Kim Koch, Agricultural Microscopy Division Chairperson
Kim is the Feed Production Manager at Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, North Dakota. Kim agreed to be our new Chair. This is the second time for Kim. He brings to our Division experience & stability. Welcome Kim!
Our program in San Antonio has progressed. Our tentative schedule is: Emerging Topics; Pascal Veys: General Imaging; Imaging & Vascular development. Some suggestions have been: Scanning Electron Microscopy & possibly Beehive issues such as colony collapse. This should inspire you to attend the meeting in San Antonio next year.
So Kim we are looking forward to working with you & wish you a successful term as our Chairperson.
I’ll continue to beat the drum for this successful Doctor of Animal Science & Professor at Colorado State University. She has designed humane systems for slaughter of cattle used in the United States & Canada, also, many other countries around the world. She is my hero. My dream is for her to be a Keynote Speaker at the AOCS meeting in San Antonio. Kim Koch said my suggestion was an interesting one. He also said that she is an interesting & a good speaker. One connection could be Autism as some of our fellow scientists feel that there could be a role with Omega 3. I feel that her skills relate to our Division’s connection to Agriculture.
I have contacted Jeff Newman & I will let you know if we are victorious.
2012-2013 AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program for Feed Microscopy
I would like to give congratulations to the following participants with the top scores for the 2012-13 AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program for Feed Microscopy.
1st Marion Smith
2nd Jennifer Rebman
3rd Evan Balaskas
Honorable Mention James Balthrop
Honorable Mention Elizabeth Krzykwa
The Laboratory Proficiency Program consists of identifying the feed ingredients in 6 test samples over the course of 6 months. The samples are sent out in mid-September. The participants turn in their list of ingredients found for one test sample each month. The results for the first sample are due in October and the last in March of the following year. I am looking forward to having all returning and new participants for the 2013-2014 Series.
Contaminants in Feed & Food Short Course
Pascal Veys, Vice Chairman of the Agricultural Microscopy Division, is announcing this short course. The date will be: November 19-22, 2013. It will be offered in Gembloux, Belgium. For more information please contact: http://www.cra.wallonie.be/en/23/events/740
Let’s go back for some nostalgia!
George Falb, November 2001
George mentioned things to be thankful for. A few are: “freedom to be part of professional organizations that help us exchange ideas, information & experience with others that enhance the growth & well-being of companies, businesses, & agencies around the world. We can even be thankful for some of the ever-changing issues & regulations that keep us focused on continuous improvement within our industry. You can look at issues as opportunities to improve the QA, regulatory, or safety programs within your company.”
Kim Koch, AOCS Microscopy Division Chair, March 2003
“In early March, when the temperatures are hovering near zero in Fargo North Dakota, spring & its promises of gentle breezes & warmer temperatures seems a long way off. Yet it will be here before we realize. The same is true for the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo; it is coming.”
We have put together high- powered & engaging programs. First we have Bio-security & food production; our keynote speaker is Gerald Jaax, DVM, Associate Vice Provost, Kansas State University. Second we have Microscopy & Forensic Science, a program that features Dr. Neal Haskell of St. Joseph’s College, with a decidedly different presentation.”
Neil Vary, Newsletter Editor, August 2004
“You too can help us. If you have any article ideas or articles to contribute, contact your newsletter editor. Don’t have time to write an article? One idea that Pat & I have is to offer microscopy tips in each edition of the newsletter. If you use a trick in the lab that makes microscopy easier for you, let me know & I will pass it on. This can be anything! Microscopy is both an art as well as a science, as I have observed while watching other microscopists work. Everyone has their own unique techniques in the lab; share yours with us.
Another new column which we would like to start is a question & answer section. Send us your microscopy-related questions & we will try to find the answers for you.”
Note from current editor: let’s follow Neil’s advice & we want to hear from you!
Personal notes from Patricia
I’ve been saying for a long time, at least since I retired. The reason a person retires is to have more time to go to the doctor. So, to let you into the mix, I will be having cataract surgery September 19, 2013. You will see two collages of me doing Pilates, one of my many ways of staying healthy & fit.