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MSU administrator named society fellow
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A Mississippi State University administrator has been named a fellow in the American Chemical Society’s Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division.
Sam Chang, head of the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, will be honored at the 246th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Indianapolis in September.
Though Chang is a relative newcomer to MSU, he has a distinguished career. He began his career at MSU in June 2012. Earlier this year, he was named a certified food scientist by the Institute of Food Technologists. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and serves on the advisory board of the American Council on Science and Health.
“Dr. Chang is an exceptional scientist and teacher,” said George Hopper, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “His professionalism and dedication to improving food safety and quality position Mississippi State University as a leader in this critical area.”
The honor of being named a fellow recognizes Chang’s outstanding scientific contributions to the field of agricultural and food chemistry. The award further recognizes the application of chemistry to improve the supply, safety and quality of food and agricultural products.
Chang is internationally renowned for his work with legumes. Before coming to MSU, he worked at North Dakota State University, where he collaborated to produce five new cultivars for edible beans, a venture that generated revenue for the university. His work on enhancing soybean quality through proper storage has had a significant impact on the soy food industry.
Chang earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in food science and technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan.
The American Chemical Society is the largest professional society in the world. The division of Agriculture and Food Chemistry publishes the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, which is one of the most respected scientific journals in agricultural science and applied chemistry.