Foegeding, Gould named AAAS Fellow

Media Contacts: Dr. Allen Foegeding, William Neal Reynolds Professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, 919-513-2244; Dr. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Professor of entomology, 919-515-1647

Two College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members were among four N.C. State University faculty members elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

The newest AAAS fellows from CALS are Dr. Allen Foegeding, William Neal Reynolds Professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, and Dr. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Professor of entomology.

Foegeding is being recognized for his distinguished research and teaching contributions to food macromolecular chemistry, particularly in the area of protein functionality, and as an editor for the journal Food Hydrocolloids.

“For more than 28 years, Dr. Foegeding has been an exceptional faculty member and leader at N.C. State University,” said Dr. Chris Daubert, head of the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences. “Being selected as a Fellow of the AAAS is a well-deserved honor.”

Foegeding’s internationally-recognized whey protein research program addresses how these proteins function as food ingredients in a variety of applications, including health drinks and a range of food products. His work has generated technologies used by the dairy and food industries to improve functionality of whey proteins.

Throughout his career, Foegeding has served as visiting professor or scientist at institutions throughout the world, including Duke University, New Zealand Dairy Research Institute and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a fellow of the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the 2003 Research and Development Award from IFT.

Gould studies the ecology and genetics of insect pests to improve food production and human and environmental health. One of his research projects involves genetically modified mosquitoes that have reduced capacity to carry and spread dengue fever. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among others, for his work.

In 2007, he won the George Bugliarello Prize from Sigma Xi for his article on genetic manipulation of pests for control of human disease vectors. In 2004, Gould received the Alexander von Humboldt Award, which is presented annually to the person judged to have made the most significant contribution to American agriculture during the previous five years.

In 2011, Gould was elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most important scientific societies, becoming the ninth current N.C. State faculty member to be elected into the august scientific society. Also in 2011, he received N.C. State’s Holladay Medal, the highest award presented for faculty achievement.

AAAS fellows are nominated by their peers and undergo an extensive review process. They will be recognized Feb. 18 at the AAAS annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

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