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American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS):
Ongoing Sponsorship of the Supelco AOCS Research Award and Election of Len Sidisky to Presidency

Since 1909, the aim of the AOCS is to advance the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants, and related materials.1 Employees of our organization have been involved in the leadership and activities of the AOCS for decades. Two significant recent events are reported here.

AOCS Supelco Award in Lipid Chemistry

The genesis of the AOCS Supelco Award in Lipid Chemistry goes back to 1964, when it was created as a way to recognize lipid chemists who were doing important work. Later, in 1982, Mr. Nicholas Pelick, Supelco’s then president, suggested that the company assume sponsorship of the award. The award recognizes an individual with outstanding original research in fats, oils, lipid chemistry, or biochemistry. Winners represent the very best and brightest minds in research areas of prime concern to the AOCS: organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, and nutrition (Table 1). Indeed, among its ranks are three Nobel laureates.

Table 1. Supelco AOCS Research Award Winners

Research Award Winners


The 2018 winner, Dr. Alice H. Lichtenstein, continues the tradition of high quality lipid research. She is the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School, director and senior scientist at both the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts University and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.
Dr. Lichtenstein’s research group focuses on assessing the interplay between diet and heart disease risk factors. Past and current work includes addressing issues related to trans fatty acids, soy protein and isoflavones, sterol/stanol esters, novel vegetable oils differing in fatty acid profile, and glycemic index. She also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Lipid Research and executive editor of the Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter. She has received numerous awards in several scientific societies, including the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award at AOCS in 2017.
Dr. Alice H. Lichtenstein
Dr. Alice Lichtenstein receiving the 2018 AOCS Supelco Award in Lipid Chemistry from new AOCS President Len Sidisky

Len Sidisky becomes AOCS president

The responsibilities of the AOCS president include supervision and direction of all of the Society’s business affairs, subject to the governing board’s direction and control. The president is also in charge of the Strategic Planning Working Group for the Society. Len Sidisky, R&D Manager forGas Separations, was installed as president at the May AOCS Annual Meeting. Len received a B.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. in Food Science from The Pennsylvania State University. He joined Supelco in 1982 and has been responsible for new technologies in the fields of gas chromatography, sample preparation, air sampling, solid phase microextraction (SPME), and high performance carbon adsorbents. Prior to the AOCS presidency, Len served the AOCS’s Northeast Section (President, 2000-2001 and Vice President 1998-1999), Chromatography Committee Chairperson (2000-2009), Governing Board Technical Steering Committee Chairperson (2010-2017), Vice President (2017-present), National Secretary (2016- 2017), AOCS Fellow 2016, NE-AOCS Section President (2000-2001) as well as Vice President (1998-1999). Len Sidisky becomes AOCS President
Handing off the AOCS Presidency to Len Sidisky (right) is Neil Widlak (left), past president of AOCS.

Congratulations to Dr. Lichtenstein and Len!



  1. The AOCS website, accessed September 26, 2018.
  2. The AOCS Lipid Library, accessed September 26, 2018.