April 2022 Macy Award Meeting

Programming Committee

Thursday, April 28, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

In-Person & Virtual

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Overview: "Serendipity, Synchronicity, and Murphy’s Laws: Reflection on a Career in Food Science Education, Cooperation, Communication and Collaboration"

Serendipity and synchronicity refer to an unplanned, unexpected or fortunate discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident and “meaningful coincidences” with seemingly no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. Of course, Murphy’s Laws are real and familiar to many of us. This presentation is designed to reflect on a career in food science education, extension and applied research and fostering communication, cooperation, and collaboration between academia, government, and industry through the lens of serendipity, synchronicity, and Murphy’s laws.


Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada, Professor Emeritus
Dept. Animal and Food Science
University of Wisconsin- River Falls

Dr. Purnendu Vasavada is a Professor Emeritus of Food Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Principal and managing member of the PCV & Associates, LLC. He is recognized internationally for his teaching, applied research, and innovative training programs in food science and technology, especially microbial food safety and Rapid methods and Automation in Food Microbiology. During his academic career he has taught thousands of students in the U.S. and abroad, presented over 200 research and invited papers at scientific conferences, presented numerous workshops and short courses, and authored over 120 publications including technical abstracts, peer‐reviewed papers, book chapters, and articles in trade publications, co-edited a book, Beverage Quality and Safety.

Dr. Vasavada’s career epitomizes the mission and vision of IFT, fostering an outstanding number of technology transfer and cooperation between scientists and technologists in academia, government, and private industry. His teaching, applied research and extension involvement, his professional contributions to IFT and other professional organizations, and his accomplishments on the international front have not only helped advance the missions of IFT, but have also bolstered the food safety in perfect alignment with the purpose, criteria and the spirit of the award in Honor of Dean Macy.

About Macy Award

The Macy Food Science & Technology Award, “Macy Award,” was established in 1981, and is given annually to recognize an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists or technologists in any of the following settings: academic, government, and private industry. The purpose of the award is to advance the profession and practice of food technology and to honor Dr. Harold Macy, Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota and Founding Member of IFT. The award consists of a plaque, $2500 honorarium, and travel expenses.


On-line credit card payment is required. Registration will stay open until Wednesday, April 27th, at 5:00 PM or until maximum registration is reached. Registration is capped, please register today if interested in attending! If you have additional questions, please email Muthu Muthukumarappan at kas.muthukum@sdstate.edu.

Registration costs will include drinks and appetizers.

NOTE: Virtual registrations will receive the Zoom meeting login information after registration.


PURIS Global Headquarters
811 Glenwood Ave. Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55405


Thursday, April 28, 2022

5:00 – 5:30 PM Networking with Appetizers/Drinks
5:30 – 6:10 PM Macy Award Presentation with Dr. Vasavada
6:10 – 6:50 PM Student Scholarship & MN Science Fair Winner Presentations & PTS inductees
6:50 – 7:00 PM Election Results & Closing Remarks


In-Person Members: $20
In-Person Students: FREE
Virtual Members: $5
Virtual Students: FREE

***The revenues for this meeting will go towards MNIFT Scholarships and future hybrid event expenses

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