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USDA Scientist Wins Research
Award By Jim
April 13, 2001
WYNDMOOR, Pa., Apr. 13 Steven J. Lehotay, a
research chemist with the Eastern
Regional Research Center here, has recently been named a 2000 recipient of
the Early Career Research Scientist award by the
Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the
Department of Agriculture's chief scientific
Lehotay, a lead scientist with ERRC's
Food Safety Research Unit, was
recognized for his achievements in the development of new analytical methods to
determine chemical residues in foods. His development of rapid, effective, safe
and inexpensive analytical methods for the multiclass, multiresidue analysis of
pesticides in food and environmental matrices are being used in several
laboratories. It is anticipated that his methods will eventually be used by
many more labs that analyze pesticide residues.
"Dr. Lehotay has demonstrated sustained research productivity,
significant scientific impact and leadership thus far in his career with ARS,"
said Floyd P. Horn, ARS administrator, "and he is poised to make significant
accomplishments in the future."
Lehotay was honored Feb. 7 at the agency's
Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural
Research Center in Maryland. He and other award winners received a plaque,
a cash award and additional research funding.
Currently, he is spearheading a team of scientists developing
advanced technologies and techniques to analyze veterinary drug and pesticide
residues on animal- and plant-derived food products.
The "early career" award is given to ARS scientists who have
made outstanding scientific contributions while having been with the agency 7
years or less and completed their highest academic degree within the past 10
years. Lehotay is the winner for the agency's
North Atlantic Area. The area
includes research locations in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware,
Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode
Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
Lehotay received his doctorate in chemistry in 1992 from the
University of Florida, Gainesville. Among his many advisory functions, he is a
member of the Editorial Board and the Methods Committee on Residues in AOAC
International (formerly the Association of Official Analytical Chemists). He
also serves on the Surveillance Advisory Team for USDA's Food Safety and
He joined ARS in 1992 as a postdoctoral research chemist at the
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland. He has been a permanent
member of ARS since 1997 and transferred to Wyndmoor in 1999.
Scientific contact: Steven J. Lehotay, lead scientist,
Food Safety Research Unit, ARS
Eastern Regional Research Center,
Wyndmoor, Pa., phone, (215) 233-6433, fax, (215) 233-6642,