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K-State professor to receive international sensory science award

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

MANHATTAN - A human nutrition professor at Kansas State University is being recognized for his exemplary dedication to the field of applied sensory science.

Edgar Chambers IV, director of the Sensory Analysis Center at K-State, will be awarded the international David R. Peryam Committee E-18 Award, an honor granted to individuals who best exemplify the life and career of applied sensory science pioneer, David R. Peryam.

This marks the second time this award has been granted to a K-State faculty member. In 1995, a K-State professor emeritus, Jean F. Caul, became the first recipient of the Peryam Award - a link that makes this achievement even more meaningful to Chambers.

"This award is very special to me," he said. "It represents the highest award in my field - a huge honor in itself. In addition, Jean Caul was my professor at K-State, so the award has personal meaning as well."

The Peryam Award is given by ASTM International and will be presented at the organization's annual meeting Oct. 25 in Atlanta. Nominated applicants are reviewed by the award review committee from ASTM and the Institute of Food Technologists, and evaluated on criteria such as contributions to advancement in the field of applied sensory science, shared knowledge of the field and time given to students of sensory research. ASTM International is the world's largest voluntary standards organization. The organization's primary purpose is to develop standards for products, materials and testing that ensure quality and safety.

The award represents Chambers' lifetime of dedication in the field of applied sensory science, which continues today.

"We help companies make products better and organizations provide better information," Chambers said. "It's all about helping people understand how other people perceive their products or information."

This article was posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006, and is filed under Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.