Endowed Chair and Graduate Prize Established in Memory Of John Kinsella

An endowed academic chair and a prize for doctoral students have been established in memory of John E. Kinsella, former dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis. An internationally distinguished food chemist, Kinsella had led the college for two and a half years through a challenging reorganization process, established a food-safety education and information program and continued a vigorous research program. In February 1993 he and colleagues made international headlines when they identified compounds in red wine that appeared to protect against heart disease. He died unexpectedly May 2, 1993. In his honor, the John E. Kinsella Chair in Food, Nutrition and Health has been established in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It will be supported by an endowment of $550,000 from funds originally provided by the General Foods Corp. Income earned from the endowment will be used to support the research and teaching of a faculty member in the areas of food science and nutrition, with specific focus on the interrelationships between food, nutrition and health. In keeping with Kinsella's long-standing support and cultivation of junior faculty, the Kinsella chair will be earmarked for outstanding faculty members who are in the developmental stages of their careers. "John Kinsella was an articulate advocate for the critical linkage between food, nutrition and health," said Barbara O. Schneeman, who succeeded Kinsella as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. "This endowed chair will strengthen the internationally recognized research activities of the college in those vitally important areas." In addition, the college has established the Kinsella Memorial Prize, which annually will recognize a graduate student at the completion of his or her doctoral program and dissertation. The plaque and $1,000 award will be presented on the basis of the quality of the individual's research in furthering the college's mission to serve the public in the areas of agriculture, the environment, and human health and development. The prize, made possible by individual memorial contributions, will be awarded for the first time in 1995.