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Editor, Journal of Food Science Education,

I am pleased to provide a positive update to a communication I submitted in early April in which I raised some concerns about changes in the IFT annual meeting planning process that appeared to restrict symposia and technical papers on issues relating to food science education in academic environments at future annual meetings. I have spoken to senior leadership in IFT and have been reassured that scholarly research in teaching, learning, and related topics will continue to be an integral part of the scientific portion of the annual meeting for the 2013 Chicago meeting and beyond. An Education Advisory Panel has been appointed to develop and deploy an appropriate survey of the membership to gather ideas on current and future hot topics related to food science teaching, learning, and education, and to design a vehicle for evaluating symposium proposals and technical abstracts for presentation as part of the scientific program. I encourage this panel to carefully study ways that we can stimulate meaningful interaction at annual meetings to keep education issues at the forefront of the organization. It is particularly important that we engage in a more fruitful dialogue among members from academe, industry, and government on how to better groom the future leaders of our society and profession. The National Science Foundation has made Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education a major initiative. IFT has been a leader in advancing food science education through programming at the annual meeting and through publication of scholarly articles in the Journal of Food Science Education. By working together, we can build on our past to develop an even brighter future for educating food scientists.