Dr. Taka Shibamoto, 2021 Spencer Award Winner! Dr. Shibamoto is an emeritus professor of environmental toxicology researching lipid peroxidation associated with diseases, natural antioxidants and their role in prevention of oxidative damages, and analysis and fate of pesticides in environment. Dr. Shibamoto also works in flavor and fragrance chemistry and has conducted research on volatile compounds associated with flavors and antioxidants in green coffee beans, roasted coffee and brewed coffee through gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
The 2020 Kenneth A Spencer Award for Food and Agricultural Chemistry. Dr. King has over 50 years of experience in the field of chemistry, chemical engineering and food technology. He worked in government, industrial, academic and consulting environments. Dr. King published over 265 documents and holds 3 patents.
The 2019 Spencer Award winner was Dr. Thomas Sparks! Dr. Sparks won this award owing to his hard work and a lifetime of commitment to protecting our food supply. Dr. Sparks started his professional track at Reedley College with an A.S in Science in 1971 followed by his BA in Biology (minor in Chemistry) California State University (Fresno) in 1973. Tom continued his work at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo until entering the PhD. program at University of California, Riverside where he received his Doctorate in 1978 (Entomology). Dr. Sparks spent the next eleven years with Louisiana State University rising to the full Professor rank until joining the Dow-Elanco-DuPont and finally the Corteva Team where he currently resides as a Research Fellow and has been known to work his fingers to the bone.
Dr. Sparks the 2019 Kenneth A Spencer Award.