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Khem Shahani, Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska, died recently in Sicily while on a speaking tour and visiting family. Professor Shahani had a long, illustrious career in dairy microbiology and was one of the world's leading researchers in the area of probiotic bacteria. This is a field that, in the past few years, has seen remarkable growth and interest in the scientific comm.unity. Khem was one of only a few scientists who early on worked toward establishing a scientific basis for the role that probiotics play in nutrition and health. His outstanding record of research, teaching, and service earned him many awards, including the American Dairy Science Association Borden Award for Excellence in Research, the ADSA Pfizer Award, and the ADSA Dairy Research Foundation Award. Professor Shahani was the first to have received all three of these major awards from ADSA. In addition, he received the Nordica International Award from the American Cultured Dairy Products Institute, and in 1983, he was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists.