Robert Rathbone, AOAC Publications Director, Retires

Robert Rathbone, AOAC’s senior director of Publications, is retiring on June 28, 2019, after 31 years of service to the Association.

“I have no doubt that AOAC will continue to grow,” Rathbone says. “I’m grateful for my time spent working at AOAC and especially the friendships made along the way with members, volunteers, and, of course, AOAC staff. I was privileged to be part of a publications team, which achieved success that we can all be proud of. Keep up the good work Jen [Diatz] and Tien [Milor], who have been a wonderful team to work with.”

At AOAC, Rathbone serves as the Association’s senior resource for all matters dealing with publications. He works across multiple AOAC projects and maintains an appropriate pool of experts to serve on various committees. He reviews papers for inclusion in AOAC’s scientific journal and supervises technical and editorial review and production of hundreds of manuscripts per year. He also oversees publication of the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL (OMA) and Inside Laboratory Management.

Rathbone is an avid sailor and has been involved in competitive dinghy sailing for many years. He is looking forward to having the time to pursue his interests, including writing, sailing, cycling, and spending time with family and friends.

Diatz Assumes Role of Director of Publications

Jennifer Diatz, formerly production manager of the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, will assume the role of director of Publications beginning in July 2019. Dawn Frazier, senior director of membership, marketing, and communications, is overseeing the Publications department.

Since 2001, Rathbone has worked closely with Diatz, who assists the journal’s authors, special guest editors, and section editors with tasks from manuscript submission through publication. She works with the AOAC Editorial Board and with the publications contractors, assists with production of the OMA, and serves as the AOAC point of contact for administrative assistance for the Technical Division on Reference Materials (TDRM).

Diatz has served in many other capacities for the Association, including contract work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and industry. She has much experience in a production environment and in ensuring that projects are completed on time.

AOAC thanks Rathbone for his many years of dedication and welcomes Diatz to her new role as director of Publications.

Well Wishes from AOAC Members and Staff

“Thank you to Bob for his 31-year run at AOAC—what an accomplishment. I wish him well as he starts his latest chapter.”
Brad Goskowicz, Microbiologics and president of AOAC INTERNATIONAL

“Bob is an excellent editor and a thoughtful collaborator. He has always been kind, professional, and a pleasure to work with.”
Darryl Sullivan, Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovation and Secretary of the AOAC Board of Directors

“Bob has been a voice of reason for process and for underlying science over the years. He has ushered AOAC’s peer-review system forward from pen and ink 19th century technology to the digital age. Bob’s loyalty has been to the integrity of AOAC’s publications program. I shall miss him as a person and as a colleague.”
Joseph M. Betz, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health

“I am grateful for the support Bob offered me in my roles of section editor, proofreader, and acquisitions editor for J. AOAC Int. I wish him great health and happiness as he leaves us and moves into the next phase of his life.”
Joseph Sherma, Lafayette College and J. AOAC Int. Acquisitions Editor

“Bob is one of the most efficient and unassuming individuals I have ever met. I have enjoyed working with him over the past 25 or so years, and I am honored to call him a friend. I hope he enjoys his well-deserved retirement.”
Barry McCleary, Megazyme

“Mr. Rathbone has been a pillar to AOAC with his leadership of the Publications Department for all the years I have known him. His simple, dedicated passion is admirable. It has been a pleasure working with him.”
Joe Boison, AOAC Editorial Board and Section Editor of J. AOAC Int.

“Bob’s commitment, dedication, and sound judgment were essential in promoting scientific excellence of J. AOAC Int. and of the Association. His leadership will be greatly missed.”
Sarwar Gilani, retired, Health Canada, and former Editorial Board Chair and Section Editor of J. AOAC Int.

“I have enjoyed working with Bob over the past several years, from TDRM to the Editorial Board. I appreciated his openness and willingness to consider new ideas. Best wishes on your retirement Bob!”
Melissa Phillips, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology

“ILM, which we started together, and J. AOAC Int. would not have achieved the quality they are today without Bob’s diligence and meticulousness in his work. He always strove toward excellence. I wish my friend much happiness in his retirement.”
Krystyna McIver, retired, AOAC INTERNATIONAL