include Stephen S. Chang Awards from the American Oil Chemists’ Society and the Institute of Food Technologists, the institute’s Research and Development Award, and Samuel Cate Prescott Award and the society’s Biotechnology Division Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a fellow with both the American Oil Chemists’ Society and the Institute of Food Technologists, and he served president of the society between 2008 and 2009. Casimir C. Akoh, Distinguished Research Professor in the University of Georgia Department of Food Science and Technology, has received the top award from the American Oil Chemists’ Society and the Institute of Food Technologists.Akoh will receive the society’s Supelco/Nicholas Pelick Research Award on April 29 and the institute’s Nicholas Appert award on June 25. The American Oil Chemists’ Society is a global scientific society for individuals interested in fats, oils, surfactants, detergents and related materials. The Supelco/Nicholas Pelick Award is the AOCS’s most prestigious research award that recognizes outstanding original research in fats, oils, lipid chemistry or biochemistry. Three past winners of this award are Nobel Prize winners. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium sponsored by Supelco Incorporated, a subsidiary of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, and Nicholas Pelick, a past president of AOCS.The Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit international society for professionals working in the field of food science and technology. The Nicholas Appert Award, the institute’s highest honor, recognizes preeminence in and contributions to the field of food science and technology.Akoh has made significant contributions in basic and applied research in lipid modification. His research focuses on the use of enzymes – specifically lipases and phospholipases – as biocatalysts for the modification of fats and oils for better health and functionality in foods. His research also involves the modification of other lipids for use as flavor and fragrance materials. Akoh has designed various structured lipids for infant formula fat analogs and studied their applications in infant formula.He has also synthesized trans-free structured lipids to replace hydrogenated fats and used them to make trans-free spreads, margarines and shortenings. He’s also synthesized alkyl glycoside fatty acid esters, and lysophospholipids for use as emulsifiers in foods and pharmaceuticals.Akoh discovered eight fat substitutes that compete with olestra as zero- or reduced-calorie fats. These have been patented. His UGA patent on improvement of frying oil life and quality has been licensed.An Institute of Science Information Highly Cited Researcher in Agricultural Science, Akoh is credited for more than 578 publications and presentations.
Governor Jim Douglas joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today to announce a $6.2 million federal grant to rehabilitate a runway at Edward F. Knapp State Airport in Barre. The project is estimated to create 54 direct and indirect jobs. The funds were made available by the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Secretary LaHood was also joined by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie. This money will put people to work in Vermont while providing an important investment in airport safety. That means boosting the economy in the short term through job creation and sustaining economic recovery in the long-term by making airports more efficient and secure, said Sec. LaHood.Gov. Douglas added, This project is a great example of the economic good that can be provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In the short term, construction projects like this one will provide employment opportunities for Americans in need of work during the current economic downturn. In the long term, this project will have a lasting impact that will keep local businesses viable and competitive for years to come. This grant is another example of how the economic stimulus package is rebuilding our infrastructure and moving America in a dramatic new direction by creating millions of good-paying jobs, said Sen. Sanders. As a military and commercial pilot for the last 27 years, I know why the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have both identified taxiway and runway safety as a top priority, said Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie. This ARRA investment in Vermont s aviation infrastructure will directly enhance safety at one of our state s premier airports, and equip it to serve the area s aviation needs for many years to come.Immediately following the announcement, Secretary LaHood met with Vermont officials to discuss additional transportation issues facing Vermont. He then traveled to the State House for a town hall meeting where Vermonters had the opportunity to share with the Secretary the unique transportation challenges facing our state. I want to thank Secretary LaHood for coming to Vermont and for spending so much time listening to local officials and Vermonters about our important transportation needs. I was encouraged to hear the Secretary express his opposition to increased federal gas taxes during this difficult economic time. I agree, now is not the time for higher taxes on struggling families. Instead we should work together to find creative solutions to our transportation challenges, Governor Douglas concluded.
Mark A. Prickel, age 86 of Morris, died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at his residence. Born November 18, 1931 in Ripley County Indiana, he is the son of Matilda (Nee: Zillebuehler) and Nicholas Prickel. He married Arnelda Scheele October 24, 1953 at St. Louis Church and she preceded him in death March 4, 2004. A lifelong farmer, Mark was a member of the St. Anthony’s Men’s Choir and long time choir director, a member of the Eureka Band, a Fourth Degree Knight with the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 as well as serving as County Commissioner for two terms and three terms with the Batesville School Corporation.Mark enjoyed watching Purdue basketball, Notre Dame football, the Bengals, rabbit hunting in his younger years and was a league bowler for many years. What he loved most was spending time with his grandchildren and working on the farm.Mark is survived by daughters Jane Tekulve and Brenda Meyer, both of Batesville, Judy Kinker of Greensburg, Nancy Prickel, Mary Jo Reer and Diane Dierckman, all of Batesville; sons Mike, Matt, and Luke, all of Batesville, Marvin of Chicago, Donny of Batesville; 28 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Sr. Mary Luke Prickel O.S.F., Connie Prickel-Metz, Marcia Werner and brothers John D. and Jerome.Visitation is Monday, December 18th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 19th, at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Connie Prickel-Metz Scholarship Fund.