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New endowed professorship honors Food Science Pioneer Fergus Clydesdale
The Food Science Advisory Board recently completed a five-year, $1.8 M fundraising campaign to establish the Fergus Clydesdale Endowed Professorship in Food Science, honoring one of the campus's most influential scholars who is an internationally recognized leader and innovator in food science.
Clydesdale, a Distinguished Professor and director of the UMass Amherst Food Science Policy Alliance he founded in 2004, was among the first scientists to integrate food science, nutrition and public policy. He has served as a highly respected advisor to many national public and private agencies on research, product development, scientific policy and regulation to optimize food quality, safety, nutrition and health.
One of the most popular teachers in the campus's history,Clydesdale headed the Department of Food Science from 1990 to 2008, which at the time of his retirement was ranked among the top three university food science departments in the nation for research. He was recognized earlier by the UMass Amherst department with creation of the Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness in 2011.
Eric Decker, chair of the department, says, "It's quite an honor both for Ferg Clydesdale and for the person who will be chosen to hold this endowed professorship. It is very prestigious for a faculty member to be able to say you have an endowed chair. This new position gives us the ability to expand into a new area of food science, to partner with industry and to focus on a major goal, which is making the food supply healthier while keeping food affordable."