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Agricultural Research Service

Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecture
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2014 Call for Nominations

This Lectureship was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture.

Dr. Hendricks contributed to many diverse scientific disciplines, including plant physiology, soil science, mineralogy, agronomy, geology, and chemistry. He is most frequently remembered for discovering phytochrome, the light-activated molecule that regulates many plant processes.

The 2013 Sterling B. Hendricks Lecture was presented during the American Chemical Society National Meeting held in Indianapolis, September 8-12, 2013.

2013 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecturer

Keith R Solomon, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Toxicology, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph

Arriving at the Truth: Weight of Evidence for Assessing Risks of Agrochemicals

Information and data on agrochemicals from studies published in the open literature is increasing being used for assessment purposes by regulatory agencies in many jurisdictions, including North America and Europe. Because most of these studies are not conducted to the standards required of GLP studies required by regulatory agencies, there is a need to assess these studies for their quality and relevance to the regulatory endpoints being considered. Weight of evidence (WoE) offers a consistent, objective, and transparent method for assessing these studies and including them in risk assessment. The need for WoE and a method for conducting these analyses will be presented with the herbicide atrazine as case-example.


Call for Nominations

2014 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship

This Lectureship was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. Dr. Hendricks contributed to many diverse scientific disciplines, including soil science, mineralogy, agronomy, plant physiology, geology, and chemistry. He is most frequently remembered for discovering phytochrome, the light-activated molecule that regulates many plant processes.

The lecture should address a scientific topic, trend, or policy issue related to the chemical science of agriculture, including bioenergy, biobased products, and food processing. Nominees may be outstanding, senior scientists in industry, universities, or government positions. Current ARS employees are not eligible. (Presenting the Lecture is a requirement of the honor.) The Lecture will be held at the American Chemical Society's Fall National Meeting September 8-12, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Divisions of Agrochemicals and Agricultural & Food Chemistry co-sponsor the Lecture, which will be held in a joint session of these divisions. The lectureship is presented at an AGFD symposium in even-numbered years and in an AGRO symposium in odd-numbered years. The award includes an honorarium of $2000, a bronze medallion, and expenses to present the lecture.


Nomination Process

Nominations for the Agricultural Research Service Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship are accepted in October. Please send:

  1. A letter explaining the nominee's contributions to chemistry and agriculture
  2. Nominee's current curriculum vitae

To: Kim Kaplan, Lecture Coordinator
ARS Information Staff, Room 1-2253
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705. 301-504-1637

(Using a carrier other than USPS is advisable. Nominations may not be faxed or emailed)

The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2013 (COB, EST).

Nominees may be outstanding senior contributors in industry, universities, or government positions. Current ARS employees are not eligible.

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