The University of Arkansas announced that two international organizations are honoring a Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences faculty member.
Navam Hettiarachchy, a professor of protein chemistry at the University of Arkansas Department of Food Science, is garnering national recognition from food science and technology organizations.
Hettiarachchy has been named fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology by the International Union of Food Science and Technology. IAFoST named 29 new fellows, but Hettiarachchy is just one of nine selected from the United States.
According to a statement released by the University of Arkansas, “The International Union of Food Science and Technology stimulates the ongoing exchange of knowledge in scientific disciplines and technologies relating to the expansion, improvement, distribution and conservation of the world’s food supply.”
In addition, Hettiarachchy was named the director of the international honor society of the Institute of Food Technologists, Phi Tau Sigma. She will serve the honors organization for a three-year term beginning in September 2020.
IFT’s Phi Tau Sigma is an honors society that recognizes excellence in the movers and shakers of the food science and food technology industry. Hettiarachchy’s past roles within IFT include a term as a student counselor, chairwoman of several different IFT committees, a task force leader position and more.