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July 6, 2009

Food Safety Scientist to Receive Sigma Xi's 2009 Chubb Award

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Food safety scientist Timothy D. Phillips at Texas A&M University will receive Sigma Xi's 2009 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation at the Society's annual meeting in Houston in November.

The award is designed to honor and promote creativity among scientists and engineers. It includes a $4,000 honorarium and an invitation to give the Walston Chubb Award Lecture at the annual meeting. Previous recipients include Patrick Usoro, Stan Ovshinsky and Mark Holtzapple.

Phillips is a former director of the Center for Food Safety and chair of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology at Texas A&M.

He currently holds the appointment of professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the Faculty of Toxicology and the Faculty of Food Science and Technology.

Phillips has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research in food safety and food toxicology related to hazardous chemical and microbial contaminants of food, particularly the aflatoxins. His research has increased the safety of food and livestock feed in the U.S., China and many developing countries.

This came about through his development of a simple, inexpensive way to remediate aflatoxin in staple foods such as corn, peanuts and rice, thereby preventing a variety of health problems associated with aflatoxicosis.

Texas A&M University has recognized Phillips with numerous honors, including a 2008 Senior Faculty Fellows Distinction (Texas AgriLife), a 2007 Innovation Award for Research, the 2006 Association of Former Students' Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Research and a 2005 Bush Award for Excellence in International Research.

Phillips is a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and the co-editor of Food Additives and Contaminants. He is a member of the Joint FAO/JECFA Expert Panel on Food Additives (Contaminants and Natural Toxicants) and has served on the Committee on Science Reports and Emerging Issues for the Institute of Food Technologists.

His service also includes the USDA National Research Initiative Study Panel in Animal Health, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in Canada and the Board of Scientific Advisors for the American Council on Science and Health.

The Chubb Award is named for a retired consultant on nuclear materials and radiochemistry who spent most of his career with Westinghouse working on nuclear reactor materials. He established an endowment fund at Sigma Xi to support the award.

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